Paper Talk: Chelsea, Arsenal to jump on Real Madrid fire sale

Date published: Saturday 15th February 2020 10:05

Arsenal and Chelsea are looking to sign a Real Madrid playmaker for a bargain £63million, while Man Utd are back in for a Tottenham star, according to Saturday’s Paper Talk.



Arsenal and Chelsea are reportedly waiting to find out if Real Madrid will cash in on Isco this summer as they look to raise transfer funds for a spending spree (The Sun)

The LaLiga giants are eyeing up an audacious, record-breaking move for Paris Saint-Germain star Kylian Mbappe this summer, despite significant interest from Liverpool too.

But first they will need to find the cash, with in-demand Isco, 27, one of many stars set to be sold, as reported in The Sun.

Reports in Spain claim that no fewer than four clubs are chasing the Spain international – with Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester City amongst them.

PSG themselves are also pursuing the playmaker – and could lead the way to land him if they sell Mbappe to Madrid as part of a swap deal.

Isco, who moved to the Bernabeu from Malaga in 2013, has often been used from the bench by Real but has featured more heavily under Zinedine Zidane this season – playing in two-thirds of the available LaLiga minutes in 2020.



The playmaker is under contract until 2022 and Madrid could opt to sell while he still holds strong value – which is currently set at £63m.

While PSG are hoping to sign him, a report in El Desmarque claims a move to England is more likely.


Leicester playmaker James Maddison has reportedly decided he wants a Manchester United move in the summer (Daily Mirror)

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Charlton boss Lee Bowyer remains hopeful that star striker Lyle Taylor will remain at the club beyond this summer (Daily Mirror)

Sunderland have a fight on their hands to keep hold of goalkeeper Jon McLaughlin, with clubs in England and Scotland interested in the 32-year-old (Daily Mirror)

Manchester United are weighing up a summer move for Tottenham’s 26-year-old English defensive midfielder Eric Dier (Daily Star)

QPR are ready to make a move for Sweden defender Alexander Milosevic, who is available on a free transfer (The Sun)

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta could face a battle to hold on to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang this summer, with Inter Milan interested (Daily Express)


Paul Pogba wants to leave Manchester United in the summer but his chances of securing a swift exit are likely to be hampered by the club setting an asking price of around £83m (The Guardian)

Olivier Giroud has been offered a pre-contract by Lazio but will wait to make a final decision on next season after interest from Tottenham during the January transfer window (Daily Telegraph)

Andy Carroll’s hope of earning a new contract at Newcastle United have been hit by a persistent hip injury that has failed to heal (Daily Telegraph)

West Ham protesters are in talks with Liverpool fans about taking their campaign against co-owners David Gold and David Sullivan, and chairman Karren Brady, to the Kop later this month (Daily Telegraph)

Kieran Trippier, the Atletico Madrid full-back, has undergone rehabilitation work at St George’s Park in his bid to face Liverpool in the Champions League (Daily Telegraph)

Crystal Palace target defensive Joakim Maehle has made it clear he would jump at the chance to move to the Premier League (Standard)

Barcelona are looking to prise Spanish winger Adama Traore, 24, away from Wolverhampton Wanderers this summer (Birmingham Mail)

Steven Gerrard insists he would walk away as Rangers boss before throwing in the towel in the Scottish Premiership title race (Daily Record)

Celtic are hoping for a cash windfall this summer with a 10 per cent sell-on fee forming part of the deal which took £60m Manchester United target Moussa Dembele to Lyon (Daily Record)


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