Paper Talk: Arsenal put price tag on Ramsey; Chelsea want striker to return

Date published: Friday 18th May 2018 8:07

Arsenal are ready to sell Aaron Ramsey and Chelsea want to keep Michy Batshuayi and sell Alvaro Morata to Borussia Dortmund, all in the papers.

 

DORTMUND OFFERED MORATA

Chelsea have changed their mind over Michy Batshuayi and want the Belgium striker to return to the club, claims a report.

The Blues were happy for the 24-year-old to join Borussia Dortmund on loan in January, but now they want him to return and are keen to offer Alvaro Morata to Dortmund.

The Germans wanted to sign Batshuayi permanently after he scored nine goals in just 13 games before a season-ending ankle injury last month.

Chelsea though blocked the deal and the Daily Mirror report that they have instead offered Morata to the Bundesliga club.

Juventus are hoping to sign Morata on loan with a view to a permanent return for the Spain forward, but Chelsea would prefer to sell Morata after a difficult first season following his £60million move from Real Madrid and Dortmund are said to be keen.

 

AND THE REST

Roma have rejected an offer from Real Madrid for goalkeeper Alisson (Corrierre dello Sport)

Arsenal are ready to sell Aaron Ramsey for £40m if he doesn’t agree to a new contract before next season (The Sun)

Chelsea have put Anthony Martial at the top of their summer target list (Mail)

Former Arsenal midfielder Mikel Arteta, 36, is closing in on becoming the successor to Arsene Wenger at the Emirates. (Daily Telegraph)

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola and director of football Txiki Begiristain have given permission for their assistant coach Arteta to speak to his old club. (Sport)

Arsenal also intend to speak to record goalscorer Thierry Henry about their vacant managerial position early next week. (Sky Sports)

Rafael Benitez, thought to be a target for West Ham, would prefer to stay as Newcastle manager, but wants assurances over transfer budgets from current owner Mike Ashley. (Daily Telegraph)

Benitez wants a transfer kitty of £100m, full control over transfers and a £6m-per-year contract to stay at St James’ Park. (Daily Express)

Stoke City midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri has a £12m relegation release clause in his contract and is keen to play Champions League football again. (Sun)

Manchester City are tracking Charlton’s latest wonderkid Jeremy Sarmiento, who has already represented the club’s U23 side despite only being 15. (Sun)

Newcastle striker Ayoze Perez is the top summer transfer target for La Liga side Real Betis. (Sun)

Liverpool want veteran Italian goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon, 40, who has left Juventus after 17 years, but may face competition from champions Manchester City. (Sun)

Juventus want to bring back Alvaro Morata, who played for the club from 2014-16. The 25-year-old scored 11 Premier League goals in 31 appearances in his first season at Chelsea. (Independent)

Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero, 29, says he only expects to play with Barcelona playmaker Lionel Messi for Argentina, and that he is happy at the Etihad. (Corriere dello Sport)

The agent of Napoli midfielder Jorginho says a transfer to Manchester City will be a formality once the clubs agree on a fee. Napoli want up to £60m for the 26-year-old – but City will try to agree a price closer to £50m. (Manchester Evening News)

Napoli have placed a £104.7m price tag on Senegal international centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly, 26, in an attempt to deter Real Madrid, Chelsea and Manchester United. (RAI Sport)

Shakhtar Donetsk have announced that head coach Paulo Fonseca – who has been linked with West Ham and Everton – has signed a new two-year contract. (Shakhtar Donetsk)

Leicester have agreed a fee with Porto of £17.5m plus add-ons for defender Ricardo Pereira, 24. (A Bola)

Relegated West Brom are expected to focus on a new manager this week and could turn to Brentford head coach Dean Smith, 47. (London Evening Standard)

But caretaker boss Darren Moore, 44, the former Baggies defender, is set to be named full-time boss at the Hawthorns. (Birmingham Mail)

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho believes Cristiano Ronaldo, 33, will not be allowed to leave Real Madrid for a European league and predicts only a pre-retirement move to the MLS would be permitted. (Marca)

Paris St-Germain’s Brazil forward Neymar, 26, has returned to full training having sustained a broken metatarsal in February. (Daily Mail)

Ruben Neves says he has “no interest” in leaving Wolves despite reported interest in the 21-year-old midfielder from some of Europe’s biggest clubs. (Express and Star)

Leeds are targeting out-of-contract Hull striker Abel Hernandez, 27. (Yorkshire Post)

Rangers are expected to continue their pursuit of Brighton defender Connor Goldson, having had an initial bid for the 25-year-old rejected by the Seagulls. (Argus)

 

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