Paper Talk: £20m Ben Gibson offer plotted; Joe Hart has offers

Date published: Saturday 19th May 2018 10:10

Chelsea look like having a clear run at signing Robert Lewandowski and Lyon fear Nabil Fekir will play his final game for the club this weekend, all in the papers.



Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski is considering a move to Chelsea this summer, report the Daily Express.

The Poland striker was apparently spotted in a meeting with his agent Pini Zahavi this week discussing his future.

The 29-year-old is believed to have his heart set on move to Real Madrid, but his poor performances against Real in the Champions League have seen the La Liga side back out of a summer transfer.

That could well leave Chelsea with a clear run at the forward.


Pep Guardiola wants to bring Toni Kroos to Manchester City this summer as he attempts to build a team that can challenge for the Champions League title (Don Balon)

Huddersfield owner Dean Hoyle is confident manager David Wagner will sign a new contract with the club. (Mirror)

Aston Villa have been scouting Porto striker Moussa Marega in preparation for a Premier League return.  (Mirror)

Leeds have offered Tom Pearce a new three-year deal in a bid to stop him from being lured to a top-flight club.  (Mirror)

Chelsea youngster Mason Mount has been invited to train with England’s World Cup squad for a week before they head to Russia. (Daily Mail)

Ex-Arsenal and Spain midfielder Mikel Arteta has agreed to become the club’s new manager. (

Should Manchester City assistant Arteta leave Etihad Stadium to move to the Gunners, City boss Pep Guardiola’s preference is to bring in 34-year-old Spain and former Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta as player-coach. (Yahoo)

Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart, left out of England’s World Cup squad, will have offers from Southampton and Wolves for next season after West Ham opted not to pursue a permanent move for the 31-year-old, who had been on loan with the club. (Mirror)

Leicester want to sign Northern Ireland defender Jonny Evans, 30, from West Brom, but a £4m agent’s fee could prove a sticking point. (Mail)

Stoke want former Hammers boss David Moyes as their manager after Paul Lambert left the club following relegation to the Championship. (Sun)

Former Ipswich boss Mick McCarthy has told the Potters he would be interested in taking over at the Bet 365 Stadium. (Telegraph)

Former Crystal Palace boss Frank de Boer and Ostersund manager Graham Potter are the leading candidates to replace Carlos Carvalhal at Swansea.(Guardian)

Everton’s 32-year-old forward Wayne Rooney is thought to be deciding whether to accept an offer from DC United in Major League Soccer. The former England captain has an open-ended invitation to return to the Toffees after any spell in the United States. (Mail)

Southampton are planning a £20m bid for Middlesbrough’s English defender Ben Gibson, 25. (Sun)

Aston Villa have been scouting Porto’s 27-year-old Malistriker Moussa Marega as they prepare for a potential return to the Premier League. (Mirror)

Marco Silva will hold further talks with Everton over their managerial vacancy next week (Telegraph)

Thierry Henry will be offered a coaching role at Arsenal as part of Mikel Arteta’s backroom team. (Express)

Lyon fear Liverpool target Nabil Fekir will be playing his final game for the club this weekend against Nice.  (Express)

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has acknowledged he could be sacked even if his side beat Manchester United in the FA Cup final on Saturday. (Mirror)

Manchester City will make a sensational swoop for Eden Hazard this summer if the Belgium international decides to quit Chelsea. (Sun)

Brighton are closing on a deal to sign Deportivo La Coruna striker Florin Andone. (Star)

Blues and Spain midfielder Cesc Fabregas, 31, says he wants to win the FA Cup to replace the medal he lost after victory with Arsenal in 2005. (Guardian)

Fenerbahce will make Rangers wait despite being keen on the Scottish club’s reported £4m offer for former Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel. (Daily Record)

Rangers are trying to hijack Leeds United’s move to sign Swansea defender Kyle Bartley (Sun)

Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri insists he never had any doubts over staying with the Italian champions despite interest from Arsenal and Chelsea. (London Evening Standard)

Arsene Wenger, who is leaving Arsenal after nearly 22 years as manager, could move away from coaching and become general manager of French giants Paris St-Germain. (Mirror)

Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson says the England and Eagles midfielder Ruben-Loftus Cheek, 22, is one of the best players he has worked with. (Times)

Former Newcastle midfielder Kenedy, who has returned to Chelsea after a loan spell at St James’ Park, has suggested he is open to a return to the Magpies. The 22-year-old Brazilian said: “Maybe one day I will be back.” (Newcastle Chronicle)

Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers says he would still have been sacked by former club Liverpool even if they had won the Premier League. (Times)

Liverpool supporters have been warned by the club against purchasing tickets for the Champions League final on 26 May from unofficial sources. (Liverpool Echo)

Stoke’s Spanish forward Bojan Krkic says he has suffered from anxiety issues but “no-one wants to talk about that”. (Guardian)

Manager Chris Wilder is expected to sign a new contract at Sheffield United early next week after being given assurances by the club’s owners. (Yorkshire Post)


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