Paper Talk: Liverpool eye double Arsenal raid; Lukaku shock

Date published: Saturday 26th March 2016 8:35

Oxlade-Chamberlain (l) & Szczesny (r): Linked with Reds

Liverpool have been linked with a shock move for two Arsenal stars, Antonio Conte has put Romelu Lukaku at the top of his Chelsea wish-list, while Manchester United have been linked with a Colombian defender, according to Saturday’s newspapers.



Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has set his sights on Arsenal duo Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Wojciech Szczesny.

According to various reports in the press on Saturday morning, Reds boss Jurgen Klopp wants to lure the pair to Anfield in a double £40million swoop.

Goalkeeper Szczesny is currently on loan at Serie A side Roma but would provide stiff competition for Simon Mignolet if he moved to Anfield.

Oxlade-Chamberlain has fallen down the pecking order at the Emirates and is also reportedly wanted by Manchester City and former club Southampton.

The Gunners are keen to keep the England international and offer him a new deal but the 22-year-old wants more first-team football.

He is also demanding a 200% pay increase on his current £52,000-a-week salary.

Arsenal rate Oxlade-Chamberlain – currently sidelined by a knee injury – at £30m and Szczesny at £10m which would mean a hefty offer from Liverpool would be required for any deal to be completed.



Romelu Lukaku

Antonio Conte has moved Romelu Lukaku to the top of Chelsea’s summer transfer plans.

The Sun claims manager-elect Conte sees the Everton and Belgium striker, 22, as the ideal man to lead a rebuilt attack – and his proposal has been well received.

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is convinced that axed boss Jose Mourinho made a mistake in shipping Lukaku out to the Toffees.

And Blues technical director Michael Emenalo has pushed for the player he helped bring to Stamford Bridge in 2011 from Anderlecht to be signed for a second time.

With Diego Costa eyeing a move, all three key Chelsea figures view Lukaku as a ready-made replacement.

But bringing Lukaku back to the Bridge will not come cheap. Everton will expect a fee of at least double the £28million they paid to make Lukaku’s transfer permanent in 2014, while the striker has also been linked with Real Madrid and Manchester United.


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Tim Sherwood

Manchester United want Jose Mourinho to revive the club’s fortunes and are willing to offer him £60m in order to lure him to Old Trafford (The Sun)

Former Chelsea midfielder Shaun Wright-Phillips has urged John Terry to come and join him in Major League Soccer (The Sun)

Tony Pulis and West Brom owner Jeremy Peace will hold crunch talks at the end of the season to determine his future despite having a year left on his deal (Daily Mirror)

Manchester United have been linked with a summer move for Inter Milan defender Jeison Murillo (Daily Mirror)

Chelsea defender Cesar Azpilicueta has given Antonio Conte his seal of approval after being impressed by the Italian’s high-tempo football in the friendly match between Spain and Italy (Daily Mail)

Germany coach Joachim Low has urged Liverpool target Mario Gotze to get reassurances about his future after falling out of favour at Bayern Munich (Daily Mail)

Jose Mourinho will not allow David de Gea to leave Manchester United if he takes control at Old Trafford, according to reports in Spain (Daily Star)

Arsene Wenger has insisted he has no desire to sell Theo Walcott in the summer (Daily Express)

Stoke chairman Peter Coates says the Premier League, the Football League and the FA have “all sorts of worries” about the effects of Great Britain leaving the European Union (The Times)

Former Tottenham and Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood has emerged as a contender to become Derby County’s head coach next season (Daily Mail)

Everton are interested in signing Ajax’s 26-year-old Netherlands goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen as a replacement for Tim Howard, who is set to return to Major League Soccer (Liverpool Echo)

Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, 23, has offered no guarantees over his Blues future next season amid interest from Real Madrid (London Evening Standard)

Swansea are in pole position to snap up Reading and Wales forward Hal Robson-Kanu, 26, on a free transfer when his contract expires this summer (Daily Mirror)

Arsenal and Chelsea made late transfer bids for 16-year-old attacking midfielder Lucas Patanelli, who is set to join Barcelona from Argentine side Independiente (Marca)

Athletic Bilbao defender Aymeric Laporte, 21, a summer target for Manchester City, suffered a broken leg and dislocated ankle in France’s Under-21 game against Scotland (The Guardian)

Belgium striker Christian Benteke, who has scored eight goals this season, is Liverpool’s top earner on £140,000 a week, while Spanish defender Jose Enrique, who has only started two games, is the seventh best paid player at Anfield on £75,000 a week (Daily Star)

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