Paper Talk: Arsenal track Blind; Matic swap deal?

Date published: Sunday 19th June 2016 11:01

Manchester United duo Matteo Darmian and Daley Blind could be heading for London, but Chelsea’s Nemanja Matic may make a move in the opposite direction.


Manchester United and Chelsea are working on a deal that would see Nemanja Matic and Matteo Darmian swap clubs.

According to the Sunday Mirror, incoming Chelsea boss Antonio Conte is keen on the versatile United defender, who had a mixed first year at Old Trafford after joining from Torino in a £12.7million deal.

With Jose Mourinho also keen to add some steel to his midfield with the recruitment of Matic, the clubs are said to be exploring the possibility of a swap deal.



The Sunday Mirror also hints at other exits from Old Trafford, with Arsenal linked with Daley Blind.

Blind was bought by Louis van Gaal two years ago as a midfielder but the Dutchman spent last season playing alongside Chris Smalling in the heart of United’s defence.

Steve Bates’ story says Mourinho does not believe Blind has the physique  to be a top-class central defender. The former Ajax star’s versatility could mean Mourinho may choose to keep him around, but the Gunners are said to be monitoring developments.

Morgan Schneiderlin is also unsure of his future, with new Everton boss Ronald Koeman reportedly watching the situation closely.



Swansea are said to looking to sign Liverpool striker Danny Ings and West Ham forward Enner Valencia.

The Sun on Sunday claims the Swans are looking to do £10million deals for both centre forwards.

Valencia knows he may be forced out of West Ham due to the club’s ambition to recruit big names before they kick-off at the Olympic Stadium.

The pursuit of Ings may not be so simple. The former Burnley striker missed most of last season with a knee injury after an encouraging start to life at Anfield. Ings is keen to impress Jurgen Klopp and unlikely to be open to a move before having the chance to stake his claim for a first-team place.



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Jose Mourinho wants to further strengthen his Manchester United defence with the signing of Juventus centre-back Leonardo Bonucci. (Daily Star)

Manchester United are concerned striker Marcus Rashford will suffer from burnout next season. (Daily Star)

Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce is keen on a reunion with West Ham striker Diafra Sakho but is likely to face competition from West Brom. (Daily Star)

Cesc Fabregas has emerged as a shock transfer target for Real Madrid, and could upset Barcelona fans by leaving Chelsea this summer for their chief rivals. (Sunday Express)

Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel will reject the chance to join Fenerbahce and instead move to Italy with Roma. (Sunday Express)

Arsenal right-back Mathieu Debuchy is set for a loan move to Turkish club Besiktas. (Sunday Express)

Newcastle are hoping to sign West Ham starlet Reece Oxford on loan. (Sunday Express)

Chelsea and Manchester United are working on a deal that would see defender Matteo Darmian and midfielder Nemanja Matic swap clubs. (Sunday Mirror)

Arsenal are planning to offer manager Arsene Wenger a three-year contract extension. (Sunday Mirror)

Everton will have to stump up £25m if they want Newcastle midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum. (Sunday Mirror)

Manchester United expect assistant boss Ryan Giggs to quit ‘within days’ and launch his own managerial career. (Sunday Mirror)

Southampton have slapped a £40m price tag on forward Sadio Mane to try and stave off interest from Liverpool. (Sun on Sunday)

Liverpool are chasing Argentina full-back Gabriel Mercado, but the River Plate defender could struggle to get a work permit because of a lack of international caps. (Sun on Sunday)

Leicester City are preparing a £10m bid for Burnley defender Michael Keane. (Daily Mail)

Chelsea and Arsenal face competition from Barcelona for the signature of £20m rated Lille striker Sofiane Boufal. (The Observer)

Leicester are closing in on a deal to sign Nice midfielder Nampalys Mendy after the club accepted a revised offer of around £10m. (The Observer)

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