Paper Talk: Arsenal back on trail of classy midfielder amid serious price drop; Erling Haaland transfer to Prem is imminent

Houssem Aouar, Dimitri Payet Lyon v Marseille in Ligue 1 action

Arsenal are ready to push again for the signing of Houssem Aouar following reports he may leave on the cheap, Erling Haaland’s move to Manchester City is closing in, while Thursday’s Paper Talk reveals the new name at the top of Manchester United’s managerial shortlist.

HOUSSEM AOUAR BACK ON ARSENAL SHOPPING LIST

Arsenal are readying a new bid to bring Houssem Aouar to Emirates Stadium this summer after his price dramatically dropped.

The Gunners made a strong effort to sign the France star in summer 2020. But after submitting at least one bid worth £32million, the Ligue 1 club refused to budge over their £55million valuation. In any case, Aouar insisted after the transfer window closed that he felt “happy” with his decision to stay.

Since then, Mikel Arteta and Co have kept a watching brief on the classy midfielder.

And now The Sun reports that a move to sign Aouar is back on the cards for Arsenal this summer.

His deal at Lyon is due to expire in summer 2023 and so far they have been unable to agree on an extension. As such, the paper reports that Arsenal will launch a move worth in the region of £21.5m.

They report that will likely be enough to tempt no-nonsense Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas into accepting a deal.

And the fact that he has changed agencies to IMC Stellar Sports at the start of the year also indicated a move is on.

The Gunners are unlikely to be on the only side interested, that said. The paper also reports that Inter Milan and Juventus may launch rival offers.

Aouar, capped once by France, has been with Lyon since the age of 11, signing in 2009.

The midfielder has five goals and three assists from 32 appearances this season.

However, with Lyon down in 10th and having little chance of European football, they will likely have to sell Aouar this summer.

ERLING HAALAND TO MAN CITY ON THE CUSP

A deal to take Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland to Manchester City is on the brink of being formally announced.

We reported earlier this week how City were closing on his signature for a hugely-inflated fee.

Now Goal claims BVB may make an announcement soon to confirm the Norwegian’s departure.

Manchester City agree £100m deal for Erling Haaland

Erling Haaland will leave Borussia Dortmund this summer for Manchester City as deal agreed for £100m

The Norwegian has enjoyed another fantastic season in front of goal, despite recurring injury problems.

In fact, his record of 16 goals in 15 Bundesliga games is a sign of his desire to find the net. Haaland has long had links with a move to the Premier League.

Now Borussia Dortmund advisor Mattheus Sammer has insisted that the 21-year-old and Manchester City are the perfect match.

Sammer, who was sporting director at Bayern Munich while Guardiola was manager there, told Amazon Prime: “They will both benefit from each other. Because Pep, of course – I was able to experience him for three years – has a certain idea.

“I can also imagine dealing with a centre-forward, no question. But he will also have to learn from the centre-forward.”

MAN UTD MAKING STRONG PUSH FOR THOMAS TUCHEL

Manchester United are keeping a close watch on Thomas Tuchel as they look to the German as a new manager.

The situation at Chelsea means there could be some high-profile departures this summer, of which Tuchel could be one.

And with Manchester United searching for a new manager this summer, The Guardian says Tuchel is firmly in the mix.

They claim he has been added to their shortlist which now also includes Julen Lopetegui.

Mauricio Pochettino, Erik Ten Hag and Luis Enrique also feature, with a decision to be made at the end of the season.

Ralf Rangnick remains in interim charge until then, with the German having a big say on their next manager.

Tuchel, however, will understandably figure strongly.

Since taking charge at Chelsea, he has led them to Champions League glory. He’s also steered them to the FA Cup final and the League Cup, though both of those ended in defeat.

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