Arsenal prepare to make a bid for a star midfielder available for a snip, while three Premier League clubs eye a raid on Chelsea – both in all the latest Paper Talk.
GUNNERS EYE RODRIGUEZ BID
Arsenal will submit a bid for Real Betis midfielder Guido Rodriguez ‘within a month’, according to a report.
Gunners boss Mikel Arteta bolstered his midfield on last October’s transfer deadline day, securing a deal for Atletico Madrid’s Thomas Partey.
While the Ghanian has added steel to the side, the January loan signing of Martin Odegaard from Real Madrid brought much-needed creativity.
Nevertheless, this summer’s window will prove another crucial one as the Gunners look to progress from this season’s poor Premier League showing.
Rodriguez is one player whose name has emerged as a potential target this year. The 27-year-old moved to La Liga from his native Argentina in January 2020 and signed a four-year deal.
That contract featured an €80million (£70million) release clause, but according to El Desmarque, the Spanish club are willing to accept a much lower fee.
Indeed, the source says that, given that he signed for £2.7million from Argentina-based club America (via Transfermarkt), they have put an asking price of around €18million (£15.6million) on Rodriguez’s head.
As such, Arsenal are gearing up to make a move and ‘everything indicates’ that they will make a bid within the next month.
Betis also believe that the deal would present a ‘good opportunity’ for themselves and Arsenal, for a player who has played in all but three La Liga games this season.
AND THE REST FROM PAPER TALK
Aston Villa, West Ham and Newcastle want to sign struggling Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham. (ESPN)
Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says that the “unstoppable” Paul Pogba can help his side’s title charge next season. (Daily Mirror)
Edinson Cavani could also play a key role again next season, with the United striker close to agreeing a contract extension. (The Times)
Meanwhile, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is happy to target Europa League glory if his team fail to finish in the top four. (Daily Mail)
JOTA AGREES WITH LIVERPOOL CRITICISM
Reds forward Diogo Jota insists that Klopp is right to criticise his players for failing to hold onto leads. (Daily Mirror)
Manchester City have confirmed the signing of £5.2million wonderkid Dario Sarmiento from Estudiantes. (The Sun)
Lucas Vazquez is closing in on a new Real Madrid, despite months of uncertainty over his future. (AS)
SPANISH GIANTS STILL EYEING HAALAND
Across Spain, Lionel Messi will agree to a pay cut in a new Barcelona contract if it means the club will go after Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland. (Eurosport)
However, Madrid can afford the 20-year-old sensation, despite club president Florentino Perez’s claims to the contrary, says Haaland’s agent Mino Raiola. (AS)
Newcastle could turn to Huddersfield’s Lewis O’Brien if they cannot afford a permanent deal for Joe Willock. Indeed, Arsenal’s asking price could prove a big stumbling block. (The Sun)
Martin Keown feels that Gunners boss Mikel Arteta is lucky to still be in a job after his Europa League gamble backfired on Thursday. (Daily Mail)
INGS FACES GRIM END TO SEASON
Danny Ings may not play for Southampton again this season after injury. While it is a blow for the Saints, it will also dash his hopes of a role with England at Euro 2020. (The Times)
Leicester are monitoring Le Havre forward Josue Casimir. AC Milan and Wolfsburg are also in the race. (Foot Mercato)