Arsenal are preparing a new bid for a French star but will not be alone in their hunt, while Real Madrid make a promise over Gareth Bale’s exit – all in the latest Paper Talk.
ARSENAL, MAN CITY TO BATTLE FOR FRENCH STAR
Arsenal and Manchester City could go head-to-head in the battle to sign Lyon midfielder Houssem Aouar, according to reports.
The 22-year-old has become one of Europe’s most coveted players in his position after his form last season. He impressed as his side knocked out Juventus and City in the Champions League.
Arsenal have already taken steps to try to land Aouar, with a swap deal failing. The Gunners offered Matteo Guendouzi, but Lyon chief Juninho said he immediately rejected the proposal.
Previous reports have also suggested Arsenal have had a £31.2million bid rejected by Lyon.
Now, journalist Fabrizio Romano (via ESPN) claims Arsenal are preparing a new bid for Aouar. Lyon have maintained that their star player has a £54million price tag on his head.
According to the Daily Mirror, however, Arsenal will not be alone in their efforts. City boss Pep Guardiola is also an admirer and could persuade his superiors to fund a move.
Aouar scored nine goals and laid on 10 others for Lyon last season.
AND THE REST FROM PAPER TALK
Real Madrid are ready to pay half of Gareth Bale’s wages in order to fund a move to his next club (The Telegraph)
William Saliba will likely make his Arsenal debut on Saturday due to David Luiz’s injury (The Times)
The Gunners are awaiting a third bid from Aston Villa for goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez (Daily Mail)
Manchester City have set a price tag of £30million for young defender Eric Garcia, with Barcelona keen (The Times)
Mason Greenwood is to hold talks with Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in the coming days (The Sun)
United have signed talented Atletico Madrid youngster Alejandro Garnacho (Manchester Evening News)
Roma are ready to make a move for frozen-out Celtic full-back Boli Bolingoli (Daily Record)
The Hoops are keen on signing QPR talent Bright Osayi-Samuel for less than his asking price (The Scottish Sun)
West Ham captain Mark Noble has set aside his differences with the club after peace talks (Daily Mail)
Watford will not block Troy Deeney’s exit from Watford, should he decide to move on (Daily Mail)
Bournemouth want to re-sign midfielder Matt Ritchie from Newcastle but are struggling on personal terms (Newcastle Chronicle)
Cherries forward Joshua King would prefer a move to Old Trafford, as speculation mounts over his future (The Athletic)