Arsenal look to raid Lille again in the hunt for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s replacement, while Tottenham decide on Danny Rose’s short-term future – all in the latest Paper Talk.
ARSENAL EYE OSIMHEN
Arsenal are interested in signing Lille striker Victor Osimhen as a replacement for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, according to a report.
The Gunners are at a crossroads with Aubameyang as the Gabon international only has one year remaining on his deal, and he has been heavily linked with a move away.
Boss Mikel Arteta said in March that he was keen to sit down with Aubameyang to discuss his future, but it is unclear whether such talks have progressed.
According to La Repubblica (via the Daily Express), Arsenal will cash in on the 30-year-old if he does not sign a new deal before the start of next season.
The source adds that if Aubameyang does go, Arsenal will look to Lille, just as they did last summer when Nicolas Pepe was brought to north London for £72million.
Oshimhen was Pepe’s replacement at Lille and it said that the French club want £50million for his signature, amid interest from Napoli.
Nigeria international Osimhen has scored 18 goals in 38 games this season.
AND THE REST
Tottenham are willing to allow Danny Rose and Kyle Walker-Peters to complete the protracted season at Newcastle and Southampton, respectively (The Telegraph)
Liverpool’s games which give them a chance at the Premier League title – as well as other high-risk matches – will be played at neutral venues (The Times)
The Merseyside Derby between Everton and Liverpool will be played at either Old Trafford or the Etihad Stadium on June 20 – Liverpool could win the title if Manchester City lose to Arsenal on June 17 (Daily Mirror)
A group of MPs has warned the English Football League (EFL) that it may only have weeks to avoid financial ruin (Daily Mirror)
Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante is back from compassionate leave and is training on his own after earlier refusing to attend sessions over health concerns (The Telegraph)
Former Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has slammed the club’s transfer strategy after revealing they signed his ‘seventh or eighth-choice’ transfer target over his other preferred players (Daily Mail)
Arsenal will not look to appoint a new chairman following the decision of Sir Chips Keswick to retire after seven years in the role (The Telegraph)
Kevin De Bruyne is reportedly ready to open contract talks with Manchester City (The Sun)
Leicester are not interested in Celtic’s Kristoffer Ajer, according to reports (Scottish Sun)
Harry Redknapp is weighing up a stunning returning to football – with Airdrie (Daily Record)
Everton are keeping tabs on Sporting Lisbon star Wendel ahead of the summer transfer window (Daily Express)
Chelsea have made an approach for FC Porto star Jesus Corona, according to the winger’s agent (Daily Express)
Manchester United have renewed their interest in former transfer target Pietro Pellegri of Monaco, according to reports (Daily Star)