Paper Talk: Arsenal plotting shock Lacazette Real Madrid swap deal

Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale in action for Real Madrid

Arsenal are plotting a shock loan swap with Real Madrid for a Tottenham legend, while Sunday’s transfer gossip claims that Newcastle’s transfer budget for the January transfer window will be surprisingly low.


Arsenal have been surprisingly linked with a January swoop to sign Real Madrid winger Gareth Bale in a loan swap for striker Alexandre Lacazette.

Both players are in the final year of their contracts, and the Gunners are rumoured to be keen to part ways with the France attacker in January.

The report from Defensa Central, as cited by The Sun, states that Mikel Arteta wants to bring the Tottenham icon back to north London.

Bale spent last campaign on loan with his old club before returning to the Bernabeu, where he won back his starting spot under Carlo Ancelotti.

However, he has not featured since August 28 after picking up yet another injury that has plagued his time in Spain.

Despite the continuing fitness concerns, the report adds that Arsenal are keen to strike a deal.

And the Spanish news outlet insists that the Gunners have offered Lacazette in exchange for Bale.

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Arsenal director of football Edu identifies Dominic Calvert-Lewin as next signing

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However, the Emirates outfit have let it be known that the Wales skipper would have to lower his wage demands.

The major concern for Arsenal, however, is that Real appear to have cooled their interest in Lacazette.

Despite financial concerns, they are now looking at trying to sign either Kylian Mbappe or Erling Haaland instead.

That would appear to leave a move for Bale dead in the water, unless Real are told they have no hope of landing either of their top two targets.

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Amanda Staveley, Newcastle takeover

Newcastle United will have a January transfer budget of only £50m despite there being room for another £140m under Financial Fair Play rules. (Sunday Telegraph)

Barcelona are hoping to sign Chelsea defenders Cesar Azpilicueta and Andreas Christensen next summer if they eventually become free agents. (Sun on Sunday)

Kylian Mbappe will quit PSG next summer regardless of the size of the club’s offer of a new contract. (Sun on Sunday)

Barcelona have asked to be kept updated on the future of Manchester United midfielder Nemanja Matic. (Sun on Sunday)

Roma boss Jose Mourinho is plotting a move for Riqui Puig now the Barcelona midfielder has fallen down the pecking order at the Nou Camp. (Sun on Sunday)

Harry Redknapp says Mike Ashley offered him a private jet from Bournemouth and back every day to take the Newcastle job when he was in charge of Portsmouth. (Sun on Sunday)


Renato Sanches, Edson Alvarez, Lille v Ajax at the Pierre Mauroy Stadium

Liverpool target Renato Sanches will be allowed to leave Lille if a ‘big club’ table a bid, the French side have said. (Sun on Sunday)

Tottenham and West Ham are considering a move for Saint-Etienne’s young English keeper Etienne Green. (Sun on Sunday)

Mo Salah’s agent Ramy Abbas Issa flew into England on Saturday – fuelling speculation of further talks over a new £500,000-a-week deal for the Egyptian king. (Sunday Mirror)

Arsenal midfielder Martin Odegaard is open to the idea of returning to Real Sociedad. That is according to former Gunners loan goalkeeper Mat Ryan, now with Sociedad. (Sunday Mirror)

Dani Alves has told Barcelona he would be happy to return and help them out now he is a free agent after the termination of his contract with Sao Paulo. (Sunday Mirror)


Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger wants £400,000 per week to sign a new deal at Stamford Bridge. (Mail on Sunday)

Real Madrid are ready to offer Paul Pogba £12m per year and a £25m signing bonus, according to a report in Spain. (Mail on Sunday)

Arsenal have settled on Real Madrid striker Luka Jovic to replace Alexandre Lacazette. (Sunday Express)

Manchester United have set aside £70m for the next transfer window. However, it will only be available as long as they feel they can sustain a genuine Premier League title challenge. (Daily Star Sunday)

Newcastle supporters have been warned not to expect Erling Haaland and other superstars to arrive at the club despite their new-found spending power. (Daily Star Sunday)

Olivier Giroud snubbed a move to Everton after a friend of his received a “sign from heaven” in a dream. (Daily Star Sunday)