Manchester United have been offered a Juventus star in exchange for an unwanted defender, while Mikel Arteta has made personal contact to bring a Barcelona midfielder to Arsenal, according to Monday’s transfer gossip.
JUVENTUS TARGET MOVE FOR CHRIS SMALLING
Juventus are looking to sign Manchester United’s Chris Smalling and are willing to offer a swap deal to land their man.
That’s according to a report in the Daily Mirror, who claim Federico Bernardeschi is the player set to offered in return.
Smalling has spent the year on loan with Roma and has hugely impressed. He made 36 appearances in all competitions, scoring three times. The 30-year-old defender is wanted in a permanent deal, but his £18m price tag is proving prohibitive.
As such, Juve are ready to step in and are trying to bring the player north to Turin.
In order to facilitate the deal, United are being offered the chance to sign winger Bernardeschi. The Italian was mentioned as a target for United in June as a Plan B to Jadon Sancho.
The 26-year-old Italy international can operate on both wings or play through the middle as a No 10. But he is some way down Maurizio Sarri’s pecking order and could be moved on.
He featured 37 times in total this season, but many of them were off the bench. As such, the Italian champions would happily sacrifice the player, claims Calciomercato.
Whether Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Co are tempted by the swap remains to be seen. However, with hopes very much alive for Sancho, it may be that United prefer a straight cash deal for Smalling only.
The Daily Star claims United would prefer to use Smalling in a swap deal with Inter Milan for Milan Skriniar.
ARSENAL TARGET RAKITIC
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has reportedly made personal contact with Ivan Rakitic as he aims to convince the Barcelona star to move to the Emirates. (Daily Mirror)
Paul Gascoigne is backing calls to give a posthumous knighthood to the man he called his “second dad” – Jack Charlton. (Daily Mirror)
Frank Lampard admits he does not know whether Willian will still be at Stamford Bridge next season but insists the ball is in the player’s court. (Daily Mirror)
The Community Shield could see Liverpool and Arsenal field young and fringe players in the traditional Wembley curtain raiser. (Daily Mirror)
Josep Bartomeu has opened up on Manchester United transfer target Ansu Fati. The Barcelona president insists he wants the teenager to stay at the Nou Camp for the rest of his career. (Daily Express)
VILLA CHASE ORIGI
Aston Villa are targeting a summer move for Liverpool striker Divock Origi. (The Sun)
Arsenal will offer Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang a new £250,000-a-week deal this week in a bid to keep him at the Emirates. (Daily Star)
Matteo Guendouzi appears to have no future at Arsenal following his radio silence in the aftermath of the FA Cup final. (Daily Star)
Arsenal are ready to cash in on several first-team stars including Alexandre Lacazette and Hector Bellerin to raise funds for Mikel Arteta’s rebuild. (Daily Mail)
Tottenham are probably leading the race for Philippe Coutinho right now over the likes of Arsenal, Chelsea and Leicester. (Daily Mail)
Real Madrid’s Luka Jovic and Valencia’s Rodrigo are among the top talents that could leave Spain this summer. (Daily Mail)
Fulham will be desperate to secure promotion to the Premier League in the play-offs. Failure will see their transfer plans badly hit. (Daily Mail)
Referees should send players off if they deliberately cough at an opponent or match official, new FA guidance states. (The Times)
AND MORE GOSSIP
Frank Lampard will step up his Ben Chilwell bid with a defensive clear-out. (The Times)
Bournemouth may target John Terry to replace Eddie Howe. (The Times)
Tottenham Hotspur face competition from Everton for another of José Mourinho’s preferred summer recruits: the Turkey full-back Zeki Celik. (The Times)
Frank Lampard has appealed to the Premier League to delay Chelsea’s start to next season. (Daily Telegraph)
Eddie Howe is planning to take a break from football after leaving Bournemouth after his departure on Saturday night. (Daily Telegraph)
Arsenal will step up their recruitment plans after victory in the FA Cup final, with Sevilla defender Diego Carlos one of their potential targets. (Daily Telegraph)