Paper Talk: Arsenal’s preferred summer signing is Man Utd target

Date published: Friday 11th June 2021 8:34 - Matthew Briggs

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Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has identified his ideal defensive signing, while Manchester United have a back-up plan if they fail to agree a deal with Borussia Dortmund for Jadon Sancho, all in the papers.

ARSENAL LOCK ON TO KOUNDE

Mikel Arteta’s perfect defensive signing this summer is Jules Kounde, according to The Athletic.

Arteta is on the lookout for a new defender after David Luiz’s exit.

Sevilla centre-back Jules Kounde, who is also on the wanted list of Manchester United, is understood to be on the Gunners’ radar.

However, Arsenal face a struggle to get the 22-year-old to The Emirates without Champions League football.

Kounde also has a £69m release clause in his contract, which could also prevent Arsenal from getting serious about an approach for the France international.

However, the report claims Sevilla would be open to offers for the player. Whether Arsenal have the financial muscle to compete for Kounde is open to debate.

UNITED LINE UP SANCHO BACK-UP

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Man Utd are prepared to bid for Bayern Munich’s French winger Kingsley Coman, 24, if Dortmund play hardball over a move for Sancho. (Sport1)

Serge Aurier has reached an agreement with Paris Saint-Germain. (Football Insider)

Manchester United expect to announce the signing of Borussia Dortmund and England winger Jadon Sancho after Euro 2020 and have already agreed personal terms with the 21-year-old. (Sun)

 

Juventus are interested in signing Tottenham and England striker Harry Kane, but a major stumbling block will be the price tag Spurs chairman Daniel Levy has set for the 27-year-old, who has indicated he wants to leave the club. (Calciomercato)

Manchester United have begun talks with representatives of 28-year-old France midfielder Paul Pogba about a new contract. (Sky Sports)

Pogba, talking before France’s European Championship campaign, has refused to rule out a move to Paris St-Germain as speculation about his future continues. (Mirror)

Germany midfielder Ilkay Gundogan, 30, is keen to wait and see if Barcelona are genuinely interested in him before making a decision on his Manchester City future. (Sun)

West Ham manager David Moyes, 58, is on the verge of signing a new three-year contract with the club, ending the prospect of a return to Everton. (Telegraph)

Manchester United and Manchester City are reportedly weighing up moves for West Ham United midfielder Declan Rice. (Express)

Everton are reportedly considering activating a clause to bring Nikola Vlasic back – two years after selling him. (The Sun)

 

SABITZER CHASE

Arsenal have been given a boost in their pursuit of Marcel Sabitzer, with reports suggesting he could be the next player to leave RB Leipzig. (The Sun)

Burnley are making a stunning new £12m bid for Stoke City centre-back Nathan Collins. (The Sun)

Norwich are being linked with Armenia right-winger Norberto Briasco after losing star man Emiliano Buendia to Aston Villa. (The Sun)

Italian champions Inter Milan have offered 35-year-old English midfielder Ashley Young a new one-year contract, putting plans of a potential return to boyhood club Watford in serious doubt. (Sun)

Chelsea chief Marina Granovskaia has promised Olivier Giroud a move away from the club this summer – despite handing him a new one-year contract last week. (Daily Star)

 

GIROUD HEADING FOR MILAN

Olivier Giroud and Christian Pulisic of Chelsea

AC Milan have agreed a two-year deal with France and Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud, 34. (Calciomercato)

Lionel Messi has reportedly held ‘serious talks’ with David Beckham over a move to Inter Miami. (Daily Star)

Liverpool are preparing to make a move for Lazio’s Serbia midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, with Reds boss Jurgen Klopp identifying the 26-year-old as his top target to replace Netherlands international Georginio Wijnaldum after his move to Paris St-Germain. (Il Messaggero)

Tottenham Hotspur are among the clubs interested in giving Sheffield United’s English goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale a chance to stay in the top flight. Wolves are also interested in the 23-year-old. (Mail)

Arsenal are reportedly considering making a move for Belgian youngster Albert Sambi Lokonga after Granit Xhaka moved a step closer to the exit. (Express)

Real Betis’ Chilean boss Manuel Pellegrini is the latest name linked with the Everton job after Carlo Ancelotti’s departure for Real Madrid.

Former Manchester City and West Ham manager Pellegrini is being considered, along with ex-Liverpool and Newcastle boss Rafael Benitez and former Wolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo. (Mail)

Everton have also made contact with former Lyon boss Rudi Garcia about the vacancy at Goodison Park. (L’Equipe)

Everton and Tottenham are both looking to make a move for 23-year-old Uruguay winger Diego Rossi, who is expected to cost around £10m from US Major League Soccer side Los Angeles FC. (Telegraph)

Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal are also keen on RB Leipzig’s 22-ear-old US right-back Tyler Adams. (Athletic)

Marseille are preparing to make a move for Barcelona’s 28-year-old Brazil midfielder Philippe Coutinho. (Mundo Deportivo)

Fenerbahce are interested in signing Liverpool’s 25-year-old left-back Kostas Tsimikas, with the Reds open to letting the Greece international leave on loan. (Fotomac, via Sport Witness)

Fulham’s former England Under-19 defender Tosin Adarabioyo, 23, who is wanted by Arsenal and Newcastle, will be able to leave Craven Cottage for £10m this summer because of a release clause in his contract. (Mail)

Arsenal have been linked with Anderlecht midfielder Albert Sambi Lokonga, with the -year-old Belgian also attracting interest from Monaco, Sevilla and Bayer Leverkusen. (Sudinfo)

BARCA PUSH FOR PELLEGRINI

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Barca have already “taken steps” to try to sign Italy midfielder Lorenzo Pellegrini from Roma, but face competition from Liverpool and Atalanta for the 24-year-old’s signature. (Mundo Deportivo)

West Bromwich Albion have made contact with former Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes about the managerial vacancy at The Hawthorns after the collapse of talks with David Wagner. (Football Insider)

The Portuguese coach Paulo Fonseca is hopeful of wrapping up a deal to become the next manager of Tottenham Hotspur this week. (Telegraph)

Barcelona and Atletico Madrid are poised to battle it out for the signature of Napoli’s 25-year-old Spanish midfielder Fabian Ruiz, who has rejected two contract extension offers from the Italian club. (AS)

Arsenal and Newcastle United are interested in Fulham defender Tosin Adarabioyo this summer as both teams look to bolster their defensive options. (Daily Mail)

Barcelona have offered the services of Antoine Griezmann to Juventus (Calciomercato)

LANG INTERESTING LEEDS

Noa Lang, Club Brugge winger

Leeds United are interested in signing young Netherlands midfielder Noa Lang (Fabrizio Romano)

Galatasaray are preparing a £1m-plus bid for Hibs defender Ryan Porteous. (Scottish Sun)

Gavin Rae saw Ange Postecoglou transform Australia’s footballing fortunes first-hand – now he expects him to do the same for Celtic. (Scottish Sun)

Hamilton have won the race to land Kieran MacDonald. (Scottish Sun)

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