Arsenal and Chelsea are monitoring Luke Shaw’s contract negotiations at Manchester United, the Daily Mirror reports. While Jose Mourinho has said a new deal at Old Trafford for the 22-year-old could be on the cards, the paper says talks are yet to get under way, putting rival clubs on alert.
The contract of the defender, who has recently featured more in Mourinho’s starting XI, will run out at the end of next season.
Tottenham look to want to keep manager Mauricio Pochettino at the club for the long term, with executives said to be willing to offer him a big-money deal, the Telegraph says. It comes as Spurs gear up to move to a new £850million stadium next season.
The club are said to want Pochettino to make the move with them and are hoping an attractive offer will keep clubs such as Real Madrid and Paris St Germain from trying to poach the 45-year-old, who last signed a five-year, £5.5million contract in 2016.
A number of top clubs are said to be keeping a close eye on Toby Alderweireld’s future at Tottenham following the decision to leave the defender out of the Spurs squad for their Champions League match against Juventus.
With Manchester United already rumoured to be linked to the 28-year-old, the Daily Mirror reports that Manchester City, Chelsea and Real Madrid are all poised to make a move if talks over a one-year extension at White Hart Lane break down.
Juventus are thought to have shown an interest in Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere as his Gunners contract nears its end, according to the Mirror. However, it is thought the 26-year-old is keen to remain at the Emirates despite being free to talk to overseas clubs, the paper says.
Arsenal have reportedly offered the midfielder a basic wage cut from £110,000 to £90,000 a week, but with the possibility to boost his pay with incentives based on performance and appearances.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Jack Butland: Stoke boss Paul Lambert appears confident he will not lose his star goalkeeper to big-name clubs despite reported interest from Arsenal and Liverpool, according to the Stoke Sentinel. Lambert said the 24-year-old is “too good a pro to be affected by any talk”, the paper reports.
Erik Lamela: The Spurs midfielder is not against a move to Inter Milan, talkSPORT reports. The 25-year-old, who is back playing after a lengthy hip injury, has previously played in Italy with Roma and is said to have enjoyed his time there. Yet it remains to be seen whether Spurs would let the Argentinian leave for Serie A.
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The transfer window is heating up and we have our daily transfer gossip column to keep you in the loop.
Here, we look at the top headlines doing the rounds in Europe’s media on Thursday.
LOS BLANCOS IN FOR MAURO ICARDI
The Whites have been running the rule over the striker for some time and could launch a summer bid for his services, however, Inter have put together a big-money financial package to tempt the 24-year-old to stay.
Reportedly, the Nerazzurri are willing to increase Icardi’s current salary from €4.7m per season to €6.5m while the Black and Blues also want to bump up his release clause from €90m to close to €200m.
Inter are worried that Madrid could meet his existing buyout clause in the summer and would command a lot more for his services.
Real are desperate for firepower up top and are seeking a long-term replacement for Karim Benzema.
Icardi is a big personality and presence Madrid need up top to help club legend Cristiano Ronaldo. Expect the Whites to rev up their interest after the World Cup in Russia.
SPURS AND TOFFEES TRACKING STEVEN BERGWIJN
The Premier League duo have scouted the 20-year-old flying Dutchman, who has impressed this term – scoring five goals in 22 Eredivisie appearances.
Bergwijn’s ability to operate from either flank is seen as a major plus and it is expected he will win full international honours sooner rather than later.
However, PSV will be reluctant to cash in on the attacker cheaply, given the investment they have made in bringing the player through the academy since the age of 13.
Bergwijn is of course still developing but definitely has the pace, skill and trickery suited to the Premier League. A fee of around £25m could well be enough to tempt PSV to part with the youngster but he still has some developing to do before he is ready for regular first-team football in England.
OLD LADY TARGETING JACK WILSHERE
The 26-year-old boyhood Gunner is out of contract at the end of the season and eligible to talk to other clubs, with his recent upturn in form attracting a string of admirers.
The reigning Serie A champions want to bring the England man to the club and could soon open official talks with the maestro.
Wilshere has been one of Arsenal’s standout performers this term but given an agreement over a new deal is no closer, he is set to leave the north London side.
Arsenal can really ill afford to let Wilshere go on a free but they may have no choice if both parties fail to reach an agreement soon. A move to Italy, however, is unlikely to enhance his future ambitions with England.
Two weeks on from the closure of the January transfer window and all eyes have turned to the summer window, as clubs start putting the initial touches of transfers they’ll hope to conclude before September.
Here, we round up the transfer tales that have set the rumour mill abuzz.
WHAT THE PAPERS SAY
Real Madrid appear confident of landing Neymar from Paris St Germain in the summer, the Independent reports. It comes with Real said to be looking to overhaul their squad at the end of the season with young, big-name players. The club appear ready to lose some of their star players – possibly to the Premier League – and ignore some of its other rumoured targets, such as Harry Kane, in order for the deal to happen. But it remains to be seen whether PSG will be willing to accept an offer for the player who joined them in a record deal just last summer.
Crystal Palace’s goalkeeper woes could be answered by free agent Diego Cavalieri, according to the Sun. The 35-year-old has flown to England, the paper says, as Roy Hodgson looks to strengthen his options after getting by with only one fit senior goalkeeper. The Brazilian has previously worked with Eagles boss Hodgson at Liverpool and after ending his contract with Brazilian side Fluminense, a return to the Premier League could be the perfect fit for Cavalieri.
Martin Dubravka appears to have has impressed his bosses at Newcastle after joining the club on loan from Sparta Prague last month. According to the Daily Mirror, the Magpies are now hoping to hold on to the 29-year-old on a permanent basis, with the club willing to pay up to £5.2million in the summer for the keeper. Manchester United failed to score past the Czech on an impressive debut as the Magpies secured a 1-0 win.
Ander Herrera is on the radar of AC Milan, the Daily Star reports. Citing Italian sport newspaper Tuttosport, it says the Serie A club are preparing to make a move for the 28-year-old, who has made United’s starting XI just eight times in the Premier League this season. According to reports, Old Trafford bosses would be open to a deal if Milan offer more than £30million for the Spaniard.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Justin Kluivert: The 18-year-old Ajax star looks open to a move to the Premier League, the Daily Mirror says. The Dutch striker is contracted in Holland until 2019 but reportedly has not ruled out a move to either Arsenal, Tottenham, Chelsea or Manchester United in the future.
Speculation linking the teenager to United heated up after he was spotted chatting to boss Jose Mourinho at the end of the UEFA Europa League final last season.
Toby Alderweireld: The 28-year-old has become a target for Manchester United after his Tottenham future became unclear, the Manchester Evening News reports. The Belgian has just 18 months left on his contract and rumours have started to circulate after he missed Spurs’ Champions League trip to Turin this week.
Mourinho is thought to be looking to bolster United’s defence and could be prepared to trigger Alderweireld’s £25million release clause this summer.