With doubts over Arsene Wenger’s future at Arsenal continuing to mount, Joachim Low appears to be the first choice to takeover the manager’s spot this summer, The Sun reports. It is thought the Gunners’ recent bad run of form could see an end to Wenger’s 22-year reign, with the German coach said to be ready to consider an offer after the World Cup. Monaco coach Leonardo Jardim and Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers are also said to be among the favourites if Wenger is ousted at the end of the season.
Emre Can will not be making a decision on his future until the end of the season, the Daily Express says. The Liverpool midfielder is out of contract at the end of the current campaign, but the paper reports he said after the 0-0 draw against Porto that his agent has “blocked all negotiations” while he focuses on this season. Juventus are said to be interested in the 24-year-old if he becomes available on a free transfer.
Alan Pardew appears to have been offered a lifeline at West Brom after defeats at Huddersfield and Watford left a question mark hanging over his future at the club. The Daily Mail says the club hierarchy have ruled out a change at the top so close to the end of the season, with Pardew deemed the most suitable fit to tackle a possible looming relegation. The Baggies are eight points adrift of safety with nine games remaining.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Dominic Calvert-Lewin: The Everton forward could be called up to the England team ahead of the World Cup, the Daily Mirror says. England are facing friendlies with Holland and Italy this month and Gareth Southgate is said to be considering the 20-year-old for a place in the squad after gaining experience in the Under-20 and Under-21 squads.
Iker Casillas: Porto goalkeeper Iker Casillas is on the radar of Newcastle for a free transfer this summer, according to the Newcastle Chronicle. The 36-year-old was tipped for a move to St James’ Park in the January transfer window but with Rafa Benitez said to want to bolster his goalkeeper options, the Magpies look set once again to make Casillas one of their key targets at the end of the season.
Manchester United are eyeing up Watford’s Abdoulaye Doucoure for a summer transfer, according to the Mirror.
The Mirror says reports in Italy suggest the 24-year-old German international is close to signing a contract with the club.
Reported Manchester United target Paulo Dybala could sign a new five-year contract at Juventus without any release clause, according to the Sun.
The paper says the 24-year-old believes he still has much to learn in Italy before testing himself in the Premier League.
Arsenal have reportedly set their sights on Bayer Leverkusen goalkeeper Bernd Leno.
The Daily Mail writes the Gunners want to sign a new keeper this summer, and rate Leno highly. But the potential move casts doubt on the future of Petr Cech as the club’s number one, the paper adds.
Liverpool are reportedly on the brink of signing Monaco star Thomas Lemar. The Metro says reports in the French media suggest the club are close to an agreement in principle for their long-term target.
Players to watch
David Alaba: The Mirror claims Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United could all battle it out for the wing-back after the Austrian admitted he was leaving an exit from Bayern Munich “open”. The paper says Barcelona and Real Madrid could also be keen on the star.
Marouane Fellaini: Paris St Germain are reportedly set to offer the 30-year-old Manchester United midfielder a lucrative four-year deal. The Sun says the Belgian has turned down the offer of a contract extension at Old Trafford, and claims reports in France suggest PSG are looking to make their move.
Though the winter transfer window just passed and the summer window is still months down the road, that hasn’t stopped the chatter of players potentially being on the move.
Across the world of football, there remains plenty of activity and stories that have football fans talking.
Here, we look at five potential transfer candidates that could be heading elsewhere when the market reopens in June.
Chelsea will stall on any contract offer from the Blues in the hope of securing a summer move to Real Madrid, the Daily Mail reports. While Hazard is happy under Antonio Conte at Stamford Bridge, it is believed he is ready for a change after nearly six seasons in west London. Although the Belgian would add creativity, flair and class to a star-studded attack at the Bernabeu, Chelsea will do what they can to keep hold of their prized asset for next season. The report also states that Thibaut Courtois is eager to follow Hazard to the Spanish capital.
Arsenal are considering pushing through a cut-price transfer for the Bayer Leverkusen goalkeeper, according to Bild. The Gunners are keen to add a shot-stopper to their ranks after the ageing Petr Cech’s shaky displays this term.. David Ospina is available as a deputy, but Arsene Wenger’s side are searching for a young man between the sticks to build the future around. Leno, who turned 26 last week, has a £13m (Dh66m) release clause in his contract – a bargain for a shot-stopper considered a future German number one.
Tottenham have been eyeing up another Bayer Leverkusen star in the form of Tah, according to The Mirror. The paper says the club are looking at the defender as insurance in case Toby Alderweireld leaves and have been watching several of the 22-year-old’s games recently. Alderweireld’s current contract expires next season and Spurs are yet to persuade the Belgian to sign a new deal. If the north London side sell their star centre-back in the summer, they will aim to sign £35m-rated Tah (Dh178m), who has three senior caps for Germany and could head to the World Cup.
Manchester United and Barcelona have been dealt a major blow as the Bayern Munich man is close to agreeing a new long-term contract at the Allianz Arena. According to Kicker, the 23-year-old has been rewarded with a contract extension up until 2022 as a result of his recent sparkling form. The former Red Bull Leipzig star complained of a lack of minutes last season but has established himself into one of Jupp Heynckes’ key men this term, since stepping into the right-back spot that Philipp Lahm vacated at the end of the 2015/16 season.
The former Chelsea star is eyeing a return to Stamford Bridge after quitting Jiangsu Suning in the Chinese Super League. The 30-year-old left the Stamford Bridge outfit back in January 2016 after falling down the pecking order under then-boss Guus Hiddink. But Ramires has now opened the door to a return to the Blues by admitting to Brazilian publication UOL Esporte he’d be prepared to go back. The Brazilian made 246 appearances across six seasons in the English capital and clinched five trophies, including Champions League and Premier League titles.