Hector Bellerin headlines our Rumour Mill as Arsenal are poised to accept £50m offer for Spanish star

David Cooper 13/03/2018
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Bellerin could be leaving the Gunners.

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 potential transfer candidates that could be heading elsewhere when the market reopens in June.

Get in touch with your thoughts too via Twitter and Facebook.

HECTOR BELLERIN

Arsenal are ready to sell the highly-rated £50m (Dh 255m) defender in the summer to help fund their squad rebuild, according to the Daily Mail.

The Spanish international has emerged as one of the Premier League’s most exciting young players but his development has stalled over the past two seasons.

Barcelona, Juventus and Manchester City have all shown an interest in the 22-year-old right-back, who has made over 150 appearances for the North London side.

The paper reports that Arsenal’s head of recruitment, Sven Mislintat, wants to use the money from Bellerin’s transfer to sign at least three new players – a goalkeeper, a defensive midfielder and a centre-back.

Likely to leave the Emirates: Bellerin.

ALBAN LAFONT

Arsenal face competition from Napoli and Roma in their bid to sign the highly-rated French goalkeeper from Toulouse, reports L’Equipe.

The 19-year-old is under contract until the end of the season, with the two Serie A sides ready to battle it out with the Gunners for his services.

Lafont is being tipped to replace Hugo Lloris as the future Les Bleus’ No.1 and the Gunners see him as the ideal replacement for the error-prone Petr Cech and out-of-favour David Ospina.

The French under-20 international is the youngest shot-stopper to have ever played in Ligue 1 and has gone on to make almost 100 appearances for Toulouse, including 33 in all competitions so far this campaign.

The Gunners are chasing a new man between the sticks.

KENEDY

Newcastle will try to land the in-form Brazilian attacker on a permanent deal at the end of the season, The Mirror claims.

Toon boss Rafa Benitez will have to pay up to £15m (Dh 75m) for the 22-year-old who has helped to lift United five points clear of the relegation zone.

Kenedy scored twice against Southampton at the weekend and has made six league starts this term – more than he made in nearly 30 months at Stamford Bridge.

The former Fluminense man has previously admitted that he is open to the prospect of staying on Tyneside if they remain in England’s top flight.

Kenedy is hoping to fire Newcastle to safety.

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Big future ahead of him: Timo Werner.

Liverpool and Manchester United are keen on signing Red Bull Leipzig forward Timo Werner according to the Daily Mirror, but the German international has said the Premier League sides should give up attempting to sign him over the summer, the paper added.

Liverpool midfielder Emre Can is wanted by Italian giants Juventus, the Liverpool Echo reports. The 24-year-old is out of contract at Anfield in July after being signed in 2014 for £9.75 million, with Juve keen to take on the German international.

Rony Lopes could be tempted with a return to the Etihad, the Manchester Evening News reports. Lopes, 22, spent two years at Manchester City but moved to Monaco without having made an appearance for the Premier League side. But the paper said he is interested in heading back to the north west.

Aleksandar Mitrovic’s future at Newcastle will be decided in May after the Serbia striker’s impressive form on loan at Fulham, according to the Newcastle Chronicle. The paper reports Magpies manager Rafael Benitez has been impressed with Mitrovic, who has scored seven times in eight games for the Cottagers since completing a temporary move in January.

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 06: Aleksandar Mitrovic of Fulham celebratres after scoring his sides first goal during the Sky Bet Championship match between Fulham and Sheffield United at Craven Cottage on March 6, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images)

Mitrovic has impressed at Craven Cottage.

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Marca reports that Atletico Madrid striker Antoine Griezmann has started looking for houses in Catalonia ahead of a potential summer switch to La Liga leaders Barcelona.

Meanwhile, ESPN reports that Neymar wants to leave PSG with Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic saying they would welcome the Brazilian back to the Nou Camp.

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Jack Wilshere headlines our Rumour Mill as AC Milan are poised to move for Arsenal midfielder

David Cooper 12/03/2018
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Gunners star Jack Wilshere is out of contract at the end of the season.

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 potential transfer candidates that could be heading elsewhere when the market reopens in June.

Get in touch with your thoughts too via Twitter and Facebook.

JACK WILSHERE

On the move? Jack Wilshere.

AC Milan are poised to make a move for the Arsenal midfielder after his outstanding display in the Europa League last week.

The Express are reporting that the Rossoneri are ready to launch a raid for the Gunners star who is out of contract at the end of the season.

Talks to renew the 26-year-old’s deal seem to have stalled though Wilshere has made it clear he wants to stay at the Emirates Stadium.

Arsenal, too, want to keep the playmaker but need to tie him up to fresh terms quickly and ward off further interest from Juventus and Sampdoria.

LAUTARO MARTINEZ

Hot prospect: Lautaro Martinez.

Manchester City are the latest club to show an interest in signing the prolific Racing Club striker Lautaro Martinez, claims the Express.

The Argentinian, who is out of contract at the end of the season, is also being scouted by Atletico Madrid, Real Madrid, Inter and AC Milan.

The 20-year-old has scored 12 goals in 14 matches this term, and is being touted as one of South America’s next big stars.

Martinez rejected a loan move to Los Blancos two years ago and is tipped to be included in Jorge Sampaoli’s World Cup squad this summer.

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