Arsenal tracking Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang as replacement for Alexis Sanchez

Sport360 staff 12:18 16/01/2018
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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is linked with the Gunners.

WHAT THE PAPERS SAY

Alexis Sanchez’s impending departure from Arsenal has seen the Gunners open up talks with Borussia Dortmund over a transfer for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, according to the Daily Mirror. Arsenal’s new head of recruitment, Sven Mislintat, knows the 28-year-old Gabon forward from his time at the Bundesliga club and has recommended him to Emirates top brass, the newspaper reports. Dortmund are reported to be after £60 million for Aubameyang, however, which is likely to lead to delays while a deal is thrashed out.

The Gunners’ fund could be boosted by the £20 million sale of Theo Walcott to Everton, which could happen this week, the Daily Mirror says. The Toffees are said to be intent on securing the services of the 28-year-old forward, who may be inclined to move to Goodison Park with the promise of more play. The England player, who joined Arsenal from Southampton in 2006, has only made six Premier League appearances this season.

Across London, Chelsea’s plot to grab Andy Carroll to boost their attacking options is to be met with strong resistance by West Ham, The Sun reports. The Blues are said to be planning to offer the forward an opportunity to move to Stamford Bridge on loan. Carroll has struggled to be part of Hammers’ boss David Moyes’ plans while recovering from an ankle injury, however assistant manager Alan Irvine said the 29-year-old remains part of their strategy. According to the Evening Standard West Ham are only open to a permanent deal.

Tottenham Hotspur's English striker Harry Kane (L) greets West Ham United's English striker Andy Carroll (R) at the end of the English Premier League football match between Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United at Wembley Stadium in London, on January 4, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Glyn KIRK / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.  /         (Photo credit should read GLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images)

Could Andy Carroll be on his way to Stamford Bridge?

Swansea are in talks with Atletico Madrid over potential transfers for France striker Kevin Gameiro and Argentina midfielder Nicolas Gaitan, Wales Online report. New boss Carlos Carvalhal arrived tasked with keeping the club in the Premier League, and beefing up forward reinforcements is reported to be a priority. West Ham duo Diafra Sakho and Andre Ayew are reported to have been targets when the transfer season got underway, although the interest is said to have waned.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Solly March: Burnley are preparing to bid £10 million for the 23-year-old Brighton midfielder, the Daily Mail reports.

Jack Rodwell: Sunderland are willing to let the £70,000-a-week midfielder, 26, leave for free as they look to make cost savings, according Sky Sports.

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