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Hazard to PSG for €60m, Wenger to be given a warchest, Milner wants to leave City and Liverpool after German midfielder.

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Yes, that's right folks, it's the possible return of that most glorious of footballing abstract notions, the transfer 'warchest', and it's heading to north London.

Following Arsenal's FA Cup final victory over Hull, all now seems rosy in Gunnerworld, with Arsene Wenger reported in the Daily Telegraph as close to signing a three-year deal for lots of lovely money.

The rather more interesting aspect of the Telegraph piece are the thoughts regarding the club's potential summer spending, however: 'Unlike previous transfer windows, the majority of the squad are on long-term contracts and Wenger will also be entrusted this summer with a £100 million transfer budget. The club's increased spending power is largely a consequence of new commercial deals with kit manufacturer Puma and sponsors Emirates.' It's all very exciting eh, Arsenal fans?

Lars Bender, Javi Martinez and Karim Benzema are all immediately also mentioned, as if you weren't licking your lips in anticipation enough.

The long-ranging effects of FFP seem to be hitting hard in Paris, with L'Equipe reporting that Paris St Germain have made signing Eden Hazard from Chelsea their top priority this summer.

There does seem to be an uneasy air between Chelsea and Hazard currently, and PSG are presumably prepared to take advantage of that situation. Jose Mourinho has recently suggested that the Belgian doesn't work hard enough (and our Matthew Stanger has got his back on that), fuelling talk of a summer move.

L'Equipe also mention a fee of €60million, which is surely high enough to at least make Chelsea consider it?

This gossiper rather loves James Milner, so we can quite see why he would want to leave Manchester City in a bid to get regular first-team football and therefore increase his chances of breaking into Roy Hodgson's England line-up. Milner is now 28 and must therefore be wanting to play every week - he's certainly good enough.

Quite whether Manchester City can afford to let him go given their necessity to meet homegrown criteria is another question entirely, particularly as Milner is above Jack Rodwell, Scott Sinclair and Micah Richards in the Englishmen pecking order at the Etihad, but that doesn't stop talk of a Milner move flooding this morning's papers.

The Liverpool Echo mention Everton whilst the Metro add Tottenham into that mix, before the Guardian steam in with Arsenal, which is the one that sounds sensible to us. Not to be outdone, they also put Liverpool in there.

Summary is probably that no-one has a clue but that Milner surely has his sights set on leaving.


Our headline is a dreadful pun, we grant you that, but the Daily Mail have made claims (that we remember seeing a while ago, actually) that Liverpool are showing significant interest in Bayer Leverkusen's Emre Can.

Can is a central midfielder who at 20 has a host of Germany U21 caps but is yet to hold down a place in the full squad. He is left-footed and powerful, perhaps slightly reminiscent of Nemanja Matic.

Where the Mail perhaps go slightly awry is by mentioning that "The 20-year-old has been on Liverpool's radar for two years after impressing scouts at a tournament in Mexico." If that was true why wouldn't they just have bought him from Bayern Munich last summer, rather than paying £10million this summer? Important to note that Bayern do also have a first option on Can if he leaves Leverkusen.

Manchester City will offer Bacary Sagna £150,000 a week in order to tempt him to sign...Club Bolivar hope David Beckham will come out of retirement and join the club for the Copa Libertadores...Burnley are hoping to sign Bournemouth defender Steve Cook...Newcastle striker Shola Ameobi and Sunderland midfielder Seb Larsson are both on Hull's summer wish list ahead of their debut in the Europa League.. Leicester City are hoping to make Villa midfielder Marc Albrighton one of their summer additions, along with Brighton defender Matthew Upson...West Ham and Southampton are battling for the signature of £8m-rated Nice left-back Timothee Kolodziejczak... Crystal Palace and Hull will look to sign Liam Ridgewell in the wake of the defender's release by West Brom... Montpellier midfielder Remy Cabella is open to a move to Newcastle this summer after they failed to secure a deal for him in January... Leeds United are keen on Rotherham midfielder Ben Pringle.

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