ARSENAL TALK TO LUKAKU AND LACAZETTE
We’re starting with Arsenal, and can’t help but feel that The Sun are just collating other rumours to bring us the story (from Daniel Cutts) that the club are talking to Romelu Lukaku and Alexandre Lacazette.
The Sun claim that Arsene Wenger has spoken to Lyon and Everton regarding the two strikers, with Lukaku his first priority. Wenger is said to want a new forward before Arsenal leave for their pre-season tour, but Lukaku’s asking price of £65m is a sticking point. Well yeah, it would be.
We also get quotes from an Arsenal source, which is all very exciting: “Arsene is keen to get a new striker in as soon as possible, but won’t rush anything and overspend. Olivier Giroud is very much in his plans, but he wants to get someone in and was upset about losing out on Jamie Vardy.”
Oh, actually not that exciting.
EVERTON INTERESTED IN SCHMEICHEL
Everton have already signed Maarten Stekelenburg, but making him their first-choice goalkeeper this season would sit somewhere between stupid and bloody stupid; he’s just not good enough, unfortunately.
With that in mind, the Liverpool Echo reports that Everton are planning an audacious £17m bid for Leicester goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel, with the belief that Leicester may agree to sell after buying Ron-Robert Zieler.
The Echo also mention Ajax goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen, who would be another excellent signing, while Tim Krul has been touted for a couple of weeks. Watch this space, basically.
MOURINHO CONFIDENT OF POGBA DEAL
For Cristiano Ronaldo in 2014 and Gareth Bale in 2015, read Paul Pogba in 2016. The papers are pushing this one big time.
We at Football365 assumed that Real Madrid would be the likely club to sign Pogba from Juventus if he actually went anywhere. More likely would be the player staying at Juventus and moving to the Bernabeu, or joining Real later in the window when they have sold James Rodriguez and Alvaro Morata.
That said, the English media is really going in hard, with the Daily Mail claiming that Jose Mourinho is growing increasingly confident of landing Pogba for a fee of £80m. They even claim that Manchester United would go as far as £100m. Poor Wayne Rooney really is going to struggle to get minutes.
This follows claims from the Daily Telegraph’s Jason Burt that United have a free path on Pogba, because Real Madrid won’t go beyond £60m.
My understanding is Man Utd have clear run @ Pogba as Real Madrid won't go above £60m. Utd will. Me + @JPercyTelegraph wrote this last week
— Jason Burt (@JBurtTelegraph) July 4, 2016
Big problem for Man Utd with Pogba remains persuading him to leave Juve and come back to them. Plus all the fees..
— Jason Burt (@JBurtTelegraph) July 4, 2016
Still a bit of work to do then, fella.
MAN UNITED, ARSENAL AND WEST HAM EYE DUDA
Manchester United, Arsenal and West Ham are in the hunt for £5million-rated Slovakia star Ondrej Duda.
The 21-year-old was one of the Slovak stars who helped ruin England’s Euro 2016 by forcing a 0-0 draw with the Three Lions in Nice. He also scored their goal against Wales in a 2-1 defeat.
And now Polish club Legia Warsaw are ready to let him go to the Premier League if their valuation is met, according to reports in the Daily Star.
Duda’s usual position is playing behind the front line as a No.10 or 8 and now the three Premier League teams are weighing up whether to buy the young talent for a relatively modest fee. The Slovakian has been at Legia since a 2014 switch from boyhood club Kosice.
AND THE REST
Everton believe they have won the race to sign £28.5m Belgium midfielder Axel Witsel from Zenit… Harry Redknapp would welcome talks with the FA over the England job… Graziano Pelle has been offered a whooping £150,000-a-week to move to China… Everton boss Ronald Koeman is targeting a reunion with Graziano Pelle and is also considering a move for Wales hero Hal Robson-Kanu… Liverpool have accepted a £2.5m offer from Norwich for Sergi Canos… Barcelona have reportedly asked Wolfsburg about signing Arsenal transfer target Ricardo Rodriguez… Manchester United will miss out on Fenerbahce midfielder Ozan Tufan this summer as he opts to stay in Turkey… Manchester City are close to completing another deal, thought to be the £40m move for Schalke’s Germany winger Leroy Sane, 20… Fenerbahce want to sign Newcastle forward Siem de Jong, 27… Former Aston Villa forward Charles N’Zogbia, 29, is trying to resurrect his career by training with Sunderland.