Gossip: Dele Alli, Benitez, Dembele, Lukaku

Date published: Sunday 12th February 2017 5:39

CITY PLOT WORLD-RECORD DELE ALLI MOVE

Manchester City are ready to make a world-record bid to sign Dele Alli, apparently.

That news comes via an ‘exclusive’ in the Sunday Express, which says the Tottenham star is “now on the radar” of Pep Guardiola.

Of course, there’s probably no chance of Spurs selling Alli to a Premier League rival this summer. However, the story, somewhat confusingly, also says:

But Manchester City could be tempted into doing business for Alli, 20, if the bidding passes the £89million that Manchester United paid for Paul Pogba last summer.

Pick the bones out of that one.

 

ARSENAL FANCY BENITEZ AS BOSS

The Mirror brings us news of the shortlist of managers to replace Arsene Wenger. Another one.

On Friday, the four-man list of candidates was said to be Thomas Tuchel, Max Allegri, Roger Schmidt and Leonardo Jardim.

Two days later, Tuchel and Jardim remain among the potential targets, but Neil Moxey claims Luis Enrique and, interestingly, Rafa Benitez are now also among the candidates.

The Mirror’s story says Benitez would be open to an approach from the Gunners and has already planned to bring Thierry Henry on board as part of his coaching staff.

Arsenal FanTV would be essential viewing the day they announce that one.

 

AND THE REST

Arsenal are the latest club to express an interest in Celtic striker Moussa Dembele… Man City, Arsenal and Man Utd are set to do battle for for Monaco defender Djibril Sidibe, according to reports in France…Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero, 28, is ready to leave the Premier League club because he is unhappy with manager Pep Guardiola’s style of play…Italian giants AC Milan are set to launch a big-money bid for Everton striker Romelu Lukaku, 23, in the summer…Manchester United are ready to offer goalkeeper David de Gea, 26, improved terms on his current £200,000-a-week contract to ward off interest from Real Madrid…Petr Cech’s agent says the 34-year-old goalkeeper will not leave Arsenal in the summer. Fiorentina and ex-Blackburn striker Nikola Kalinic, 29, says he rejected a £42.5m move to China…AC Milan are set to offer Arsenal £45m for Chile forward Alexis Sanchez, 28, who is stalling on signing a new contract.

Manchester City have moved ahead of Spanish giants Real Madrid in the race for Juventus striker Paulo Dybala…Manchester United could offer Antoine Griezmann a £60m deal to leave Atletico Madrid in the close season…Leicester winger Demarai Gray is wanted by Tottenham and Liverpool…West Ham are interested in signing Bacary Sagna when the full-back’s Manchester City contract is up in the summer….West Ham could make a bid for Manchester City right-back Pablo Zabaleta if the 32-year-old Argentine is not offered a new contract…Manchester United’s former striker Javier Hernandez, 28, is set to be offered a £12m-a-year deal to join new MLS side Los Angeles FC…Ex-Netherlands defender Frank de Boer, 46, has played down reports linking him with the vacant manager’s job at his former club Rangers.

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