OX TO STAY AT ARSENAL
We have never quite believed that Liverpool were as ‘into’ Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain as the press would have had you believe, but the latest news – from the Daily Mirror – that the Arsenal midfielder/wing-back is in talks to sign a new long-term deal with the Gunners is being sold as a ‘snub’ to Liverpool.
The good news for Liverpool as that they do appear close to signing Roma winger Mohamed Salah for around £35m, which would equal the club-record fee they paid for Andy Carroll. There are reasons to be optimistic at Liverpool, even if the Daily Express have taken nothing but a flier with claims that they are in talks with Alexandre Lacazette.
MAHREZ OUT, GYLFI IN AT LEICESTER
Arsene Wenger took the unusual step of openly talking about Riyad Mahrez on Friday, and now The Sun claim that Leicester have accepted that the Algerian winger will leave this summer. Monaco and PSG are also said to be interested, but Arsenal are the favourites as ‘it is understood the Algerian is a big admirer of the Frenchman and his style of play’.
But Leicester want Mahrez’s replacement through the door before they sanction a sale, and their preferred option is Swansea man Gylfi Sigurdsson, who could cost them £30m. Whether he will want to join is another matter entirely; you’re not in Europe anymore, people.
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LINDELOF DEAL THIS WEEK
We will be glad to see the back of this one. According to Portuguese newspaper A Bola, ‘the transfer to United will be finished this week’, just as soon as Benfica defender Victor Lindelof has played for Sweden against France on Friday night. The fee will be an initial £30.5m.
AND THE REST
Manchester City have held talks with Tottenham and are confident of completing a £40m move for right-back Kyle Walker…Everton are considering a move for Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy…AC Milan have made contact with Celtic over 20-year-old striker Moussa Dembele…Newcastle, Burnley and West Brom are all interested in Manchester City midfielder Fabian Delph.