ARSENAL WANT MANOLAS
Roma defender Kostas Manolas is in some demand. Chelsea came close to signing the Greece international in January, and have again been mentioned with regards to a summer purchase. Now it’s Arsenal that are reported to be interested.
It’s a story from the Daily Express, and their website work is truly wonderful. ‘Arsenal prepare to make second offer for £30m star (Chelsea will not be happy)..,’ reads the headline, while the URL does even sexier SEO work: ‘Arsenal-Target-Roma-Defender-Kostas-Manolas-Chelsea-Transfer-Target-Antonio-Conte’.
Actually, the story is from website FootballInsider, run by former Goal.com employee Wayne Veysey. His ‘sources’ tell him that Arsenal will be making a £30m bid for the defender. Let’s just say we’ll believe it when we see it.
PSG EYE ALEXIS SANCHEZ
Reports of Paris Saint-Germain interest in Alexis Sanchez first came out in the French media at the end of March, with BuzzSport (us neither) claiming that PSG would rival Barcelona and Real Madrid for his signature. Sure.
It’s now back again, thanks to Spanish newspaper AS. They claim that PSG will get over the loss of Zlatan Ibrahimovic by signing Sanchez from Arsenal. It’s hardly like-for-like.
AS report that Laurent Blanc has made Sanchez his top summer target. We’ll be very, very surprised.
MANCHESTER UNITED WANT JANSSEN
Vincent Janssen has enjoyed quite the rise. Last year the striker was playing for Almere City in the Dutch second tier, and now he’s the subject of reported interest from Manchester United.
Janssen moved to AZ Alkmaar last summer, and wasted no time in showing the Eredivisie quite what he can do. He is now the top scorer in the league with 20 league goals (ahead of Premier League hall-of-famer Luuk de Jong), and scored his first international goal against England last week.
The Daily Mail report that United have since sent scouts to watch Janssen with a view to making a bid, but they also mention that the club have been keeping tabs on Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. There’s quite a difference between the two.
AND THE REST
PSG want to pip Chelsea and Manchester United to Romelu Lukaku; Laurent Blanc has scouted him personally… Norwich striker Dieumerci Mbokani has quit playing for DR Congo after being criticised for missing a game when he was caught up in the Brussels terror attacks… Ramire$ ha$ revealed he quit Chel$ea becau$e Guu$ Hiddink did not like him… Yaya Toure will snub a move to Inter Milan and wants to stay in the Premier League… Aston Villa are ready to offload Gabriel Agbonlahor, 29, this summer as they prepare for the Championship… Barcelona will not allow any approaches for forward Neymar, with Paris St-Germain lining up a £155m bid for the 24-year-old Brazilian forward… Incoming Chelsea boss Antonio Conte is willing to sell Oscar, John Obi Mikel and Willian to raise money to buy Paul Pogba from Juventus… Chris Coleman is under consideration to succeed Remi Garde as the next Aston Villa manager.