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ARSENAL FACE A BATTLE FOR KOSCIELNY
Things aren't exactly tip-top peachy for Arsenal at the moment. From a title challenge to clinging onto fourth place by their fingertips, they are now facing a battle to keep hold of Laurent Koscielny.
That's according to The Daily Telegraph anyway, who report that there are several men with large bags of money loitering outside Koscielny's house, as Arsenal try to persude him to sign a new contract.
The Telegraph reports: 'His form has alerted PSG, Monaco and Bayern Munich, with all clubs aware Koscielny is on relatively modest wages of around £50,000 a week at the Emirates Stadium. That is less than defensive partner Per Mertesacker, who signed a £90,000-a-week deal last month, and Thomas Vermaelen, who earns £70,000 a week.
'Arsenal want to address Koscielny's salary with the offer of a new contract and a wage rise to match Mertesacker on £90,000 a week, and remain hopeful that he will commit to the club.'
REUS WANTS UNITED MOVE
Bit of a dick move from Mario Goetze, this.
Not content with leaving Borussia Dortmund for their biggest rivals, Goetze has been seemingly trying to sell his replacement, Marco Reus, as well.
Goetze is quoted as saying: "When I was at Borussia, Marco wanted a move to Manchester United. This hasn't changed."
OH REALLY MARIO. Well, how awfully rude that is.
MOYES OFF ON HIS JOLLIES
Speaking of Manchester United, it says here - here being in The Daily Mail - that David Moyes has been looking at some new players, as you might think he should be.
According to the paper, Moyes has been on his jollies in Portugal, scouting some reinforcements to the Manchester United team. Which reinforcements? Well, here's the paper to explain:
'Sportsmail understands the two players under closest review were highly-rated centre-back Eliaquim Mangala and his Porto team-mate Jackson Martinez. In addition, Moyes has also been alerted to the form of Benfica's on-loan left-back Guilherme Siqueira and was keen to see him in action.'
Siqueira is on loan from Granada, and is considered as an alternative to Luke Shaw - who The Daily Mirror reckon Chelsea are no longer interested in - and Fabio Coentrao, while Mangala could cost around £38million, with Manchester City reportedly keen as well.
DRAXLER MOVE 'ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE'
More bad news for Arsenal (we thought we'd give you a little rest between the first and the last one), as Julian Draxler's expected move from Schalke became a little less likely.
The Daily Express, via Bild, quotes his agent Roger Wittman as saying:
"Why should a player leave the club if the club have just built a top team?
"I also think it's good if players stick to what they have signed.
"It would take an awful lot to happen for one of the two of them to leave. And even then I'm not sure it would be possible.
"The players understand that there is currently a lot of peace at the club and a lot of optimism about their future there."
AND THE REST...
West Ham will try to sign Joleon Lescott in the summer when the 31-year-old Manchester City defender's contract expires...The agent of Croatian U21 international Mario Pasalic has confirmed that the Hajduk Split midfielder will undergo a medical in May ahead of signing a permanent deal with Chelsea...Crystal Palace will move for Hull striker Sone Aluko in the summer...Fulham winger Damien Duff will move on at the end of the season and is interested in experiencing Australia's A-League or MLS in North America...Javi Garcia's agent has rejected reports that the midfielder will leave Manchester City to join Inter Milan...Man City defender Karim Rekik will refuse to return from loan at PSV Eindhoven unless he gets to play at least 20 games a season...Juventus are among several Serie A clubs who are interested in Sheffield United striker Diego de Girolamo...Liverpool keeper Pepe Reina is being lined up as a replacement for Thibaut Courtois at Atletico Madrid.
@red wool. Shock Horror! Transfer rumours don't turn out to be true! Well there's a first.....- redarmy_al