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In the style of James Richardson, We have gathered in a piazza with a cappuccino to bring you the latest rumours from Italy, and they may well excite Arsenal supporters.

Sky Sports Italia are reporting that Arsene Wenger has joined the race to sign Alexis Sanchez from Barcelona, with all signs pointing to his probable exit from the Camp Nou this summer.

The Italian angle is that Juventus would also like to sign the Chilean forward, but with a price tag of £30million set to be too steep for the Old Lady, Arsenal may be able to nip in the queue. Pushers.

We never really thought that Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany would be leaving the club this summer, and comments from the Belgian very much confirm such expectations.

Kompany still has four years remaining on his deal at the Etihad, and has reiterated his commitment to staying at the club.

"I have a current contract with Manchester City, I am very comfortable," he told Mundo Deportivo.

"We have won the Premier League, we have a serious and attractive project. It is not in my plans to leave the team."

So there you go.

Only this morning we were aiming to stop our eyes watering after hearing that Manchester United could pay as much as £34million for Luke Shaw, but now the Daily Star have taken things one stage further in typical fashion.

They claim that Southampton have now increased the fee they will demand for Shaw to £40million, which would make him the second most expensive defender and most expensive Englishman in football history.

Such are the principles of supply and demand, but with that sort of fee mooted, would it not be better to give Evra another season as first-choice and buy from abroad next year? Daley Blind, perhaps?

Nothing like the World Cup to generate a dose of 2 + 2 gossip, and SHOUTsport were clearly watching Algeria v South Korea on Sunday evening.

The paper claim that Sam Allardyce is interested in bringing Islam Slimani in to boost his striking options. We hope he has run it past his forward coach and club owners David Gold and David Sullivan, who recently admitted that they were looking for greater control over transfers.

Slimani was largely used a substitute last season by Sporting Lisbon, but still managed to score eight league goals in Portugal. It is thought that a bid just shy of £2million may be enough to buy the striker.

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