UNITED EYE CHEAP MERTENS
Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford’s mood won’t be improved this morning if they flick through the morning’s transfer headlines, with Manchester United linked with yet another versatile forward.
Napoli star Dries Mertens is reported again by The Sun and the Daily Express to be a target for Jose Mourinho this summer, and an affordable one at that.
The Belgian is available for just £25million at the end of the this season to clubs outside Italy and Mourinho appears to have had enough of some of his underperforming attacking players.
Mertens, 30, was only converted into a striker last season and he has since scored 45 goals in Serie A. The Napoli hitman already has a strong working relationship with international team-mate Romelu Lukaku, who Mourinho has felt unable to rest at any point this season.
FELLAINI FANCIED IN ITALY
The Sun also suggests that another Belgian could travel in the opposite direction, with Napoli said to be one of the clubs keen on Marouane Fellaini.
There could be a queue of United fans willing to drive him to Italy following his performance at Brighton on Friday night, but the midfielder appears to be a wanted man in Serie A.
Juventus and Roma have also been tentatively linked, while Corriere dello Sport reports that AC Milan have held talks with the 30-year-old’s representatives.
ARSENAL DANGLE TRANSFER WAR CHEST BEFORE BOSS CANDIDATES
It’s been a fortnight since Arsene Wenger announced his imminent Arsenal departure but we are still no closer to knowing who will replace him. The Daily Star suggests Massimiliano Allegri is the favourite, despite reports this week suggesting Arsenal were looking at cheaper options.
Their story contradicts the supposedly thrifty approach the Gunners are taking. Apparently, candidates for the role have been told that whoever gets the gig will also be handed the nice, round figure of £200million to strengthen the squad.
Good luck spending it. Wenger has admitted that his side’s failures this season will hamper his successor’s transfer plans, with no European football to hang their recruitment drive on.
AND THE REST
Arsenal and Chelsea have both been alerted to fresh reports that Leonardo Jardim will leave Monaco this summer… Wolves want to sign Southampton keeper Alex McCarthy… Departing Man City midfielder Yaya Toure wants to stay in the Premier League… Crystal Palace are eyeing Hamilton Academical and Scotland under-19 midfielder Lewis Ferguson…. Watford keeper Orestis Karnezis wants to return to Greece.