Transfer gossip: John Stones back on Chelsea radar; Gunners want Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
The latest round of transfer window speculation appears to be pretty wild, with many of the stories on the back pages of today's newspapers a little hard to believe.
MAN UTD LAUNCH BID FOR EDEN HAZARD
The Daily Star seem determined to link a star player with a move to Manchester United every 24 hours - and today’s shining star is Chelsea’s Eden Hazard.
It seems increasingly likely that Hazard will be the subject of transfer interest from Real Madrid next summer, as they look to reshape their team following the probable departure of Cristiano Ronaldo.
As new Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane is a noted admirer of Hazard, links with the Belgium are predictable, yet the notion that he could end up at Old Trafford seems a little less likely.
Hazard already turned down an offer to sign for United when he moved to Chelsea from Lille back in 2012, so we don’t see any chance of the Blues selling their reigning Player of the Year to a Premier League rival any time soon.
REAL MADRID WANT HARRY KANE…MAYBE
We know that they silly season is firmly in overdrive and the esteemed Daily Telegraph are reporting that Spurs striker Harry Kane is wanted to replace none other than Cristiano Ronaldo at Real Madrid.
Kane was rated among the most valuable players in world football in a slightly confusing survey earlier this week and while we at Independent.ie are big admirers of the England striker, the idea that he could fill Ronaldo’s boots at the Bernabeu seems fanciful in the extreme.
Links with Real Madrid will probably be welcomed by Spurs chairman Daniel Levy, who did a remarkable job of draining a world record £86m out of the bank balance of the Spanish giants when he sold them Gareth Bale in the summer of 2013 and he would probably be willing to do business again if a similar amount of cash was thrown onto the negotiating table.
However, Spurs are determined to hang on to homegrown star Kane, with a bumper new contract more likely than a move for their star man in the next few months.
STONES REMAINS THE MOST WANTED DEFENDER
Fresh reports are suggesting that Chelsea will renew their bid to sign Everton defender John Stones, even though Independent.ie sources have been informed that there is no chance of the England defender leaving Goodison Park any time soon.
The Sun are running a story suggesting Stones is back on Chelsea’s radar, but we understand there that Everton are determined to hang on to their 21-year-old centre-back.
The Toffees remain hopeful that they can encourage Stones to extend his contract at the club ahead of what is expected to be another summer of transfer speculation, with Barcelona even being mentioned as a club following the progress of one of Europe’s rising stars.
Everton boss Roberto Martinez has also dismissed reports that he has a verbal agreement with the likes of Stones and striker Romelu Lukaku that will allow them to leave the club this summer if big money bids comes in for them.
ARSENAL COULD GET THEIR MAN FOR £60m
The Daily Express are running the story that Arsenal could be successful in a move for Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang this month – if they offer £60m for the French forward.
Aubameyang is a man in demand after scoring a glut of goals in the Bundesliga this season and his price tag appears to be rising by the day as the top Premier League clubs look to acquire his services.
Liverpool have been linked with a move for Aubameyang in recent days, but it is Arsenal’s name that continues to appear in the strongest rumours both in Germany and England.
It remains to be seen whether Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger would sanction a £60m for any player, although the Gunners policy could change this summer if the veteran tactician retires from the game at the end of this season.