Sunday 17 December 2017

Transfer Talk: Arsenal eye Barca striker, Spurs weigh up bid for €25m Juventus star

Declan Whooley

Declan Whooley

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is ready to battle with Premier League rivals Chelsea for the signature of 16-year-old Barcelona prodigy Abel Ruiz.

Various UK media outlets are reporting that the Gunners are hoping to swoop for the highly-rated striker before he signs his first professional contract.

Arsenal, who trail the Catalans 2-0 after the first leg of the Champions League quarter-final, have reportedly scouted the players on a number of occasions and have made contact with Ruiz's family.

The Mirror reports that Manchester City, fresh from their win in the Capital One Cup over Liverpool, will also look to the Nou Camp to add competition to their goalkeeping options.

Willy Cabellero had an inspired game at Wembley, saving three penalties in the shoot-out victory, but the 34-year-old is not viewed as a long-term back-up to Joe Hart and the paper links City with a move for Marc-Andre ter Stegen.

Tottenham are likely to add at least one striker to their roster in the summer and Calciomercato reports that Juventus striker Mario Mandzukic is at the top of Mauricio Pochettino's wishlist.

The Turin club are bracing themselves for a bid once Spurs secure a Champions League spot and are reportedly willing to listen to iffers that match their €25m valuation of the Croatian.

Mandzukic has averaged a goal every other game for Juventus this season, including two in the Champions League.

Arsenal have been linked with a surprise move for Newcastle winger Rolando Aarons, reports the Daily Mirror.

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