Friday 20 April 2018

Transfer Talk: Manchester United and Arsenal in battle for Matic

Nemanja Matic
Nemanja Matic

Juventus are preparing to join Manchester United and Arsenal in a bidding war for Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic, claims The Daily Mail.

Matic will be allowed to depart Stamford Bridge once the Blues tie up a deal for Monaco's Tiemoue Bakayoko.

However, The Daily Express reports that Arsenal are prepared to offer Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in a part-exchange deal to bring Matic to north London.

Sampdoria are keen on bringing Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere to Serie A this summer.

The Italian side have asked the Gunners about the availability of the England international, reveals The Mail, and are willing to pay up to £9 million to secure his services. However, they are apparently worried that may not meet the Premier League side's evaluation.

The Independent reports that West Ham are set to beat Newcastle to the loan signing of Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart.

The deal is expected to include an option to make the switch permanent if the England international impresses at the London Stadium.

Newcastle will switch their attention to Hammers keeper Darren Randolph once the Hart deal goes through, according to The Newcastle Chronicle.

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QPR defender Steven Caulker looks set to rebuild his career at Celtic, reveals The Mirror. The 25 year-old, who won a solitary England cap in 2012, previously worked under Brendan Rodgers during a season-long loan spell with Swansea.

The same paper reports that, having secured the services of Kyle Walker, Manchester City will move to fill their full-back spot on the left flank by pursuing Monaco's Benjamin Mendy.

Meanwhile, David de Gea, the Man Utd goalkeeper, has asked agent Jorge Mendes to make a move to Real Madrid happen, suggests The Express.

However, as reported by this morning's Telegraph, De Gea has two years left to run on his £200,000-a-week contract, with the option of another 12 months, and United value him at in excess of £60 million.

Of more immediate concern to United is their pursuit of Croatia winger Ivan Perisic, who struggled to conceal his dismay that a deal has yet to go through after posing glumly for a picture with the rest of Inter Milan’s squad.

The Nottingham Post says Burnley are set to beat Middlesbrough in the race to secure the services of Nottingham Forest striker Britt Assombalonga.

Swansea midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson has attracted offers from Leicester and Everton, reports The Leicester Mercury, but is thought to prefer a move to Goodison Park and will snub the Foxes.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic is in talks with LA Galaxy about a big-money move to the United States.

Ibrahimovic, 35, is being offered a deal worth £6m-a-year, which would make him the highest-paid player in Major League Soccer.

And finally, Serie A club Roma want to sign Riyad Mahrez from Leicester and have contacted the player's agent, according to Sky in Italy.

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