LONDON, January 3 – Arsenal will make a mammoth bid for Pierre Emerick Aubameyang, Manchester United will rekindle their interest in Saido Mane and Isco could be on his way to Manchester City, according to today’s papers.
WENGER TO LAUNCH HUGE BID FOR AUBAMEYANG
Arsenal may be leading the Premier League, but their need for reinforcements in January is evident – with the likes of Santi Cazorla, Jack Wilshere, Francis Coquelin and Danny Welbeck all currently sidelined.
Midfield appears the most obvious area in need of strengthening, although up front Arsene Wenger only has Theo Walcott or Olivier Giroud to lead the line – both of whom have had their fair share of detractors.
And according to the Sun on Sunday, Wenger is finally ready to splash the cash on a prolific striker, and will make a £42million bid for Borussia Dortmund star Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who has scored 24 goals in 23 appearances this season.
A source is quoted in the paper as saying: “An intermediary has made contact with Dortmund about Pierre-Emerick making a move to Arsenal”
“Wenger knows the fee is very high – yet this is a striker who can make a massive difference for him and help win the title for the first time in 12 years. But there is a lot of interest in him.”
The Gabon international, 26, was linked with a host of Premier League clubs over the summer, and the report suggests Manchester United, Liverpool and Chelsea are also interested.
MANCHESTER UNITED ON RED ALERT FOR MANE
Under Ed Woodward, Manchester United have rarely gone about their transfer business quietly, and their late bid for Saido Mane in the summer transfer window didn’t take long to become common knowledge.
With Mane dropped from Southampton’s starting XI for the defeat at Norwich City on Saturday – and subsequently criticised by Ronald Koeman – the Red Devils are widely tipped to revive their interest in the forward.
Both the Mail on Sunday and Sun on Sunday report that United boss Louis van Gaal has been alerted by Mane’s fall out with the club, with the Dutchman wanting to inject some pacy and trickery into his team.
According to the Mail, the whole package to sign the Senegalese international would cost United a whopping £62million, due to the 23-year-old’s £125,000-a-week wage demands adding to a £30million transfer fee.
PELLEGRINI WANTS TO BE REUNITED WITH ISCO
One transfer line doing the rounds this morning regards the future of Real Madrid attacking midfielder Isco, who is struggling to force his way into Rafa Benitez’s starting XI at the Bernebeu.
The Spaniard has started only nine matches in La Liga this term, and according to the Mail on Sunday, Sunday Mirror and Sunday People could be on his way to Manchester City.
Isco came to prominence under current City boss Manuel Pellegrini at Malaga, where his performances eventually led to a £21million move to Madrid.
Pellegrini remains a huge admirer of the 23-year-old and tried to sign the playmaker when the Chilean took over at City two years ago.
City’s sporting director Txiki Begiristain is also understood to be a huge fan of the Spain international.
With Real Madrid possessing a host of attacking talent, they would be willing to sell but only for £30million, a fee which they should easily be able to afford given their riches.
AND THE REST
Liverpool have been thwarted by Barcelona’s £20million asking price goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen (Sunday Mirror)
Jurgen Klopp is also keeping tabs on Lazio midfielder Lucas Biglia (Sunday Express)
Everton are eyeing sought-after FC Basel striker Breel Embolo,18, in case they lose top scorer Romelu Lukaku in the summer (The Sun)
Fulham striker Moussa Dembele is attracting interest from Arsenal, Manchester United, Tottenham, Liverpool and Juventus (Various)
Norwich City have joined the race for Chelsea striker Loic Remy, after Aston Villa boss Remi Garde publicly declared his interest in the Frenchman (The Sun)
Stoke City are worried a bigger club could activate playmaker Bojan Krkic’s £10million release clause this month (Sunday Mirror)
French giants PSG want to sign Stoke City forward Marko Arnautovic, though the Potters have rebuffed their initial approaches (Sunday People)
Zlatan Ibrahimovich’s agent, Mino Raiola, has refused to rule out the possibility of his client moving to the Premier League in the summer (The Sun)
Sam Allardyce wants to bring QPR duo Sandro and Steven Caulker to Sunderland (Mail on Sunday)
Norwich, Leicester, Crystal Palace and West Ham are all keen on Leeds United right-back Sam Byram (Sunday Mirror)
Out of favour Leicester midfielder Gokhan Inler wants to leave the Foxes and could join Aston Villa or Schalke (The Sun)
Chelsea are leading the race for Charlton starlet Ademola Lookman, 18 (Sunday Mirror)
Everton have made a late move to try hijack Leicester’s deal for Birmingham starlet Demarai Gray (Sunday People)
Sunderland striker Danny Graham could be on his way to Blackburn if the Rovers lose star forward Jordan Rhodes (The Sun)
Watford have enquired about Lazio winger Keita Balde Dio but Andros Townsend remains their priority (Mail on Sunday)
John Ruddy could leave Norwich on loan after losing his place to Declan Rudd with Aston Villa interested in the goalkeeper (The Sun)
Unsettled Porto midfielder Gianni Imbula is on the radar of Stoke City (Sunday People)
Norwich boss Alex Neil is eyeing moves for Bournemouth forward Lewis Grabban and Sheffield Wednesday midfielder Barry Bannan (Sunday People)
Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe will allow loanees Joe Bennett and Christian Atsu return to parent clubs Aston Villa and Chelsea, respectively (The Sun)
Swansea City, Bournemouth and QPR are all interesting in signing Chelsea striker Patrick Bamford on loan for the rest of the season (Various)
Southampton will battle Manchester City, Everton and Galatasary for the signature of 18-year-old Danish striker Emre Mor (The Sun)