LONDON, April 15 – Arsenal have got an Ajax starlet firmly on their radar, while Chelsea will pay Sh3.6 billion ( £25million) for Roma’s Antonio Rudiger and the Mirror state the obvious over Jose Mourinho.
ARSENAL CHASE AJAX STARLET
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has stepped up his interest in Ajax’s teen sensation Riechedly Bazoer, according to the Daily Mirror.
The 19-year-old midfielder is “among the most sought-after prospects in European football” and the tabloid claims chief scout Steve Rowley has made another check on him.
Barcelona, Chelsea and Tottenham are also in the hunt for the starlet, who has already been capped by Holland.
Wenger “will focus on youngsters this summer but with new senior players also coming in” – so to avoid confusion Arsenal will sign players of all ages in the summer.
Leicester left-back Ben Chilwell, 19, who has broken through into the first team this season is also high on Wenger’s wanted list.
FA CUP WON’T SAVE VAN GAAL
The Daily Mirror reports Manchester United are planning to replace Louis van Gaal with Jose Mourinho even if they win the FA Cup this season.
Shock, horror. Well not really because winning the FA Cup was never going to save the Dutchman so just why it has become a factor remains a mystery.
“United are preparing an exit strategy for him and a succession plan involving Jose Mourinho,” claims the red top. In other words United will axe Van Gaal and appoint Mourinho in the summer.
United missing out on Champions League qualification for the second time in three years would always be the deciding factor in Van Gaal’s future and that is still the case, so with United likely to miss out the Dutchman will not see out the final year of his contract.
Elsewhere, Chelsea could be forced to splash out a staggering Sh3.6 billion (£25m) to sign Roma’s Antonio Rudiger. (Calcio Mercato)
Four Premier League clubs are chasing Liverpool midfielder Joe Allen. (Sun)
Everton are reportedly ready to make a move for Watford’s Odion Ighalo should Romelu Lukaku leave the club this summer. (All Nigeria Soccer)
Aston Villa midfielder Carlos Sanchez is a target for Deportivo La Coruna. (Mirror)
PSG lead the chase for £20m-rated Leicester midfielder N’Golo Kante. (Mail)
Everton are interested in signing Michael Carrick if he leaves Manchester United in the summer. The 34-year-old has yet to be offered a new contract even though his present deal expires in just over a month. (Daily Express)
Premier League leaders Leicester have agreed to sign Sporting Gijon defender Luis Hernandez, 27, on a free transfer. (Marca)
Manchester United’s 18-year-old striker Marcus Rashford is being kept waiting over a new Manchester United contract and currently earns a basic wage of £1,500, plus a £5,000 bonus each time he appears for the first team. (The Sun)
Rashford spurned Liverpool to join Manchester United when he was aged just seven. (Daily Mail)
Tottenham’s quest to keep head coach Mauricio Pochettino out of the clutches of his growing list of suitors could be boosted by former American sports agent Jeff Moorad’s attempt to secure finance to invest in the club. (Daily Telegraph)
Everton and Newcastle are vying to sign 18-year-old striker Bassala Sambou, who has scored 25 goals for Coventry’s youth teams this season but has rejected chances to sign professional terms with the League One side. (Liverpool Echo)
Fulham boss Slavisa Jokanovic believes he will persuade Tottenham target Moussa Dembele, 19, to stay one more season at Craven Cottage. (GetWestLondon)
While, Chelsea have opened talks with Dembele. (Get French Football)
Claudio Ranieri has pledged his future to Leicester and says he wants a new seven-year contract. (Sun)
Stoke are braced to fight off interest in centre-back Philipp Wollscheid, who is a summer target for Borussia Monchengladbach. (Sun)