Philippe Coutinho decision
Philippe Coutinho has made a return to the Premier League his priority after a miserable spell at Barcelona.
Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur are all interested in the former Liverpool playmaker.
Coutinho is currently on loan at Bayern Munich after a difficult 18 months at the Nou Camp following his £142million exit from Anfield in January 2018.
According to Sport, Coutinho has completely ruled out the prospect of joining United. The club’s long-standing rivalry with Liverpool has put the former Red off heading to Old Trafford.
Tottenham, meanwhile, are at the back of the queue. Coutinho has reportedly decided Spurs are his last resort having been angered by their approach to negotiations last summer. An agreement was in place for a loan switch before they withdrew their offer at the eleventh hour.
Carlos Soler green-light
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta is interested in signing Valencia star Carlos Soler.
The Gunners boss is targeting a versatile central midfielder and the 23-year-old Spaniard fits the bill, according to Sky Sports.
Its claimed Arteta will look to utilise his contacts in Spain to sign Soler, who signed a contract extension with Valencia in December.
However, the La Liga side are looking to generate funds to balance their books before June 30 and could allow Soler, who has a £127million release clause, to leave.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Manchester United were previously linked with Valencia’s sought-after talent.
Thomas Partey contract
Manchester United and Arsenal are set to miss out on Atletico Madrid star Thomas Partey.
The Premier League duo were tipped to challenge for the 26-year-old defensive midfielder, whose contract includes a fairly manageable £47million release clause.
But hopes of luring Ghanaian to the Premier League look to have been dashed.
Spanish publication AS claim Partey will agree a new contract later this week that will see his buyout clause double.
Arsenal open talks with Nabil Fekir
Arsenal have made an enquiry about Nabil Fekir as they look to strengthen in the summer transfer window after the coronavirus crisis ends.
Arsenal have enquired about Nabil Fekir as they draw up a list of possible replacements for Dani Ceballos this summer. The midfielder is expected to return to Real Madrid following his loan spell at the Emirates.
The Gunners are interested in Fekir, 12 months after they turned down the opportunity to sign the Frenchman.
The 26-year-old eventually left Lyon for Real Betis in a deal worth £22million plus a further £11m in performance-related add-ons.
Fekir is back on Arsenal’s radar after netting seven goals and six assists in the Spanish top flight this summer, according to the Daily Star.
Rayan Cherki interest
Manchester United would ‘love’ to sign Lyon talent Rayan Cherki.
That’s according to reports in Spain, who claim the 16-year-old forward is already considering his options.
However, Ed Woodward and co. could find it difficult to lure the teenager to Old Trafford with Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus all tracking Cherki’s progress.
Furthermore, Zinedine Zidane has first refusal on the France Under-16 international, who supposedly ‘dreams’ of playing for the Bernabeu club.
Wanted: Nico Melamed
Chelsea are keeping tabs on Espanyol midfielder Nico Melamed.
That’s according to Gianluca di Marzio, who claims representatives from the Premier League club have watched the teenager throughout the the campaign.
The versatile midfielder, 18, has scored seven goals for Espanyol’s B side this season and featured for the first-team during their Europa League qualifier against FC Luzern.
Gianluca di Marzio several European heavyweights are also monitoring the Spain Under-19 international with Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Real Madrid interested.
Ferran Torres battle
Liverpool have registered their interest in Valencia star Ferran Torres.
That’s according to The Mirror, who claim Liverpool representatives have been monitoring the versatile 20-year-old winger.
Torres, who has scored six goals and provided seven assists in 35 appearances this season, is also wanted by Barcelona and Real Madrid.
Valencia will try to persuade the forward to sign a new contract beyond June 2021, but should Torres reject the offer – he will be free to sign a pre-contract agreement with a club outside of Spain next January.
Published at Fri, 27 Mar 2020 13:01:00 +0000