Euro Paper Talk: Arsenal in massive midfield boost as dynamic target makes ‘irreversible decision’ to move; Chelsea favourite’s next club named
Arsenal have an increasing chance of strengthening their midfield with an established Serie A star in the summer, while a new destination has been found for a popular Chelsea man – all in Monday’s Euro transfer gossip.
MILINKOVIC-SAVIC KEEN ON ARSENAL MOVE
Arsenal have renewed optimism of signing a midfielder whose links with them went colder in the January transfer window, according to reports.
Strengthening in midfield was one of the main tasks Arsenal were focusing on towards the end of last month. They tried to sign Moises Caicedo from Brighton, but had to settle for Jorginho from Chelsea instead.
More of a short-term option, Jorginho’s arrival will not necessarily negate the need for another midfielder in the summer. Therefore, players like Caicedo could come back onto their radar.
But another, more proven midfielder they could pursue – and have been linked with before – is Lazio’s Sergej Milinkovic-Savic.
After frequent links with Manchester United, Milinkovic-Savic ended up on Arsenal’s radar last summer. Ultimately, he entered an eighth season with Lazio.
Arsenal have remained contenders for Milinkovic-Savic ever since. He was mentioned again as a target in early January, before the focus seemingly turned elsewhere.
But now, the Serbia international has emerged as a realistic option for Arsenal again ahead of the summer.
According to Corriere Dello Sport, Arsenal are the “favourite destination” for Milinkovic-Savic. He is more keen on them now that the Premier League leaders are proving their credentials as challengers for major honours.
Arsenal could get midfielder for good price
Consequently, the Spanish-born star has made an “irreversible decision” to leave Lazio in the summer. By then, he will have just one year remaining on his contract. Since he does not want to leave the club for free, he is ready to move on while they can still make money from him.
In turn, Arsenal are in pole position to bring in the 27-year-old, whose value is decreasing due to his contract situation. Indeed, they may be able to sign him for less than €50million (£44.7m).
Lazio are well aware of Milinkovic-Savic’s stance, which has been communicated to them by his agent, Mateja Kezman.
Therefore, they are preparing for the midfielder’s move away, which could well be to Arsenal.
CHELSEA COULD LOSE KANTE TO SPAIN
Atletico Madrid are one of the clubs interested in Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante as he nears the end of his contract. (Mundo Deportivo)
Bernardo Silva is becoming more keen on a new challenge away from Manchester City, which could be provided by Paris Saint-Germain. (Le10 Sport)
Fenerbahce are showing an interest in Chelsea’s Hakim Ziyech after his move to Paris Saint-Germain collapsed, since the Turkish transfer window remains open. (Fotospor)
Free agent Isco is more interested in a move to the MLS than to Everton after leaving Sevilla. (Estadio Deportivo)
Meanwhile, Chelsea are in talks with LAFC over offloading Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to the MLS. (Relevo)
Crystal Palace are yet to identify any potential replacements for Wilfried Zaha, since Patrick Vieira wants to keep him. (Fabrizio Romano)
Newcastle thought about hijacking the deal for Marcel Sabitzer to join Manchester United, only to find out the player’s heart was set on Old Trafford. (Fabrizio Romano)
Marquinhos is ready to extend his contract with Paris Saint-Germain, where he is captain, until 2027. (L’Equipe)
Juventus are not considering terminating the contract of injury-prone former Manchester United midfielder, Paul Pogba. (Fabrizio Romano)
Bayern Munich sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic has suggested they may not be able to meet the value of their option to buy Joao Cancelo from Manchester City. (Bild)
Barcelona director of football Mateu Alemany has passed on responsibility to head coach Xavi over deciding the future of Sergio Busquets. (DAZN)
AND MORE EURO TRANSFER GOSSIP
Galatasaray are holding talks today with Roma to sign former Bournemouth target Nicolo Zaniolo, who has agreed personal terms with the Turkish side. (Fabrizio Romano)
Former Chelsea target Arsen Zakharyan is an alternative target for Galatasaray. (Tuttomercatoweb)
Barcelona made contact with Atletico Madrid to sign Yannick Carrasco late in the January transfer window. (Diario Sport)
Fenerbahce are due to hold talks over the signing of former Liverpool and Sunderland striker Fabio Borini. (Takvim)
Ex-Man Utd and Chelsea flop Radamel Falcao is in discussions with Turkish team Adana Demirspor and wants to remain in Europe by joining them. (Fotospor)
Real Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has become an injury doubt for their Champions League clash with Liverpool. (Marca)
Stuttgart are set to decline the chance to keep Tiago Tomas after his loan spell from Sporting CP. (Kicker)
Pol Lirola has given the green light to his move from Marseille to Alanyaspor, thereby ending his loan stint at Elche. (Gianluca Di Marzio)
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