Manchester United have been given a lift over reported interest in two summer striker targets, while Mikel Arteta wants to build his Arsenal side around an Atletico Madrid schemer, according to Monday’s Paper Talk.
STRIKER DOORS OPEN TO MAN UTD
Manchester United have been handed a double lift on the striker front after it was indicated they two targets could be available for moves this summer.
Raul Jimenez has lifted the lid on his availability this summer, saying he is “open to everything” when asked about a move away from Wolves.
The Mexican has been linked with a summer switch to Old Trafford after already hitting the 22-goal mark this season; form which has suggested United are plotting a £50m move for his signature.
And the Mexico international has refused to close the door to the potential move when asked about the rumours.
“One is always open to everything, but I have a contract until 2023,” he told ESPN Mexico, via the Daily Mirror.
While Wolves would fight to keep their star striker, concrete interest from United would make it a very uncomfortable summer for Wolves, who now have eyes on the Champions League spots themselves after winning at Tottenham on Sunday.
United are also thought to be considering a move to sign prolific Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard.
The French striker has 27 goals in 42 appearances this season, having joined the club on an initial loan deal from PSG in summer 2017 and 61 in 123 overall.
But the Daily Record claims Celtic now plan to offer the 22-year-old a lucrative new deal to ward off that interest from United, but there is a feeling they could be vulnerable to losing Edouard should he reject that offer.
His current contract ties him to Parkhead until 2022, so Celtic have no immediate hurry to sell should he reject their advances, but like Wolves, firm interest from United could give officials at the club something of a dilemma.
United, meanwhile, are also keeping tabs on Stoke City defender Nathan Collins with a view to a summer swoop.
The Republic of Ireland Under-21 international, 18, has only made 12 first-team appearances for the Potters, but The Sun claims he is growing of increasing interest to United as they look to Collins as one for the future
AND THE REST
Mikel Arteta is looking to make Atletico Madrid defensive midfielder Thomas Partey his first big-money signing as Arsenal head coach (The Sun)
Ben Foster could be in for a surprise move to the Premier League top six, with Spurs considering a move for the experienced Watford goalkeeper (Daily Telegraph)
Chelsea could be set to miss out on long-term transfer target Dries Mertens with the forward set to sign a new contract at Napoli (Daily Express)
Kevin De Bruyne’s agent Patrick De Koster did not attend Manchester City’s Champions League masterclass against Real Madrid because he feared that would spark transfer speculation (Daily Express)
Real Madrid and Barcelona will both be in the market for a world-class striker this summer and Erling Braut Haaland is high on both clubs’ transfer wishlist (Daily Express)
Manchester United are currently leading the race to sign Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly, reports say (Daily Express)
The FA are planning talks with England team doctor Rob Chakraverty following allegations that in his previous job at UK athletics he mishandled thyroid medication given to a Team GB athlete (Daily Mail)
Manchester United were ‘blown away by the ‘immaculate’ condition of Bruno Fernandes when he joined the club back in January (Daily Mail)
Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg has knocked back Southampton’s attempts to extend his contract giving Tottenham a boost they could sign the player (Daily Star)
Cristiano Ronaldo insists he is happy at Juventus after reports he was heading to America to team up with David Beckham at Inter Miami (Daily Star)