With strikers Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Edinson Cavani both set to leave Ligue 1 champions PSG in the summer, the Parisians are now targeting Liverpool FC forward Daniel Sturridge as a possible replacement.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been quite open about his intention to leave PSG at the end of the season, all but confirming his exit by jokingly suggesting that he would only consider staying if the Eiffel Tower were replaced with his statue. The Swedish striker has also indicated that he would like to play in the Premier League.
PSG’s second striker Edinson Cavani has been unhappy with his game time at the Parc des Princes, and could be looking for a move away from the club as well. This could prompt the Ligue 1 giants to make a move for Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge, who has been rumoured to be unhappy at Anfield.
— Nick Sutton (@suttonnick) March 23, 2016
According to a report in the Sun, PSG are willing to pay the Reds as much as £50 million for the England striker, and have also sent a delegation to London to scout the 26-year-old during England’s international friendly against the Netherlands.
Arsenal join the race for Mario Gotze
Mario Gotze seems to be a wanted man this summer transfer window, with a number of clubs vying for his signature. The latest club to have joined the race to land the German playmaker is Arsenal, according to German outlet TZ.
The Gunners’ Premier League rivals Liverpool, and Gotze’s former club Borussia Dortmund are also said to be in the hunt for the man who scored the winning goal of the 2014 World Cup final. Gotze has found playing time under Pep Guardiola hard to come by at Bayern Munich, but things could change next season under Carlo Ancelotti.
Bayern to boost defence with Napoli centre-half?
Defence has been a big issue for Bayern Munich this season, and according to the Daily Mail, they may be looking at rising Napoli star Kalidou Koulibaly as an option to strengthen their back line.
Koulibaly has had a stellar season for Napoli, helping the Partenopei challenge for the Serie A title for the first time since the days of the great Diego Maradona. The French-born Senegalese international has been a stand-out performer along with Gonzalo Higuain and Lorenzo Insigne, and as such, has attracted the interest of a number of top teams.
Bayern Munich have been dealing with an injury crisis in defence, with Guardiola being forced to play defensive midfielder Joshua Kimmich and left-back David Alaba in the centre of defence due to the absences of Holger Badstuber, Jerome Boateng and until recently, Medhi Benatia and Javi Martinez.
However, it has been suggested that the Napoli defender’s agent may be using offers from the top European clubs in order to get a pay hike for his client.
Arsene Wenger opens talks for Granit Xhaka
Granit Xhaka has been in the limelight in Germany for some time now, and the Swiss midfielder may be on the brink of a big-money move in the summer of 2016. His latest suitors are Arsenal, according to German paper Bild [via Daily Star].
The 23-year-old has had two great seasons with Borussia Monchengladbach, helping his team finish in the top three positions and qualify for the Champions League in 2014/15. Reports from Germany also suggest that the Gunners are prepared to pay £33.8 million for Xhaka.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is said to have been impressed by Xhaka’s exploits in Germany, and wants to bring the Swiss midfielder to the Premier League. Xhaka himself has expressed his desire to move to England.
Alvaro Morata unsure about future
Alvaro Morata’s future at Juventus looks bleak, despite the Spain forward insisting that he is happy in Turin. Morata, who transferred to the Bianconeri from Real Madrid, revealed that there is a real possibility of him moving back to the Santiago Bernabeu. Real Madrid have a €30 million buy-back clause for Morata.
However, the 23-year-old is also being pursued by Arsenal and Liverpool, and has said that he wants his future sorted as soon as possible. He was quoted as saying on Spanish Radio Network Cadena Cope [via Football Italia], “I want to know where to buy a house. Speaking about next year is difficult for me, because I don’t have the certainty of knowing where I will be and this is a strange situation.”
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