Friday, April 07, 2017

All the very latest football news and gossip across Europe!

With only about six weeks or so to go of the current 2016/17 football season, there is plenty of transfer talk going on as we speak. Many clubs across Europe are already 'provisionally planning' on how they are going to strengthen and develop their squads and infrastructure ahead of next season, despite the fact that many clubs are unsure in what division of their respective leagues they will be playing in at the start of the 2017/18 season. Some clubs may have to wait until the final game of the season before they know their fate, whilst others will have to go through the nerve-racking play-off scenario at the end of May before they can truly plan for next season.

Here is a round up of all the latest football news/gossip across Europe today, which includes the likes of: Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea, Atletico Madrid, Bayern Munich, Slaven Bilic, Antonio Conte, Tottenham, Manchester City, Sunderland, Newcastle, Juventus, Inter Milan, Real Madrid, Benfica and Arsene Wenger to name but a few!

Bayern Munich's Robert Lewandowski is being lined up to succeed Zlatan Ibrahimovic at Manchester United if the latter elects to leave Old Trafford this summer - The Sun

West Ham are considering sacking manager Slaven Bilic if they lose to Swansea on Saturday. Defeat would be their sixth in a row in the Premier League - Daily Telegraph

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has insisted he is committed to the Blues despite interest in the Italian from Inter Milan - Daily Mirror

Arsene Wenger is locked in a power struggle over his new contract. Wenger is almost certain to stay at Arsenal and sign a new two-year deal, but there is major concern behind the scenes about his unwillingness to embrace change - Daily Mirror

Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez, 28, is ready to give the club one more year, as long as they prove their ambition in this summer's transfer market - Daily Mirror

Jose Mourinho has phoned Alexis Sanchez about a possible move to Manchester United this summer. The wantaway Arsenal star has also been contacted by Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola - Daily Mail

Marseille are planning to spend £85m on three England-based France internationals this summer - striker Olivier Giroud and defender Laurent Koscielny from Arsenal and midfielder Moussa Sissoko from Tottenham - L'Equipe (French nationwide daily sports newspaper)

Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann, 26, is reconsidering a planned £89m move to Manchester United because he wants to play Champions League football - The Sun

France international Griezmann says he is "tired" of speculation over his future. Asked where he will be next season he replied: "I certainly see myself at Atletico." - AS (Spanish daily sports newspaper)

Atletico Madrid will move for Genoa striker Giovanni Simeone, son of manager Diego, if their transfer ban is lifted this summer - Il Messaggero (Italian newspaper based in Rome)

Manchester United are preparing a £51m bid for Inter Milan and Croatia winger Ivan Perisic, 28, who is also wanted by Chelsea - Gazzetta dello Sport (Italian Sports newspaper)

Arsenal could be set for a summer swoop for 22 year-old Schalke and German international midfielder Leon Goretzka. Schalke may be willing to part with Goretzka for £21m - The Sun and Bild (German tabloid newspaper)

Arsenal have made contact with Kingsley Coman over a proposed summer transfer. The French international winger/forward is currently on loan at Bayern Munich from Juventus - The Sun

Tottenham are confident of keeping hold of 20-year-old England midfielder Dele Alli despite interest from Real Madrid and Manchester City - Daily Mail

It's being reported Sunderland striker Jermain Defoe is attracting interest from North-East rivals Newcastle, who look set to win promotion back to the Premier League. The Black Cats looked doomed for relegation and Defoe is likely to move on for top-flight football. Bournemouth and West Ham are also reportedly interested in the 34 year-old - The Sun

Alvaro Morata will leave Real Madrid this summer if the club do not sell France striker Karim Benzema. The Spain forward, 24, is a target for Premier League leaders Chelsea - Diario Gol (Spanish news publication), via Daily Star

Isco has stated he is not going to Barcelona after he published a photo which featured a packet of Barcelona-branded crips on social media. The Real Madrid playmaker, who is inside the final 15 months of his Bernabeu deal, has been linked with a 2018 free-transfer move to fierce rivals Barca -

Barcelona will re-sign Gerard Deulofeu for €12m this summer. The Everton winger is currently on loan in Serie A with AC Milan - Mundo Deportivo (Spanish nationwide daily sports newspaper)

The fall-out from the Liverpool tapping-up ban intensified after Stoke City chairman Peter Coates revealed he was pursuing compensation over the matter - Daily Telegraph

Stoke boss Mark Hughes has revealed a decision on the future of midfielder Giannelli Imbula will not be made until the end of the season. Imbula has featured just 15 times for Stoke this season and has been linked with a summer move away from the bet365 Stadium -

Leicester midfielder Wilfred Ndidi, 20, would be prepared to put in a transfer request to force a move to Manchester United, according to sources close to the Nigeria international's agent - Own Goal Nigeria (Nigerian football website) and Daily Express

Scouts from Manchester United, Arsenal and West Brom were all at Benfica's Portuguese Cup tie against Estoril, all believed to be watching Swedish centre-back Victor Lindelof, 22 - The Sun

Serie A side Napoli are interested in signing Sunderland's Jeremain Lens, but the 29-year-old Netherlands winger is only interested in making his season-long loan at Turkish club Fenerbahce permanent - ChronicleLive (North-East football website)

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