LATEST – ARSENAL SET TO MAKE FORWARD ALEXIS SANCHEZ EPL’S HIGHEST PAID PLAYER (NEWS, GOSSIPS, GISTS, RUMOURS, TRANSFER SPECULATIONS & UPDATES)

Arsenal are prepared to make wantaway star Alexis Sanchez the highest paid player in the Premier League should he remain in north London. The Chilean has long been linked with a move away from the Emirates, with top-tier rivals Man City thought to be leading the chase, though the Gunners are determined to hold onto their key asset. Despite the future of manager Arsene Wenger being unclear, Arsenal chiefs are ready to offer Alexis £300,000-per-week to secure his future, overtaking Man United’s Paul Pogba’s £290,000 weekly wage.

 

Inter are preparing a €70 million bid for Monaco forward Kylian Mbappe. The Nerazzurri have been impressed by the teenager’s impact this season and see him as the perfect partner for current striker Mauro Icardi.

 

Barcelona have added Red Bull Salzburg manager Oscar Garcia to their shortlist of replacements for Luis Enrique. The former Brighton and Watford boss was a midfielder for Barca in his playing days, and the club’s hierarchy believe he has the right DNA to take charge at Camp Nou.

 

Liverpool are set to join the race to sign Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk this summer. Chelsea and Man City have shown an interest in the Netherlands international, but Jurgen Klopp is keen to bolster his defence with a marquee signing.

 

Man City are set to cool their interest in signing a trio of Tottenham’s talented English stars. Pep Guardiola had hoped to sign Kyle Walker, Danny Rose and Dele Alli this summer but is now admitting defeat in his pursuit of the Spurs stars.

 

Arsenal have contacted Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri over the possibility of replacing Arsene Wenger. The Gunners are in danger of missing out on a place in the Champions League, and the club’s hierarchy have reached out to the former Milan boss over the past week to discuss a potential contract.

 

Liverpool have not been put off by Arsenal’s £35 million valuation of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. The England international is heading towards the final 12 months of his Gunners contract and the Reds are plotting a raid on their Premier League rivals.

 

Bayern Munich are considering bringing former Tottenham midfielder Paulinho back to Europe from Guangzhou Evergrande. The Brazil international headed to China in 2015 but may be offered the chance to rekindle his career at the highest level with the Bundesliga champions.

 

Man City are only willing to negotiate cash offers for outcast Joe Hart and will therefore reject Torino’s approach for a second loan this summer. City are believed to be keen to recoup around £15m for the goalkeeper, who is a certainty to leave the Etihad Stadium at the end of the current campaign.

 

Arsenal will have upwards of £100 million – perhaps closer to £200m – to spend in the summer transfer window, with Arsene Wenger expected to be the man to use the funds as part of a squad overhaul. The report states Wenger will sign a new two-year deal at the Emirates and could oversee the sale of Jack Wilshere, Olivier Giroud, David Ospina, and Lucas Perez to name a few, as the Gunners look to put together a massive transfer kitty and get serious about challenging for major silverware.

 

Barcelona defender Jordi Alba has spoken to fellow Spaniards in the Premier League as he considers a move to England. The 2012 European Championship-winning full-back has been linked with Chelsea and Man United.

 

Man United manager Jose Mourinho is planning a £72 million raid on Monaco for Tiemoue Bakayoko, Djibril Sidibe and Benjamin Mendy.The Red Devils boss is hoping to be given £250m to spend this summer as he looks to overhaul his squad at Old Trafford.

 

Both Eden Hazard and Diego Costa are set to leave Chelsea this summer. Real Madrid are increasingly confident of completing a £100 million move for Hazard while Costa wants to leave England and is set to join a Chinese Super League side.

 

Crystal Palace winger Wilfred Zaha is top of Man City’s summer transfer wishlist, according to reports. Pep Guardiola has been impressed by the Ivory Coast international and is ready to battle Tottenham for his signature.

 

Man City manager Pep Guardiola will make a decision on goalkeeper Joe Hart’s future at the club at the end of the season. The 29-year-old is currently on loan at Italian Serie A side Torino.

 

Chelsea want to sign Sporting Gijon defender Jorge Mere, 19. The Spaniard has a £25m release clause. Also, The Blues’ £51m bid for Torino and Italy striker Andrea Belotti, 23, has been turned down. Torino want Chelsea to meet the £85m buyout clause.

 

Everton have told midfielder Ross Barkley that he needs to decide on his future at the club by the end of the season. It is understood he has been told he must sign a new £100,000-a-week contract by the summer if he is to stay at Goodison Park.

 

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp says there is no clause in Mamadou Sakho’s loan deal at Crystal Palace that guarantees the 27-year-old can sign for the Eagles.  The Anfield club, meanwhile, are set to make a bid for Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk, 25, but face competition from Man City and Chelsea.

 

Barcelona have held talks with Liverpool as they attempt to bring Brazilian attacking midfielder Philippe Coutinho, 24, to La Liga.

 

Mesut Ozil had a row in the dressing room with Arsenal assistant manager Steve Bould following the side’s 5-1 defeat by Bayern Munich in the Champions League.

 

Diego Costa has given another indication he wants to stay at Chelsea after insisting he doesn’t want his partnership with Eden Hazard to be broken up. Costa, 28, has been linked with a move to China.

 

Leicester want to sign Middlesbrough defender Ben Gibson, 24, for what could be a club record fee of £30m. In addition, The Foxes keeper Ron-Robert Zieler has threatened to quit the club after becoming frustrated over a lack of playing time. The 28-year-old German has made 13 senior appearances since joining last year.

 

Arsenal are intent on appointing their first ever director of football at the club, with Marc Overmars the leading candidate to fill the position. The report states that the Gunners are looking to shake things up behind the scenes, with potential candidates set to take charge of the club’s transfer business as well as its footballing ethos. Arsenal are also said to be admirers of Dortmund director Michael Zorc.

 

West Ham’s talks with winger Michail Antonio, 27, over a new contract have stalled after he was ruled out of the rest of the season with a ‘significant injury’. Antonio’s representatives are aiming for a £70,000-a-week deal. Meanwhile, the Hammers will make another move for Cologne striker Anthony Modeste, 28.

 

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe is scouring the lower leagues in an attempt to discover the ‘next Dele Alli’.

 

Newcastle United are the favourites to sign Stoke City defender Ryan Shawcross, 29, in the summer.

 

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