TOP STORY: Blues in double Roma raid? We still don't definitively know the identity of th...
TOP STORY: Blues in double Roma raid?
We still don't definitively know the identity of the next Chelsea manager, although we all expect it to be Antonio Conte. But never mind -- it seems we do definitively know the identity of plenty of the players he wants to bring to Stamford Bridge.
The Express says Conte, who is currently Italy's coach, has targeted two key players as Chelsea transfer targets -- and both of them come from the same Italian club.
|Chelsea might swoop for Nainggolan and Manolas in the Summer|
Watch out, Roma. Midfielder Radja Nainggolan, who has previously denied claims that he's already in talks with the Blues, and central defender Kostas Manolas are the players Conte wants, the paper reports.
But if the Roma pair do end up heading to Chelsea, what might they cost? Well, the Express says Belgium international Nainggolan "has been rated at around £28 million," with Greek defender Manolas likely to cost about £4m less than that.
But they aren't the only two players being suggested as arrivals at a new, Conte-led Chelsea -- reports in Italy's La Repubblica suggest Manchester City's Stevan Jovetic could be another one. He's on an 18-month loan to Inter Milan, who have an option to buy.
Everton Fear Lukaku Could Join United
We've not exactly been short of Romelu Lukaku chit-chat in recent weeks, have we? And if you want some more (and even if you don't), here it is.
The Mirror claims Lukaku's club Everton are afraid he will join Manchester United in the summer, whether or not the beleaguered Louis van Gaal succeeds in guiding United to a place in next season's Champions League.
|Everton fear Lukaku could be tempted to move to Old Trafford|
The paper reports that the Toffees, whose star man has scored 35 goals despite their inconsistent season, are "worried they are fighting a losing battle" to keep Lukaku despite insisting he isn't for sale.
Reports last week suggested that they would demand a starting bid of £50m in the event that they were to do business, but the Mirror claims Everton are alarmed about the potential arrival of Jose Mourinho and his "star attraction and pulling power" at Old Trafford in the summer.
Mesut Ozil And Alexis Sanchez Teamed Up To Give Reading Trouble On Saturday.
Arsenal and Arsene Wenger are confident that both Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez will be staying at the Emirates for now.
|Wenger is confident that star names Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez won't be going anywhere|
Don't panic, Arsenal fans, manager Arsene Wenger is confident that star names Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez won't be going anywhere and will put pen to paper on new contracts soon.
Wenger wasn't too thrilled when Ozil voiced his frustration about the Gunners' flickering title challenge, but the manager remains contented enough that both Ozil and Sanchez will be staying, the Mirror reports.
With reports indicating that the top brass at the Emirates have told Wenger he needs to splash some money in the summer transfer market, Arsenal have been linked with players including Real Madrid's Toni Kroos and Monchengladbach's Granit Xhaka, but Wenger has so far refused to be drawn on potential signings.
Mersey Mission For Yarmolenko?
Another name linked with a move to Arsenal has been Andriy Yarmolenko of Dynamo Kiev, but the Gunners aren't the only ones keen on the Ukraine international.
|Ukrainian star Yarmolenko is reportedly a target for Liverpool|
The Sun reports that Liverpool are "now leading the race" to sign the winger who, it says, has "set his sights" on a Premier League move. But then again, hasn't everyone?
It cites reports in Ukrainian paper Sport as saying Jurgen Klopp and his Anfield pals are lining up a £25m offer for Yarmolenko.
The player has also been linked with Everton, and was recently quoted as saying that "I intend to move to England this year."
- Tottenham are watching Utrecht forward Sebastien Haller, 21, as they put together their transfer plans for the summer. (Evening Standard)
- Jose Mourinho is ready to sign former Chelsea and Arsenal midfielder Lassana Diarra, 31, if he becomes Manchester United manager. (Le 10 Sport - in French)
- Barcelona are planning a £12m summer move for Manchester United defender Marcos Rojo, 26. (Sport - in Spanish)
- Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny, 25, has suggested he intends to remain on loan at Roma next season rather than settle for a place on the Gunners bench. (Evening Standard)