Ibrahima Diallo to Arsenal
Arsenal have entered the race to sign Ibrahima Diallo.
The defensive midfielder has been a stand-out performer for Ligue 1 outfit Brest this season – making 22 appearances before the campaign was suspended.
The 21-year-old Frenchman has draw comparisons with Chelsea’s N’Golo Kante and has been scouted by Arsenal on several occasions this season.
Leicester, Everton and Nice have expressed interest, but Sevilla have jumped to the front of the queue having opened talks with the player’s representatives.
Now, the Daily Star claim Mikel Arteta wants Diallo at the Emirates Stadium and are considering a formal approach.
Kai Havertz valuation
Chelsea have taken steps to sign Bayer Leverkusen playmaker Kai Havertz.
The sought-after Germany international has been linked with several clubs including Liverpool, Manchester United and Barcelona.
But Italian website Calciomercato suggest that Frank Lampard’s Chelsea have taken ‘concrete steps’ to bring him to Stamford Bridge.
The Blues will need to shatter their current £71.5million club-record transfer fee spent on Kepa Arrizabalaga in 2018 because Bayer Leverkusen are still demanding between £89m – £107million.
Pedro Chirivella to Rangers
Rangers are a good option for Liverpool midfielder Pedro Chirivella, according to former Leeds striker Noel Whelan.
Chirivella, 22, has mustered just one single Premier League appearances since joining the club in 2013 and looks set for a departure having rejected a new five-year deal.
“He could try and kickstart his career at Rangers and if he does well he can come back to the Premier League as a ready-made player in a few years’ time,” Whelan told Football Insider.
“It is tough because it is difficult to turn down a five-year deal at a club like Liverpool but I am not sure if he is going to be able to break into that team. I think if it is there for him now at Rangers, go and join them.”
Dries Mertens agreement
Chelsea transfer target Dries Mertens has all-but ended speculation that he will head to Stamford Bridge this summer.
The Belgian forward was all set to become a free agent at the end of the season, having been denied a move away in January.
He had been heavily linked with Chelsea in the winter window, but the Blues failed to meet Napoli’s asking price.
Now, The Guardian reports that Mertens has agreed a new two-year extension to his current contract to keep him at Napoli.
Jadon Sancho shirt number
Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho should be given Manchester United’s iconic number seven shirt if he arrives at Old Trafford.
That’s according to club legend Rio Ferdinand, who believes the England international has the ‘arrogance’ to handle the pressure of wearing the number previously worn by Eric Cantona, David Beckham and Cristiano Ronaldo.
“Harry Kane has been linked, but if I was going to be pushing for an attacking player, I would still go for Jadon Sancho,” Ferdinand told 606 Savage Social.
“He’s got an arrogance about him, it’s what you want on a football pitch, they’d embrace that. So yes, I’d give it [the number seven shirt] to him and put that pressure right on his shoulders!”
Fode Ballo-Toure interest
Manchester United are reportedly keen on signing Monaco left-back Fode Ballo-Toure.
Ballo-Toure, who was on the books at Paris Saint-Germain as a teenager, joined Monaco from Lille for a fee of around £10million in January 2019.
And his performances have been enough to catch the eye of United scouts, who view him as someone that can provide Luke Shaw with competition at left-back.
Due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, clubs are looking at cut-price deals to bolster their squads and The Times say United could move for Ballo-Toure in the summer.
Harry Kane to Barcelona
Barcelona ‘desired’ Tottenham striker Harry Kane before switching their attentions to Inter Milan’s Lautaro Martinez.
The Catalan giants have been searching for a long-term replacement for Uruguayan talisman Luis Suarez, 33, since last January.
And, according to Mundo Deportivo, Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu contacted his Tottenham counterpart Daniel Levy to discuss Kane’s availability.
However, Levy’s response is thought to have been ‘prohibitive and off-market’ with a valuation of £200million.
Erling Haaland decision
Arsenal’s pursuit of Luka Jovic has hit the rocks.
And that, according to Cadena Cope, is because Real Madrid have absolutely no interest in signing Borussia Dortmund star Erling Haaland.
Zinedine Zidane had been tipped to replace Jovic after a poor debut campaign at the Bernabeu, where he’s managed just two goals in 24 appearances.
Arsenal were reportedly preparing an offer for the Serbia international but Cadena Cope suggest that Zidane will persevere with the 22-year-old.