Odegaard Targeted by PSG in Latest Transfer Move
According to reports from The Mail, Paris Saint-Germain has expressed interest in signing Arsenal’s captain Martin Odegaard.
The midfielder had a remarkable season leading the Gunners in their pursuit of a Premier League title challenge. However, Arsenal has no intentions of selling their captain as they aim to improve their performance in the upcoming season’s title race.
Pochettino Identifies Six Potential Midfield Targets
As the new manager of Chelsea, Mauricio Pochettino has identified six potential midfield targets. Manuel Ugarte is a key target for the club, as they aim to secure his signature before PSG does.
The Blues are keen to find a new partner for British record signing Enzo Fernandez and strengthening their midfield is their top priority.
Although Sporting Lisbon’s Ugarte is the primary target, The Guardian reports that Chelsea also has an interest in Declan Rice, but they anticipate he will join Arsenal instead.
Additionally, the club has scouted Southampton’s Romeo Lavia, Youssouf Fofana of Monaco, and Brighton’s Alexis Mac Allister and Moises Caicedo.
Arsenal Receives Boost in Pursuit of Rice
Football Insider reports that Arsenal, Chelsea, Bayern Munich, and Manchester United are all interested in West Ham midfielder Declan Rice, who is valued at £120m.
However, Arsenal and Chelsea have received a significant boost in the race to sign Rice, as the midfielder reportedly wants to stay in English football and, ideally, in the capital.
Talks about his future are expected to commence after the Europa Conference League final, but his representatives have already started laying the foundation for a major summer transfer.
Ten Hag Responds to Kane-to-Manchester-United Links
During a recent interview, Erik ten Hag was inevitably questioned about Manchester United’s rumored interest in Harry Kane.
However, recent reports suggest that Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy will not allow the England captain to leave the club this summer, even though he has only one year left on his contract.
Ten Hag admitted to The Times that his team needs an additional player with scoring abilities, besides Marcus Rashford. He further added that they need to acquire such a player, either from their current squad or through a new signing.
Ten Hag Provides Update on De Gea’s Future
During a recent interview, Erik ten Hag also discussed goalkeeper David De Gea’s future at Manchester United.
The Premier League’s 2022-23 Golden Glove winner has been linked with a departure from Old Trafford after spending 12 years with the club, with Manchester United reportedly searching for a new long-term first-choice goalkeeper.
There are also suggestions that De Gea will sign a new contract with greatly reduced terms, with no guarantees that he will continue to be the No.1 goalkeeper.
When asked about De Gea’s future by The Times, Ten Hag acknowledged that the Spaniard would stay, but he refused to guarantee that De Gea will always be his No.1 choice, as competition is essential in all positions at a club like Manchester United.
Possible Exit for Maguire from Manchester United
In a recent interview with The Times, Erik ten Hag suggested that Harry Maguire may leave Manchester United this summer.
Despite being the team’s captain, the English defender has struggled to secure regular playing time due to poor form and competition from players like Raphael Varane and Lisandro Martinez.
While Ten Hag praised Maguire’s effort and leadership qualities, he acknowledged that the 30-year-old might have to make a decision regarding his future.
Although Maguire has been training with 100% effort, the competition for a spot in the center-back position is fierce, with Varane being a fantastic player.
Ten Hag expressed his satisfaction with Maguire’s performance and his contribution to the team when needed, but ultimately, the decision about his future rests with the player himself.
Bayern Munich Makes £95m Bid for Rice
Speculations regarding Declan Rice’s potential move to Bayern Munich are gaining momentum, which might be troubling for Arsenal supporters.
According to Sky in Germany, the West Ham star has reportedly had phone discussions with Thomas Tuchel, which have been positive.
Rice is said to be open to joining the Bundesliga champions this summer. The Daily Mirror has now reported that Bayern has made a significant offer of £95m for the England midfielder.
Chelsea Targets Raya, Osimhen, and Martinez in Latest Transfer Plans
Chelsea’s rumored transfer targets for a goalkeeper and striker positions have garnered attention in the latest transfer news.
The club, along with their new manager Mauricio Pochettino, apparently agrees that they need a new first-choice goalkeeper this summer, as the future of their current goalkeepers Edouard Mendy and Kepa Arrizabalaga remains uncertain.
According to The Guardian, David Raya of Brentford, Emi Martinez of Aston Villa, and Andre Onana of Inter Milan are all being considered as potential targets for the club.
As for the striker position, Napoli’s Victor Osimhen and Lautaro Martinez, a teammate of Onana’s at Inter, are said to be on the top of the club’s shortlist.
Chelsea Observes Lavia, Fofana, Mac Allister, and Caicedo
Apart from Manuel Ugarte, Chelsea has other midfielders on their shortlist for this summer’s transfers.
The club is reportedly targeting a new goalkeeper and striker following Mauricio Pochettino’s appointment as their new manager.
However, The Guardian reports that finding a new partner for British record signing Enzo Fernandez in the midfield is also a top priority for the club.
While Sporting Lisbon’s Ugarte is their primary target, Chelsea also admires Declan Rice, but they anticipate that he will join Arsenal instead.
The club has also been scouting other potential midfielders such as Southampton’s Romeo Lavia, Youssouf Fofana of Monaco, and Brighton’s Alexis Mac Allister and Moises Caicedo.