Arsenal confident of Willian deal, Ibrahimovic linked with Leeds, Newcastle to sign Real Madrid striker?

talkSPORT.com rounds up all the latest transfer news and football gossip from Thursday’s papers and online…


Arsenal are set to offer Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang a new £250,000-a-week contract, plus bonuses, to convince their star striker to stay. The 31-year-old has entered the final 12 months of his contract and has been linked with an exit, but boss Mikel Arteta is desperate for his top scorer to stay and will present the new terms to the Gabon international in the coming days. (Daily Telegraph)

And there’s more good news for the Gunners coming out of Brazil, with reports Chelsea winger Willian is close to agreeing a free transfer to the Emirates Stadium. The 32-year-old Brazilian has been one of the Blues’ top performers this season, yet is expected to leave the club when his contract expires at the end of the season. However, it appears he won’t be going far and could follow compatriot David Luiz in making the switch to Arsenal. (ESPN Brasil)

Willian and Aubameyang could be playing alongside each other for Arsenal next season, according to reports

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Willian and Aubameyang could be playing alongside each other for Arsenal next season, according to reports

Arsenal are also considering a move for Aston Villa’s 22-year-old midfielder Douglas Luiz, although they could be beaten by Arteta’s former club Manchester City, who hold a buy-back clause for the Brazil international. (90min)

Manchester United have received a boost in their pursuit of Jadon Sancho, with reports claiming Borussia Dortmund are searching for potential replacements. United are keen to sign the 20-year-old English star this summer but it is claimed they are not willing to match BVB’s £100m-plus price tag. However, Dortmund are reportedly looking at signing Werder Bremen winger Milot Rashica to replace Sancho should he leave this summer. (Daily Telegraph)

Leeds United have been linked with a stunning for Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Whites owner Andrea Radrizzani has revealed he had transfer talks with the 38-year-old Swedish striker earlier this year, but recently admitting it will be difficult to being him to Elland Road. But Zlatan has fuelled the speculation by admitting he is unlikely to extend his deal with AC Milan and could be on the lookout for a new club. (The Sun)

Leeds are also reportedly targeting £20m-rated Queens Park Rangers forward Eberechi Eze, as Marcelo Bielsa looks to strengthen his squad ahead of their return to the Premier League. (The Sun)

Could Zlatan Ibrahimovic make a surprise return to the Premier League this summer… with Leeds?

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Could Zlatan Ibrahimovic make a surprise return to the Premier League this summer… with Leeds?

Newcastle are preparing an offer to sign Real Madrid striker Luka Jovic on loan, according to reports in the north east. The 22-year-old has endured a rough first season in Spain, where he has scored just twice since signing from Eintracht Frankfurt. Los Blancos are reportedly already willing to let him go and the Magpies are hoping to tempt the Spanish giants into allowing the young forward to have a shot in the Premier League in a black and white shirt. (Shields Gazette)

Newcastle have also been linked with a move to sign English striker Callum Wilson from Bournemouth if the Cherries are relegated from the Premier League this season. (Daily Express)

Valencia are planning a double Premier League swoop for Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga and Manchester City playmaker David Silva, according to reports. The Spaniards have both been linked with moves away from their respective clubs this season, with Silva coming to the end of his current contract with Man City, and Kepa’s reputation taking a terrible beating following a dreadful 12 months with the Blues. And Valencia are said to be lining up bids for both, with Chelsea already linked with a number of replacements for the 25-year-old goalkeeper. (90min)

Jovic has struggled for form since leaving Eintracht Frankfurt for Real Madrid last summer and is now wanted by Newcastle, reports claim

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Jovic has struggled for form since leaving Eintracht Frankfurt for Real Madrid last summer and is now wanted by Newcastle, reports claim

Tottenham are confident they will sign Southampton midfielder Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg this summer, even though Everton have had a bid of £25m accepted for the 24-year-old Dane. Meanwhile, Spurs are also said to be close to agreeing a new contract with 21-year-old defender Japhet Tanganga, after a promising Premier League breakthrough this season. (The Guardian and Evening Standard)

Adam Lallana could be set for a return to Southampton as he prepares to leave Liverpool. The midfielder concluded his six-year spell at Anfield by lifting the Premier League trophy on Wednesday night, with the 32-year-old set to move on at the end of his contract. The Saints have been linked with signing their former captain as a replacement for Hojbjerg, but there is plenty of interest in the ex-England international, Leicester, Burnley and Brighton all rumoured to be keen. (Daily Express)

Aston Villa have joined Sheffield United in the race to sign Reading midfielder John Swift. talkSPORT brought you the news yesterday that the Blades have told to up their opening bid after offering just £3.5m for the ex-England Under-21 ace. And Villa are also now said to be interested, eyeing the 25-year-old as a replacement for captain Jack Grealish, who is widely expected to leave Villa Park this summer. (Reading Chronicle)


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