Time is ticking down on the 2015-16 season in Europe, but the wheeling and dealing of the summer appears to be warming up. As always, Transfer Talk has its finger on the pulse when it comes to the latest gossip. See the latest deals here.
TOP STORY: Arsenal target Bayern’s Lewandowski
Arsenal will target Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski, should the Polish international push for a move away from the Bundesliga champions, according to the Mirror.
The Gunners would have to pay up to £50 million to persuade Bayern to sell the 27-year-old, as Lewandowski has three years left on his contract.
The Pole has hinted that he would like to sample life in England before the end of his career, which has encouraged Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger to pursue him in addition to Borussia Dortmund’s Julian Weigl this summer.
Louis van Gaal eyes Higuain to boost United this summer
Manchester United will target Napoli’s Gonzalo Higuain this summer, with United manager Louis van Gaal said to be a big fan, according to the Mirror.
The Red Devils are looking to the Argentine international to relieve the pressure on Marcus Rashford and allow Wayne Rooney to move into a deeper role.
Van Gaal had Higuain watched last week in the Partenopei’s clash with Roma, and with two years remaining on his deal, Napoli owner Aurelio De Laurentiis could decide to cash in on the 28-year-old.
Leicester target young talent ahead of Champions League campaign
Leicester will look to youth ahead of next season’s debut in Europe’s premier competition, with Rennes starlet Ousmane Dembele a prime target, according to the Mirror.
The Foxes want the 18-year-old attacking sensation in addition to Feyenoord’s 21-year-old Tonny Vilhena to improve their midfield. Jagiellonia Bialystok’s 18-year-old goalkeeper Bartlomiej Dragowski will also be targeted, and maintaining Kasper Schmeichel services is a priority this summer.
West Ham to break club transfer record for Lyon’s Lacazette
West Ham are prepared to break their club record for a transfer fee to lure Alexandre Lacazette to London, according to the Mail.
The Hammers want Lyon’s star striker to boost the club ahead of the move to the Olympic Stadium, and any deal will easily surpass the £15 million forked out for Andy Carroll in 2013.
The 24-year-old is also being monitored by Barcelona, though the French international would be an understudy to Luis Suarez at the Camp Nou.
– The Hammers will look to strengthen their attack even further with a move for Argentine forward Gustavo Bou, according to the Star.
Racing Club’s star man will cost Slaven Bilic’s side £9 million as the former Croatia international looks to bolster his attack ahead of a potential European campaign next season.
– Villarreal will target Arsenal star Santi Cazorla for a third spell at El Madrigal, according to the Star. The 31-year-old creative midfielder has been plagued by injury this season and might fancy a third spell with the Yellow Submarine.
– Arsene Wenger has suffered a boost in his bid to strengthen the Gunners’ defence, with the Star reporting that Bayern Munich’s Medhi Benatia could move to the Emirates this summer.
Should the Bundesliga champions acquire Mats Hummels from rivals Borussia Dortmund, Benatia could be deemed surplus to requirements and make a move to the Premier League.
– Newcastle could receive a boost this summer, with numerous Chinese Super League clubs ready to pay £6 million for Papiss Cisse, according to the Mirror.
The Senegalese striker has a year left on his current deal, and at 30 years old, the Toon would jump at the chance to cash in on the striker.