Chelsea edge ahead in Griezmann chase
Chelsea continue to dominate Wednesday’s transfer talk with the Blues appearing to be in pole position to beat out Manchester United for Atletico Madrid’s Antoine Griezmann, according to the Express.
The Frenchman has been in sensational form for Diego Simeone’s side and Chelsea are prepared to part with £40m for his services.
Without Champions League football to offer the 24-year-old, Chelsea know they must present a bumper contract to prise Griezmann away from the Estadio Vicente Calderon.
Premier League quartet set for Marquinhos scrap
Disgruntled Paris Saint-Germain defender Marquinhos could be set for a move to the Premier League this summer, with Chelsea, Manchester City, Manchester United and Arsenal all reported to be interested, according to the Star.
The Brazilian has failed to hold down a place in Laurent Blanc’s side in his preferred centre-back position due to the David Luiz and Thiago Silva’s partnership.
The 21-year-old, who last month revealed that the Premier League appealed to him, could now be set for a big move this summer.
– Arsenal could be set for a shock swoop for Chelsea striker Dominic Solanke after the 18-year-old stalled on a new contract with the Blues, according to The Sun.
Solanke has scored seven times on loan at Vitesse in the Eredivisie and is reportedly demanding £50,000 per week to commit his future to the Blues, which could allow the Gunners an opportunity to prise him away from Stamford Bridge.
– Spurs have confirmed their interest in Marseille’s Michy Batshuayi, with Mauricio Pochettino declaring his admiration for the Belgian striker, according to the Star. Batshuayi has bagged 15 goals in Ligue 1 this season and is also wanted by Liverpool and West Ham.
– Manchester United will offer Memphis Depay to Southampton in a bid to secure long-term target Sadio Mane, according to the Star.
Signed for £25m last summer from PSV, Depay has failed to live up to expectations and could now be sent to St. Mary’s as the Red Devils attempt to capture the Senegalese.
– Wojciech Szczesny is keen to secure a permanent deal to Roma this summer from Arsenal after enjoying regular football in Serie A this season, according to the Mirror.
The Polish goalkeeper is not prepared to return to the Emirates as an understudy to Petr Cech should David Ospina move on, and with the Giallorossi on the brink of securing Champions League football, Szczesny would prefer to extend his stay in Rome.