Transfer rumours and paper review – Friday, May 20: Arsenal to go British this summer, Liverpool to land Leicester defender?

20 May

Here are the top transfer-related stories in Friday’s newspapers and online…


Granit Xhaka is heading to London in order to finalise his Arsenal move, according to close friend and journalist Artan Muhaxhiri. The Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder has been heavily linked with an Emirates switch following another top season in Germany, and it now appears that a deal is all but done. (The Sun)

Arsene Wenger is preparing to go British this summer with a string of squad reinforcements. Arsenal boss Wenger is eyeing Celtic’s teenage left-back Kieran Tierney and has already made a £3million offer for Bolton’s England Under-21 international defender Rob Holding. The Gunners also fancy Fulham’s English prodigy Ryan Sessegnon. (Daily Mirror)

Arsenal are also ready to give a contract extension to England midfielder Jack Wilshere, who has just returned from a 10-month injury lay-off. (Daily Telegraph)

Jurgen Klopp will start rebuilding his Liverpool squad by signing Leicester’s teenage left-back Ben Chilwell. The 18-year-old has turned down a new £18,000-a-week deal offered by the title-winning Foxes, with Klopp’s Reds and hot on his heels. (Daily Mirror)

Liverpool are close to completing the signing of goalkeeper Loris Karius from Jürgen Klopp’s former club Mainz in a deal worth around £4.7m. (Guardian)

Chelsea have joined the race to sign Alvaro Morata, with Arsenal, Paris Saint-Germain and both Manchester clubs interested in the forward. (Daily Mirror)

West Ham are considering making an ambitious move for Jamie Vardy. Leicester striker Vardy has enjoyed the season of his life as the 5,000-1 outsider Foxes won the title, and that has made the 29-year-old one of the most sought-after properties in English football. Several Premier League clubs have been sounded out about the England international, and the Hammers are understood to have shown an interest. (Daily Mirror)

West Brom manager Tony Pulis is weighing up a move for West Ham’s 26-year-old Ecuador striker Enner Valencia. (Daily Telegraph)

Everton are interested in former Manchester United goalkeeper Pierluigi Gollini. The managerless Toffees want to add to their goalkeeping options this summer following the departure of Tim Howard, who is joining Colorado Rapids. And 21-year-old Gollini, currently with Italian side Hellas Verona, is emerging as target for the Merseysiders. (Daily Mail)

Sunderland are weighing up a double swoop for Swansea pair Andre Ayew and Bafetimbi Gomis. (Daily Star)

And here are the latest talkSPORT.com headlines…

Chelsea target Blaise Matuidi coy on future at Paris Saint-Germain

In-demand Italian hotshot Gianluca Lapadula keen on linking up with Jamie Vardy at Leicester City

Manchester United transfer news: Fears Van Gaal could ruin Aubameyang deal, Leroy Sane battle and more rumours

Transfer news: Everton defender Ramiro Funes Mori being eyed by Lazio and Manchester United

Transfer report: Paris Saint-Germain poised to beat Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United to ‘new Neymar’

Chelsea transfer news: Antonio Conte wants Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly as John Terry’s long-term replacement

West Ham transfer news: Slaven Bilic planning shock deal for Arsenal defender Mathieu Debuchy

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