Transfer rumours and paper review – Thursday, May 12: Arsenal plot £80m triple raid, Liverpool to land £28m starlet?

12 May

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


Arsene Wenger  is poised to go on an £80million triple-spending spree to appease Arsenal’s angry fans. The Gunners are close to sealing the £30million arrival of Swiss midfielder Granit Xhaka from Borussia Monchengladbach. And Wenger, who has been rocked with the news of Danny Welbeck’s latest injury blow, will immediately turn his attention to landing Juventus striker Alvaro Morata and move for Borussia Dortmund’s Henrikh Mkhitaryan. (The Sun)

Wenger is also eyeing a move for little-known French striker Sehrou Guirassy. Arsenal boss Wenger has been alerted to the 20-year-old Lille starlet, who has impressed while on loan at French second division club Auxerre. (Daily Mirror)

Liverpool have been offered encouraging signs in their pursuit of Ousmane Dembélé, with Jürgen Klopp’s side now competing against Borussia Dortmund to sign the French teenage sensation from Rennes in a deal that could be worth almost £28m. (Guardian)

Manchester United  have joined the race for Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos. Pep Guardiola wanted to make him one of his first signings as Manchester City boss, but United have now sparked interest in the 26-year-old. (Daily Star)

Real Madrid star Raphael Varane will snub a move to Manchester United if Jose Mourinho doesn’t replace Louis van Gaal this summer. United have held talks with Varane about a possible £30m move. But while he is open to joining United, the centre-back has made it clear he will pull the plug if ‘The Special One’ doesn’t become the club’s next boss. (Daily Star)

Tottenham Hotspur are willing to make Saúl Ñiguez their highest-paid player to secure his signing this summer. Atletico Madrid are desperately trying to tie down the starlet but Spurs have already tried to tempt the 21-year-old away. The contract on offer is reportedly a five-year, £6million deal after tax. (Daily Mirror)

Everton will make fresh moves to sign Dynamo Kiev forward Andriy Yarmolenko this summer and have also entered the race to sign Santos star Lucas Lima. (ESPN)

Aston Villa defender Jordan Amavi is being lined up for a move to Serie A giants AC Milan. (Daily Express)

And here are the latest talkSPORT.com headlines…​

Arsenal transfer news: Gunners close to completing £34million deal for Borussia Monchengladbach’s Granit Xhaka

Transfer report: Axel Witsel heading for Roma as Manchester City and Tottenham set to miss out on Belgian star

Barcelona and Liverpool-linked Hatem Ben Arfa insists: ‘I’m ready to play for a big European team!’

TRANSFER BATTLE! Arsenal and Lyon go head-to-head to land Atletico Madrid defender Lucas Hernandez

Inter Milan considering shock swoop for out-of-favour Newcastle star Florian Thauvin

Swindon keen on signing Colchester midfielder George Moncur, son of Robins legend John

Spanish forward Sandro Ramirez to leave Barcelona – Tottenham set to pounce?

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