Transfer rumours and paper review – Tuesday, April 5: Conte wants £50m Lukaku at Chelsea, Benitez ready to quit Newcastle?

5 Apr

Here are the top transfer-related stories in Tuesday’s newspapers…

Antonio Conte has told Chelsea to re-sign Romelu Lukaku – and wants a deal done before Euro 2016. Conte was finally confirmed as Jose Mourinho’s permanent successor yesterday on a three-year deal. And he wants to make Lukaku his first major signing, with Chelsea prepared to offer £50m for the Belgian. (Daily Star)

But Conte faces an uphill task to persuade Diego Costa to remain at Stamford Bridge next season with the Spain international intent on returning to La Liga. (Guardian)

John Terry, meanwhile, will discover if he has a future at Chelsea after a face-to-face meeting with Conte. The new Blues boss will attempt to sign Juventus and Italy centre-back Leonardo Bonucci for around £25million, regardless of whether Terry stays. (The Sun)

Rafa Benitez is ready to walk out on Newcastle — even if he keeps them in the Premier League. Current Spain coach Vicente Del Bosque has named the Toon boss as his top choice to take over after Euro 2016. It would tempt Benitez more than the challenge of transforming Newcastle next season. (The Sun)

Jack Wilshere’s contract talks at Arsenal are in jeopardy following his nightclub row. The midfielder, 24, has two years left on his £80,000-a-week Emirates deal and preliminary negotiations have already taken place. But those discussions are firmly on hold after the England star was caught up in a police investigation into a brawl outside London’s Cafe de Paris at the weekend. (The Sun)

Alex Iwobi has agreed a bumper new long-term Arsenal deal keeping him at the club until 2021. The Gunners have handed the exciting teenage forward a five-year contract worth in the region of £30,000 a week. (Daily Mirror)

Yaya Toure has a lucrative offer to join Inter Milan and will ‘definitely’ be leaving Manchester City this summer. That’s according to his agent Dimitri Seluk, who adds that the Ivorian is wanted by a number of top European teams. (The Sun)

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is targeting a £10m deal for Real Madrid’s Spanish winger Lucas Vazquez, 24. (Corriere dello Sport)

Manchester United and Chelsea are being asked for £60million if they want to sign James Rodriguez from Real Madrid. The Colombian playmaker caught the world’s attention with his brilliant displays at Brazil 2014 and earned himself a big-money Madrid move, but is expected to leave the Bernabeu this summer after a disappointing campaign. (Daily Mirror)

And here are the latest headlines…​

‘Patience is key’ for Chelsea when they change philosophy under Antonio Conte, ex-Blue tells talkSPORT

When can Leicester City win the Premier League? When can Aston Villa get relegated? You’ll find the answer to that and more season-ending questions here

Arsene Wenger will be ‘tearing his hair out’ over Jack Wilshere nightclub brawl story, Gunners legend tells talkSPORT

Arsenal transfer news: Mathieu Flamini to leave Gunners this summer and could make MLS move

Chelsea transfer news: Paris Saint-Germain want Diego Costa to replace Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Manchester United transfer news: Sensational £40m deal for starlet Renato Sanches edging closer

Arsenal’s Premier League title hopes ‘totally not over’, insists Per Mertesacker

Swansea boss Francesco Guidolin admits he would be tempted by Italy job

Neymar would be interested in sensational £154million move to Paris Saint-Germain, says Barcelona star’s agent


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