Transfer rumours and paper review – Tuesday, May 3: German club want Giroud, Man City to sign £39m-rated defender and MORE GOSSIP

3 May

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

Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud is a target for German club Wolfsburg, who are looking to tempt the Frenchman to the Bundesliga with a lucrative offer worth around £5.5million a year. (Foot Mercato)

Manchester City have agreed to pay the £39million release clause to sign Athletic Bilbao defender Aymeric Laporte. (Basque newspaper EITB)

Manchester United are readying a bid for Sporting Lisbon midfielder Joao Mario. The 23-year-old has a £55m release clause. (A Bola)

Nigerian winger Samuel Chukwueze’s move to Arsenal is close to collapsing. (Nigeria Soccer)

Newcastle midfielder Florian Thauvin, 23, currently on loan at Marseille, has been linked with a move to Inter Milan. (Newcastle Chronicle)

Manchester United managerial target Jose Mourinho is expected to make a decision on his next job this week. (Daily Telegraph)

Rafa Benitez is among the names being considered by Everton as replacement for manager Roberto Martinez, should Newcastle be relegated from the Premier League(Daily Mail)

Swansea boss Francesco Guidolin is being strongly tipped to become the next manager of Watford. (South Wales Evening Post)

Aston Villa supporters are planning a march in protest against owner Randy Lerner before this weekend’s final Premier League home game against Newcastle, plus “a mass release of energy” in the 74th minute. (Birmingham Mail)

And here are the latest headlines…​​

‘Saturday can’t come quickly enough!’ – Wes Morgan on Leicester’s Premier League win

Danny Murphy: ‘I’d take in-form Newcastle star Andros Townsend to Euro 2016 over Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’

‘Jurgen Klopp clearly doesn’t rate Daniel Sturridge!’ – Danny Murphy’s verdict on Liverpool striker

Leicester star Jamie Vardy named Football Writers’ Association Footballer of the Year

Celtic FC news: Brendan Rodgers responds when asked if he wants to take over at Parkhead


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