Transfer rumours and paper review – Wednesday, March 16: Chelsea want Ibrahimovic, Arsenal table Kroos bid, Man United out of striker chase

16 Mar

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

Chelsea want to sign Paris Saint-Germain striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, and have offered the 34-year-old Sweden international a two-year deal worth £10million per season. (FootMercato)

Arsenal have tabled a multi-million pound offer to sign 26-year-old Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos. (AS)

Manchester United could lose out in the race for £50m-rated striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, because he promised his grandad he would play for Real Madrid. (Manchester Evening News)

The Red Devils have identified Barcelona’s Marc-Andre Ter Stegen as a possible replacement for David De Gea, should the Spaniard leave Old Trafford this summer. (Daily Mirror)

Mauricio Pochettino is expected to finalise a new £3.5million-per-year Tottenham contract at the end of the season. (Daily Mail)

Claudio Ranieri could be handed a new contract at Leicester. The Premier League leaders are keen to tie the Italian down amid fears he could buy himself out of his current deal at the end of the season, and join a top European club. (The Times)

West Ham are interested in signing Liverpool striker Christian Benteke, but Liverpool may have to contribute towards his wages, with the Hammers unwilling to offer the Belgium international more than £80,000 a week. (The Times)

West Ham are expected to confirm the permanent signing of Manuel Lanzini in the next few days. The Hammers have also agreed to sign Norway midfielder Havard Nordtveit on a free transfer from Borussia Moenchengladbach next season. (Evening Standard)

Chelsea are ready to make a transfer offer for Roma defender Kostas Manolas. (Il Tempo)

Goalkeeper Jack Butland is close to signing a new five-year contract at Stoke City. (Daily Telegraph)

Harry Redknapp could combine his new coaching role at Derby with a new job as manager of the Jordan international team. The former Tottenham manager is reportedly set to take charge of two World Cup qualifying games for the Middle East side. (The Sun)

Bolton are lining up a move for Southend manager Phil Brown to become their new boss, following the departure of Neil Lennon. (The Guardian)

And here are the latest headlines…​​

‘He wants to be the best’ – Roberto Martinez hails Everton’s goalscoring sensation Romelu Lukaku

‘Newcastle will be in real trouble if they lose huge Tyne-Wear derby’ – Ex-Magpies chairman Freddy Shepherd

Stuart Pearce tells talkSPORT: Arsenal should sign Manchester City’s ‘outstanding’ Yaya Toure in the summer

Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain wanted by Liverpool, Manchester City and Manchester United

Marquinhos shuns Chelsea and Manchester United interest to agree Barcelona pre-contract

Everton join Manchester City in eyeing Athletic Bilbao ace Inaki Williams

Bayern Munich star Franck Ribery reveals he snubbed lucrative China offer

Watford transfer news: Pre-contract deal agreed with Liverpool youngster Jerome Sinclair


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