Arsenal transfer news: Futures of Sanchez and Ozil in doubt
Mesut Ozil, Alexis Sanchez and Arsenal's long-suffering fans have something in common - they all "need convincing" that the Gunners are going in the right direction. But while the supporters can do little more than plan a boycott of the game against West Brom on Thursday, the two midfield maestros have a rather different trick up their sleeve.
According to Metro, Arsenal are terrified of seeing Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez tempted away from the Emirates if the club fails to qualify for next season's Champions league, and are prepared to offer the pair "huge new contracts to remain at the club for the forthcoming season".
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The Gunners are hoping that new five-year deals of £160,000-a-week will do the trick and persuade the pair that life in north London isn't so bad.
But with a dark cloud over the Emirates - Goal.com carries details of the planned protests this week - there could be some cause for optimism according to the Daily Express, which does it best to raise morale with a report that the Gunners are ready "to make a £16m bid for Inter Milan star Marcelo Brozovic".
The 23-year-old Croatian midfielder is currently on loan at the San Siro from Dinamo Zagreb where his confident displays have made Arsene Wenger sit up and take notice. According to Italian newspaper Corriere dello Sport, Arsenal scouts have paid a couple of visits to watch Brozovic in action and the Gunners are ready to move. The Express says that Inter would love to keep the Croatia international playmaker for another season, but they don't have the financial muscle to compete with Arsenal, who are ready to make Dinamo Zagreb an offer they can't refuse.
Arsenal transfer news: Riyad Mahrez tops Wenger's wishlist
The French press are reporting that Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has singled out Leicester winger Riyad Mahrez as his number one summer transfer target.
The Algerian ace began his career with Parisian outfit Sarcelles, but has enjoyed unprecedented levels of publicity this season as part of Leicester's legendary surge to the top of the Premier League.
The Daily Express picks up on claims made in French outlet, Le 10 Sport, and says Wenger actually made a play for Mahrez last summer but was told by Leicester he "was not for sale at any price". Undeterred, the Nutty Professor is set to test that assertion with a big money offer next month, although the Express says that Paris Saint-Germain and Barcelona are also "keen" on Mahrez.
There's nothing like a spot of alliteration to get a transfer rumour rolling and the Daily Star claims that the Gunners are going to grab Getafe grafter Pablo Sarabia in the summer.
The paper cites Spanish sources as saying the attacking midfielder is on Arsenal's radar, as is teammate Alvaro Vazquez in what could be a £14m double whammy. Rather worryingly for the Arsenal faithful, Getafe are on the brink of relegation from La Liga and that's why a move is likely in a few weeks.
And it gets worse with the Star trying not to snigger as it informs Gooners that the 24-year-old Vazquez tasted Premier League football in 2013 during a spell with Swansea - "and failed to register a single goal in 12 appearances".
Arsenal transfer news: Taxi for Theo Walcott as Liverpool wait
After another dispiriting result at the weekend, this time a 1-1 draw at home to struggling Crystal Palace, it may not just be Arsene Wenger who is heading towards the Emirates exit this summer.
According to The Sun Theo Walcott's days are numbered with the paper claiming that the inconsistent winger is "set to spark a summer transfer scrap after being frozen out". Ten years ago Walcott went to the World Cup with England as a callow 17-year-old, and though a great future was predicted for the then Southampton teenager, it hasn't worked out for him at Arsenal and the 27-year-old appears to have decided to move on while he still has some gas left in the tank.
As to a likely destination, the Sun says that Liverpool have made no secret of their interest in Walcott but much will depend on their Europa League campaign following their lacklustre league form. If the Reds triumph in Europe next month, then they'll qualify for the Champions League and that could be a crucial factor for Walcott as he considers his options.
And another of Arsenal's English young guns likely to be leaving in the summer is left back Kieran Gibbs, at least according to the Daily Mirror. The paper says that Arsenal have their eye on England Under-20 left back Ben Chilwell and are ready to lure him from the King Power Stadium with a big money offer.
The Mirror says that while the Premier League leaders have offered the 19-year-old a contract extension, Chilwell "could command £18,000-a-week" at the Emirates as the Gunners search for reliable defenders who know their Arsenal from their elbow.
As for the latest on the Granit Xhaka saga, Metro says that the Gunners will imminently sign the Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder. The 23-year-old has been linked to north London for several weeks and apparently Arsenal are "on the cusp of agreeing a transfer fee for the Swiss international", which Metro says will be between £20m and £30m.
Arsenal transfer news: Bayern Munich want Alexis Sanchez
The talk in recent weeks has been of who Pep Guardiola will sign when he takes over the Manchester City hotseat in the summer. But Arsenal fans might be more interested in the players that Carlo Ancelotti could turn to when he replaces Guardiola at Bayern Munich.
According to The Sun, the name at the top of his shopping list is Alexis Sanchez with the Arsenal striker the "priority" for Ancelotti this summer.
The former Chelsea and Real Madrid boss thinks that Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben have reached the end of their days because of injuries and the Sun believes Ancelotti has "pinpointed Arsenal star Sanchez as the man he wants to take the club forward".
The Chilean frontman has played his way back into form this month, sparking rumours that Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid are both interested, but the Sun says Bayern are serious about signing Sanchez for next season.
If Sanchez does head to Munich might the Gunners bring in Lazio playmaker Lucas Biglia? The Daily Star claims that the Gunners, Manchester United and Liverpool are all circling the Argentine midfielder. Taking its cue from Italian paper Corriere dello Sport, the Star says that the 30-year-old Biglia knocked back an approach from United last year and is apparently only really interested in a club that can offer him Champions League football.
Arsenal transfer news: £32m Danilo Pereira bid rejected
The latest man to be named in Arsenal's hunt for midfielders is Danilo Pereira, but things are not going to plan for Arsene Wenger and, according to The Sun, the Gunners "have had a bid rejected by Porto" for the 24-year-old despite meeting the club's £32m asking price.
With Mikel Arteta, Mathieu Flamini and Thomas Rosicky all leaving the Emirates in the summer, Arsenal are desperate for new blood in the centre of the park and that may be why Porto are playing hardball. The Sun says that the Gunners have "been told they can still get their man if they up their bid" with the Portuguese club set to squeeze every last penny out of the north London club.
When Portuguese rag Correio da Manha asked Pereira's agent, Oliver Cabrera, whether his client was bound for the Gunners, he replied: "At the moment his future is not set."
The same could be said for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain with Metro reporting that the Arsenal winger is "set to reject a new £90,000-a-week deal to stay at the Gunners". That's because he's unsure about his future and is aware that both Southampton and Manchester City are monitoring the situation. The 22-year-old's career has stalled in the last couple of seasons and although Metro says Arsene Wenger is keen to keep the midfielder in north London by raising his wages from £55,000-a-week, the Ox is carefully considering his next step.
And if there wansn't enough uncertainty swirling around the Gunners, the Evening Standard reports that contrary to popular rumour Borussia Monchengladbach have not agreed terms with Arsenal for Swiss midfielder Granit Xhaka. The club's sporting director Max Eberl responded to reporters' questions on the subject by saying: "There is currently no offer from England. I'll keep you up to date when the first faxes roll in."
The latest "wonderkid" to be mooted as an Arsenal target is Samuel Chukwueze with the Daily Star swearing blind that the Gunners "are on the verge of signing" the 16-year-old. The teenage striker dazzled for Nigeria at the Under-17 World Cup last year and the Star quotes Diamond Football Academy president Martin Apugo declaring "Chukwueze is still joining Arsenal, he will travel any moment from now to start training with them."
Arsenal transfer news: Walcott, Ramsey and Ox to lead exodus
Arsenal's hopes of reclaiming their place at the top table of English football appear as remote as ever, and with yet another third or fourth place finish looming the Gunners could have their "current homegrown core ripped out" at the end of the season.
Under-performing British stars including Aaron Ramsey, Theo Walcott, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Kieran Gibbs, Calum Chambers and Carl Jenkinson could all be on the way to the Emirates exit this summer, says the Daily Mail.
Gibbs, Walcott and Oxlade-Chamberlain could all be tempted to move on to develop their faltering careers in new surroundings, while on-loan Jenkinson is surplus to requirements. Chambers's future is "unclear as he struggles for first team football", says the paper.
The most successful of the six is Ramsey, but his "long-term future at the Emirates Stadium is far from certain", as the Gunners look "to bolster their central midfield ranks this summer". With Arsenal chasing Toni Kroos and Granti Xhaka, Ramsey may not take kindly to the extra competition and the prospect of being played out of position on the wing for another season.
The paper says Jack Wilshere is "virtually certain" to remain a Gunner, although there has been speculation elsewhere that he too could move on.
But Arsene Wenger is hoping to recruit a new generation of homegrown Gunners, with Alex Iwobi having already broken into the first team. According to the Mail Arsenal's spies "have been instructed to identify British talent under the age of 23".
That will not stop the Gunners looking overseas though, and according to the Daily Star, Arsenal want super Mario - but not that one.
The paper reports that the Gunners are chasing Joao Mario and are growing more confident that they'll be able to lure the 23-year-old midfielder from Sporting Lisbon. Manchester United were linked with Mario earlier in the season but the Star says the impending departures of Mathieu Flamini, Tomas Rosicky and Mikel Arteta have lent an urgency to Arsene Wenger's search for talented playmakers, and his scouts have sent back favourable reports of the Portugal international.
Currently contracted to Sporting until 2020, Mario will be sold by the Portuguese outfit if a club meets what the Star describes as his "staggering £55m release clause". That's one reason why United have called off the chase, and it's also put paid to the ambitions of Atletico Madrid and Juventus but it seems Arsenal are still in the hunt for Mario.
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