Transfer rumour round up; Aaron Ramsey to Barcelona?
Today's transfer rumours lead off with a cracker about an Arsenal midfielder being eyed up by Barcelona.
By Liam Kelly
According to the Sun newspaper Barcelona plan to make a £50m-plus bid for 24-year-old Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey in the summer, despite their transfer embargo. If the midfielder goes he will be the NINTH Gunner since 2000 to leave for the Nou Camp.
Over in the Telegraph they say that Louis Van Gaal is interested in the possibility of signing World Cup winner and Bayern Munich midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger. The 30 year old has been in contract talks with his parent club for some time with no progress and reports say the German is looking for a new challenge and Van Gaal’s side would fit the bill, and the two men worked together before at Bayern Munich.
According to the Express, Van Gaal expects star goalkeeper David De Gea to remain at Manchester United. The Spaniard had put a contract offer of £200,000 a week on hold as he has been informed of Real Madrid's interest. However, reports say he is now ready to reject sunny Madrid for cold and wet Manchester for another season.
Dani Alves is set to leave Barcelona at the end of the season. The Barcelona right-back has not been able to agree a new contract with the club and is likely to head abroad. Manchester City and Paris Saint Germain have been credited with an interest.
Meanwhile at the Times, they say Inter Milan claim to be close to completing a deal for Manchester City’s Yaya Touré, however the Manchester based club say they have received no offers for Touré as of yet. Reports also say PSG are ready to turn their interest from Paul Pogba to the Ivorian. They see Touré as a cheaper alternative to Pogba who is looking to cost in excess of £80 million.
According to the Daily Mirror, Liverpool are willing to listen to offers for midfielder Lucas Leiva, 28, who has also been linked with Inter Milan, because England international James Milner, 29, is on his way from Manchester City as a free agent.
According to the Sun, Manchester United are to go head to head with arch rivals Manchester City to land ex Chelsea hero Aerjn Robben. The Dutchman is reportedly, like his teammate Schweinsteiger, after a new challenge following three Bundesligas and a Champions League title in Germany.
Arsenal are desperate to seal a £35.5m deal for Real Madrid star Karim Benzema, according to the Metro. Wenger is looking to add another top striker to his ranks as he aims to mount a sustained title challenge next season.
According to the Mirror, Chelsea have to include Oscar in any deal if they are to sign Paul Pogba. The Turin side have demanded Oscar to be included if any deal is to be done.
According to the Liverpool Echo, former Liverpool legend Jon Molby believes the club should sell Raheem Sterling. He believes the row is messy and that the Merseyside club should cash in on their want away striker.
Over in the Mail it is reported that Rafa Benitez is poised for a sensational return to the Bernabeu with Real Madrid expected to sack Carlo Ancelotti tomorrow and appoint the former Liverpool boss.