Man Utd eye Kobel but want De Gea to stay
Manchester United are interested in signing Borussia Dortmund goalkeeper Gregor Kobel despite also wanting David de Gea to stay amid contract negotiations with their current No. 1. The Independent claims head coach Erik ten Hag wants different tactical options and to create competition for the gloves at Old Trafford, with Kobel said to fit the desired profile given his ability to play with his feet, an area De Gea has struggled with this season.
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“While the 25-year-old did make headlines following a high-profile error in Dortmund’s showdown with Bayern Munich, he is seen as having been influential to a first proper title challenge in years.”
Arsenal’s £90m Rice talks
Arsenal will look to offer Declan Rice £300,000-a-week in their bid to win the race to sign the West Ham midfielder, with the Daily Mail reporting the Gunners have opened talks over a £90m summer move. The Gunners are eager to capitalise on their return to the Champions League and maintain their status at title contenders, and that could mean a surprise outgoing in midfield as they look to land Rice.
“Arsenal will look to offset their anticipated spend by selling a number of players – with Granit Xhaka among the players in line to depart.”
Is the Rice right for Man City?
Meanwhile, Manchester City are pondering whether Rice’s playing style is suitable for their squad as they ponder a move for the West Ham midfielder, the Daily Mail reports. Rice is expected to leave this summer and the Hammers could seek more than £100m for the England international. With a bidding war possible given Manchester United and Chelsea are also said to be interested as well as Arsenal, soon-to-be Premier League champions (once more) City will consider how Rice could impact the influential Rodri.
“Arsenal have been considered favourites for Rice’s signature as Mikel Arteta looks to add top quality additions to their squad this summer after their season has been derailed in recent weeks. However, the Gunners have concerns over price of any potential deal.”
Newcastle want Gallagher
Newcastle are interested in signing Conor Gallagher from Chelsea, the Daily Mail reports. The 23-year-old could be part of a big clear-out at Chelsea this summer, although it remains unclear which players Mauricio Pochettino would be keen on keeping once he arrives at Stamford Bridge – as is expected to be announced this week. Up at Newcastle, who are on course for the Champions League, as well as wanting Gallagher as Eddie Howe looks to bolster his midfield options, the Toon also face competition for another England player.
“England attacking midfielder Maddison, 26, will in big demand regardless of whether Leicester suffer relegation from the Premier League in the coming weeks.”
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