Arsenal want West Ham's Reece Oxford, Icardi keen for Inter stay
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TOP STORY: Arsenal may make offer for Oxford
According to The Mirror, Arsenal are lining up an £8 million move for West Ham youngster Reece Oxford in the summer transfer window. Arsene Wenger and chief scout Steve Rowley are big fans of the 17-year-old and are looking to beat both Manchester clubs to his signature.
It highlights Arsenal's determination to snap up some of the Premier League's best young talent to bolster their squad, after making moves for Leicester's teenage full-back Ben Chilwell and Fulham's Ryan Sessegnon in January. The Gunners have also agreed to deals for Nigerian talents Kelechi Nwakali and Samuel Chukwueze. Oxford, who was outstanding for West Ham in their opening day win at Arsenal, is further down the line in his development and Gunners boss Wenger regards him as a huge prospect.
Arsenal looked at Oxford before he signed a contract at West Ham and now they head a queue of big clubs who are keen. Rowley continues to scout him regularly, and his ability to play at centre-half or central midfield with a lot of composure on the ball make him a perfect fit for the north London club.
Icardi wants Inter stay
Mauro Icardi has said he heard that Manchester United made an offer for him in the January transfer window. The 22-year-old has emerged as a surprise target for United in recent weeks, with Jose Mourinho reportedly looking to make him one of his first signings at Old Trafford (well if he becomes the next manager, of course!).
United were widely understood to have tabled a bid for the Inter Milan captain in January, and he has now confirmed the approach -- although he isn't looking to leave the San Siro anytime soon. Icardi, who began his European career in Barcelona's youth teams, is currently averaging a goal every other game in Serie A, and it appears that United will need to offer some serious money to prise him away from Inter.
Varane the future of Real Madrid, says Zidane
Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane is determined to keep defender Raphael Varane this summer, claiming that he is "the future of the club." Mourinho was in charge of Madrid when Varane joined the Spanish giants from Lens in 2011 and should he succeed Van Gaal at Manchester United, is expected to make a reunion with the highly-rated centre-back a priority.
Varane, still only 22 years old, has already earned 26 caps for his country while scoring two goals. He has also established himself as a regular starter for Madrid, and having signed a new six-year contract at the Santiago Bernabeu in September 2014, will be a difficult transfer for anybody to pull off in the foreseeable future.
- Luis Suarez has revealed he would be interested in a Premier League return only if it were with Liverpool. The Uruguayan striker left Anfield for Barcelona in the summer of 2014, months after Manchester City pipped the Reds to the Premier League title.
- Chelsea interim boss Guus Hiddink says he believes that Chelsea should be formulating their summer transfer plans now, and insists a lack of Champions League football next season will not affect their ability to attract their top targets.
- Borussia Dortmund manager Thomas Tuchel concedes that burgeoning interest in Ilkay Gundogan is a complicating factor in negotiations over the midfielder's new contract. The 25-year-old German international is under contract until June 2017 at Signal Iduna Park after penning an extension in July following intense speculation over his future given links to clubs in Spain and England.