Man United gain new hope in Edinson Cavani chase; Arsenal after Sadiq
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TOP STORY: Manchester United given Cavani boost
Manchester United will have renewed hope in their continual pursuit of Paris Saint-Germain striker Edinson Cavani. According to French newspaper L'Equipe, the Uruguayan striker is still not happy in the French capital and finally wants to leave the Ligue 1 champions for a new challenge -- one where he can be a centre-forward again.
This puts PSG in a very difficult situation. Zlatan Ibrahimovic's contract is up in the summer, and the Swedish striker has said he won't be returning to the club next season. That could leave Laurent Blanc having to replace both players in the summer. But Manchester United have had to rely on Wayne Rooney this season with summer signing Anthony Martial playing mostly on the wing, and no matter who is in charge of the club next season, a striker should be at the top of their wish list.
With his contract set to run until 2017, that decision may be tested if a Premier League club offers PSG over €40 million for the former Napoli man. It would give them a chance to cut their losses and go in a new direction. No one wants an unhappy player, and if his desire is to leave the club regardless, they should sell to the highest bidder.
Liverpool open talks with Zielinski
According to the Daily Mail, Liverpool are preparing to hold talks next week over the signing of Piotr Zielinski from Udinese. The 21-year-old has impressed during a two-season loan at Empoli, and Liverpool confirmed their interest in the Polish international earlier this year. Anfield scouts continued to monitor his progress and watched him in action against Genoa last week.
Zielinski is quick and skilful. He can play on the wing or as a central midfielder, has 11 caps for Poland with three goals and is expected to be part of their Euro 2016 squad. Jurgen Klopp likes his high-energy style and believes it can fit into his Liverpool squad. The German hasn't wasted any time on the transfer front, signing 19-year-old midfielder Marko Grujic from Red Star Belgrade in January and Joel Matip from Schalke last month.
Arsenal chasing Roma starlet Sadiq
Arsenal have made a move for Roma starlet Umar Sadiq, according to the player's agent. The Gunners have apparently tabled an offer of £13 million for the teenager, after their initial £10 million bid was rejected, with the transfer to be completed once the summer window opens. This season he has scored five goals in nine UEFA Youth League games and two from his six Serie A appearances.
Arsene Wenger has been following two other Nigerians in Kelechi Nwakali and Samuel Chukwueze and now 19-year-old Sadiq has joined that list. However, the Frenchman will have to act fast as Borussia Dortmund are also monitoring his progress and Roma are in no rush to sell their latest starlet.
The player's agent Mohammed Lawalb said: "Yes we have been approached by Arsenal, but they are not the only team interested in Sadiq as Borussia Dortmund are also pushing for him. In the coming days or weeks, we will know where he is heading to, but for now he is very happy and focused at Roma."
West Ham win race for Nordtveit?
The Sun reports that West Ham are set to sign Havard Nordtveit on a free transfer, after Borussia Monchengladbach have confirmed that the midfielder has chosen not to extend his current deal. The 25-year-old has been a subject of interest for multiple Premier League clubs, including Everton, Tottenham and Southampton, but is believed to have his eyes set on a move to East London.
A defensive midfielder by trade but also able to fill in at centre-half, Nordtveit will provide depth in key areas for the Hammers, as the futures of Alex Song and James Collins are far from certain. The Norwegian spent three years at Arsenal, even captaining their reserve side, and will count as a homegrown player for West Ham's Premier League quota next season.
- Everton boss Roberto Martínez says in the Guardian that losing star striker Romelu Lukaku would be a "sign of the modern game."
- Borussia Monchengladbach want to sign Chelsea's Andreas Christensen on a permanent deal when his two-year loan expires this summer. The Mirror says the 19-year-old has impressed this season, and the German club could fork out £4m in a bid to keep him outright.