Zlatan Ibrahimovic could leave PSG for Arsenal; Chelsea after N'Golo Kante
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TOP STORY: Ibrahimovic 'offered' to Arsenal
According to The Mirror, Zlatan Ibrahimovic's agents believe Arsenal are keen on the Paris Saint-Germain striker. Having made it clear that he wants a new challenge when his contract at PSG runs out, the Sweden international is believed to prefer a move to London, with Chelsea and Arsenal calling.
Having rejected a trial at Arsenal as a youngster, Ibrahimovic's signing will be a huge coup for the Gunners, even at the age of 34. The only stumbling block is Arsene Wenger's transfer policy of recruiting younger players and grooming them into stars. Another issue will be the player's mammoth salary which is in excess of £250,000 a week.
The other possible destination for Ibrahimovic should he decide on a Premier League move would be Manchester United. Jose Mourinho -- seemingly a shoo-in as United's next boss -- is said to want Ibrahimovic at the club, having worked with him at Inter Milan.
Former Juventus and Chelsea forward Gianluca Vialli threw his weight behind the Red Devils when he said: "He would be a great signing for Manchester United -- a quick fix, and would help make them contenders again very quickly."
One thing is for sure, there won't be any trials needed for the giant Swede and 13 years on since Wenger invited Ibrahimovic to train with the club, the Frenchman could finally get his man.
Kante to boss Chelsea midfield next season?
Leicester City's rise to the top of the Premier League has put some of their star players on the radar of big clubs. According to The Mirror, Chelsea are keen to take N'Golo Kante from their rivals, and make him the new Claude Makelele at Stamford Bridge.
Since his £5.6 million move from Ligue 1 side Caen, the 24-year-old has been a revelation in the Foxes' engine room, proving to be one of the top defensive midfielders in the English game at the moment.
His exploits have not gone unnoticed with Didier Deschamps naming him in France's squad for this month's friendlies against the Netherlands and Russia.
With Italy national team coach Antonio Conte seemingly bound for the managerial hot seat at Chelsea, Kante could lead a revival to return the Blues to the top of English football after a forgettable season.
One man who will do everything to stop Kante's departure is Claudio Ranieri. The Leicester boss has warned his star players against joining bigger clubs. He said: "I tell them, 'Hey, why do you want to go there? To carry the suitcases? Stay with me. You will play.'"
Bonucci may be headed for Juve exit
If Conte is appointed as Chelsea manager, it could spell disaster for his old club Juventus.
According to The Telegraph, the current Italy national team manager has apparently set his sights on Bianconeri centre-back Leonardo Bonucci, who has been one of the most consistent players for the Turin giants this season.
The 28-year-old signed a new five-year deal with Juve, but an opportunity to work with Conte may prove hard to resist. The pair have proven to be a good combination, with Bonucci winning three of his four Serie A titles during Conte's reign, and also receiving the national team captaincy from the same man.
Also potentially making his way back to Chelsea is winger Juan Cuadrado, who is on a season-long loan with the Serie A side. The flying winger has played his way back to form under the guidance of Massimiliano Allegri, and it is understood that the Chelsea management wants him back at Cobham for next season.
- Slaven Bilic has confirmed that Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Havard Nordtveit is a target for West Ham this summer.
- Juventus sporting director Giuseppe Marotta has denied any knowledge of a reported meeting between Paul Pogba and officials from Paris Saint-Germain to discuss a summer transfer.
- Jon Flanagan is on the verge of signing a new contract at Liverpool, a source has told ESPN FC.
Flanagan's current deal is due to expire this summer, but the club have been keen to commit him to a new one after he proved his fitness following a lengthy spell on the sidelines.