Chelsea have offered Atletico Madrid a cash-plus-player swap for a goalkeeper target, while Arsenal want two more signings and Newcastle have joined the race for a Manchester United defender. It’s all in Saturday’s Paper Talk.
CHELSEA OFFER ATLETICO KEPA SWAP
Chelsea could offer Kepa Arrizabalaga as a makeweight in a bid to sign Jan Oblak from Atletico Madrid.
The Blues are looking to replace Kepa this summer after Frank Lampard dropped him more than once last season.
Indeed, the former Athletic Bilbao keeper has failed to live up to his price tag since sealing his record move to Stamford Bridge two years ago.
Oblak would be a major upgrade on the Spain international. Many regard the Atletico shot-stopper as the best goalkeeper in the world.
However, according to The Star, Chelsea are unwilling to meet the £110m asking price for Oblak.
Therefore, they could send Kepa as a counterpart in the opposite direction. While they would still have to pay cash on top, it would help reduce the cost of the deal.
Atletico are ready for talks with Oblak in the coming weeks. He could consider a departure after they were knocked out of the Champions League.
However, Atletico will only let him leave if someone activates his £110m release clause in full. And in addition, Diego Simeone is not fully convinced by the chance to sign Kepa.
Despite this, Oblak could still be on the move. Reports in Europe suggest Atletico have already lined up his replacement.
According to Sportske Novosti, Atletico could sign Lokomotiva Zagreb goalkeeper Ivo Grbic for £5.4m as early as this week.
Therefore, Oblak’s departure from Atletico could have moved a step closer.
AND MORE FROM THE PAPERS
Manchester United have revived their interest in Saul Niguez. They hope to tempt the Atletico Madrid midfielder with a £150,000-per-week contract. (The Star)
Former Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino had already held talks with Barcelona before their Champions League exit. The La Liga giants are expected to sack Quique Setien. (The Express)
Manchester United loanee Odion Ighalo does not want to join Paris Saint-Germain. (Manchester Evening News)
Newcastle have joined the race for revitalised Manchester United defender Chris Smalling. His former club Fulham are also keen. (Newcastle Chronicle)
West Ham will do battle with West Brom for the signature of Junior Caicara. The £3m-rated full-back has just won the Turkish Super League with Istanbul Basaksehir. (The Sun)
Arsenal want to make at least two more signings after bringing in Willian from Chelsea. (The Express)
The priority for the Gunners is to step up their chase of Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey. They also want a new defender. (Daily Star)
AND THE REST
Manchester City are not considering a bid for Tottenham midfielder Harry Winks this summer. (Manchester Evening News)
Celtic defender Jozo Simunovic has agreed personal terms with Trabzonspor. (The Scottish Sun)
Blackpool are poised to sign Beni Baningime on loan from Everton. (Liverpool Echo)
Wolves, Southampton and Leicester are weighing up a move for Schalke midfielder Weston McKennie. His switch to Hertha Berlin has collapsed. (Bild)
Antonio Conte wants a reunion with Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante at Inter Milan. (Gazzetta Dello Sport)
Cristiano Ronaldo wants Juventus to sign Wolves striker Raul Jimenez as his strike partner. (Gazzetta Dello Sport)
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