It’s been a busy old month at Arsenal, and latest murmurs suggest a swoop for Paris Saint-Germain’s old Mill favourite Julian Draxler with Matteo Guendouzi heading the other way. Draxler has fallen out of favour at PSG and has less than six months left on his contract, pricking the interest of Arsenal, who could be prepared to haul Guendouzi back from his loan at Hertha to make a deal happen. Heading out of the Emirates door could be Shkodran Mustafi, with the club in negotiations to end the defender’s contract and Lazio a possible next destination, while various sources talk up Mikel Arteta’s interest in bringing another left-back to Arsenal without furnishing us with names.
For their part, PSG are keen on making a Dele Alli-Mauricio Pochettino reunion happen. Oh, and did we mention they’re also very keen on letting the world know of their ongoing interest in Lionel Messi? Meanwhile they could face a battle to keep hold of Kylian Mbappé. According to the Mail, Real Madrid have made it their “mission” to snare the France striker, who could be tempted. “We’re currently negotiating with the club,” he apparently teased, “and I am spending considerable time reflecting on many things.” Aren’t we all?
West Ham, currently purring in league and Cup, nonetheless feel they could do with adding to their attacking resources and are keen on 2016’s Jesse Lingard. Ole Gunnar Solskjær is reported to have given the nod for the pistachio fan to leave Manchester United on loan. However, David Moyes faces competition from West Brom and Sheffield United, who want to tempt the winger with the hard toil of a relegation battle, but the Hammers’ offer of a leisurely gambol through the rest of the season, in and around the top half of the table, is thought likelier to succeed. To stay within loan player limits, West Ham will expedite their bid to sign Saïd Benrahma permanently.
West Ham are also in the hunt, along with Everton, for Edin Dzeko, who is set to leave Roma after reportedly falling out with manager Paulo Fonseca.
Suave, sophisticated Juventus manager Andrea Pirlo is looking to buck up Juve’s laboured Serie A title defence by landing Corentin Tolisso and Joshua Zirkzee from fellow perennial domestic champions Bayern Munich. Calciomercato reports that Juve fancy an 18-month loan move for the highly-regarded 19-year-old striker Zirkzee, to whom Parma have also taken a shine, although there is the small matter of the fact that Zirkzee currently faces a three-game suspension Germany after kicking the 1860 Munich keeper Marco Hiller in the face during a reserve match. One to watch. Tolisso, meanwhile, has struggled to hold down a regular place at Bayern since joining in 2017 but Pirlo is keen, even if he may have to wait until the summer before securing his services.
And Rangers are thought to have secured pre-contract deals for the Bournemouth pair Jack Simpson and Nmandi Ofoborh. Both the 24-year-old defender Simpson and Ofoborh, a 21-year-old midfielder, are out of contract with the Cherries in the summer.