Gossip column: Arsenal to sign new players - others on Sagna, Bony, Fernando and Sanchez
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Manchester United have joined Manchester City in the race to sign Arsenal right-back Bacary Sagna. The France defender, 31, is leaving the Gunners on a free transfer and Louis van Gaal wants him to replace Rafael.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is looking to sign Toulouse’s 21-year-old full-back Serge Aurier as a replacement for Sagna.
Swansea’s Ivory Coast striker Wilfried Bony, 25, who scored 16 league goals this season, is also wanted by Arsenal.
However, Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has entered the £20m race to sign Bony.
Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini believes the £20m signing of Porto’s Brazilian midfielder Fernando, 26, will be key to the club’s Champions League challenge next season. Pellegrini also wants Porto’s French defender Eliaquim Mangala, 23, and could sell Matija Nastasic and Javi Garcia to boost his transfer funds.
Liverpool are considering a move for Bayern Munich’s Switzerland midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri, 22, as a potential alternative to Southampton’s Adam Lallana.
The Reds are set to offer £18m for Barcelona’s Chile forward Alexis Sanchez, 25.
West Ham want to sign Tottenham winger Aaron Lennon but Sunderland are also interested in the 27-year-old former England international.
Chelsea have targeted Manchester United defender Phil Jones, 22, as a summer buy.
The Football Association want Roy Hodgson, 66, to guide the next generation of stars such as Ross Barkley, 20, and 19-year-old Raheem Sterling through to the 2018 World Cup in Russia and hope he will extend his contract beyond the 2016 European Championship in France.
Disillusioned England midfielder James Milner, 28, is set to quit Manchester City after the World Cup in Brazil.
World Cup police in Rio de Janeiro will be kitted out in a ‘RoboCop’ style suit of armour to protect officers in the event of violent protests during the tournament.
Tottenham are set to make an official approach for Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino this week.
Luis Suarez has signalled his intention to stay at Liverpool by enrolling his four-year-old daughter in a school on Merseyside. The Uruguay striker, 27, who scored 31 goals this season, has been linked with Real Madrid.
Feyenoord manager Ronald Koeman, Sunderland boss Gus Poyet and ex-Manchester United manager David Moyes could all be on West Ham’s shortlist if Sam Allardyce leaves the club.
Spanish goalkeeper David de Gea, 23, is discussing a new contract with Manchester United that could see his wages rise to £85,000 a week.
Arsenal assistant manager Steve Bould, 51, is a potential target for West Brom as the Baggies look to replace
Former Sheffield Wednesday manager Dave Jones is also being considered.
Sacked Spurs boss Tim Sherwood, 45, is on Southampton’s shortlist of candidates as they prepare for life after Mauricio Pochettino, who is favourite to replace Sherwood at White Hart Lane.
Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola concedes he still has much work to do despite leading the club to four trophies in his first season. The Bundesliga champions won the DFB-Pokal at the Olympiastadion in Berlin on Saturday.
Arsenal’s French striker Yaya Sanogo, 21, poked fun at Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho before the Gunners beat Hull in the FA Cup final.
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