Tottenham target Crystal Palace talisman Wilfried Zaha in summer swoop

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Tottenham Hotspur are preparing to make another bid for Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha in the summer, having been rebuffed twice in January.

Spurs retain their interest in Zaha despite signing Lucas Moura from Paris St-Germain for £25 million in January.

However, Spurs are likely to face competition for his signature from London rivals Chelsea and Premier League leaders Manchester City – both of which have made enquiries about the Ivory Coast international, according to The Mirror.

Zaha, 25, has recaptured his best form this season for the Eagles, having returned to the club in 2015 after two unsuccessful years at Manchester United.

It is thought he would cost in excess of £50 million, although he has a contract at Crystal Palace that runs until 2022, and the Eagles have indicated that they will try to keep hold of their star player.

But this could be largely determined by what happens in the final 11 games of the Premier League season. Palace are only one point above the relegation zone – and should they get relegated it is highly likely Zaha would be sold.

Zaha himself is currently out injured with a knee problem, but is stepping up his rehab in the gym and hopes to return before April.

Arsenal join Chelsea, Manchester United and Liverpool in chase for Timo Werner

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Arsenal have become the latest club to be linked to making a bid for RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner in the summer, following fellow Premier League clubs Chelsea, Manchester United and Liverpool.

German international Werner, 21, has netted 16 times in 29 matches for RB Leipzig, and has recently turned down a new contract offer, alerting clubs across Europe. It is estimated he could cost up to £50 million.

An Arsenal scout was reportedly at RB Leipzig’s Europa League clash with Napoli last week.

As well as interest from the Premier League, Werner, who has scored 7 goals in 10 appearances for Germany, is also being coveted by both Madrid sides. Bayern Munich will also doubtless be keeping tabs on the player.

Werner started out at VfB Stuggart but moved to RB Leipzig in 2016 after the former’s relegation. Last term he was the Bundesliga’s top German scorer, with 21 goals in 32 appearances.

Mauro Icardi pushing for summer move to Manchester United – reports

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Inter Milan striker Maruo Icardi is hoping to push through a move to Manchester United in the summer, according to reports.

Argentina international Icardi has previously interested Real Madrid, but at the time he opted to stay with Inter, where he is captain.

Icardi has scored 18 goals in 22 matches for Inter this season and is second in the Serie A goalscoring charts, behind Ciro Immobile, which has increased interest in him from around Europe.

However, reports from Italy suggest that Icardi’s representative – his wife, Wanda – is working with super-agent Mino Raiola on a move to Manchester United. Raiola’s clients include current United players Zlatan Ibrahimović, Paul Pogba and Romelu Lukaku. A deal could be worth up to £135 million.

But this could be a bargaining chip, as Icardi is also in talks with Inter over a new deal. The Corriere Dello Sport reports Icardi is looking for a pay rise and a new release clause of Euro150 million.

But if Icardi was to leave Inter, clubs would be queuing up to sign him. Real would doubtless be interested as they look to refresh their squad, as would the other usual suspects in such deals, such as PSG.

Real Madrid, Manchester United and Chelsea consider move for Tottenham’s Toby Alderwiereld

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Leading European clubs are keeping close tabs on Toby Alderweireld and his ongoing contract negotiations with Tottenham Hotspur, with the possibility the player could be available in the summer.

Alderweireld has more than a year left on his current deal, but clubs were alerted to possible disharmony in the Spurs camp when the Belgian defender was left out of the matchday squad for the derby against Arsenal last weekend and the Champions League clash with Juventus. Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino says his absence was so he could work on his fitness, having only just returned from a 3-month injury lay-off. However, the player had declared himself fit and available for both matches.

The player is currently in contract negotiations, and will likely want to become one of Spurs’ top earners with a weekly wage in excess of £150,000. However, negotiations on a new deal have stalled. While Alderweireld has a contract to 2019, with an option to extend to 2020, that contract also has a £25 million release clause that could be activated at the end of next season. With this in mind, Spurs may try to sell him this summer to get a bigger fee.

Real Madrid are thought to be planning a major revamp of the squad in the summer, and Alderweireld, as one of the best defenders in Europe, is understandably on their radar.

Manchester United are also thought to be planning to remodel their defence in the summer, and Alderweireld would arguably be an upgrade on current defenders such as Chris Smalling and Phil Jones.

Clubs such as Chelsea and Manchester City would also likely be interested and have the spending power to tempt Spurs.

That said, Spurs’ chief executive Daniel Levy will not want to see one of his stars leave and will no doubt work hard to tie Alderweireld to a new long-term deal.

Liverpool and Arsenal set to battle for signature of Schalke star this summer

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Liverpool and Arsenal are said to be considering making bids for Schalke and Germany midfielder May Meyer this summer.

Meyer, 22, has been a star for Schalke this season but is out of contract in the summer and a host of clubs are rumoured to be queuing up to try and sign him. As well as Arsenal and Liverpool, Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich and Serie A heavyweights AC Milan are said to be interested in the player.

Arsenal are already working on persuading Meyer to join the club, according to the Daily Star. With fellow German international Mesut Ozil already at the club, and the recent high-profile signings of Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, it shows the club has ambition.

Schalke CEO Christian Heidel didn’t deny the rumours, but has said that he is hopeful that Meyer will sign a new contract. “Max is very happy here, Schalke is his home, we will try to make it him as comfortable financially as possible,” he said.