Arsenal are keen to sign Crystal Palace talisman Wilfried Zaha this summer, but the two clubs are poles apart over their valuation of him, according to reports.
Zaha turned in many man-of-the-match performances last season as Palace finished comfortably in mid-table, scoring 10 goals and making a further 5 assists.
This has understandably aroused the interest of top clubs in England and Europe. Eagles boss Roy Hodgson accepts that it will be difficult to hold onto their star man, who is believed to have said he wants to leave in pursuit of Champions League football.
Arsenal are the first to show their hand, but only want to pay £40 million for him, whereas Palace want double that, according to The Sun on Sunday.
Gunners boss Unai Emery is seeing to boost his squad this summer but how much of a budget he has is dependent on whether or not the side makes the Champions League. They finished outside the automatic places in the Premier League, but if they beat Chelsea in the Europa League final they will win a place in the tournament.
Arsenal’s qualification for the Champions League could also influence Zaha on whether to sign or not.
Should the Gunners qualify, then they could go back in with a better offer. They could also offer a player in part exchange, such as highly rated youngster Reiss Nelson.
Chelsea are also thought to be interested, but they are currently appealing against a transfer ban so can’t sign anyone at the moment.
Palace bosses won’t let Zaha leave on the cheap, so Arsenal will have to come back with a better offer.
Premier League side Chelsea are considering making a move for Barcelona forward Philippe Coutinho this summer – but only if they manage to get a transfer ban overturned.
Coutinho has endured a difficult spell in Barcelona since his initial £106 million love from Liverpool in January 2018. While he has scored 21 goals in 74 appearances, he has been hampered by injury and loss of form during that time.
However, the Brazilian remains highly rated by Chelsea as they seek attacking options, with playmaker Eden Hazard widely expected to depart Stamford Bridge for Real Madrid this summer.
However, whether they will be allowed to make signings is unclear. Last week, Chelsea lost an appeal to FIFA against a 2-window transfer ban for contravening rules regarding the signature of young players. They are now appealing to the Court of Arbitration for Sport. The ban remains in place as legal proceedings are ongoing.
There has so far been little interest in Coutinho from England, according to Spanish radio station Cadena Sur, with only the Blues showing an interest.
If Chelsea could sign him, Barca would want to recoup most if not all of their initial outlay. They could be willing to sell as they contemplate making reinforcements after yet another failure to land the Champions League title after surrendering a 3-0 first-leg lead to lose 4-3 on aggregate to Liverpool last week.
Two matches kick off at 2pm in the Premier League today, with eyes on the Champions League places again with Chelsea and Manchester United in action.
As all 4 sides involved in the battle for third and fourth place don’t seem to want to qualify – they have all stumbled in recent weeks – a win for either side could enhance their chances of making it.
Here are the factz you need to know:
Chelsea v Watford
* An Eden Hazard double was brought for Chelsea to see off Watford, winning 1-2 at Vicarage Road earlier in the season.
* The Blues are good at home – 11 wins and 1 defeat at Stamford Bridge this season.
* Watford have won 4 and lost 5 of their last 10 PL matches.
* The Hornets have also not kept a clean sheet in their past 10 games.
* Chelsea have lost 1 and drawn 2 of their last 3 league games. They had won the three prior to that.
Huddersfield Town v Manchester United
* Huddersfield won this fixture last season – 2-1.
* However, the Terriers have lost 21 of their last 23 matches in the Premier League.
* United aren’t in form either l – they’ve lost 3 of their last 4 matches in all competitions, drawing the other.
* The Red Devils also haven’t kept a clean sheet in their last 13 matches in all competitions – their worst run since 1970.
* Huddersfield have scored 9 goals in their previous 18 home matches.
Ligue Un champions Paris St-Germain have made Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea one of their top summer transfer targets.
PSG are in the market as they want a replacement for veteran stopper Gianluigi Buffon.
The Daily Star reports that the Qatari-backed club are willing to offer de Gea a contract worth £450,000 per week – more than doubling his Manchester United pay packet.
De Gea’s future at Old Trafford is uncertain. His current deal expires in June 2020 and despite months of negotiations between the club and his representatives no new deal has been signed.
This means that he could leave for nothing at the end of next season, so if no deal is in sight, United could decide to cash in on the 28-year-old.
Of course, with only a relatively short time until his deal expires, United could not charge his full market value. This has put PSG on alert and they could tempt United with a £50 million bid.
Of course, other clubs are also interested in the player. Real Madrid have had an interest in him for what seems like forever and could bid, especially as Thibault Coutois has not had a stellar season. Juventus and Borussia Dortmund are also thought to be monitoring de Gea’s situation.
Whether de Gea stays could also be influenced by whether United are playing Champions League football or not next season. They are currently in 6th place, 3 points behind Chelsea in 4th – the final Champions League spot – with 2 matches remaining.
Champions League chasers Manchester United and Chelsea considering bidding for Paris St-Germain striker Edinson Cavani, after it was revealed he wants to play in the Premier League.
Italian publication Calciomercato has reported that Cavani, 32, would jump at the chance of playing in England. It is thought he is looking for a new challenge after PSG’s latest Champions League failure.
Manchester United have been interested in the Uruguayan for some time, but have never made a concrete bid for him.
Meanwhile Chelsea were reportedly in talks about bringing Cavani to Stamford Bridge a couple of years ago but a deal never materialised. However, they maintain an interest, especially given their problems up front this season.
Cavani’s striking record is impressive – he’s scored 133 goals in 181 appearances for PSG and 46 goals in 109 matches for Uruguay – so on the surface he could be the man to solve both clubs’ problems up front.
However, Chelsea still have the threat of a two-window transfer ban hanging over them, which would nix any interest. Meanwhile at 32, would Cavani fit into United’s transfer strategy, which is said to be focusing more on youth.
Other clubs would also be interested in Cavani, if he did decide to leave Paris. Former club Napoli are thought to be interested, although club president Aurelio de Laurentiis has recently said that the player would have to lower his wage demands if they were to do a deal.
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