Arsenal news: ‘Apart from his mistake, Mesut Ozil was probably our best player’ – Fans react to Man City draw, Arsene Wenger and more

ArsenTottenham Hotspur manager Jose Mourinho has left a host of senior players at home for Wednesday’s clash with Bayern Munich.Harry Kancontent_imge, Dele Alli, Jan Vertonghen and Serge Aurier are being rested, while Hugo Lloris (elbow), Michel Vorm (calf), Ben Daval saw their top four hopes dashed further on Sunday as they drew 2-2 with Manchester City.Fan protests against Arsene Wenger’s leadership took place once again and set the mood for the Emirates clash.It was not helped when Leroy Sane opened the scoring inside five minutes. Theo Walcott drew the hosts level on 40 minutes but it was short-livedas Sergio Aguero soon put City back into the lead.Shkodran Mustafi drew them level early in the second half as they improved and sholl stay at the club in order to knock Liverpool off their perch.The Reds have blown City and the rest of the Premier League away this season, having not lost in 22 matches.Guardiola has been tipped to leave the Etihad this summer, one year before hiswed fight but could not find a third.They face an uphill task to make the top four, with just 10 games to play.

Zlatan Ibrahmovic excited for first Manchester United derby as he prepares to face former boss Pep Guardiola

Zlatan Ibrahimovic cannot wait to taste the Manchester derby for the first time when old adversary Pep Guardiola brings his side to Old Trafford.Saturday’s eagerly-anticipated clash between Manchester United and Manchester City will see hostilities renewed between Jose Mourinho and Guardiola, as well as the striker and his former boss.Ibrahimovic endured an unhappy time under the City manager during their time at Bab, it has been revealed.The Argentine was sacked by Spurs fortnight ago and replaced by Jose Mourinho.Arsenal ar.Banks, 18, is a target for the Eagles, who have been on his trail for months, says The Sun.Banks will not sign a new deal and United have not been picking him as his contract runs out in the summer.He is also out of the Scotland youth set-up as a ree now in a similar situation after dumping Unai Emery on Friday.The Arsenal.html”>Daily MailArsenal.html”> says the Gunners want someone wrcelona and the resentment remains, saying in November that the Spaniard was great coach but “not a man”.It is one of several fascinating sub-plots on an occasion that the self-assured Ibrahimovic approaches understandably confident.“For me, the big games are the ones that trigger you,” the well-travelled Swede told MUTV. “They’re the games everyone speaks about.“I have played in many derby games, I’ve played in El Clasico, the Inter-Milan derby, Ajax and Feyenoord, which was the big one there, and PSG-Marseille.“I have played in all of them, the only one I missed was this one.“This is coming on Saturday and I am very well prepared, confident and focused, and there is a lot of hard work behind that.“We are prepared and we are ready. We just wait for the game now.”Ibrahimovic is one of a handful of United players not to have jetted off on international duty the past fortnight, having played his last match for Sweden at Euro 2016.During that break he stoked the derby fires with a tongue-in-cheek warning to Claudio Bravo, sending the new City goalkeeper some training gear saying “you’re going to need it”.It increased the talk around an already huge match that Ibrahimovic insists United will approach like any other.“People are talking about it and build it up and the media are discussing the situations from the red side and the light-blue side and all the investments and transfers and the new coaches,” he said. “It’s a normal build-up.“For me, I’ve been through it and I know how it is. We are ready. Everyone came back fcontent_imgrom the national team break and we are back in action. The team is focused.”

FA Cup third round – Kick Off: Preview

Mark Saggers and guests look ahead to the FA Cup third passed on the chance to sign two strikers after the departure of Romelu Lukaku to Inter Milan.Injuries have left the Norwegian short of acontent_imgttacking options, with Marcus Rashford also struggling to replace Lukaku.The Manchester Evening News says Solskjaround in a Kick Off special.Former Wales international defender Danny Gabbidonand Jim White of The Telegraph discusss Nuno is delighted with the way they’ve managed their way through to the Europa League’s final 32.Last night’s draw at Braga has secured a place in the knockout phase.And Nuno says: “The season has been long and it was another demanding match. Wes the weekend’s most enticing ties, including West Ham against Manchester City and Everton against Leicester.Listen above or .

DONE DEAL! Aston Villa sign Fulham striker Ross McCormack for Championship-record £12million

Aston Villa have announced thesigning of striker Ross McCormack from Fulham for aticketsLucas Moura has been so desperate for extra tickets to the UEFA Champions League final that he was texting Liverpool players ahead of the game!Moura is expected to be in the starting lineup for Tottenham as they take their place in the showpie Championship-record£12million.The 29-year-old Scotland international has penned a four-year contract at Villa Park.The fee also the second-highest transfer in the club’s history, equaling the £12million it took to buy Stewart Downing fromMiddlesbrough in 2009,with Darren Bent’s£24million arrival in 2011 the club’s rcontent_imgecord.Villa boss Roberto Di Matteo said: “I’m delighted to bring Ross on board. He’s a player with proven track record and plenty of experience in the division.“He is a player whose goalscoring record has been eAC Milan director Zvonimir Boban insists new coach Stefano Pioli was always their first choice.Pioli was hired 24 hours after the sacking of Marco Giampaolo.Boban said at the new coach’s presentation: “It’s not nice to be here for a change of Coachxcellent everywhere he has been and we feel he can be an important addition.”McCormack joined Fulham for £11million in 2014 and scored 23 goals for the Cottagers last season and leaves having netted 42 times in his two-year spell.Norwich had been heavily interested in the 29-year-old Scotland international but failed to agree a fee with Fulham, McCormack becomes Di Matteo’s fourth summer buy after Tommy Elphick, Aaron Tshibola and Pierluigi Gollini as the club prepare for their first season outside the top flight since 1987.He is in line to make his debut in their season opener at Sheffield Wednesday on Sunday.

TRANSFER REPORT: Arsenal ‘agree deal’ to sign Schalke defender Sead Kolasinac on free transfer

Arsenal have agreel captain is desperate to re-sign for Barca and as such has told all other suitors he has no interest in going elsewhere.Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has been pushing content_imgto bring Neymar back to Spain for 18 months, but it’s now emerged he’s bed a deal tto Manchester City.Oyarzabal was interesting City as a replacement for Leroy Sane, though talks were quickly eased after the German’s move to Bayern Munich fell through following his ACL injury.“A lot has been said and I have never said anything,” o sign Schalke defender Sead Kolasinac on a free transfer, according to reports.Kolasinac is said to have already signed a deal with the Gunners, and will join the north London club in July.Arsenal have reportedly beaten Everton to land the 23-year-old left-back, and the Toffees will be frustrated they have been gazumped by the Gunners again.Kolasinac, whose contract at Schalke is due to expire in June, was reportedly in advanced talks over a move to Goodison Park.But Arsenal swooped in at the last moment, offering higher wages to the highly-rated Bosnia and Herzegovinainternational, and quickly snapped him up.It’s the second time the north London club have hijacked an Everton deal, having signed £17million Spanish striker Lucas Perez from under their noses last summer.The likes of Manchester City, Liverpool and Juventus were also tracking Kolasinac, while Chelsea had a £5.3m offer for the young defender rejected by Schalke in January.Yet, despite the uncertainty surrounding manager Arsene Wenger, he has chosena move to the Emirates Stadium.

Republic of Ireland and Everton defender Seamus Coleman ‘beginning to come to terms’ with season-ending injury – Martin O’Neill

Martin O’Neill has revealed Republic of Ireland skipper Seamus Coleman is ‘still pretty down’as he comes to terms with the horrific leg fracture which has ruined his World Cup qualification dream.The 28-year-old Everton full-back remained in hospital in Dublin on Monday two days after undergoing surgery to pin the tibia and fibula in his right leg which were snapped in a challenge by Wales’ Neil Taylor during the previous night’s 0-0 draw at the Aviva Stadium.Asked about Coleman during his pre-match press conference ahead of Tuesday night’s friendly against Iceland, manager O’Neill said: “I think he’s just beginning to come to terms with it.“I saw him yesterday and he’s still pretty down about it. He’s not in as much pain, the operation went very well and it’s just a matter of coming to terms with it.”The damage to Coleman’s leg was so gruesome that no television replays were shown during the game, and images which circulated on social media made for unpleasant viewing.In the immediate aftermath of the incident, O’Neill had to act quickly to send on Cyrus Christie as a replacement as his side pushed for victory, but he admitted his emotions were mixed.He said: “The first reaction is that you know you have lost a great player for a start, and you know the sort of pain that he’s going to be going through, obviously the immediate pain and then his recovery.“It’s a major blow, not only for the player, but obviously for his family, people who were at the game watching that.“But as Seamus mentioned to me the other day, he just said that it has happened now, he can’t do anything about it and it’s what he coach Neil Redfearn praised Florian Lejeune for his attitude in their draw with Middlesbrough.Lejeune played just 45 minutes of the Premcontent_imgier League 2 draw with Middlesbrough before going off in a pre-arranged substitution. Redfearn told Chronicle Liv does now in the next few months that is very, very important.”O’Neill is confident his captain will make a full recovery having seen Henrik Larsson fight his way back from a similar injury during his time at Celtic.He said: “Before I went to Celtic, about fivhursday.The Reds destroyed Tranmere in their first preseason friendly, with Rhian Brewster scoring a double. 16-year-old Elliot has decided to join Liverpool after rejecting professional terms with Fulham, who made him the youngest ever Premier League or six months before that, Henrik Larsson had a very serious injury and he recovered magnificently and the injury didn’t bother him again from then until the end of his career, so players have recovered.“Great players have broken their legs and come back, and Seamus, obviously it’s very early for him to start considering all those things, but he is positive.“Naturally, as I mentioned earlier at the start, he’s down, as he would be as the realisation that he is going to be out of action for quite some considerable time has dawned on him, so those type of things don’t just take five minutes to get over.“But he’s very strong, he’s got a lot of good people around him, his family is very, very strong as well and he is positive that he will be back and as good as ever.”Coleman’s misfortune struck just seconds after fellow defender John O’Shea had been left bloodied by a late challenge from Gareth Bale which earned the Real Madrid star a yellow card, although many onlookers felt he was lucky not to be dismissed, as Taylor subsequently was.O’Neill said: “I thought both challenges when I have seen them back have been very, very poor. Very poor indeed.”

Sean Dyche suggests Burnley could break transfer record again this summer

Burnley’s comparatively big spending may not be done yet, with Sean Dyche hinting their transfer record could be broken again before the window closes.The Clarets this week brore standing by coach Ernesto Valverde.Marca reports Barca have decided to stick with Valverde for next season.The Catalan side’s board have come to this decision after analysing the coach’s position in the last few days.Barcelona’s directors have conught in Belgium international Steven Defour for a fee understood to be in the region of £7.5million, in a deal which boss Dyche hailed as significant for the Premier League newcomers.Defour’s arrival was offset by David Jones’ departure to Sheffield Wednesday, leaving Burnley still short in the central-midfield area, and Dyche has stressed he may have to splash more cash prior to September.“The market is that crazy we might have to do more than (the Defour fee),” he said at a press conference on Thursday.“If the right player comes along who we’ve been targeting we might have to.“A year ago Andre Gray was £6million but that now seems really cheap, but when I took him there was a lot of raised eyebrows in that he’d only had one year in the Championship and would he do it again? Now it looks cheap as chips, and that’s inone year.”Thehope is that landing Defour, a 46-cap international who has played in the Champions League and World Cup, will help attract others to Turf Moor.The 28-year-old’s signing represents a coup given the player was once coveted by Manchester United and Dyche revealed the midfielder had done his background on Burnley before opting for the switch from Anderlecht.“I just spoke to him about the club, what we are and what we want to do, he’s done his fair share of homework,” Dyche added.“He knows some Belgian players over here, he’d spoken to them, they’d all said it was a good place, and he felt he could be a part of it.“At his age he’s football savvy enough to know where we are in the Premier League, what we’ve come from and what we’re hoping to do.“He’s big friends with the likes of (Kevin) De Bruyne so he knows the gap. The Premier League is a big draw to a lot of players and you maycontent_img only get one chance to be in it.”Defour could make his debut against Liverpool on Saturday and Dyche will not even have to worry about how he accommodates him given Jones will have to come out of the line-up having joined Wednesday.The 31-year-old was out of contract at the end of the campaign, yet his departure was still a surprise given he has been a mainstay under Dyche for three years.“He had a clause in his contract he could activate and he did,” Dyche explained. “He had the security of a longer-term contract and it must be said at a good club.“It’s a loss to us but it was appropriate for him at this time and pe.The Sun reports the Premier League sides aren’t the only interested parties with Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain also keen to sign the winger.Pepe comes with a £70million price tag with both United and Liverpool looking to bolster their attat his age with his experience. He’s a man, not a boy and he knows what he wants out of life for him and his family. I can’t say enough good things about him. He’s been exceptional forus.“His contract was running down this year. We would have offered him something, not as long as three years, but that’s a life decision for footballers.”

Tottenham FC transfer news: Inter Milan midfielder Geoffrey Kondogbia on Mauricio Pochettino’s radar

Tottenham are scouting Inter Milan midfielder Geoffrey Kondogbia, according to reports in Italck Stephens hopes they’ve won back some support following last night’s Carabao Cup loss to Manchester City.The defender’s 75th minute goal wasn’t enough to salvage anything for the St Mary’s side after a brace from Sergio Aguero and a Nicolas Otamendy.The France international has regularly been linked with a move away from the San Siro over the past year.Chelsea and Liverpool are reportedly interested in the 24-year-old, while Marseille tried to mak Hernandez.Hernandez spent last season on-loan with Huesca and is available after their relegation.Valladolid owner Ronaldo Nazario has made a personal move for Cucho, holding talks with Watford. Ronaldo has a gocontent_imgod relationship with the Pozzo family,e a move for him in January.Tottenham, according to Tutto Mercato, are the latest club to express an interest in Kondogbia.Representatives from Spurs reportedly went to Italy on Monday night to watch the central midfielder in action as Inter took on Sampdoria.And Tottenham are expected to check in on Kondogbia again before the season ends as they decide whether to firm up their interest.

Liverpool FC transfer news and rumours: Ajax star eyed by Reds set for £6million move to France

Lille have beaten Liverpool to the signing of Ajax winger Anwar El Ghazi, according to reports in Holland.The 21-year-old was linked with a move to Anfield in the summer after scoring 11 times in all competitions last season.However, according to Voetbal International, the Dutch international is now set to join Lille instead for around £6m.The French club have just been taken over by wealthy bn is in the city of Barcelona to negotiate the player’s transfer to Barcelona to replace Ousmane Dembele, says RAC1.Dursun has worked with the Blaugrana before, as he is also the agent of Frenkie de Jong.Barcelona have 15 days to sign a player, but tusinessman businessman Gerard Lopez and they are ready to splascontent_imgh the cash.El Ghazi is expected to be the first of several signings this January and Lille have beaten off strong interest from Lazio to bring him in.Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi is now viewed as their next target, while West Hamer Matthew Upson insists Carlo Ancelotti would be entering new territory at the Emirates, despite his extensive resume.The Italian is reportedly holding talks with both Arsenal and Everton after he was sacked by Napoli this week.Ancelotti has won tit playmaker Dimitri Payet is another option too.

Premier League results: Manchester City dazzle, West Ham wobble and Arsenal on fire

This weekend’s Premier League action started with a bang as Liverpool beat Chelsea 2-1 on Friday night but its business as usual for Saturverpool deserved to win the Club World Cup.”Liverpool indeed was the best team in the tournament and deserved winning the title,” the former Barcelona and Spain star said. “They are one of the best teams in the world and played good games, they also day 3pm kick-offs…Alex Iwobi starred for the Gunners once again after a dazzling midweek performance against Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League. Theo Walcott’s cross was palmed away by Eldin Jakupovic but Iwobi was on hand to smash the ball into the net via an Alexis Sanchez deflection.Arsenal had the chance to double their lead from the spot after Francis Coquelin’s shot was blocked by Jake Livermore – who was sent off for deliberate handball. However, Jakupovic saved Sanchez’s spotkick after diving low to his right.The Gunners eventually scored their second goal of the game as Iwobi and Walcott combined. Iwobi’s clever back-heel sent Walcott through before the winger fired into the net via the head of Harry Maguire.Robert Snodgrass pulled one back for the Tigers from the penalty spot but further goals from Alexis Sanchez and Granit Xhaka put the gloss on a polished Arsenal performance.Nacer Chadli opened his account for the Baggies after a calamitous piece of defending from Arthur Masuaku gifted the home side a penalty. The Hammers fullback stuck out his arm and was duly punished as Chadli calmly slotted his penalty past Adrian in goal.Slaven Bilic would have been tempted to tear out his new hair following more sloppy defending from his Hammers defenders. Angelo Ogbonna’s poor clearance was seized upon by Nacer Chadli who found Salomon Rondon, before the Venezuelan expertly arrowed the ball into the far corner of the net.James McClean put the Baggies 3-0 ahead just before half-time as he steered home Chadli’s goal-bound effort. West Brom scored their fourth when Rondon and Chadli raced away in tandem before the latter eventually tapped thcontent_imge ball home from close range.West Ham scored two goals in the space of four minutes just past the hour mark to threaten a miraculous comeback. Dimitri Payet crossed for Michail Antonio to head past Foster in goal before Manuel Lanzini scored from the spot after Payet was hauled down by Brendan Galloway.However, the Baggies held out to secure all three points and move into the top half of the Premier League table.Manchester City maintained their perfect start to the season after a dazzling display against the Cherries. Should Pep Guardiola’s side go on to win the Premier League, they will become only the second club to achieve the feat after winning their first five league games.Kevin De Bruyne continued his impressive form when he put City ahead with a cheeky free-kick. The Belgian opted to slot his set-piece under the Bournemouth wall to leave Artur Boruc helpless.The Citizens doubled their lead following a fantastic counter-attack. Nolito delivered a splendid pass to De Bruyne, who released Raheem Sterling before teeing up Kelechi Iheanacho.Manchester City ended any chance of a Bournemouth revival minutes into the second half as Sterling scored City’s third. De Bruyne was involved once again as he set Iheanacho free, before the Nigerian squared for Sterling to score.Further brilliance from De Bruyne saw Ilkay Gundogan put through on goal and the German made no mistake, as he sent Boruc the Leicester was well-deserved as they snatched a 2-1 win at Anfield.The Reds were handed a controversial spot-kick deep into stoppage time when Marc Albrighton was adjudged to have brought down Sadio Mane.James Milner calmly slotted home the winner in wrong way with a cool finish. However, City were reduced to 10 men late on, when Nolito was sent off for a clash with Adam Smith.Leicester followed up their Champions League win over Club Brugge with a comfortable victory against a disappointing Burnley.The Foxes took the lead on the stroke of half-time thanks to Premier League debutant Islam Slimani. Christian Fuchs delivered a delicious in swinging free-kick which allowed Slimani to power a header home on what was an impressive first showing from the Algerian.Slimani grabbed his second minutes after the restart, following a scramble in the penalty area. Riyad Mahrez whipped in a cross from 30-yards out which Jamie Vardy tried to poke home, but the England international missed the ball, before Slimani could poke home from close range.The hosts scored their third goal of the day following good work from Riyad Mahrez, whose cross deflected offBen Mee into the back of the defender’s own net.

Chelsea FC news: Antonio Conte baffled by threat of Premier League points deduction

Antonio Conte has laughed off suggestions Chelsea could face a points deduction for their conduct in the mass brawl following their 3-1 win at Manchester City.It has been reported though the Bluesface the prospect of becoming the first side to be docked points over disciplinary issues since Arsenal and Manchester United in 1990, for their conduct at the Etihad Stadium on December 3.The west London side have previously seen been in trouble for failing to control their players, most memorably in their 2-2 draw with Tottenham at the end of last season, and could now face repercussions after their latest indiscretions.Man City had Sergio Aguero and Fernandinho sent off in the melee which followed the Argentine’s horrendous tackle on content_imgDavid Luiz, but several Blues players got involved in the pushing and shoving surrounding the red cards.And now, Cl keep improving after victory on Saturday against Crystal Palace.Second-half goals from Tammy Abraham, 22, and 21-year-old Christian Pulisic secured a 2-0 win over Crystal Palace on Saturday.It was the Blues’ sixth straight league victory and managehelsea’s fifth charge in 19 months of being unable to control their players couldsee the FA imposea points deduction.But Blues manager Conte entirely rejected the notion though, insisting he has been attempting to help Chelseaclean up their act.“Are you joking? Are you joking?” asked Conte when quizzed on the prospect of Chelsea being docked Premier League points.“For me, if you are involved in a situation and the fault is not your one, you must pay? Why? I don’t understand this.“Manchester City and Chelsea, at the end of the game, my players tried to keep their calm. I don’t understand this. I repeat, I don’t understand this.“We are trying to improve in all aspects, also [in]this [area]. For this reason, I reply: you must be joking. You must be honest and understand which team is at fault.“We had a bad record in the past, but now we are different.“I think that, in every game, you fight a lot during 90 minutes and, when the referee whistles at the end, it’s important to finish.“I don’t know what haptend his stay at Old Trafford beyond 2020.The Spaniard has already turned down an offer of £350,000 a week over five years.PSG are keen on signing him to solidify their Champions League hopes.ESPN says United are not giving up yet and want to increapened in the past. I know what happened in the present.“For this reason, I ask if you are joking or not. After the game between City and Chelsea, you could see very clearly that my players tried to keep their calm.”

Jurgen Klopp says Danny Ings’ knee surgery was ‘very positive’ and assures striker of Liverpool future

Danny Ings has been assured of his Liverpool future by boss Jurgen Klopp having undergone surgery on a The luckless 24-year-old had only made three content_imgappearances over the past 12 months due to a problem in the other knee and his latest setback is set to keep him out for seven to nine months.Ings has accumulated just 74 minutes of playing time under Klopp as a result, having scored three times in his first eight games when Brendan Rodgers was manager, yet his current boss has told the England cap he will be a factor in his team upon his return.“Everybody who knows Ingsy likes him, I’ve never heard something bad about him,” Klopp said.“The only problem he had was he had a bad injury and needed time to come back in shape. The last two weeks everyone could see, okay, now he’s back, then this happened. It’s not nice but it’s part of football.“From (Thursday) on it’s already a positive story because the surgery was very positive and the rehab started already. The most important thing is the team really has to show how strong we are.“We will wait for him, give him all the time he needs. He will be back again and wis Graham Potter has received a transfer boost.Brighton have secured a work permit for midfielder Alexis Mac Allister who’s currently on loan at Boca Juniors.Mac Allister was signed from Argentinos Juniors for £8m lastdemy chief Nicky Butt is adamant there’s much more from Andreas Pereira to come.Pereira made 22 appearances this season – including six Premier League starts – after previously spending time on loan at Granada and Valencia. Butt told Inside United: ” January before being loaned bacll be a Liverpool player, 100 per cent. That’s all we’re working on.“The team reacted like everybody would react when something bad happens to a friend. He was very, very close to the team in the last few weeks, he helped us in each session. Everything will be good at the end but now it’s time to work on the comeback.”

Transfer report: Arsenal and Chelsea target Stefan De Vrij set to sign new Lazio contract

Lazio are set to offer defender Stefan De Vrij a new contract to ward off interest from Arsenal and Chelsea.Both Prom Barcelona.Reports claimed that the La Liga champions are planning a £70million swoop for the striker this summer.It has been suggested that the Catalan side could offer Arsenal both Andre Gomes and Samuel Umtiti to tempt Unai Emery into acceptinremier League clubs have showed initial interest in the Dutchman, with Blues boss Antonio Conte narrowly missing out on a deal for the 24-year-old during the summer.Corriere dello Sport have reported that Lazio are keen to keep hold of their prized asset, who is currently out injured.De Vrij could return after the international break after sustaining a foot injury last month.A succession of long-term layoffs have put pay to a move away from the Stadio Olimpico in the past, with Manchester United long-time admirers.However, De Vrij is now likelsays he is “buzzing” for Frank Lampard and his budding young stars.The Blues are currently thircontent_imgd with eight wins from 12 Premier League games, despite not being able to sign any players until 2020 due to a FIFA transfer ban.In just his first season iy to stay put at Lazio for an extended spell, leaving Chelsea and Arsenal to look elsewhere for defensive options.

Transfer ALERT! Monaco put £52m price tag on Chelsea and Manchester United target Tiemoue Bakayoko

Manchester United and Chelsea content_imgwill have to cough up £52million should they want to land Monaco starlet Tiemoueja Matic has risked the wrath of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer by liking an Instagram post slamming the manager.The Red Devils midfielder has not been included in the starting line-up for any of United’s opening Premier League fixtures.He was on the bench for Bakayoko this summer.The two Premier League clubs and Juventus have been heavily linked with a move for the 22-year-old midfielder, who has emerged as one of the best players in Ligue 1.As talkSPORT told you last month, it had been suggested that Monaco would not sell him for any less thas loving life at Goodison Park.Gomes signed permanently this summer from Barcelona.He told the St Domingo shirtzine: “The club is brilliant. The effort they put in outside the pitch is massive.“We feel we are a family: fans, club and players.“In £38m given his role in the first team.And now, according to France Football, any interested parties will have to splash out even more after another price hike.Now Monaco reckon Bakayoko commands a fee of around £52m and the Principality club believe that with three big clubs currently interested, a bidding war could take place in the summer.And, with his contract not set to run out until 2019, Monaco feel under no pressure to sell him just yet.

Transfer rumours and paper review – Wednesday, February 8: Aubameyang to Liverpool, Aguero to Inter Milan, Lukaku back to Chelsea?

Here arethe top headlines and transfer-related stories in Wednesday’s newspapers…Liverpuce insists he’ll give his all for Newcastle United. The boyhood Toon supporter was announced as Rafa Benitez’s successor this week.He told NUFC TV: “To be given the opportunity now, I’m like content_imgevery other Geordie now, I’ve lived the dream, if you can’ool are preparing to battle Manchester City for the signature of Borussia Dortmund star striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Inter Milan are lining up a summer move for Sergio Aguero. Chelsea are hoping to re-sign former Blues striker Romelu Lukaku from Everton in the summer. Real Madrid are in regular contact with the representatives of Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois over a summer move. Arsenal and Chelsea are both interested in 23-year-old Atletico Madrid winger Yannick Carrasco. Barcelona are ready to beat Manchester United to the signing of Benfica defender Victor Lindelof. Cheick Tiote is the latest player to swap English football for China, with the 30-year-old leaving Newcastle to sign for second-tier Chinese side Beijing Ent bore me!Pantic is fed-up with all the transfer hype around the wantaway Frenchman.”His situation bores me,” Pantic said of Griezmann at a Santander Talks event.”I’ve given up on him. He made it clear that he was leaving, even though he didn’t see hierprises.Liverpool will try to sign Nottingham Forest’s 17-year-old striker Ben Brereton in the summer, having failed to sign the highly-rated youngster in January.