Arsenal are hot again for Wilf Zaha, while Man City could have another chance to replace Fernandinho with Sander Berge …
BERGE BECOMES THE PRIORITY OF THE CITY
Manchester City appear to have spent the last five years trying to replace Fernandinho, and we thought Rodri’s club-record signing was meant to do the trick. But while the Brazilian is finally ready to go this summer, the elected champions are linked with another midfielder to help fill the void.
According to Football24, Pep Guardiola has made Sander Berge a priority for this summer. Berge has been a success at Sheffield United since moving to Bramall Lane from Genk in January last year and with the Blades returning to the Championship, the Norway international is one of their most salable assets.
Berge cost the United States £ 22million and YorkshireLive says the Blades have a number in mind that will see them turn a significant profit, even after giving Genk their 20 percent cut. Interest of Arsenal, Liverpool and Villa should definitely help drive up the price.
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ARSENAL BACK FOR WILF
Arsenal’s interest could be tempered by other demands on their finances this summer. Especially if there is something in the reports of renewed interest in Wilf Zaha …
The Gunners wanted Zaha two years ago but refused to exceed £ 40million for the palace winger, a position made all the more odd by the eventual signing of Nicolas Pepe for £ 72million instead.
But 90 mins believes that Zaha is back on Arsenal’s radar this summer and that Mikel Arteta could be helped by the lack of interest elsewhere around the 28-year-old.
It will be a summer of big changes for Palace, with 427 of their players breaking contracts on July 1. The sale of Zaha, who still has two years to run on her terms, could help fund their overhaul. Although it is claimed that Arsenal would have to sell themselves in order to be able to afford Zaha. Alexandre Lacazette could be the first mixed towards the Emirates exit.
UNITED LINGARD PRICE
Manchester United are hoping to use Jesse Lingard to generate pocket money for the summer. Fortunately for the Red Devils, Sky Sports said West Ham ‘will do whatever it takes’ to sign the English striker.
Lingard has scored six goals and offered three more assists in eight appearances for the Hammers, which is great news for everyone.
Mainly United because, according to The mirror, they now feel entitled to claim £ 30million for Lingard, who was high on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s shit list before he was sent to West Ham.
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SPINIERS SEEKING A STOPPER SAINTS
Jose Mourinho sniffs around Southampton again…
After taking Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg from St Mary’s last summer, Tottenham are lining up for Jannick Vestergaard.
The Express suggests Vestergaard is seen by Spurs as an alternative to Milan Skriniar while Inter Milan continue to resist the sale of the center-back.
Apparently Skriniar would cost £ 25million if Inter were ready to do business. Otherwise, Vestergaard could be cheaper, at around £ 18million, with the Danish defender entering the final year of his contract with the Saints.