Chelsea, Manchester United and Arsenal will have a summer showdown over the signature of Bayer Leverkusen's £40m+ rated winger Leon Bailey. Arsenal have moved Thomas Lemar back to the top of their wanted list and are prepared to test Monaco's resolve not to sell their star forward in January. Rafa Benitez has blocked any Newcastle outgoings this month that could aid his side's relegation rivals, including West Ham target Jonjo Shelvey and Brighton target Aleksandar Mitrovic. West Ham are plotting a move for Arsenal midfielder Francis Coquelin but could miss out after Valencia made a £12m offer. Paris Saint-Germain have ruled out making a summer move for Juventus striker Paulo Dybala, opening the door for Manchester United.
Manchester City are confident they can bring Isco to the Etihad Stadium at the second time of asking, according to the Daily Mirror. The paper said Pep Guardiola is tempted by the Real Madrid man, who was subject of a bid by Manuel Pellegrini in 2013, and will cost the Premier League side upwards of £75million.
Former Newcastle winger Hatem Ben Arfa has been linked with a move to Leicester, after the 31-year-old said he would leave Paris St Germain in the summer according to the Sun. Leicester boss Claude Puel was in charge at Nice when Ben Arfa was at the Ligue 1 club with the paper saying a reunion could be on the cards.
Abdoulaye Doucoure is a wanted man, but Watford want to keep hold of their star man according the Daily Mail. Boss Javi Gracia has urged the Frenchman to resist a move with Manchester United, Tottenham, Liverpool and Arsenal all linked to the £40m-rated 25-year-old.
Rhian Brewster shone at the under-17 World Cup, and Liverpool are keen on keeping the 17-year-old at Anfield, according to the Sun. The Golden Boot winner’s contract is up in the summer and a raft of Premier League clubs – including Manchester City – are interested, the paper reports.
West Ham are looking to sign Russia captain Fyodor Smolov, according to the Daily Mail. The striker, currently at Krasnodar, was subject of a bid in December and the London club are hoping to have a deal done before the World Cup starts in June.