Arsenal face fight for Italy midfielder Manuel Locatelli
What the documents state
Toolbox are supposedly going to pay Sassuolo’s £34million asking cost for Italy’s Euro 2020 winner Manuel Locatelli. Nevertheless, the Sun states the 23-year-old midfielder would choose to sign up with Juventus while the Telegraph declares Locatelli is eager to play Champions League football next season, which is not in the Gunners’ favour.
Mikel Arteta’s men are seemingly close to landing Brighton defender Ben White and Anderlecht midfielder Albert Sambi Lokonga. The Telegraph reports Arsenal have agreed a £50m deal for England defender White, who will commit to a contract running until 2026 once he returns from holiday. The paper states Belgium Under-21 international Lokonga is also on his way to north London for a fee of €17.5m (£15m) plus €4.5m (£3.85m) in potential add-ons.
The Express states Brighton will use some of their windfall from the White deal to tempt Celtic into selling French striker Odsonne Edouard, 23.
Chelsea have offered 20-year-old England forward Callum Hudson-Odoi to Bayern Munich in a swap deal for the German club’s 25-year-old French winger Kingsley Coman, according to L’Equipe.
The Mirror reports Everton are closing in on a deal for winger Andros Townsend, who is a free agent after leaving Crystal Palace, and also says new boss Rafael Benitez is pursuing Bayer Leverkusen wide-man Demarai Gray. The Sun adds that Bournemouth goalkeeper Asmir Begovic is near to switching to Goodison Park.
Manchester United are the main interested party in England protector Kieran Trippier but Atletico Madrid want to keep hold of their man, according to AS.
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Players to watch
Alexandre Lacazette: The Mirror says Toolbox are looking to sell the 30-year-old French striker in order to fund potential summer business.
Denzel Dumfries: Inter Milan want to sign the Holland international from PSV Eindhoven but can only afford to commit to a loan deal, according to Calciomercato.
Clement Lenglet: As per AS, Premier League rivals Everton and West Ham have actually approached Barcelona over a offer for the 26-year-old France protector.
Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.