Giroud to be swapped with Higuain?

Olivier Giroud. PHOTO/File
Olivier Giroud. PHOTO/File

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Arsenal are reportedly ready to offer Olivier Giroud and £42 million for Napoli’s Gonzalo Higuain.

The player’s agent has talked up a deal by admitting his client would thrive at a club like Napoli. The team’s manager Arsene Wenger is believed to be on the look-out for a new striker after failing to land Jamie Vardy from Leicester during Euro 2016.

But Higuain has another offer on the table. The newest force in the market; Chinese Super League have offered him 50m euros to join their revolution. It is an offer the Argentinean rejected out of hand. But a part-exchange deal with Giroud is equally unfathomable.

Wenger is determined to secure the signature of a proven hitman after narrowly missing out on the Premier League title last season, with Giroud his only out-and-out forward available after Danny Welbeck suffered another long-term injury.


Arda Turan is ‘seemingly edging closer to the exit door’ at Barcelona.

Spanish newspaper Sport, revealed Premier League interest in the winger with the latest club to enquire about his services being Chelsea.

The Blues came close to signing the Turk before he swapped Atletico Madrid for the Nou Camp a year ago. The 29-year-old is keen to remain in Spain, but the lack of first-team opportunities with Barca could force him out.

Arsenal, Galatasaray and Fenerbahce are other clubs also interested.

Real Madrid will not enter further talks with Chelsea or Arsenal over a potential transfer of Alvaro Morata, with the striker set to stay in Spain.


Guus Hiddink warned the Chelsea squad that incoming manager Antonio Conte is watching each and every one of them. PHOTO/OmniSport
Cesc Fabregas walks off the pitch after a Chelsea game last season. PHOTO/OmniSport

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho wants to sign Spain midfielder Cesc Fabregas, who played under him at Chelsea.

He will also move for Newcastle midfielder Moussa Sissoko, should he fail to sign Juventus’ Paul Pogba.

The Red Devils are also continuing to monitor 17-year-old West Ham defender Reece Oxford

England defender John Stones has told Everton he wants to join Manchester City

City target Leroy Sane is yet to tell Schalke he wants to leave with new City boss Pep Guardiola prepared to spend £40m on the 20-year-old German midfielder.

Arsenal have had a £25m bid for 21-year-old defender Daniele Rugani rejected by Juventus

Arsenal and Chelsea are monitoring 25-year-old Roma defender Kostas Manolas

Chelsea fear they will have to pay more than £50m to sign defender Kalidou Koulibaly,   from Napoli

Leicester have offered midfielder N’Golo Kante an improved four-year contract.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has told striker Mario Balotelli he should look for another club after failing to secure a regular place at Anfield.

Slovakia international Martin Skrtel has passed a medical with Fenerbahce ahead of his proposed move from Liverpool, the Turkish club have confirmed

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