Paper Gossip: Arsenal Anger over Wilshere, Inter Eye Poldi, Battle on for Alves
It will come as no surprise that Arsenal are plastered all over the papers, following Jack Wilshere's injury.
Wilshere may be the back-page headline, but the Gunners are also well covered elsewhere—with a host of transfer rumours doing the rounds.
The meltdown at QPR makes the cut, as do a host of other transfer news and views.
All this and more features in Friday's edition of the Paper News and Gossip Roundup.
Arsenal Anger at Agger over Wilshere Challenge
Jack Wilshere is facing six weeks on the sidelines with a broken bone in his foot, and Liverpool defender Daniel Agger is the man Arsenal are pointing the finger at.
Wilshere was the recipient of a stiff challenge from Agger during England’s international friendly with Denmark, with it later confirmed he had broken a bone.
The Mail’s Sami Mokbel believes Arsenal are extremely upset with the challenge by Agger at Wembley. In his piece, Mokbel wrote:
Arsenal are furious with Liverpool defender Daniel Agger for leaving Jack Wilshere with a broken foot.
While Arsenal, who have a close relationship with the FA's head of medical services Dr Ian Beasley and Lewin—both former club employees—are said to be shocked by Wilshere's injury, the real anger was towards Agger following his robust challenge in Wednesday's friendly.
The Dane has since described the challenge as a '50/50'—but that will not comfort Wilshere or Arsene Wenger ahead of the crucial season's run-in.
While Arsenal are said to be angry about Agger's challenge, the FA are also in their sights. Sun scribes Mark Irwin and Shaun Custis (subscription) state that the Gunners will seek somewhere in the region of £600,000 in compensation from the governing body to cover the player's wages while he's out injured.
QPR Set to Axe 26 Players
Things are looking grim for Queens Park Rangers, with their latest financial results painting a sorry picture.
The Mail’s Sami Mokbel has confirmed the club’s net debt has risen to a whopping £177m, up from £91.4m the previous year, which he claims will result in a major cull of players.
Mokbel suggests QPR owner Tony Fernandes is planning to axe 26 players, many released when their deals are up, while others will be offered reduced terms.
City Planning Micah Richards Sale
Mail scribe Mokbel has been extremely busy, as he has a story which claims Manchester City will sell Micah Richards in the summer.
Richards has found first-team opportunities limited under Manuel Pellegrini, although he has not been helped by injuries.
Mokbel claims the England international has been offered a new deal, which has been rejected.
With club and player at odds, Mokbel suggests City will look to sell in the summer rather than allow the contract to wind down in 2015.
Liverpool and Arsenal in Lopez Battle
Liverpool and Arsenal are firmly in the Premier League title battle, and they are also battling on the transfer front as well.
Simon Jones of the Mail claims the two clubs are both interested in Marseille teenager Maxime Lopez.
According to Jones, Lopez is rated as the “brightest prospect in the French club's youth system” and has been catching admiring glances from around Europe.
While Arsenal have had him watched, Jones suggests Liverpool have edged ahead in the race by inviting the 16-year-old to Anfield to meet manager Brendan Rodgers.
United Cast Eyes over Valencia's Bernat, but Still Want Shaw
Manchester United are ready to turn their attentions to Valencia’s Juan Bernat, as they seek out a new left-back.
Mail writer Simon Jones claims Bernat is rated so highly that he could challenge Barcelona’s Jordi Alba for a spot in the Spain side, with his performances catching the eye of scouts.
Jones suggests Southampton’s Luke Shaw is United's No. 1 target, but they may look elsewhere with Chelsea also in the frame.
Bernat is potentially that man, but United may need to move swiftly as Valencia could be taken over by billionaire Peter Lim—which would remove the need to sell players.
While Jones suggests United are considering other options to Southampton's Shaw, the Star's Adrian Kajumba claims Red Devils boss David Moyes will make a summer move for the Saints man.
Kajumba claims United are ready to offer Shaw £75,000 a week to make the move to Old Trafford.
Arda Turan Tempted by Arsenal Move
Arda Turan showed his class with a superb display for Atletico Madrid in the derby with Real at the weekend.
He is being talked up in regard to a move to Liverpool or Manchester United, per a report from Eduardo Fernandez-Abascal of the International Business Times, but the Star’s Colin Harvey has opened the door for Arsenal.
Harvey has picked up on quotes from the player’s agent who claims Turan would like to work under Arsene Wenger.
In Young’s piece, agent Ahmed Bulut said:
He is interested in working under Arsene Wenger and Arda would like to play in England.
But Arda will not leave Atletico yet. They are part of the title race and he is a key player.
Inter Eye £11 Million Podolski
Lukas Podolski is a transfer target for Inter Milan, according to Charlie Wyett of the Sun (subscription).
Inter have already made an impression on the summer window by striking a pre-contract agreement to sign defender Nemanja Vidic from Manchester United.
Wyett suggests the Serie A club’s spending could continue, as his piece—which is tagged exclusive—states that an £11 million offer could tempt Arsenal into selling.
Barcelona Planning Alves and Song Sales
There could be a summer battle among the Premier League’s elite, if a report from the Express’ Ben Jefferson is to be believed, as the writer claims Barcelona are ready to sell Dani Alves and Alex Song.
Jefferson suggests Barca are planning for the future and want to bring youth into their ranks, which he claims makes Alves and Song surplus to requirements.
Jefferson feels Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester City would jump at the chance to move for Alves.
Song, per Jefferson, is a target for Manchester United, but they could face competition from his former club Arsenal.
Bits and Pieces: Suso Wanted by Sevilla, Battle on for Griezmann and More
Sevilla are keeping tabs on Liverpool midfielder Suso, who is currently in Spain on loan with Almeria, according to the Mail's Simon Jones.
Jones' column in the Mail also reveals that Hull City have handed a trial to West Ham United defender Fraser Shaw.
Manchester United are ready to do battle with Arsenal for Real Sociedad star Antoine Griezmann, per a report from the Star's Nick Lustig.
Federico Macheda feels his future lies away from Manchester United, but he has no regrets about his time at Old Trafford—per a report from the Telegraph's John Percy.