Paper News & Gossip: Inter's Fernando Torres Offer, United Want Griezmann?
Saturday's newspaper gossip features plenty of new stories surrounding the big Premier League clubs—with Chelsea fans likely to be particularly interested in one report featuring one of their key players.
Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool fans should not feel left out, however, with a couple of different reports hinting at potential summer transfer targets for all three clubs.
All those stories are rounded up in this piece, so click on for all the details...
Inter Milan Plot £20m Bid for Fernando Torres
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has made no secret of his desire to sign a new striker in the summer, but with Torres, Samuel Eto'o, Romelu Lukaku and Demba Ba on the books and UEFA's financial fair play rules needing to be adhered to, he cannot buy a new forward without selling first.
Few of those players—bar Lukaku, perhaps—retain great resale value, except Torres if Inter make their move.
The Mail reports:
Mourinho was caught on camera less than two weeks in a private conversation with the boss of a Swiss watch company complaining that his team did not have a striker as it challenged for the Barclays Premier League title.
Atletico Madrid's Diego Costa, Monaco's Radamel Falcao and AC Milan's Mario Balotelli are among his targets but Chelsea must recoup much of their spending to keep within UEFA's Financial Fair Play restrictions.
Torres is one who will command a decent fee, even if his value has plummeted during three inconsistent years at Stamford Bridge.
Inter's new owner, Indonesian businessman Erick Thohir insists he will not waste millions on rebuilding the team but he backed manager Walter Mazzarri in January by funding a £17m swoop for Hernanes.
Representatives from the Italian club were in dialogue with Chelsea during the January transfer window, asking about Juan Mata and offering Fredy Guarin in return. No deals were struck but contact was strengthened and the Italians could return for Torres.
Arsenal Sniffing Around AC Milan's Riccardo Montolivo?
The Daily Express reports that Arsenal are one of three clubs to have made an enquiry about the future of AC Milan and Italy midfielder Riccardo Montolivo.
Montolivo's current contract with the club still has another two years to run, but the player's agent reports that Arsenal, Atletico Madrid and Borussia Dortmund had made tentative moves to see if the midfielder might be available this summer.
The Express reports:
Giovanni Branchini revealed that the Gunner have been joined by Atletico Madrid and Borussia Dortmund in enquiring about his client, but claims a deal is unlikely.
He said: "Milan have had a difficult season so far and I think I can say that Riccardo Montolivo has been one of the brightest notes.
"He became a fixture of the Rossoneri and was even given the captain's armband as proof.
"He is very happy with the club to which he belongs, and the club and fans are very satisfied with him.
"An extension? He has a contract until June 2016, so it is not a priority to talk about an extension at this time. That's a discussion we'll have, I think, next year.
"Has there been interest from other clubs? There have been tentative enquiries from Atletico Madrid, [Borussia Dortmund manager Jurgen] Klopp and Arsenal, to name a few.
"All were trying to ascertain whether the 'path' to Montolivo was feasible."
Liverpool Scout Valencia's Dani Parejo Ahead of Summer Move
The Daily Star has picked up reports from Spain that claim Liverpool are considering a summer move for Valencia midfielder Dani Parejo.
Parejo, who endured an unsuccessful spell with QPR back in 2008, has developed into an influential and important member of the Valencia team, with Brendan Rodgers reportedly having had him scouted extensively in recent months ahead of a possible summer bid.
The Star reports:
The 24-year-old spent an unsuccessful spell with QPR in 2008, but his superb form has not gone unnoticed with Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers having chief scout Barry Hunter present at Valencia's 2-1 win over Granada at the end of February to watch Parejo.
According to reports in Spain, Rodgers is keen to bring Parejo to Anfield in the summer to bolster his midfield.
But Rodgers faces a tough task to convince Valencia boss Juan Antonio Pizzi to part with Parejo.
Pizzi is desperate to keep Parejo, who has also enjoyed spells with Real Madrid and Getafe, at the Mestalla and will demand a large fee to stave off interest from Liverpool.
Parejo is contracted at Valencia until 2016.
Antoine Griezmann on Manchester United Radar?
Manchester United have set their sights on Real Sociedad forward Antoine Griezmann, according to Metro.
United boss David Moyes is looking to overhaul his squad in the summer, and the paper believes that Griezmann has emerged as one of the club's top targets.
Griezmann is currently the fourth top scorer in La Liga this season and, having recently made his international debut for France, is being looked at closely by scouts from Old Trafford.
The France winger has been linked with Premier League moves already this season with Arsenal and Liverpool thought to be admirers, but Moyes is seemingly hoping to steal a march on the competition and seal Griezmann’s signature before the World Cup.
"Griezmann would clearly bring something," United scout David Friio told French paper L’Equipe.
"His versatility and technique, in a tournament where the gaps are reduced, are real assets.
"You can’t score 15 goals in a great league without having real qualities."
While Friio's comments seemed to refer to Griezmann's potential value for France at the World Cup, Metro evidently believes they are also an indication of United's high opinion of the youngster.
Bits and Pieces: Swansea Want Montero, New Deal for Nasri
Swansea want to sign Ecuador international Jefferson Montero before the World Cup, according to the Daily Mirror.
Manchester City are to open contract talks with Samir Nasri with the Frenchman's current deal due to expire next summer, according to the Daily Express.
The Telegraph reports that West Brom head coach Pepe Mel has received no assurances about his future at the club.
David Moyes has denied claims that there is a rift between him and Robin van Persie, as reported by the Guardian, despite claims from the striker's native Holland.