Paper News and Gossip: PSG Ready Oscar Bid, van Persie Craves Juventus Offer
It would not be a Sunday without a fresh bash of transfer rumours from the newspapers, and this week is no different.
There are reports about Paris Saint-Germain targeting a player other than Eden Hazard in the summer transfer window, while there could be something of a Manchester United clearout in the pipeline if many of the reports—most of them about Robin van Persie—are to be believed.
For those stories, and many more, click on...
Paris Saint-Germain Set Their Sights on Chelsea's Oscar
PSG could move for Chelsea playmaker Oscar in the summer, with Jason Burt of the Sunday Telegraph building up the possibility of a £40 million move for the Brazilian.
PSG have long been credited with an interest in the Blues' Hazard, but Burt reports that the French club could now move for Oscar—although they are likely to face competition from Barcelona.
PSG’s interest in Oscar is strong but it remains to be seen whether an official bid is lodged in the next few months and whether Chelsea—who beat Tottenham 4-0 on Saturday night—could be tempted to sell the 22-year-old, who joined from the Brazilian club Internacional in July 2012 for £25 million.
Oscar has three years left on his contract at Stamford Bridge, where he has been a significant success, and is also set to be Brazil’s playmaker in this summer’s World Cup. It is understood PSG scouts have been watching him closely in recent weeks, although to accommodate him they would have to move on one of their non-EU players.
If a deal is to be struck, it would have to be agreed before the World Cup finals kick off in early June. It would take an offer of more than £40 million to have any hope that it would tempt Chelsea to enter into negotiations.
Oscar has appeared to have established himself as one of manager Jose Mourinho's favourites over the course of this season, with his form and style of play one reason Juan Mata was allowed to leave.
Burt notes that perhaps the only reason Chelsea might have to sell Oscar would be to use the funds to reshape their attacking line, which has been a source of frequent frustration for Mourinho this term.
Van Persie Ready to Waive £10M Loyalty Bonus to Leave Manchester United
Simon Mullock of Mirror Football reports that van Persie is determined to leave Manchester United in the summer and is prepared to miss out on a £10 million loyalty bonus in order to make the move happen.
Van Persie has occasionally cut a frustrated figure this season and is reportedly interested in a switch to Juventus—a club that pursued the striker before he left Arsenal for Old Trafford in 2012.
Robin van Persie is ready to quit Manchester United.
The Dutchman is a target for Italian giants Juventus and is open to a move to Italy after becoming disillusioned with life at Old Trafford.
Sunday Mirror Sport can reveal that if RVP leaves he will miss out on a £10 million loyalty bonus he is due to receive if he spends the final two years of his contract with the champions.
But his head has been turned by renewed interest from Turin during a season of turmoil at United.
However, United are not keen to offload one of their most important players—although van Persie believes he will be able to move on should United recoup most of what they spent on him.
The report continues:
United have privately stressed that the 30-year-old is not for sale.
But sources close to the player believe a deal can be done if Juventus offer the Reds a decent return on the £24 million they paid Arsenal 19 months ago and are also able to get close to Van Persie’s current £250,000-a-week wages.
Van Persie was tempted by a switch to Serie A when he decided to quit Arsenal in 2012.
But he was persuaded to join United when Sir Alex Ferguson’s refusal to take no for an answer prompted him to turn his back on Juventus and Manchester City.
Tom Hopkinson and Steve Bates of Mirror Football also report that United will only let van Persie leave if they secure £58 million-rated striker Edinson Cavani from PSG as his replacement.
Arda Turan Plays Down Arsenal Interest
Anthony Chapman of the Sunday Express reports that Arsenal are unlikely to be able to lure Atletico Madrid's Arda Turan to the club any time soon.
Arsene Wenger is believed to admire the Turkish attacking midfielder as someone who could strengthen his squad, but the player's agent suggests Turan is content to remain in the Spanish capital.
The report reads:
Gunners boss Arsene Wenger is keen to secure a long-term replacement for the ageing Tomas Rosicky, but Turan's agent Ahmet Bulut has stressed that his client is more than happy to challenge for the league in Spain.
He claimed: "He is interested in working under Arsene Wenger and Arda would like to play in England.
"Arda will not leave Atletico. They are part of the title race and he is a key player. Arda plays for a big club and he will be part of Atletico's success.
"We have received offers from English clubs. However, for now I would like to insist once more that Arda renewed his contract recently and wants to stay at Atletico."
There are other Arsenal-related stories in Sunday's papers, with Jamie Sanderson of Metro reporting that the club will have to pay £25 million to land Alvaro Morata, and Charlie Wyett of The Sun (subscription required) claiming that Manchester United have identified Thomas Vermaelen as a potential replacement for Nemanja Vidic.
Bits and Pieces: Tottenham Eye Milner, New Deal for Cleverley?
Javier Hernandez is the latest Manchester United player to be targeted by Inter Milan, with Hopkinson of Mirror Football believing a £12 million deal could be in the works between the two clubs.
David Hytner of The Guardian reports that Liverpool are monitoring Austria and Red Bull Salzburg defender Martin Hinteregger.
Manchester United are preparing to offer Tom Cleverley a new five-year contract worth around £15 million, according to Rob Draper of the Mail Online.
Stoke City winger Matthew Etherington is to leave the club in the summer when his contract expires, according to Clive Hetherington of Mirror Football.
Mike McGrath of The Sun (subscription required) says Tottenham are monitoring the status of James Milner with the England international having only just over a year remaining on his current deal at Manchester City.
Neil Moxley of Mirror Football reports that Arsenal are ready to trigger Loic Remy's £8 million release clause in order to secure his services from QPR in the summer.