Paper Gossip: Monaco Want Wenger, Battle on for Remy, Reds Eye Vorm and More
We’ve reached the final weekend of the Premier League season, and clubs are starting to plan for next term.
There is no shortage of transfer speculation in the papers on Saturday morning.
There’s talk of comings and goings at the big clubs, with Arsenal fans sure to be intrigued by the story involving manager Arsene Wenger.
All this and more feature in Saturday’s edition of the Paper News and Gossip Round.
Monaco Make Wenger Offer
Arsene Wenger’s future is back in focus, with Mark Irwin of The Sun (subscription required) claiming Monaco have offered him the manager’s job at the club.
Wenger’s current contract at Arsenal is winding down and no new deal has been agreed on.
That scenario is not a new one, as Wenger has taken that road fairly regularly during his near 20-year spell at Arsenal.
However, on this occasion Irwin is suggesting Monaco are ready to take advantage of the uncertainty by luring Wenger back to a club he coached earlier in his career.
Inter Train Sights on Ince
Tom Ince’s future is in the news once again, with the Mail’s Simon Jones claiming Inter Milan will make a summer move.
The winger is on loan at Crystal Palace from Blackpool, but is unlikely to return to the North West coast as his contract runs out this summer.
Blackpool would be due a compensation fee even though Ince is out of contract, but Jones suggests that could be as little as £155,000 if Inter secure his signature.
Jones claims the likes of Everton and Tottenham are also interested, but Inter have a trump card as Ince’s father Paul had a successful spell with the Serie A club.
Liverpool in the Hunt for Vorm
Liverpool will require a deeper squad next season, as they will have a European adventure to take in.
As such, new players are likely to be brought in, and the Mail’s David Kent claims that Swansea keeper Michel Vorm is a summer target.
Kent claims that Reds boss Brendan Rodgers wants increased competition for Simon Mignolet and could shell out £5 million for the Dutchman.
Song Eyed by United and Liverpool
Barcelona midfielder Alex Song could be on his way back to the Premier League, with Mirror scribes Darren Lewis and Alan Nixon suggesting Liverpool and Manchester United are ready to fight it out for the former Arsenal man.
According to Nixon and Lewis, Song is resigned to leaving Barcelona in the summer.
That disappointment could be offset by the news of the reported interest from the Premier League.
United are currently without a manager (though Louis van Gaal is expected to be named next week), but Nixon and Lewis suggest they are ready to rival Liverpool in the hunt for the £8 million-rated midfielder.
Henderson Agrees New Liverpool Deal
There is positive news for Liverpool fans from Ed Malyon of the Mirror, with his report suggesting Jordan Henderson has agreed to a new deal at the club.
Henderson found life tough early on at Liverpool, but he has been an inspirational figure for the club this season.
His form has seemingly prompted the club to work on a new contract, and Malyon claims terms have been agreed on a four-year commitment.
Spurs to Battle Arsenal for Remy
Tottenham are ready to do battle with North London rivals Arsenal for striker Loic Remy.
The French forward is set to return to Queens Park Rangers once his loan stint at Newcastle draws to a close, but it could well be just a brief stop at Loftus Road.
According to Gary Jones of the Star, Tottenham are ready to battle with Arsenal for a striker who has a proven scoring record at the top level.
Jones claims a contract and transfer fee have already been thrashed out with Spurs, but they could still be trumped by Arsenal.
Jose Wants Terry, Lampard and Cole to Stay
Jose Mourinho has outlined his plans for next season and will deliver his thoughts to the club’s board on Monday.
Up for discussion will be the futures of a host of players, and the Mail’s Sami Mokbel suggests Mourinho will recommend that the club strive to thrash out new deals with John Terry, Ashley Cole and Frank Lampard.
The Mail writer is basing this on one quote from Mourinho in response to whether Sunday’s clash with Cardiff City would be the last for the trio in Chelsea colours.
Watch this space.
Bits and Pieces: Che Eye Osvaldo, Caulker in Reds' Sights and More
Valencia are plotting a raid on Southampton for striker Dani Osvaldo once his loan at Juventus ends, per a report from the Mail’s Graeme Yorke.
Turkish side Fenerbahce are considering a raid on Newcastle United for defender Steven Taylor, per a report from the Mail’s David Kent.
Another Turkish team are hunting Premier League players, with Kent suggesting Besiktas are keen on Crystal Palace's Yannick Bolasie.
Liverpool are ready to swoop on relegated Cardiff for defender Steven Caulker, per a report from the Mirror's James Nursey.