Paper Gossip: Hazard New Deal, Mangala Wants United, Real for Suarez and More
The World Cup is less than a week away, but for club managers and their boards, the focus is on the summer transfer window.
It seems the papers are also transfixed by transfer talk, as there are plenty of lines in the papers.
We take a look at what is making the news in Friday's iteration of the Paper News and Gossip Roundup.
Chelsea to Offer Hazard Bumper New Deal
Widespread reports claim Chelsea are facing a fight to keep Eden Hazard from the grasp of Paris Saint-Germain.
It is a fight the Blues are ready to take up, according to the Mail’s Sami Mokbel, who claims Chelsea are ready to up the Belgium winger’s wage.
Per Mokbel: “Discreet overtures between Hazard's representatives and officials at the mega-rich Ligue 1 club have already taken place.”
Mokbel also claims the Blues are well aware of the interest and are ready to hike Hazard’s weekly wage to £200,000 to keep him at Stamford Bridge.
Everton Open Lukaku Loan Talks
Lukaku impressed at Everton last season after being deemed surplus to requirements at Chelsea.
There has been no firm word from Chelsea on the forward’s future, but Jones claims the two clubs have opened talks over a fresh loan deal.
Real Madrid Readying Huge Luis Suarez Bid
Liverpool fended off strong interest in Suarez from Arsenal last season, while the forward has indicated he will remain at Anfield following their Champions League qualification.
Jones, though, claims a bid is being prepared and wrote, “even those close to the 27-year-old admit they can't say for sure what his final answer will be if Madrid keep increasing the mark on their bid.”
Wenger in Talks with Zidane over Morata
Arsene Wenger has made contact with Real Madrid in a bid to thrash out a deal for forward Alvaro Morata, per a report from the Mirror’s John Cross.
Arsenal have had a long-standing interest in the forward and Cross claims Wenger has made contact with Real assistant coach Zinedine Zidane.
Cross states Wenger has been frustrated by Real’s demands, such as a buy-back clause, but he claims there is hope that Zidane may give the deal the green light.
Ameobi an Option for New York
Shola Ameobi could be lining up alongside a World Cup winner, as the Mail’s David Kent claims the Newcastle United forward is wanted by New York City FC.
Ameobi is set to leave Newcastle when his contract expires in the summer.
Kent claims Hull City also hold an interest, but states he could have his head turned by the chance to move across the Atlantic.
David Villa is also on their books, which raises the prospect of Ameobi forming a partnership with a World Cup winner.
Mangala 'Prefers' United over City
Porto defender Eliaquim Mangala has “told friends” he would prefer a move to Manchester United over Manchester City, according to the Mirror’s David Anderson.
City have long been interested in Mangala, and Anderson claims they are ready to pay his release clause.
Anderson claims a stumbling block is the player’s reticence to move to City, which he infers could open the door for Chelsea.
Inter in the Hunt for Hernandez
Inter Milan are keen on pushing through a deal for Manchester United forward Javier Hernandez, per a report from the Express’ Ben Jefferson.
The future looks bleak for Hernandez at Old Trafford, but Inter are ready to offer him a route back to the big time.
Jefferson claims Inter are keen on a season-long loan deal with an option to buy at the end of the campaign.
Bits and Pieces: Magpies Want Gomis, Chelsea Want Damm and More
Newcastle are in talks over the possibility of signing free agent Bafetimbi Gomis, per a report from Simon Jones of the Mail.
Jones also claims Chelsea, Manchester City, Tottenham, Manchester United and Arsenal are keeping tabs on Youri Tielemans of Anderlecht.
Also in Jones' transfer column is a report stating Sunderland have made enquiries for Argentinian striker Luciano Vietto.
Galatasaray are not interested in a move for AC Milan forward Mario Balotelli, per a report from the Mirror's Neil McLeman.
Chelsea are keen on Mexico forward Jurgen Damm, according to Gary Jones of the Star.