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TOP STORY: Arsenal weigh N’Zonzi move; Torreira imminent
Arsenal have a pair of moves in the works with the club hoping to complete the signing of Lucas Torreira from Sampdoria next week after the midfielder’s World Cup campaign came to an end on Friday. And the Gunners are also keen to move for a player who helped bounce Torreira’s side from the tournament in Russia with Sky Sports reporting that Sevilla and France midfielder Steven N’Zonzi is also on the summer wishlist.
Uruguay lost 2-0 to France in the quarterfinals, finally freeing up Torreira to undergo a medical with the Gunners. According to BBC Sport, the exact timing will depend on whether he chooses to fly straight from Russia to London to conclude the transfer or whether he returns home to Uruguay for some post-tournament R&R first.
N’Zonzi has featured regularly for France in Russia and new Arsenal boss Unai Emery will know what he’s in for with the 29-year-old having established a relationship with him after managing him during his time in charge at Sevilla.
09.30 BST: Sydney FC are on the hunt for ex-Spain striker Fernando Torres after they confirmed the departures of marquee striker Bobo and Johnny Warren Medallist Adrian Mierzejewski.
“We have some very exciting targets who we are talking to and I’m looking forward to bringing in more quality to an already experienced and talented squad,” recently appointed Sydney FC coach Steve Corica said on Saturday.
Spanish star Torres is considering his options after calling time on his second spell at childhood club Atletico Madrid at the end of last season.
09.00 BST: Forget World Cup fever! Cristiano Ronaldo fever has reached Juventus fans near Turin, where a local ice cream maker has started to sell Ronaldo gelatos.
The “Bottega del Goloso” in the village of Vinovo, which has been home to Juventus’ training centre up until the coming season — when the first team will move into a new centre adjacent to the Allianz Stadium — has launched the “CR7 Cup” ice cream in anticipation of the Portuguese forward’s arrival at Juventus.
08.30 BST: Manchester United are signing a Barcelona player, according to Sport and it’s the son of Manchester City coach Fran Gonzalez. Nico Gonzalez may only be 16, but he’s highly rated.
PAPER TALK (by Chris Wright)
Clasie back to Feyenoord
Despite joining Southampton as something of a marquee signing in 2015, Jordy Clasie has endured a bit of a nightmare in the Premier League over the past three seasons.
After tumbling down the pecking order at St Mary’s, Clasie spent the entire 2017-18 campaign on loan at Club Brugge, where he won the Belgian Pro League title.
However, with two years left to run on his Saints contract, the Dutch midfielder is hoping that one of his former employers will step in to save him from his torpor.
Indeed, The Sun are reporting that Feyenoord are keen to re-sign Clasie as a replacement for star playmaker Karim El Ahmadi, who has just agreed a deal to join Saudi Arabian club Al Ittihad.
We suspect a deal can’t come soon enough for both parties.
– Out-of-favour Barcelona striker Paco Alcacer may have found a new home in the Premier League with Sport reporting that Everton are interested in the Spaniard’s services. Alcacer never fully settled at the Camp Nou and now the Barca board are hoping to recoup as much of the €30 million they paid to Valencia to bring him to the club in 2016.
– Bild are reporting that Bournemouth, Watford and Burnley are all interested in signing Borussia Monchengladbach striker Josip Drmic, who made three appearances for Switzerland at the World Cup and is likely to cost around €5m.
– Chelsea are in the midst of re-signing Portuguese goalkeeper Eduardo, almost exactly one year after releasing him, says The Sun. The 35-year-old veteran is expected to be immediately sent out on loan to the Blues’ affiliate club Vitesse Arnhem.
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