Arsenal face a battle to hold on to yet another of their stars following reports that AC Milan have made Laurent Koscielny one of their top transfer targets.

Telefoot reports that the France international is attracting plenty of interest this summer with Manchester City, Marseille and Chinese Super League clubs also mentioned as suitors.

With the futures of Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil looking increasingly uncertain, an unsettled Koscielny is the last thing Arsene Wenger needs, although with three years left on his current contract, the north Londoners are surely under little pressure to let the 31-year-old Frenchman go.

However, a lack of Champions League football could prove decisive and Milan have plenty of cash to spend.

The Independent claims Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho is targeting Monaco’s versatile midfielder Fabinho – even if he recruits Nemanja Matic from Premier League rivals Chelsea.

Matic is expected to complete a £35 million move from the Blues soon but Mourinho is desperate to freshen up his squad further.

Even though Fabinho primarily occupies the same holding midfield role as Matic, he has been used at right-back by his Ligue 1 club – a position that has sometimes proved problematic for Mourinho, who has occasionally turned to winger Antonio Valencia to fill the role.


United look set to lose out in the race for Burnley and England defender Michael Keane, who is poised to complete a move to Premier League rivals Everton, according to The Sun.

Keane had been linked with a return to his boyhood club after signalling his intention to leave Turf Moor but United’s signing of Victor Lindelof had deterred the Clarets centre-half, and now Everton may profit.

The Toffees are willing to match Burnley’s £25m valuation of the player and a deal could be concluded within days.

The Daily Telegraph writes that Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata is so eager to complete a move to United that he has taken a short break from his honeymoon.

Morata has been in Ibiza after getting married earlier this month but has incredibly left wife Alice Campello to briefly return to the Spanish capital in an effort to hurry along his switch to Old Trafford.

Real would like a minimum of £75m for a player who scored 20 times in 43 appearances in all competitions last term and have already rejected a £65m bid from United.

The Daily Mirror reports former England captain John Terry will drop a division to sign for Aston Villa once his Chelsea contract expires at the weekend.


The veteran centre-half becomes a free agent this Saturday after almost two decades at Stamford Bridge and will snub a move to Birmingham to sign for their biggest rivals.

Meanwhile, Chelsea could let Frenchman Kurt Zouma return to his homeland on loan with Nice in an effort to give the defender first-team football, says talkSPORT.

Ligue 1 club Nice are on the hunt for reinforcements after Paul Baysse joined Malaga and, with Virgil van Dijk or Leonardo Bonucci tipped to arrive at Chelsea in the coming weeks, Zouma could fall further down the pecking order under manager Antonio Conte, making a loan move a tempting possibility.

England striker Jermain Defoe’s financial demands are giving interested suitors West Ham and Bournemouth pause for thought, writes The Daily Star, meaning the 34 year-old could be left in limbo.

Cedric Soares is attracting the attention of Tottenham, and Mauricio Pochettino could raid former club Southampton for the right-back’s signature if Kyle Walker joins Manchester City, says The Daily Mirror. Juventus and Barcelona are also keeping tabs on the Portuguese full-back.

Swansea are set to pip Roma and Sevilla to the £11.5m signing of Las Palmas midfielder Roque Mesa, according to The Sun. A deal is expected to be sealed later this week.


And finally, Turkish side Fenerbahce are considering a bid for Everton’s 29-year-old Belgium winger Kevin Mirallas.

Tokyo ‘dreaming’ of top Totti

Francesco Totti could be on his way to Japan if he can agree personal terms with J-League 2 side Tokyo Verdy.

The Azzurri legend, 40, is leaving Roma this summer after 25 years with his boyhood club, and The Sun is quoting Verdy’s president, Hanyu Hideaki, as saying: “We are interested and have contacted him.

“But there has been no progress as he wants £50,000 a week. Having him here would be a dream.”

‘I play for football, not money’

Dani Alves insists he is not leaving Juventus for a more lucrative contract elsewhere as he confirmed his departure in an emotional goodbye note to the club’s fans.

Alves is being heavily linked with a move to Manchester City and a reunion with manager Pep Guardiola, who coached the full-back when the pair were at Barcelona.

But the riches on offer at the Etihad Stadium or anywhere else is not a motivating factor in his decision to exit Turin 12 months into an initial two-year deal.

He wrote in an Instagram post: “I don’t play football for money, I play football because I love the profession and those who are part of it. I leave it up to you to judge what I have done and worked for.


“I LOVE FOOTBALL and money is never going to keep me somewhere.”

The wrong brother

Crystal Palace have been left with egg on face after being unable to distinguish the difference between their new manager, Frank de Boer, and his twin brother Ronald.

Frank was unveiled as the Eagles’ new boss on Monday, replacing Sam Allardyce.

The club tweeted out the playing career of their new manager from their official account, accompanied with two pictures – only they were of Ronald, not of Frank. And Ronald was quick to notice.