18 May Football rumours from the media
What the papers say
Arsene Wenger’s successor in the Emirates hot-seat is closer to being named, according to the Daily Telegraph. The paper reports former midfielder Mikel Arteta is closing in on replacing the Frenchman, but another name being linked with the position is Thierry Henry, according to Sky Sports.
Alvaro Morata looks likely to leave Chelsea in the summer, with Borussia Dortmund joining Juventus in chasing the striker, according to the Daily Mirror. The German club have been told they will not be able to keep Michy Batshuayi after his loan spell this season.
Veteran Italian goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon may have played his last game for Juventus, but both Liverpool and Manchester City are interested in taking the 40-year-old on, reports the Sun.
Another potential arrival at the Etihad is Napoli’s Jorginho, with the Premier League champions looking as if they will beat Liverpool to the midfielder’s signature, reports the Liverpool Echo.
There is some debate about the future of Darren Moore at West Brom, with the Birmingham Mail reporting he will be named the full-time manager of the relegated club, but the Evening Standard reporting Brentford’s head coach Dean Smith is linked with the job.
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Kalidou Koulibaly: Napoli have put a hefty £104.7million price tag on the centre-back in a bid to fend off interest from Real Madrid, Chelsea and Manchester United, RAI Sport reports.
Connor Goldson: Rangers are still interested in signing the Brighton defender despite having an initial offer rejected, reports the Argus.
Ruben Neves: Wolves’ player of the season wants to stay at the promoted club despite interest from Premier League sides including Liverpool and Manchester United, the Express and Star says.