Transfer gossip: Everton to fight Southampton for £20m Walcott, Ibrahimovic to leave Man United?


Here are the top transfer-related stories in Wednesday’s newspapers and online…

Everton are challenging Southampton in the race to land Theo Walcott for £20million. Arsenal may consider letting the England forward leave this month, with Walcott on the periphery of Arsene Wenger’s first-team plans. (Daily Mail)

Manchester City have made a £20m offer for Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez. A contract worth £13m a season until 2023 – or £250,000 a week – is understood to have been offered to Sánchez’s representatives. (Guardian)

Manchester United are considering options to replace Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who the Premier League club expect to exit Old Trafford later this year. Ibrahimovic is out of contract at the end of United’s current campaign and could potentially leave before its conclusion should he take up an offer in Major League Soccer or the Chinese Super League. (Yahoo)

Arsenal and Liverpool will have to splash out at least £90million to land Thomas Lemar from Monaco. (Daily Mirror)

Arsenal are finally ready to make a formal contract offer to Jack Wilshere. Midfielder Wilshere is expected to hold talks with the Gunners in the next week — and has been warned he may have to accept a cut in his basic wage if he wants to stay with his boyhood club. (Daily Mirror)

Reece Oxford, the West Ham defender, may yet get a permanent move to the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach if the club are prepared to increase their offer to around £15 million for the teenager, with RB Leipzig also interested. (Guardian)

Bojan Krkic wants to return to Stoke for a fresh start after Mark Hughes’ departure. Bojan, 27, is still a huge favourite among the fans but Hughes loaned him out to Spanish club Alaves last summer. (Daily Mirror)

And here are the latest headlines…​

Ray Parlour is surprised Liverpool are not in for Alexis Sanchez this month

Having seen Philippe Coutinho’s move to Barcelona from Liverpool go through, all eyes are now on Alexis Sanchez’s possible switch to Manchester City

Arsenal are willing to meet the $37 million (£27 million) release clause of Boca Juniors’ Cristian Pavon, according to reports

Borussia Monchengladbach are working hard to tie up a permanent deal for West Ham starlet Reece Oxford

Chelsea are willing to let Charly Musonda leave on loan – but only if he joins an English club

Liverpool are ready to splash some of the cash from the Philippe Coutinho deal to bring Kevin Strootman to the club, according to reports

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