Evening Gossip: Martial To Head Back To France, Wolves Come Calling For Arsenal Star

Lyon Keen To Sign Martial
The French star has become frustrated with his bit-part role at Manchester United and is open to leaving Old Trafford this summer.

The feeling seems to be mutual with Jose Mourinho prepared to listen to offers for the 22-year-old who has hit 11 goals this term.

The French international has hit 11 goals this term and has not started a league game since the home win against Chelsea in February.

Arsenal and Juventus are keen on Martial, but the Ligue 1 side hope to steal a march on their rivals by offering United the flexibility of a loan move that could turn into a permanent switch next year.

Lyon are no strangers to doing business with the Premier League side – the ambitious French outfit signed Memphis Depay last year after a poor 18 months at Old Trafford.

Wolves Set Sight On Wilshere
 Ambitious Wolves are ready to make a move for Jack Wilshere .

The Arsenal midfielder looks increasingly likely to leave the Emirates this summer because of a contract stand-off.

Newly-promoted Wolves are the latest club to try to snap him up on a free transfer as it would be a huge statement signing.

They face major competition for England international Wilshere — he’s already had a huge offer from Everton while Liverpool and Manchester City continue to watch developments.

It is understood the best offers could come from abroad with Italian pair Juventus and AC Milan interested.

It would then be a question of whether the 26-year-old wants to leave English football.

In Other News
Tottenham are considering another move for 21-year-old Leicester City winger Demarai Gray. Spurs wanted to sign Gray last summer but the Foxes refused to consider offers for the England Under-21 captain. (ESPN)

Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino is interested in Paris St-Germain left-back Layvin Kurzawa, 25, but could face competition from Chelsea for the Frenchman. (Mirror)

Lyon and Juventus want to sign Manchester United’s France forward Anthony Martial, 22. (Sun)

Arsenal were also considering making a bid for Martial but manager Arsene Wenger has prioritised other areas of his squad to strengthen in the summer. (Evening Standard)

Napoli manager Maurizio Sarri is Chelsea’s first choice to replace manager Antonio Conte. Several of Chelsea’s summer transfer targets will not commit to the club until they know who will be in charge. (Mail)

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is being urged to sign “the next big thing” rather than a well-known player. (Telegraph)

Former Arsenal midfielder and current New York City boss Patrick Vieira is a contender to replace Arsene Wenger as Gunners manager. (Mail)

However the Gunners hierarchy are split over who should replace Frenchman Wenger with former Barcelona manager Luis Enrique also being considered. (Telegraph)

Liverpool want to sign Portugal midfielder Ruben Neves, 21, from newly promoted Championship leaders Wolverhampton Wanderers. (Talksport)

Crystal Palace will look to sell Belgian striker Christian Benteke, 27, this summer. (Mail)

Wolves are ready to move for England midfielder Jack Wilshere, 26, who can leave Arsenal as a free agent this summer and has already had a huge offer from Everton. (Mirror)

Tottenham will extend forward Erik Lamela’s contract by a year, keeping the 26-year-old Argentina international at the club until 2020. (Independent)

Manchester United’s Spain goalkeeper David de Gea, 27, and England midfielder Michael Carrick, 36, have spoken to Paul Pogba to try to help the France midfielder, 25, resolve his difficulties with manager Jose Mourinho. (Star)

Napoli midfielder Jorginho has become one of Mourinho’s main targets to replace Pogba. Italy’s Jorginho, 26, is seen as a more viable option than Real Madrid’s Toni Kroos. (Independent)

Newcastle will re-open talks with Chelsea in an attempt to sign winger Kenedy, 22, on a permanent deal. The Brazilian is at Newcastle on a season-long loan, but manager Rafael Benitez is concerned that his good form means he will attract interest from elsewhere. (Northern Echo)

Everton are favourites to sign 16-year-old French midfielder Kamal Bafounta from Nantes, despite interest from Inter Milan and Sevilla. (Goal)

Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone says beating Arsenal in the Europa League and chasing Barcelona in La Liga could convince forward Antoine Griezmann to stay. The France international, 27, was linked with Manchester United last summer. (AS – in Spanish)

Fellow Atletico striker Fernando Torres, 34, says he will not continue playing in Spain once he leaves the club in the summer. (Sky Sports)

Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane says 28-year-old Wales forward Gareth Bale is happy at the club despite being dropped for the La Liga win over Malaga on Sunday. (Metro)

Barcelona are ready to offer French defender Samuel Umtiti, 24, a new contract with a buyout clause of over 250m euros (£218m). (Mundo Deportivo)

Southampton full-back Matt Targett, 22, is open to joining Fulham on a permanent deal this summer when his loan deal at Craven Cottage ends at the end of the season. (Evening Standard)

LA Galaxy and former Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic says he is going to the World Cup, but the Swedish 36-year-old did not say if it was as a player or an ambassador. (Sports Illustrated)

England manager Gareth Southgate is prepared to give Adam Lallana every chance of making the World Cup squad. The Liverpool midfielder, 29, has gone to South Africa to step up his rehabilitation programme. (Mirror)

Accrington Stanley manager John Coleman has been promised a free hair transplant after guiding the club to promotion from League Two. (Mail)

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