Transfer News: Arsenal to Scout World Cup Stars, Bale Set to Wait Before Deciding His Future

The World Cup is only a few days away and Arsenal’s scouts will be busy during the tournament, with the Gunners set to keep an eye on seven players.

According to the Daily Mirror, Arsenal manager Unai Emery has instructed his staff to monitor Ousmane Dembele, Cristian Pavon, Hirving Lozano, Lucas Torreira, Aleksandr Golovin, Thomas Lemar and Emil Forsberg.

GettyImages-963257984 Gareth Bale leaves the pitch following his side victory in the UEFA Champions League final between Real Madrid and Liverpool on May 26, 2018 in Kiev. David Ramos/Getty Images

While the Gunners will obviously not sign all of the players listed above—and in fact might end up not signing any of them—it is clear that Emery aims to bring fresh talent to the Emirates Stadium ahead of his first Premier League campaign.

The Daily Mail adds Arsenal is closing in on its second signing of the summer, as it hopes to agree a fee with Freiburg for centre-back Caglar Soyuncu.

Elsewhere, the Independent reports Gareth Bale will wait for Real Madrid to appoint a new manager before making a decision on his future and The Sun believes Everton is looking at Manchester United centre-back Victor Lindelof.

The Swede moved to Old Trafford last summer for $42.1 million but has struggled to establish himself in Jose Mourinho’s side.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is also keen to add new faces to his team but might have to reconsider his plans, after the Reds pulled out of the race to sign Nabil Fekir. The Olympique Lyon captain had looked set to join last season’s Champions League’s runners-up after a fee and personal terms had been agreed.

However, following Fekir’s medical on Friday, Liverpool informed Lyon it would pull out of the deal, prompting the French club to issue a statement 24 hours later in which it indicated negotiations with the Merseysiders had ended.

The Telegraph claims the decision has forced Liverpool to reassess its strategy as the search for a replacement for Philippe Coutinho continues. The Times, meanwhile, adds Klopp’s plans have been complicated even further by the injury suffered by Manuel Lanzini.

The West Ham midfielder was reportedly Liverpool’s alternative to Fekir but ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee while training with Argentina ahead of the World Cup.

Liverpool is also continuing to look for a new goalkeeper, as Klopp wants to replace Loris Karius, after his blunders cost the team the Champions League two weeks ago. However, Karius’ replacement is unlikely to be Roma goalkeeper Alisson.

The Liverpool Echo quotes Brazil goalkeeping coach and 1994 World Cup winner, Taffarel, as saying that Alisson is “very happy” in Italy.

The Daily Mail, meanwhile, suggests Liverpool and Chelsea are both looking at Holland’s No. 1 Jasper Cillessen, who has lost his starting spot at Barcelona to Marc-Andre ter Stegen.

Chelsea, however, could have a fight on its hands to keep N’Golo Kante at the club, as The Sun suggests Paris Saint-Germain is looking to bring the midfielder back to Ligue 1.

Meanwhile, Tottenham Hotspur is the clear favorite to land Aston Villa star Jack Grealish, after Newcastle reportedly pulled out of the race for the 22-year-old midfielder. According to the Newcastle Chronicle, Magpies manager Rafa Benitez is a big admirer of Grealish but the player’s $40 million price-tag might be beyond Newcastle’s means.

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