Premier League Transfer News June 2 2017: Mourinho Considers New Options, Arsenal Goes For World Record

Arsene Wenger
Arsene Wenger at Wembley Stadium, London, May 27. Wenger's Arsenal is reportedly offering a world-record £87 million for Monaco's Kylian Mbappe. Reuters / Darren Staples

The suggestion from Arsenal after Arsene Wenger signed a two-year extension to his contract was that there would be some changes at the Emirates Stadium.

An incoming director of football was a possibility, a youthful coach to learn and, eventually, succeed Wenger was also among the considerations. But it is in the transfer market that Wenger has been told to change, to be more assertive.

In today's round-up of the comings and goings in Premier League football, there are certainly noises that he is doing that. Elsewhere, Jose Mourinho looks to other striking options after "cooling" interest in Antoine Griezmann, and Bayern Munich's players are acting as recruiters at the Allianz Arena.

Here, Newsweek takes you through all the news and rumors circling English football on Friday morning:

And where better to start than Arsenal's world-record £87 million (about $112 million) bid for Monaco's outstanding 18-year-old forward Kylian Mbappe. L'Equipe in France claims Wenger's club has already made an offer for the young sensation who lit up the Champions League and scored 26 goals for Monaco last season.

Further good news for Arsenal fans comes from The Sun, which says Mesut Ozil will be signing a new contract at the Emirates, worth £280,000-a-week (about $360,000).

But the club's other leading player, Alexis Sanchez, could be on his way out of north London if his fellow Chilean international Arturo Vidal has anything to do with it. In the Evening Standard, Vidal, the Bayern Munich midfielder, is quoted as telling Sanchez to abandon Arsenal and join him at a "big team."

After the news that Manchester United's pursuit of Griezmann has cooled, Mourinho has turned his attention to securing the services of Werder Bremen striker Max Kruse, according to Goal.com. But Everton's Romelu Lukaku also remains on the list of targets, the Daily Express say, as United seeks a replacement for the injured Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Mourinho is also said to be prepared to offer £50 million (about $64 million) for Alexandre Lacazette , an Arsenal target a year ago who scored 37 goals last season, The Mirror says. The 26-year-old currently plays for Lyon in Ligue 1.

Chelsea is edging closer to beating Manchester United to the signing of Monaco midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko , according to the Daily Mail. The French club values Bakayoko, 22, at £43 million (about $55 million) but the report says Monaco are keen on taking Chelsea forward Michy Batshuayi as part of the deal.

Reports on Thursday suggested Manchester City would blow out all other competition in the pursuit of Southampton's Virgil van Dijk, offering £50 million (about $64 million) as a transfer fee and £180,000-a-week (about $232,000) in wages. However, the Liverpool Echo says that Jurgen Klopp's team has not given up hope that the Dutch center-back will snub the lucrative deal to join him at Anfield. But, according to The Sun, Southampton is looking to get £70 million for him this summer, a world-record fee for a defender.

Liverpool has also made an offer for former Chelsea winger Mohamed Salah, according to Gazzetta dello Sport, which has been accepted by Roma. The Italian giant has asked for a fee of £30.4 million (about $39 million).

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