Rashford to the Nou Camp?
Not just for the evening… Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford has been linked with a £100m move to Barcelona in the Mirror just as the two sides prepare to face one another in the Champions League quarter-final second leg on Tuesday night. United head to the Nou Camp looking to overturn a 1-0 deficit, with Rashford hoping to repeat his heroics when scoring a last-minute penalty to send Paris Saint-Germain packing in the last 16.
Paper Round’s view: With the spotlight on Rashford as United target another memorable away day in Europe, reports in Spain suggest it will be some sort of audition for the Catalan club. £100m is a lot, but in this market, United would want more – surely.
Coutinho to Old Trafford?
And it’s not just Rashford… Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was asked about the possibility of signing Barcelona’s Philippe Coutinho in the summer, but the Norwegian simply responded: “He’s a Barcelona player.” Coutinho has had a rocky year at Barcelona since leaving Liverpool, but will still hope to have an input as Barca chase the treble.
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Paper Round’s view: No matter how a manager reacts, it makes a story – be it total denial, a hint of interest or an outright declaration of interest. Solskjaer’s answer is as standard as you will get. There’s a summer of change coming at United, but it’s difficult to see Coutinho as one of potentially many arrivals.
Okazaki to leave Leicester
Shinji Okazaki’s four-year spell at Leicester is set to come to an end this summer when his contract expires, the Daily Mail reports. The Japan striker has fallen down the pecking order at Leicester, and does not feature in new manager Brendan Rodgers’ plans, leaving Okazaki with no choice but to move elsewhere as a free agent. The 33-year-old is eyeing a move to Spain or Italy.
Shinji Okazaki celebrates scoring the first goal for Leicester CityReuters
Paper Round’s view: A familiar face from Leicester’s Premier League triumph three years ago, it is no surprise to see Okazaki moving on. The ever-smiling striker will be forever loved at the King Power, but it’s time to say goodbye.
Arsenal want Bennacer back
Arsenal could trigger a buy-back clause in Ismael Bennacer’s contract, the Mirror reports. The youngster joined Empoli from Arsenal after just one senior appearance, but after helping the Italian club win promotion to Serie A, the 21-year-old midfielder’s impressive performances have both Arsenal and Napoli interested in his signature.
Paper Round’s view: Can’t admit to knowing much about Bennacer, but he looks to be another cheap option for Arsenal ahead of a summer with a low budget. There will hopefully be bigger names arriving at the Emirates as far as Arsenal fans are concerned, but it appears he could be a valuable squad member if he does return.