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Premier League transfer news: Kylian Mbappe to Arsenal, Coutinho, Mahrez to Barcelona


Barcelona's Lionel Messi wants Philippe Coutinho, Riyad Mahrez and Marco Verratti.

Barcelona's Lionel Messi wants Philippe Coutinho, Riyad Mahrez and Marco Verratti.Source: AP

LIONEL Messi has delivered his transfer hit list to Barcelona, which includes two Premier League stars as Arsenal set tongues wagging with more signs of a bid for Kylian Mbappe.
Plus Bayern Munich enter the race for Romelu Lukaku and Alexandre Lacazette delivers a blow to Liverpool’s hopes of signing him.
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MESSI NAMES TRIO OF TRANSFER TARGETS
Lionel Messi holds a lot of power at Barcelona. Now it’s been suggested the Argentine superstar will use that power to dictate Barcelona’s transfer plan for the summer window.
With new manager Ernesto Valverde coming in and Messi’s contract entering the final 12 months, Barca will be keen to keep their star happy.
To do so, Spanish publication Don Balon has reported that Messi has named three players he wants them to pursue, including two Premier League stars worth $204 million.


Lionel Messi at training in Melbourne. Pic: Michael Klein.
Lionel Messi at training in Melbourne. Pic: Michael Klein.Source: News Corp Australia

On Messi’s hit list are: Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool), Riyad Mahrez (Leicester) and Marco Verratti (Paris Saint-Germain).
Coutinho has been previously strongly linked with a move to Barcelona, with Brazilian teammate Neymar speaking in the press in an attempt to lure the playmaker to Catalonia.
Instead, Liverpool acted by tying down Coutinho to a new contract and slapping a £68m ($117.5m) price tag on his head, boosted by the fact there is no buy-out clause in the new deal.

As for Mahrez, Leicester have set their transfer figure at £50m ($86.3m) for the want-away Algerian, who has publically announced his desire to leave.
Arsenal have also strongly been linked with a move for Mahrez, while Verratti has been closely linked to Chelsea in the Daily Mail.
MBAPPE MANIA AS ARSENAL TALK RISES
Talks of Arsenal being in the hunt for Monaco hotshot Kylian Mbappe have intensified as Real Madrid have reportedly launched a massive £118m ($204.4m) second bid for the French youngster.
The Sun claim Mbappe, 18, has been the target of another mammoth Real bid, a week after Arsenal’s initial £87m ($151m) bid was rejected.


France's forward Kylian Mbappe.
France's forward Kylian Mbappe.Source: AFP

Now, Wenger’s role in attracting Mbappe has come up again, with Wenger pictured in France with Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis in what could be the latest move for the Monaco wonder kid.


Arsene Wenger and Ivan Gazidis spotted in Nice.
Arsene Wenger and Ivan Gazidis spotted in Nice.Source: Twitter

Wenger and Gazidis were spotted at Nice Airport, the closest airport to Monaco.
However the Guardian’s Ed Aarons has also suggested Wenger might have been in Nice to hold further talks with the agent of OGC Nice midfielder Jean Seri, who has been linked with a €40m ($60.4m) move to Arsenal or Roma

Arsene Wenger held talks with Jean Seri's agent last week. Nice holding out for 40m euros after rejecting bid from Roma over weekend 
LACAZETTE ON ATLETICO RUMOURS
Alexandre Lacazette is one of Europe’s most in-demand strikers and has admitted he is willing to miss six months of football in order to seal a transfer to Atletico Madrid.
With Arsenal, Manchester United, Borussia Dortmund and now Liverpool in the race for the Frenchman’s signature, it’s Atleti who have re-emerged as the front runners.
This is despite the Spanish club having a FIFA transfer ban upheld in the Court of Arbitration for Sport, meaning they cannot register any new players until January 2018.
This doesn’t faze Lacazette, who would be joining French teammate Antoine Griezmann in the Spanish capital.


France's forward Antoine Griezmann with Alexandre Lacazette.
France's forward Antoine Griezmann with Alexandre Lacazette.Source: AFP

“It is possible. This is a case that cannot be ruled out,” Lacazette told Eurosport when asked if he would be willing to miss six months of football by joining Atletico.
“I did not think about it too much because the president [of Lyon, Jean-Michel Aulas] said it was not possible. We must prepare for all the contingencies but that is not the plan I would prefer.”
Atletico had reported had a verbal agreement to sign Lacazette in the hope their transfer ban would be lifted on appeal.
LIVERPOOL TOLD TO WAIT FOR LEFT BACK TARGET
Hull left back Andrew Robertson has said Liverpool will have to wait until well into the summer if they are truly interested in recruiting him in the off-season.
Liverpool have been linked with a host of left backs, but after the Daily Star reported the Reds’ interest in Ryan Sessegnon had cooled, Robertson has emerged as a more realistic option.
Robertson will take his time before sitting down with Hull to discuss his future, doing so after he represents Scotland in a World Cup qualifier against England at the end of the week.
“The only thing I can really say is that all the players face uncertainty,” Robertson said.
“There will be people moving on but, for now, I’m just focusing on this game in front of us. I do that because it’s so massive for the country.
“All I can do is play as well as I can on the day, and I’ll worry about my future after that.
“I’ll sit down after this game with the people I need to talk to, and decide if it’s right for me to stay at Hull, or if I should look to move on.
“That’s not something I’m going to worry about until well into the summer.”
BAYERN ENTER RACE FOR LUKAKU
Romelu Lukaku is a striker in demand.
With Chelsea and Manchester United in the race for the £100m-rated Everton ace, the Manchester Evening News has reported the latest hurdle in the PL giants’ quest for Lukaku.
Now, Bayern Munich are interested in the 24-year-old, according to “sources close to the player”
The Manchester Evening News further claims that Lukaku’s father, Roger, is keen on the idea of Romelu going to Bavaria, with coach Carlo Ancelotti also a long admirer of the Belgian.
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