Football rumours from the media

What the papers say

Alexis Sanchez is reportedly stuck in limbo, with neither Inter Milan or Manchester United wanting the Chilean forward. The 31-year-old has scored just one goal in 15 appearances on loan for Inter and The Sun says his lacklustre form has placed him in an unenviable position with neither club willing to pay for his services beyond the end of this season.

Chelsea are stepping up their pursuit of Napoli forward Dries Mertens, according to the Daily Star. The Blues have made attempts at signing the 32-year-old over the last two transfer windows, but are confident that this year will be third-time lucky with the prolific goalscorer reportedly open to a London move.

Leicester City v Sunderland – Premier League – King Power Stadium
Fabio Borini is reportedly being chased by Aston Villa and Crystal Palace (Mike Egerton/PA)

Former Liverpool striker Fabio Borini is believed to be on the radar of both Aston Villa and Crystal Palace. The Birmingham Mail, via Italian newspaper L’Arena, has reported that both clubs have made enquiries about the 29-year-old’s immediate future at Hellas Verona.

Chelsea are reportedly aiming to hang on to Spanish goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga, despite also being interested in AC Milan’s Italy international Gianluigi Donnarumma. According to the Daily Mail, the club is concerned that the coronavirus pandemic has had a negative impact on Arrizabalaga’s value, leaving manager Frank Lampard with a tough decision to make on whether to persist with the Spaniard or look elsewhere.

Social media round-up

Barcelona 'offer two-player swap deal' for Tanguy Ndombele https://t.co/uu43DQ7Ic3pic.twitter.com/sCmTSZUV6a

— The Sun Football ⚽ (@TheSunFootball) April 25, 2020

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Arsenal v Olympiakos – UEFA Europa League – Round of 32 – Second Leg – Emirates Stadium
Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang could be on the move to Stamford Bridge (John Walton/PA)

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang: Chelsea are hoping to make a summer move for the Arsenal striker, according to ESPN.

Olivier Giroud: The French striker is staying at Stamford Bridge for another year, reports Italian publication Di Marzio.

Houssem Aouar: The Lyon midfielder is being chased by Manchester City, Paris St Germain and Juventus, says French publication RMC Sport.

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