Seri set to be Emery’s first Arsenal signing

Unai Emery is on his way to Arsenal (as his own website announced a bit early), and the Mail reports that his first major target of the window has been lined up.

It says the Gunners will bid for Nice midfielder Jean-Michael Seri as they kick-start a revamp of the squad that finished sixth in the Premier League.

Emery is an admirer of Seri and he tried to sign him for Paris Saint-Germain in the winter, and the Mail says he will waste no time in moving for him again.

The player, reportedly interested in Chelsea and Borussia Dortmund, has a contract clause that means he can leave for £35 million.

Madrid to scupper Chelsea’s Lewa hopes

Chelsea want Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski , but the Evening Standard says Real Madrid are more likely to persuade him to leave.

Reports on Monday said Chelsea were focusing on Lewandowski despite continued uncertainty over the future of coach Antonio Conte.

Signing the Poland international could convince Eden Hazard and Thibaut Courtois to stay at Stamford Bridge, but the Standard says Lewandowski would “prefer a club that is in the Champions League” and Madrid are favourites.

The Mirror reports that Courtois “has put talk about his Chelsea future on hold until after the World Cup” and adds that although the Blues are prepared to offer him a lucrative new contract, he has “left the door open to return to Spain — and to Madrid in particular.”

Meanwhile, the Mail says AC Milan have held initial discussions over a move for Alvaro Morata.

Chelsea’s record signing had an inconsistent first season and Milan “have made tentative moves to check on his availability.”

City spotlight shines on De Ligt

Manchester City could sign Ajax defender Matthijs de Ligt as a long-term replacement for Vincent Kompany, according to the Guardian.

It reports that Pep Guardiola is keeping tabs on the 18-year-old, who he believes would fit into his side’s way of playing.

Netherlands international De Ligt has also emerged as a target for Tottenham, with the departure of Toby Alderweireld appearing increasingly likely.

The Guardian says that City are stepping up their interest, but Guardiola “will assess how much game time De Ligt may get, given that he already has Nicolas Otamendi, John Stones, Aymeric Laporte and Kompany as centre-backs.”

Kompany, who has suffered a number of injury problems of late, is entering the last year of his contract and the report says “there are no guarantees” of an extension.


— Crystal Palace midfielder Yohan Cabaye , linked with Europa League finalists Marseille, now seems likely to stay at Selhurst Park, the Evening Standard reports.

It says Palace “are increasingly optimistic” that the 32-year-old will sign a new deal but “it is likely he will need to agree a cut to his £100,000-a-week wages.”

— Hull City’s Sweden international Seb Larsson is closing in on a return to his home country, according to the Hull Daily Mail.

Reports in Sweden have previously linked him with IFK Goteborg and Djurgarden, but now AIK “have moved a step closer to signing him in the summer.”

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