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Arsenal have been given a glowing transfer review for a top African striker, while Chelsea will fast-track one star’s contract talks – both in all the latest Paper Talk.

Mar 16, 2021

Arsenal have been given a glowing transfer review for a top African striker, while Chelsea will fast-track one star’s contract talks – both in all the latest Paper Talk.
Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has given Arsenal chiefs a glowing review of fellow Gabon international Aaron Boupendza, a report claims.
90min reports that the Gunners are one of several clubs keeping an eye on the Hatayspor striker amid his stunning form.
The 24-year-old sits top of the Turkish top flight’s scoring charts, having plundered 18 goals in 26 games.
However, his rise to stardom in Turkey comes after a struggle to establish himself across the continent.
Indeed, he moved from Gabon to France with Bordeaux in the summer of 2016, but spent a large chunk of his time there out on loan throughout France and Portugal.
As such, his explosion this term has reportedly caught they eye of several Premier League teams.
While Arsenal have shown interest, Tottenham, Leicester, West Ham, Newcastle, Crystal Palace, Brighton, Wolves and Southampton all have eyes on the player.
What’s more, Scottish giants Rangers and Celtic have interest of their own.
Boupendza’s future could already have been sealed, had he completed a transfer to Krasnodar recently. Hatayspor accepted the Russian side’s £7million bid, before the striker rejected the move.
There is also interest in Turkey, with Fenerbahce supposedly keen.
But while Hatayspor accepted £7million for Boupendza recently, their demands have gone up to £8.5million amid his stellar form.
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Across London, meanwhile, Arsenal will explore the potential of a second deal for Martin Odegaard. The Gunners will target either another loan or a permanent move. (Daily Mail)
Manchester United could save over £1million by removing five players, including David de Gea, from their wage bill. (The Sun)
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As for summer signings, though, United have made Erling Haaland their priority striker target. (Manchester Evening News)
England Under-21s boss Aidy Boothroyd says that Reece James and Jude Bellingham will receive call-ups to the senior set-up this month. (The Times)
However, talented Valencia youngster Yunus Musah has committed his international future to the USA instead of the Three Lions. (Daily Mail)
Only local spectators could be allowed at the FA Cup final, where plans have been laid for 20,000 fans. As such, Manchester United and Manchester City supporters could miss out. (The Telegraph)
Brighton goalkeeper Robert Sanchez’s call-up to the Spain squad presents a blow to Chelsea’s Kepa Arrizabalaga. (The Sun)
Liverpool will target at least one attacker in the summer transfer window, regardless of where they finish in the Premier League. (Goal)
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Newcastle winger Allan Saint-Maximin has paid a surprise visit to Monaco as he recovers from a groin injury. (Daily Mail)
Chelsea star Callum Hudson-Odoi is caught up in a fraud probe following a crash in his Lamborghini. (The Sun)