Chelsea shortlist potential managers to replace Antonio Conte; while Manchester United legend urges Jose Mourinho to sign Alexis Sanchez. Arsenal midfielder completes move to Valencia; while Manchester United target EPL duo Vardy & Chicharito.
5. Arsenal midfielder Francis Coquelin completes move to Valencia
Valencia have confirmed that Francis Coquelin has left Arsenal to complete a transfer to the Mestalla.
On Wednesday night, Gunners boss Arsene Wenger confirmed that Coquelin was in talks with the La Liga side.
The Spanish side have signed the French midfielder for a reported £12m.
In a statement on their official website, Valencia have revealed that the 26-year-old has penned a four-and-a-half-year contract, which also includes a release clause of £71m.
Coquelin has spent almost a decade at Arsenal, with a total of 159 appearances being made in all competitions.
The player could make his debut when Valencia face Deportivo La Coruna on Saturday.
4. Phil Neville urges Manchester United to sign Alexis Sanchez
Phil Neville has claimed that Alexis Sanchez would be an absolute snip at £25m and believes would prompt Manchester United to success.
Sanchez is widely expected to depart the Emirates Stadium this year, with his contract expiring in the summer.
Manchester City were believed to be the frontrunners for the Chilean’s signature. But reports emerged on Thursday linking the Red Devils with the 29-year-old.
Neville compared the prospect of Sanchez arriving at Old Trafford to the signings of Robin van Persie and Eric Cantona. Both of them helped the Red Devils to glory-laden spells.
“If you look back at Man Utd’s big signings over the decades, Cantona came out of the hat, Van Persie was a surprise, and they both helped United win titles,” Neville told Sky Sports News.
“I think this could have a similar impact. He’s got the character to play at Old Trafford.”
“It would be a coup, particularly for United fans, to have a player like Sanchez potentially come to them over City. It would be a strong statement.”
“It’s pretty obvious he’s not going to stay at Arsenal. I think if United were going to buy him, £25m would be an absolute snip.”
Sanchez has made 165 appearances for Arsenal, scoring 80 goals and registering 46 assists for the North London giants.
3. Manchester United target EPL duo Vardy & Chicharito
Manchester United are targeting Jamie Vardy and Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez in addition to Alexis Sanchez, the Telegraph reports.
Vardy reportedly would be the most expensive option as the Red Devils look to bolster their attack. By now, Leicester City are seeking a £35 million fee for the England international striker.
Meanwhile, Hernandez could return to Old Trafford if West Ham can recoup the £17m they spent to sign the Mexican striker last summer.
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