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Arsenal is considering a club-record 20 million pound ($31.4 million) bid for Fiorentina striker Stevan Jovetic, the Daily Telegraph reported.
Gunners manager Arsene Wenger, who’s been scouting the 23- year-old Jovetic for more than a year, turned his attention to younger and more long-term options after trying to buy Barcelona’s David Villa, 31, last month, the newspaper said.
Wenger also wants to sign a right-back and another holding midfielder as an option alongside Mikel Arteta, with Montpellier’s Etienne Capoue a target, the Telegraph added.
Lampard, 34, is free to start negotiations with overseas clubs, though has made it clear he would prefer to finish his career with the Blues, the Sun added.
Real Madrid is monitoring Bale’s situation as the Spanish club prepares an offseason offer for the Wales winger, who’s scored 13 goals for Spurs this campaign, the newspaper added.
“The Champions League is where most of the clubs want to be, and where most of the players want to play,” the Guardian cited Villas-Boas as saying. “It’s part of our objectives so hopefully achieving it means we can attract better players and continue to hold on to our best players.”
The 36-year-old Vieira, who is currently Manchester City’s football development executive, joined former Gunners teammate Dennis Bergkamp on a shortlist of potential candidates for the job, the Mail said.
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