FOOTBALL RUMOURS: Foxes fight to keep Mahrez, City chase Nolito, United deadline for target Mkhitaryan
Rumours from the world of football for Tuesday, 14th June 2016 . . .
Riyad Mahrez has been offered a new contract worth £100,000 a week as Leicester City fight to keep the PFA Player of the Year. Mahrez is the latest Leicester star to be offered vastly improved terms after the club’s remarkable season, joining Jamie Vardy, N’Golo Kante and Kasper Schmeichel. The winger played a huge part in Leicester’s Premier League title success, scoring 17 goals, and the club’s Thai owners have moved swiftly in a bid to avoid losing the Algeria international. (Daily Telegraph)
Manchester City are close to signing Spain and Celta Vigo winger Nolito, according to reports in Spain. During Spanish TV coverage of Spain’s opening Euro 2016 match against Czech Republic, a journalist from Tele5 claimed that City had beat Barcelona to the 29-year-old winger. (The Sun)
Manchester United target Henrikh Mkhitaryan has been told to make a decision on his future this week. The Borussia Dortmund star, 27, is also wanted by Arsenal – but United have emerged as strong contenders for his signature. The Armenia international hasn’t yet made up his mind whether to stay with the German side and, according to Bild, Dortmund officials have told him he must make a swift decision. (Manchester Evening News).
Theo Walcott is wanted by Liverpool in a £25m transfer as he looks set for an Arsenal exit. (The Sun).
Chelsea striker Patrick Bamford is looking to leave Stamford Bridge and might seek a loan move to Spain, according to reports. (Daily Star)
Marko Arnautovic could become new boss Ronald Koeman’s first signing at Everton after rejecting a new deal at Stoke. (Daily Express).