Man Utd have ‘great interest’ in star with £168m release clause, Arsenal transfer proposal

Monday, April 13

  • Goalkeeper Alphonse Areola has asked his agent to find him a club in London
  • Manchester United have ‘great interest’ in Atletico Madrid’s Thomas Lemar
  • Arsenal have reportedly told Real Madrid they can sign Alexandre Lacazette
  • Achraf Hakimi knows he’ll have to ‘make a decision’ on his future in June

Alphonse Areola exit

Alphonse Areola doesn’t want to extend his loan at Real Madrid.

That’s according to French publication L’Equipe, who claim the goalkeeper’s parent club Paris Saint-Germain are also eager to get him off their books.

It’s claimed the France international has asked his agent Mino Raiola to find him a new club elsewhere with the Premier League a possibility.

Areola specifically wants to join a team in London and Spanish website Diario Madridista claim Chelsea or Tottenham could be potential destinations for the 27-year-old.


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Thomas Lemar to Manchester United

Manchester United have ‘great interest’ in Thomas Lemar.

That’s according to Spanish website Diario Madridista, who claim Atletico Madrid are looking to offload 24-year-old Lemar to finance another deal.

The report claims Atletico Madrid are looking for a player with Diego Simeone’s ‘DNA’ and have identified Juventus star Federico Bernardeschi as a replacement.

Lemar joined Atletico from Monaco for £52.7million in June 2018 but he’s failed to deliver – netting three goals and six assists in 67 appearances.

Premier League duo Arsenal and Chelsea have also been linked with 22-capped France international, whose contract contains a £168million release clause.

Auba? No. Laca? Yes.

Arsenal have reportedly told Real Madrid they can sign Alexandre Lacazette after the La Liga giants made an initial approach for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

Barcelona have been keeping tabs on the 30-year-old Gabon international, while Manchester United are also thought to be interested.

However, Real Madrid are looking to steal a march on their rivals by making an early enquiry.

France Football claim Los Blancos have asked Gunners chiefs about the possibility of completing a deal this summer, but Arsenal are desperate to keep hold of their captain and will offer him a contract extension.

They instead put France international Lacazette, who they signed for an initial £46.5million in 2017, forward as an alternative for Zinedine Zidane’s side.


  • Barcelona news LIVE: Man Utd make transfer contact

Achraf Hakimi latest

Real Madrid defender Achraf Hakimi knows he’ll have to ‘make a decision’ on his future in June.

Several clubs across Europe including Arsenal and Chelsea are monitoring the full-back, who has enjoyed a terrific two-season loan spell with Borussia Dortmund.

And his suitors have received a boost with Hakimi admitting that Real Madrid haven’t discussed extending his deal beyond June 2022.

“My contract with Real Madrid? My agent is in charge of it,” Achraf told Cadena SER‘s El Larguero. “I don’t know how much I have left. I am proud of what I am doing. In June I will have to make a decision and it will be a big step in my career. I haven’t had any contact with Real Madrid about next year.”

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