Arsenal face fight for Rode, will Chelsea snap up Luke Shaw?
German clubs also want the midfielder and Gunners could also miss out on Saints prospect
THERE is a three-way tussle looming between Arsenal, Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund for Eintracht Frankfurt star Sebastian Rode, according to The Sun which claims that Gunners boss Arsene Wenger is "eyeing up a £7.5 million summer move" for the Germany Under-21 defensive midfielder.
But Rode has also been exciting interest in the Bundesliga and both Bayern and Dortmund are circling one of Germany's brightest young talents. What may work in Arsenal's favour is the fact that Rode "would jump at the chance" to play in the Premier League.
The young playmaker has a little over a year left on his contract and has so far refused to sign a new deal. Faced with seeing Rode leave on a free at the end of next season, Eintracht are likely to sell Rode in the summer and Wenger intends to make the German club an irresistible offer. Presumably that will be, come and play in the Europa League.
Another player who Arsenal will have to fight for is Athletic Bilbao defender Fernando Amorebieta. Sky Sports reports that he is out of contract at the end of the season and has been linked with a move to the Gunners. However, Juventus, AC Milan and Inter Milan are also sniffing around along with Russian outfit Anzhi Makhachkala.
And what are the chances that Arsenal will be able to sign Southampton youngster Luke Shaw? Arsene Wenger was reportedly chasing the young full-back during the January transfer window, and was knocked back when the teenager apparently agreed to sign a new contract with the Saints. But was that just a smokescreen to see off the Gunners?
The Daily Mail is now claiming that Shaw is in Chelsea's sights and the paper says the Blues are confident of signing him in the summer. According to the Mail once Chelsea have him signed up they will loan Shaw back to Southampton and give Ashley Cole one final season as first choice left back.
Tottenham are so sure they'll be without Gareth Bale next season that they have already got his replacement lined up, says Talksport - Real Sociedad winger Antoine Griezmann, a 21-year-old Frenchman who is "building an impressive reputation" in Spain.
It's believed that the Lilywhites would have to hand over £5m to get their hands on the wideman, but that won't be a problem with the club expected to offload Bale - whose goals against West Ham last night helped Spurs move into third - for £50m in the summer.
Still in London and the Evening Standard reports that Fulham gaffer Martin Jol has dropped his biggest hint yet that club captain Brede Hangeland will sign on for another stint at Craven Cottage. The 31-year-old Norway defender's current deal expires in May but the Standard claims that Hangeland is close to agreeing fresh terms with Fulham.
Asked whether Hangeland will be back at the club next season, Jol told the Standard: "I think we are close. We will have a few players [signing contract extensions] in the next couple of weeks. Over the last couple of months Brede has been a tower."
Finally, the Metro says Premier League leaders Manchester United are on red alert after Cezary Kucharski, the agent of Borussia Dortmund striker Robert Lewandowski, intimated that his client will leave the club in the summer.
It's no secret that United have long coveted the 24-year-old Polish striker but attempts to broker a deal have to date been knocked back by Dortmund. Now Kucharski has hinted that Lewandowski is ready for a new challenge after two years at the Bundesliga outfit.
"Anyone who has followed Robert's career will know that he has never played at any club for longer than two years," said Kucharski. "Anyone who can read between the lines knows what that means."
Pressed on whether Lewandowski would join United or one of the big Spanish clubs rumoured to be on his tail, his agent said: "Robert has made his decision. He alone determines the moment when he will announce it."