Bendtner set for Arsenal return after drink-drive incident
Gunners striker could face Juventus chop as Wenger draws up list of summer targets
ARSENE WENGER'S search for a striker could be about to come to an end, but not in the way most Arsenal fans would have hoped for. Reports in Denmark say that Nicklas Bendtner could be heading back to the Emirates after Juventus ran out of patience with the player followiong a drink-driving incident in Copenhagen at the weekend.
Danish website Sporten says that the Italian club, where Bendtner is on a season-long loan from the Emirates, have called in the lawyers to try and find a way to pull the plug on the deal and send him back to London.
It adds that Bendtner had become "thoroughly unpopular" in Turin. Of course, he is just as unpopular in Islington and the fact that he is out of action with a groin strain hardly improves matters.
Meanwhile, the Sunday Mirror has claimed that it has the lowdown on exactly who Wenger will go after in the summer when he finally gets to splash the cash.
The paper reports that Wenger has two lists based on whether Arsenal can force their way into the Champions League spot. If they do end the season in the top four he will go after the A-list targets, including Steven Jovetic, David Villa, Mario Gotze, Luiz Gustavo and Victor Valdes.
However, if the Gunners come fifth there will be less money to spend and Wenger will have to settle for less glamorous players like Newcastle's Yohan Cabaye, James McCarthy of Wigan and Celtic's Victor Wanyama. Simon Mignolet will also become the preferred choice as goalkeeper.
The Mirror adds that Toulouse midfielder Etienne Capoue is wanted by both Arsenal and Spurs and will simply join the side that finishes higher in the league. So it looks like he's off to Spurs.
The struggle to sign Brazilian sensation Neymar is intensifying with Chelsea facing stiff competition from Bayern Munich. According to the Metro, the German giants are preparing "a colossal bid" for the 21-year-old who has long been admired by the west London club.
Taking its lead from Spanish rag, Sport, the Metro says Bayern want to challenge the dominance of Spanish and English clubs in the Champions League, and to that end they are rustling up an eye-watering £86m bid for the Santos star. That will be too much even for Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich, who is unlikely to put in a rival offer because of the imminent introduction of Uefa's Financial Fair Play regulations.
Still with Chelsea and striker Romelu Lukaku is confident of returning to Stamford Bridge in the summer after his loan spell with West Bromwich Albion expires. The 19-year-old Belgian frontman joined the Blues from Anderlecht in the summer of 2011 on a £10m deal, but in recent months there's been speculation he could make his move to the Baggies permanent for next season. But the Daily Star reports Lukaku saying that "every ten days I have a meeting with Chelsea" in which his future is the main topic of conversation. "I am only 19 so I can improve loads," he continued, adding that he hopes that chance will come with the Blues.
The future of Cristiano Ronaldo is whipping the Fourth Estate into a froth with The Sun claiming the Portuguese striker is so desperate to leave Real Madrid that he is "willing to take a massive pay cut to sensationally rejoin" Manchester United. Apparently the paper has it on good authority that Ronaldo has had a word in the ear of his advisers, making them aware that he would "sacrifice" some of his hard-earned cash in order to run out once more at the club he left in 2009.
However, that scenario doesn't seem to have cut much ice with United manager Alex Ferguson. Not according to goal.com, at least, who report that the gruff Scot has "dismissed rumours" suggesting the 28-year-old Ronaldo could be on his way to the club in the summer. Asked at the weekend if there was any truth in the story, Ferguson shook his head and said it was a "false hope" to believe Ronaldo could ever return for the club.
Then there is the Daily Mirror, which claims Paris Saint-Germain are poised to make a double swoop in the summer for both Ronaldo and Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho. The pair, described by the Mirror as a "dream team", are so sought after by the French outfit that they are "ready to pay whatever it takes" to entice them to Paris.
With their wealthy Qatari owners, PSG have no worries in the accounts department and the Mirror says they want to pair Ronaldo with Zlatan Ibrahimovic as they look to dominate Europe.
Finally the Daily Mail reports that Stoke City are confident of landing Liverpool midfielder Jonjo Shelvey during the summer. The 21-year-old has fallen out of favour with Brendan Rodgers recently and the Mail says that Stoke scouts have been running the rule over Shelvey in the last month with manager Tony Pulis likely to make an offer in June. ·