Arsenal want Kevin Volland and could move for Michu

Gunners one of five Premier League clubs chasing the Hoffenheim winger as Michu rumours resurface

BY Bill Mann LAST UPDATED AT 08:30 ON Mon 16 Dec 2013

WITH Arsenal still in shock after being hit for six by Manchester City on Saturday, the Daily Mirror reports that the Gunners are among five Premier League clubs chasing German wideman Kevin Volland

Valued at a cool £12m, the 21-year-old winger, currently galloping down the flanks for Hoffenheim in the Bundesliga, is described by the Mirror as a "genuine talent". Volland is tied to Hoffenheim until 2017 but with a football contract about as secure as the Arsenal back four it's believed he could be on his way to England as early as next month.

As well as Arsenal on the tail of Volland, the Mirror claims that Liverpool, Tottenham, Chelsea and Manchester United are also eyeing up the left-footed magician. But the Mirror does throw the proverbial spanner in the works with a suggestion that Bayern Munich are also loitering with intent and could yet sneak in before any of England's fantastic five have the chance to make Hoffenheim an offer they can't refuse.

Meanwhile the IB Times says Miguel Michu is "reconsidering" his future at Swansea after realising he's unlikely to ever taste the Champions League while in Wales. Arsenal have long been linked with a move for the Spanish striker and it's reported that Arsene Wenger is likely to table a bid in the January transfer window. The IB Times claims Arsenal will offer the Swans £25m for Michu, which would represent a great bit of business for them as they paid only £2m for the Spaniard in the summer of 2012. "Every player dreams about playing in big teams, clubs who play in the Champions League and fight for titles," Michu is quoted as saying. "I am no different. I'm very happy at Swansea but it is obvious that every player wants to grow up and see how far you can go."

One player who may not be at the Emirates for much longer is defender Bacary Sagna, who appears to be less than happy about life as a Gunner in the wake of the 6-3 thumping at the weekend.

The Daily Mirror reports that the French full-back is in talks over a two-year contract extension with Arsenal, but is also unhappy about the lack of success experienced during his time with the club.

"I would love to win trophies with this club, it's a club I love so much but something is missing," he told the paper, bemoaning the fact that players like Cesc Fabregas, Samir Nasri and Robin van Persie have all bailed out during his time in north London. "I've still got six months on my contract with Arsenal. We are in negotiations. It's an option to go somewhere in January but I always had a good relationship with Arsenal. I've been playing there for seven years and I hope we will end up on something good."

Elsewhere and the Daily Star says Everton star Ross Barkley finds himself at the centre of a "three-club battle" involving Everton and the two Manchester clubs. Though the Toffees would love to hang on to the 20-year-old Barkley – and are allegedly poised to offer him a big pay hike – both City and United are planning to winkle him out of Goodison Park next month.

The midfielder is apparently David Moyes' prime target and the Star says he and Man United chief executive Ed Woodward were locked in a five-hour meeting last Monday as they plotted a way to lure him to the club in the new year. It's believed the Red Devils may offer Everton a huge heap of cash as well as Tom Cleverley as part of the deal, but City are also putting together a package with Txiki Begiristain, City's sporting director, a big fan of Barkley's.

Finally, the Daily Express says that Inter Milan and Chelsea have been having a natter about Fredy Guarin. Milan's attacking midfielder has caught the eye of Jose Mourinho and the Blues boss is anxious to bring the 27-year-old Colombia international to the Bridge before long. Manchester United and Tottenham are also said to be interested in Guarin but according to the Express Chelsea have "leapt to the front of the queue" and negotiations over a £15m deal are said to be at an advanced stage. · 

For further concise, balanced comment and analysis on the week's news, try The Week magazine. Subscribe today and get 6 issues completely free.