Wednesday's big football rumours: Two Arsenal midfielders heading for the exit

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The Gunners want a couple of big-earners off their books this summer, say today's tabloids

What the papers say

A pair of Arsenal midfielders could be heading for the Emirates exit, with the Daily Mirror reporting that the Gunners are keen to offload Mesut Ozil and Henrikh Mkhitaryan to reduce their wage bill. Manager Unai Emery wants to bring in new blood for the team, including Celtic’s Kieran Tierney, the paper adds.

Barcelona may look to pounce on uncertainty over the future of Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford by offering north of £100 million, the Daily Mirror says. The England international has been on the Red Devils' books since 2005, but is yet to sign a contract extension with the club, leading to interest from the La Liga giants.

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Liverpool’s Alberto Moreno has fallen out of favour at Anfield (Nick Potts/PA)

Alberto Moreno, who has only started two games for Liverpool this term, is set for a move to Barcelona over the summer, the Liverpool Echo reports. Moreno, 26, joined the Reds in 2014 but has struggled for game time of late.

Nicolo Barella is Arsenal’s top target over the summer, but doubts over their Champions League prospects may prevent them from landing the Cagliari midfielder, reports the Daily Mirror. The 22-year-old is valued at £43 million and the Gunners will need to be in Europe’s top club competition to permit such a spend, according to the paper.



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Rafael Leao, deemed the Portuguese Kylian Mbappe, has caught the eye of Everton, reports the Daily Star. The 19-year-old is currently on the books at Ligue 1 club Lille with his seven goals this campaign helping the side to hold second place.

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Players to watch

William Saliba: Manchester United are said to be tracking the Saint-Etienne defender who has turned out for France at Under-17, 18 and 19 level, reports Le10Sport.

Alejandro Grimaldo: The left-back who currently plays for Benfica has caught the eye of Arsenal and Juventus, Calciomercato says.

Soualiho Meite: Torino will face a battle to keep hold of the midfielder amid interest from Tottenham and West Ham, according to Gazzetta dello Sport.