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Patrick Vieira has been linked with a return to the Emirates but Jack Wilshere could be heading for an Arsenal exit.

Soccer – Premier League International Cup – Manchester City U21 v Schalke U21 – CFA Stadium
Soccer – Premier League International Cup – Manchester City U21 v Schalke U21 – CFA Stadium

Patrick Vieira could be returning to Arsenal in the role of manager should Arsene Wenger step down at the end of the season, the Daily Mail reports. Amid speculation the club’s bosses are looking at potential successors to Wenger’s 22-year reign, Vieira is said to be tipped as a possible replacement. The 41-year-old is currently leading New York City and was a popular player during his time at the Emirates from 1996-2005.

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Sticking with Arsenal, midfielder Jack Wilshere could also be heading for a summer exit, with Wolves ready to make a move for the 26-year-old, the Daily Mail says. The news comes as Wolves head for the top flight next season after gaining automatic promotion and as Wilshere – who will be a free agent this summer – continues to hold contract negotiations following reports of an offer of a pay cut from the Gunners.

Anthony Martial appears to be in high demand from overseas clubs after falling out of favour at Manchester United, The Sun reports. The 22-year-old has struggled to make the starting XI since the arrival of Alexis Sanchez – but has caught the eye of both Lyon and Juventus. According to the paper, both clubs are set to enter the race for the forward, with Lyon tipped for a potential loan move ahead of a permanent deal.

Paris Saint Germain’s Layvin Kurzawa (Andrew Milligan/PA)

Tottenham could face a battle with Chelsea for Paris St-Germain’s Layvin Kurzawa, according to the Mirror. The London rivals are both said to be interested in the 25-year-old as they both seek to strengthen their left-back options. PSG are said to be having a clear out ahead of their own new signings this summer, with Kurzawa among those said to be up for grabs. Manchester United are believed to have the Frenchman on their radar too, the paper says.

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Ones to watch

Christian Benteke: He signed for Crystal Palace for a club record £27million in 2016, but it appears Crystal Palace are ready to let go of the striker, who has scored only twice this season. The Daily Mail reports that boss Roy Hodgson is ready to listen to offers for the 27-year-old following this term’s goal drought.

Jorginho: The midfielder is among Manchester United’s top targets this summer, according to the Independent. The 26-year-old has impressed at Napoli and is now reportedly being admired by Jose Mourinho as he looks to bolster the midfield position in preparation for Michael Carrick’s retirement at the end of the season.



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