English FA’s Hopes Boosted As Arsenal Chief Exec Hints At Not Renewing Wenger’s Contract + Other Football News


The Sun

Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis has hinted manager Arsene Wenger’s contract may not be renewed at the end of the season. The 66-year-old Frenchman celebrated 20 years at the club last week. (Daily Mirror)

German side Hannover are keen on signing Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker, 32, whose contract expires at the end of the season. The centre-back says he is thinking about his options if he leaves.(Independent)


The Gunners have joined Manchester United in the race to sign Benfica winger Goncalo Guedes, 19, who has a £52.7m release clause in his contract which lasts until 2021.(A Bola – in Portuguese)

The Red Devils may have to go head-to-head with Chelsea to sign Atletico Madrid striker Antoine Griezmann, 25, with manager Jose Mourinho making the Frenchman his top target for next summer.(Manchester Evening News)

Daily Mirror’s back page on Friday

Manchester City are ready to hand manager Pep Guardiola another £150m to turn them into the best team in the world. Arsenal’s 21-year-old right-back Hector Bellerin, rated at £40m, is a target, as is Borussia Dortmund’s £50m-rated striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, 27. (Daily Mirror)

Both Manchester City and Arsenal are keeping an eye on Celtic full-back Kieran Tierney, 19, who has impressed for the Scottish Premiership champions this season. (Sun)

Manchester City summer signing Marlos Moreno, 19, who immediately joined La Liga side Deportivo La Coruna on loan, may not join up with the Premier League side until 2018. (Manchester Evening News)

Juventus will offer defender Leonardo Bonucci, 29, a new £100,000-a-week contract to ward off attention from Premier League sides Chelsea and Manchester City in the January transfer window. (Daily Mail)

However, Blues boss Antonio Conte is determined to sign Bonucci and is prepared to offer £60m for the Italy international. (London Evening Standard)

Malta goalkeeper Andrew Hogg says he “feels sorry” for England’s Joe Hart, who was frozen out at Manchester City and went on loan to Serie A side Torino. (ESPN)

Outgoing Liverpool chief executive Ian Ayre believes Jurgen Klopp is “the perfect man” for the manager’s job and the German “stands out a mile”.(Liverpool Echo)

Sunderland legend Niall Quinn feels manager David Moyes must be given time to turn the club around. The Black Cats are bottom of the table without a win in their opening seven league games. (Chronicle)

Defender Paddy McNair says Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho only wanted the 21-year-old to leave Old Trafford for Sunderland on loan, but the Northern Irishman was adamant that he was going to leave permanently. (Sky Sports)

Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha, 23, says it is a “dream” to work with striker Christian Benteke, 25, who has scored three goals so far this season. (Croydon Advertiser)

Caretaker manager Chris Powell is favourite to land the Derby County job on a permanent basis with the club’s investigation into suspended boss Nigel Pearson still ongoing. (Daily Mirror)

England and Tottenham defender Kyle Walker claims England didn’t know what to do when things went wrong in matches at Euro 2016 under Roy Hodgson. (Daily Star)

Joey Barton has been undergoing a personal fitness camp in Qatar to help his bid to revive his career at Rangers following a club suspension.(Daily Record)

New Cardiff boss Neil Warnock is set to add former Leeds defender Sol Bamba, 31, to his squad after signing ex-QPR winger Junior Hoilett, 26.(South Wales Echo)

England’s Under-21 players were delighted after beating Kazakhstan to reach next summer’s European Championship.

Chelsea midfielder Nathanial Chalobah tweeted:

Nathanial Chalobah

Middlesbrough’s on-loan defender Calum Chambers tweeted:

Calum Chambers

Meanwhile, Newcastle goalkeeper Rob Elliot was enjoying an audiobook. He said on Twitter:

Rob Elliot

A Norwegian football coach wants to create his own golden generation of footballers but is asking for the sperm of Cristiano Ronaldo and Zlatan Ibrahimovic to do so. (Sun)

Copies of Jamie Vardy’s autobiography sold out within hours of going on sale in a Leicester bookshop. (Leicester Mercury)