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Paper Talk: Arteta lines up exciting £25m Ajax raid to kick-start Arsenal revival; West Ham hit back after talk of £50m Chelsea bid

Arsenal line up a £25million raid on Ajax to kick-start their summer spending while West Ham respond to reports of Chelsea’s firm interest in a midfield star – all in the latest Paper Talk.



Arsenal are readying a £25million move for exciting Ajax winger Quincy Promes, according to a report.

The Gunners are close to finalising a deal for Willian after his exit from Chelsea, with the Brazilian to confirm his switch across London in the coming days.

However, according to The Sun, boss Mikel Arteta wants more reinforcements up top and is eyeing a move for Promes.

Reports linked Arsenal with a move for the Netherlands international last summer, when Unai Emery was in charge.

Now, the newspaper claims Arteta is keen and feels a £25million move for the player will “kick-start” his spending plans.

Indeed, a source close to the player reportedly told The Sun that Promes would love a move to the Gunners.

The source said: “Quincy would go in a heartbeat. It would be a great move for him – and Arsenal.”

Promes moved to Ajax from Sevilla last summer, scoring 16 goals and assisting five others in his debut season.

He would not be the first Ajax star to leave in recent months, following Hakim Ziyech’s move to Chelsea.



West Ham have rebuked reports that Chelsea have made a £50million bid for Declan Rice (Sky Sports)

The Hammers have held initial talks about handing Michail Antonio a lucrative new contract (Daily Mail)

Gareth Bale will refuse to leave Real Madrid and is willing to extend the wait for his next club match (Daily Mirror)

Crystal Palace have moved for Watford winger Ismaila Sarr as they hunt Wilfried Zaha alternatives (Daily Mirror)


Watford have told Palace they will not accept a loss on their £30million record signing (The Sun)

Southampton are preparing to announce the signing of Mohamed Salisu following his period of quarantine after arriving from Spain (Daily Mail)

Meanwhile, Celtic boss Neil Lennon has expressed his anger at defender Boli Bolingoli for his unannounced trip to the country (Daily Mail)

The FA have scrapped plans to use the Community Shield as a test event for fans (Daily Mail)

Sergio Aguero has told friends he is unlikely to be fit for the rest of Manchester City’s Champions League campaign (The Guardian)

A discussion with Pep Guardiola has eased Kyle Walker’s concerns about his City future (The Sun)

David Silva will join Lazio on a three-year deal after his exit from the Etihad Stadium (The Guardian)

Robin van Persie says Manchester United striker Anthony Martial is “world-class” (Daily Express)

Premier League clubs will receive their full payout after delaying to delay reductions due to the pandemic (The Times)

Fulham are considering a move for Arsenal defender Calum Chambers (The Sun)

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