Transfer News Today: Manchester United line up Belgium international and Arsenal identify Ozil replacement

Barcelona identify midfield target

Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic has emerged as a target for Barcelona as they look to bolster their options in defensive midfield under new management next season.

Matic has been a revelation as one of two defensive midfielders in Antonio Conte’s winning formula this term and Barca see him as an ideal partner or like-for-like alternative for Sergio Busquets.

Serbian Matic has been keeping former Barcelona man Cesc Fabregas out of the Chelsea team this season, but at 28 Chelsea are keen to tie him down to a new contract this summer.


Arsenal ear-mark Ozil replacement

Arda Turan is being lined up as a replacement should Mesut Ozil decide to leave Arsenal in what is likely to be a huge summer for the Premier League outfit.

The futures of Ozil, top scorer Alexis Sanchez and long-term manager Arsene Wenger are all up in the air, but the prospect of Barcelona misfit Turan coming in may offer some comfort to Gunners fans.

Classy Turkey international Turan has struggled to nail down a regular place in the Barcelona side and is likely to be offloaded amid an overhaul this summer once Luis Enrique’s replacement begins work.


Mertens on Man Utd short-list

Manchester United could turn to Napoli star Dries Mertens if, as reported, their intentions of bringing in Antoine Griezmann hit a snag.

United will go all out to bring in a big name striker this summer, with the aging Zlatan Ibrahimovic not guaranteed to hang around at the end of his one-year contract, and Griezmann remains their top target.

However, after being knocked by Robert Lewandowski’s agent following reports the Polish striker was their secondary choice, United have now set their sights on prolific Belgian Mertens, who has scored 24 goals in 35 games in all competitions this season.