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Tuesday Gossip : Arsenal move for Montpellier winger, Spanish trio set for Etihad in £80m swoop

Arsenal will revive their attempts to recruit Montpellier winger Younes Belhanda should Lukas Podolski leave the Emirates Stadium for beaten Champions League finalists Borussia Dortmund.

The 23-year-old was a target for Arsene Wenger last summer and the Gunners boss remains a keen admirer. Wenger is prepared to let Podolski go after following an underwhelming first season at the club and believes Moroccan international Belhanda is the ideal replacement.

One player that won’t be joining the north London outfit is Ajax playmaker Christian Eriksen, also a target for Liverpool, as he is close to finalising a switch to Dortmund to fill the void left by Mario Gotze following his defection to Bayern Munich.

Speaking of Liverpool, they have their eyes trained on Sunderland goalkeeper Simon Mignolet in the event current number one Pepe Reina decides to leave, with Barcelona still a potential destination for the Spaniard despite Victor Valdes reneging on his vow to leave the Nou Camp.

However, the pressing concern for manager Brendan Rodgers is identifying a potential replacement for Luis Suarez after the striker declared his intention to sever all ties at Anfield this summer

With Real Madrid currently circling the Reds are prepared to accept a club record fee of more than £50 million for the 26-year-old and use the proceeds to launch a bid to prise Christian Benteke away from Aston Villa.

Remaining with Los Rojiblancos they also look set to lose winger Jesus Navas as he looks set to become the first signing of the Manuel Pelligrini era at Manchester City.

The recently dethroned Premier League champions are plotting a stunning £80m triple swoop on La Liga to bring Navas to the Etihad Stadium along with Isco, Malaga’s creator-in-chief under Pelligrini, and Valencia centre back Adil Rami as they rebuild for another tilt at the title next season.

Local rivals Manchester United are also under new leadership with David Moyes inevitably looking at acquiring a few familiar faces in the shape of Marouane Fellaini and Leighton Baines from former club Everton.

But it’s the end of the line for Nani, Anderson and Patrice Evra at Old Trafford with all three expected to be sold.

Holding onto PFA and FWA Footballer of the Year Gareth Bale is the priority for Tottenham this summer with the Welsh winger’s future still undetermined.

Spurs are bracing themselves for a massive bid from Real Madrid that could include left-back Fabio Contraeo and winger Jose Callejon. However, that won’t be enough to tempt manager Andre Villas-Boas and chairman Daniel Levy to cash in on Bale.

Instead Villas-Boas wants to build his team around the 23-year-old and will reignite his interest in Internacional star Leandro Damiao and Barcelona’s David Villa as he seeks to bring a proven goal scorer to White Hart Lane.

Meanwhile, Everton are moving closer to appointing Roberto Martinez as their new manager and the Spaniard is expected to raid former club Wigan for Shaun Maloney, James McCarthy and Callum McManaman when he is officially installed at Goodison Park.

Esteban Granero, who is expected to leave relegated QPR, is another target for Martinez, who is also said to be lining up an ambitious bid for Valencia hit man Roberto Soldado.

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