Arsenal close in on big-money striker while Liverpool and Chelsea in contract talks

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ARSENAL reached the semi-finals of the FA Cup last night with a 2-1 win at Manchester United.

However, it appears manager Arsene Wenger is not fully satisfied with the squad he has at his disposal, with a report in one of today’s newspapers suggesting he is ready to make a big-money signing in the summer.

The Gunners are not the only club to have made the headlines, though, with Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester United among the others to feature.

Arsenal are closing in on the £29.5m signing of Palermo striker Paulo Dybala. (Fichajes)

Liverpool have opened talks with Welsh midfielder Joe Allen over a new contract. (Daily Express)

Chelsea are also in contract talks with one of their players, with Jose Mourinho set to persuade the board to break its rule of only offering players aged over 30 one-year deals, by giving Branislav Ivanovic a four-year offer. (Daily Star)

Inter Milan manager Roberto Mancini believes Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure is keen on a summer move to Italy, with Inter his preferred destination. (Gazzetta TV)

Southampton have joined West Ham United in the battle to sign Man United striker Javier Hernandez, who has spent this season on loan at Real Madrid. (Daily Mirror)

Glen Johnson says he would be interested in a move abroad when his Liverpool contract expires at the end of the season. (Liverpool Echo)

West Ham hope to see off interest from Man City in Aaron Cresswell by offering the left-back a new deal. (Daily Mirror)

Saido Berahino renewed speculation he could leave West Bromwich Albion for Man United after he was spotted at Old Trafford for last night’s FA Cup tie against Arsenal. (Daily Mail)

James Milner is considering leaving Man City on a free transfer to move abroad in the summer, and the midfielder has held initial talks with AC Milan, Roma, Inter Milan and two clubs in Spain. (The Guardian)

Southampton could lose Morgan Schneiderlin, Nathaniel Clyne, Jay Rodriguez and Toby Alderweireld in the summer. (The Sun)

When asked about the prospect of Lionel Messi leaving, Barcelona sporting director Ariedo Braida said “strange things” happen in football. (NBC Sports)

Garry Monk has insisted Swansea City winger Nathan Dyer is not for sale, despite a lack of starts recently. (Daily Express)

Blackburn Rovers striker Jordan Rhodes could leave the club on loan with a view to a permanent deal, with Derby County and Norwich City set to battle for his signature. (Daily Telegraph)

Nottingham Forest also want to sign Rhodes, with an option to sign him for £8m if they are promoted to the Premier League. (The Sun)

Meanwhile, it is relatively quiet on the transfer front at Newcastle United and Sunderland.