Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud could have joined Lyon this summer only for Arsene Wenger to step in and block the move, according to the French club's president Jean Michel-Aulas. Arsenal and Lyon have already done business this summer with the Gunners signing Alexandre Lacazette for a club record £52.6m. During the lengthy negotiations over the fee for the striker, Giroud's name entered the equation.
Tottenham captain Hugo Lloris believes teammate and mooted Everton target Moussa Sissoko may have to leave north London in order to further his career and says the former Newcastle United midfielder is currently facing a rather tough situation. Sissoko, 28, joined Spurs from Newcastle last summer for around £30m but failed to establish himself as an important part of Mauricio Pochettino's side at White Hart Lane. Lloris, 30, recognises Sissoko's need to play more than he did last season but is unsure whether his teammate at club and international level will leave Tottenham this summer.
Real Madrid star Gareth Bale has no plans to leave the 12-time European champions despite renewed links with Manchester United, IBTimes UK understands. The Wales international moved to the Spanish capital from Tottenham Hotspur in 2013 for £85m but after initial success has fallen down the pecking order due to a succession of injuries and lack of form. Kylian Mbappe's much-rumoured arrival at Real is expected to lead to the departure of a big-name player in Zinedine Zidane's squad and reports have suggested the La Liga champions could fund the acquisition of the France international with the sale of Bale to United.