Arsenal could play key role in Liverpool’s hunt for defender as Marseille try to scupper Newcastle’s Gomis bid

Transfer rumours.
Transfer rumours.

BAFETIMBI Gomis’ future is the subject of reports in France, while Liverpool’s left-back hunt – which could affect Sunderland – may be scuppered by Arsenal.

Newcastle United are believed to have pulled out of the race to sign Gomis from Lyon after failing to agree a deal with his representatives.

And reports in France from RMC suggest Marseille are interested in signing Lille midfielder Florian Thauvin, 20, and striker Gomis, 28.

Meanwhile, Sunderland’s hopes of signing Aly Cissokho on loan may depend on whether Liverpool switch their attention to another left-back.

The Daily Express today claims Liverpool’s loan move for Bayern Munich left-back Diego Contento, 23, will depend on whether Arsenal are able to complete a deal for Bayern midfielder Luiz Gustavo, 26, after the German champions confirmed they would only let one of the two players leave this summer.

Other transfer stories:

Luiz Gustavo has welcomed a potential move to Arsenal, with the club hopeful of completing a £14m deal for the 26-year-old Bayern Munich defensive midfielder this week. Full story: the Guardian

Real Madrid’s interest in Tottenham winger Gareth Bale appears to be cooling after head coach Carlo Ancelotti told club president Florentino Perez that he did not consider the 24-year-old integral to his plans this season. Full story: Daily Telegraph

Cameroon striker Samuel Eto’o would be interested in joining Chelsea from Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala. The 32-year-old worked under Blues boss Jose Mourinho at Inter Milan, winning his third Champions League title after two with Barcelona. Full story: Daily Mail

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini will consider a move for Schalke’s 21-year-old Greece centre-back Kyriakos Papadopoulos and 32-year-old Napoli captain Paolo Cannavaro if he misses out on Real Madrid defender Pepe, 30. Full story: Daily Mirror

Liverpool are targeting Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa but the 24-year-old has reached a verbal agreement with the club to extend his current contract which comes to an end in 2015. Full story: Marca

Liverpool striker Luis Suarez has imposed a ban on discussing his attempts to leave Anfield during the international break. Full story: Daily Mail