Arsenal want Manchester United’s Rooney as Liverpool close in on Mkhitaryan to replace Suarez

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ARSENAL have been linked with two strikers in today’s papers as they look to bolster their attacking line-up.

And Liverpool are stepping up their bid to find a replacement for Luis Suarez, should he leave the club this summer.

The Daily Express – and most other papers – report that Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger admits it would be impossible to turn down any opportunity to sign unsettled Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney.

The Gunners are also considering whether to make a move for Swansea attacker Michu, according to the Daily Mail. The 27-year-old scored 22 goals in all competitions in his debut campaign with the Welsh side last term.

Liverpool, meanwhile, are not deterred by the £22m valuation that Shakhtar Donetsk have put on Armenia international midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan, report the Guardian. Mkhitaryan, 24, scored a record 25 goals in the Ukrainian Premier League last season.

Other transfer stories today:

Fulham are close to sealing a £3m deal for Roma goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg. The Dutch international, 30, almost joined the Cottagers in January. Full story: Daily Star

Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas is stepping up his pursuit of Porto’s highly-rated Colombian forward Jackson Martinez, 26. Full story: Metro

Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey has urged the Gunners to sign Celtic midfielder Victor Wanyama. The Kenyan, 21, is valued at £10m by the Scottish Premier League champions. Full story: Daily Express

Barcelona striker David Villa, 31, who has been linked with Arsenal and Tottenham, has said he will not make any decision about his future until he has finished playing in the Confederations Cup with Spain. The tournament is set to run from 15-30 June. Full story: Independent