Pep Guardiola is involved in talks over Man City’s pursuit of Ilkay Gundogan, while Man Utd will have to break their transfer record for Romelu Lukaku.
PEP TALK FOR GUNDOGAN
Incoming Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has stepped up his attempt to replace Yaya Toure with Borussia Dortmund’s £25m-rated Ilkay Gundogan. (The Sun on Sunday)
Toure looks likely to quit the Etihad Stadium a year before the conclusion of his contract, and Germany international Gundogan is Guardiola’s top target to replace the Ivorian, according to the Sun on Sunday.
The paper claims Guardiola has spoken to Borussia Dortmund representatives over a possible £25million deal for Gundogan, who has only a year remaining on his deal with the Bundesliga side.
EVERTON SET LUKAKU PRICE
Everton will allow Romelu Lukaku to leave Everton if any club meets their £65m valuation of the striker.
Lukaku is said to be keen to quit the Toffees this summer, with Manchester United reportedly among the Belgian’s suitors.
The Sunday Mirror reports that Everton will be willing to sanction Lukaku’s exit providing they receive a fee of £65million – more than double the £28million they paid Chelsea for the centre-forward two years ago.
Roberto Martinez said this week that Everton should not be afraid of losing players, with Lukaku having recently spoken of his desire to be playing in the Champions League.
ARSENAL CHASE TEENAGE PROSPECT
Arsene Wenger has stepped up his interest in Dinamo Zagreb’s 17-year-old sensation Josip Brekalo.
The Sunday People report that Wenger has dispatched top scout Giles Grimandi to watch the teenage attacker, who has scored against the Gunners this season in the UEFA Under-19s Champions League.
Brekalo made his senior Dinamo debut just before Christmas and has made one start and four substitute appearances for the Croatian side.
AND THE REST
Chelsea will have to reduce their £80m asking price if they want to offload Belgium playmaker Eden Hazard this summer. (Sunday Express)
Yaya Toure will become the first big-name player to buy himself out of his contract if Manchester City try to keep him for the final year of his current deal. (Sunday Mirror)
The father of Jack Wilshere’s girlfriend – a hairdresser by trade – will accompany the Arsenal and England star on nights out in an attempt to keep him out of trouble. (Sunday Mirror)
Arsene Wenger has stepped up his interest in Dinamo Zagreb’s 17-year-old sensation Josip Brekalo. (Sunday People)
Louis van Gaal is already planning his summer recruiting drive at Manchester United in further defiance of the speculation linking Jose Mourinho to his job. (Sunday Telegraph)
Louis van Gaal has suggested that he would turn down the chance to sign Zlatan Ibrahimovic for Manchester United because of the striker’s age. (The Independent)
Andriy Shevchenko has hinted he could return to Chelsea as future boss. (Sun on Sunday)
Carlos Carvalhal is back on Swansea’s managerial wanted list. (Sun on Sunday)
Leicester City hope to follow up their assault on the Premier League title by winning a high-stakes battle to sign one of Europe’s most highly regarded teenage footballers, Ousman Dembele. (Sunday Times)