Manchester United and Liverpool are both reportedly keen on players from Ligue 1 Monaco, while Leicester are being tipped to smash their transfer record, according to Wednesday morning’s newspapers.
LIVERPOOL KEEN ON LEMAR
Liverpool and Manchester United are both being linked with raids on Monaco.
According to L’Equipe, Liverpool are hoping to convince them to sell winger Thomas Lemar this summer.
Monaco only bought Lemar from Ligue 1 minnows Caen last summer and he has made 25 appearances in the league this campaign.
The 20-year-old has been impressive on the wing and according to the French newspaper, Bayern Munich, Atletico Madrid and Liverpool have all been watching him.
However, Monaco boss Leonardo Jardim has relegated him to the bench for the last four games.
The Portuguese boss claims it is in the 20-year-old’s best interests and he would rather give him the chance to play well than play a lot.
But Lemar is reportedly unhappy at not being allowed to play as much first-team football as possible.
All three big clubs are considering a move to lure the French under-21 but L’Equipe believe Liverpool are the prime candidates.
Monaco do not want to part company with Lemar but if they are offered the right price, they will reportedly be forced to sell – and Jurgen Klopp could be ready to make his move.
MAN UTD WATCHING SILVA
Meanwhile, Manchester United are keeping an eye on Anthony Martial’s former-team-mate and friend Bernardo Silva at Monaco.
The Red Devils paid Monaco a downpayment of £36million for Martial last summer – but could return to the club and sign Silva after sending scouts to check on his progress, according to Spanish title Super Deporte.
United have been forced to look at alternative names after missing out on Benfica’s Renato Sanches.
AND THE REST
Arsenal want Alexis Sanchez talks and he could be sold this summer depending on his answers (Daily Mirror)
Swansea City are considering a return for 27-year-old Manchester City striker Wilfried Bony, who has made just 15 Premier League starts since leaving Wales for the Etihad Stadium in January 2015 (Daily Mail)
Leicester are looking to break their transfer record with the signing of Deportivo La Coruna striker Lucas Perez. They are also expecting to bring in Spanish defender Luis Hernandez on a free transfer (The Guardian)
Claudio Ranieri’s ‘dilly-ding, dilly-dong’ catchphrase is nothing new, Gianfranco Zola has revealed (Daily Mirror)
Former Arsenal defender Tony Adams, 49, is in talks to become the next manager of Danish club Brondby (The Guardian)
Spain’s first openly gay referee has been forced to quit because of the abuse he has received (The Sun)
Real Madrid transfer target Thibaut Courtois is set for fresh talks with Antonio Conte over his Chelsea future (Daily Mirror)
Manchester United forward Jesse Lingard, 23, could be named in England’s Euro 2016 squad following the knee injury to Arsenal forward Danny Welbeck (Daily Mirror)
Aston Villa and Norwich City are considering moves for Fulham forward Ross McCormack, 29, who can leave Craven Cottage for £12m (Daily Telegraph)
Manchester United pulled the plug on the Renato Sanches deal to explore “alternative targets” as the 18-year-old signed for Bayern Munich for £28m (Daily Mirror)
Former Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson and Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino were spotted meeting for lunch in Mayfair on Tuesday (Daily Mail)
Rochdale boss Keith Hill is in the running to become the next Blackburn Rovers manager (Lancashire Telegraph)
Rafa Benitez is considering staying on at Newcastle even if they are relegated (Daily Mail)
Leeds United boss Steve Evans is the new favourite to take charge of Championship rivals Nottingham Forest (Nottingham Post)
Manchester City are expected to send five young players on loan to NAC Breda after a new tie-up with the Dutch second-tier club (Manchester Evening News)
Watford are ready to appoint Walter Mazzarri as their next manager with the 54-year-old targeted as the replacement for Quique Sanchez Flores (Daily Mail)
Ousmane Dembele has snubbed a Leicester City move with the Rennes youngster telling manager Claudio Ranieri his future lies elsewhere (Daily Mail)
Aberdeen are weighing up a move for Bournemouth forward Jayden Stockley, 22 (Daily Echo)
Manuel Pellegrini would consider an Everton move if Roberto Martinez is sacked (Daily Mail)
Louis van Gaal appears secure in his role after the Manchester United boss admitted he vetoed the move for Renato Sanches (Daily Telegraph)
Swansea will offer a new contract to Francesco Guidolin despite Brendan Rodgers’ hopes of a return to the Welsh club (Daily Telegraph)
Manchester United’s failure to land Renato Sanches is another blow for Jose Mourinho (Daily Express)
Goalkeeper Kelvin Davis, 39, says his testimonial game next week will be his last game for Southampton after 10 years at the club (Daily Echo)