Paper Talk: Liverpool eye striker as Man Utd plan clearout

Date published: Sunday 27th March 2016 9:07

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Liverpool are tracking an Argentinian striker, Manchester City are back in for Paul Pogba, while Manchester United are planning a clearout.

LIVERPOOL SCOUT LUCAS ALARIO

Liverpool have been scouting River Plate striker Lucas Alario, claims the Sun on Sunday, as they look to bolster their forward line for a planned Premier League title challenge next season.

Christian Benteke could leave Anfield in the summer after expressing frustration at his lack of opportunities under Jurgen Klopp, while Daniel Sturridge has also been linked with a transfer, though he is likely to be retained if he can maintain his fitness.

Alario, 23, moved to River Plate from Colon last summer before winning the Copa Libertadores and would cost £9.5million, the Sun claims.

Bayern Munich midfielder Mario Gotze could also join Liverpool in the summer, according to the Sunday Mirror.

Gotze will have only 12 months remaining on his contract at the end of the season and is not prepared to sign a new one, the newspaper claims, as he looks for a fresh start having fallen out of favour under Pep Guardiola at Bayern.

Guardiola will join Manchester City in the summer, but Gotze still apparently wants a move and is said to be open to a reunion with Klopp, who he played his best football for at Borussia Dortmund.

MAN UTD PLAN SUMMER CLEAROUT

Manchester United could sell Memphis Depay and Morgan Schneiderlin after just a year at the club, according to the Sun on Sunday.

Depay has struggled in his first season at Old Trafford since a £25million move from PSV Eindhoven, and United are apparently willing to cut their losses already as they look to rebuild the squad ahead of a summer which could also see Louis van Gaal replaced as manager by Jose Mourinho.

Schneiderlin can also leave a year after signing from Southampton, the newspaper claims, while defenders Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo are also facing uncertain futures. Reserve goalkeeper Sergio Romero is also set to leave, with River Plate confirming their interest.

MAN CITY REOPEN POGBA TALKS

Manchester City have reopened talks regarding the potential signing of Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba, claims the Sunday Mirror.

City have already agreed a deal in principle to sign Borussia Dortmund midfielder Ilkay Gundogan for £25million, the newspaper says, but Pep Guardiola has apparently told City’s director of Football Txiki Begiristain he wants more signings in the bag before the European Championship begins on June 10.

City were put off by Pogba’s £75million asking price and £300,000-a-week wage demands last summer, but the Italy midfielder is back at the top of the club’s list of targets as they prepare for the arrival of Guardiola as manager.

Real Madrid forward Isco is also back on City’s radar, the Mirror adds, but a move for Athletic Bilbao defender Aymeric Laporte has been put on hold after the Frenchman suffered a broken ankle.

City also had PSV Eindhoven left-back Jetro Willems watched by scouts in Netherlands’ friendly against France on Saturday, according to the Sunday People.

AND THE REST

Chelsea are pressing ahead in their bid to sign Radja Nainggolan from Roma amid competition from Serie A giants Juventus (Mail on Sunday)

Incoming Chelsea boss Antonio Conte is not convinced by Everton defender John Stones and wants to sign Juventus centre-back Leonardo Bonucci instead (Daily Star Sunday)

Everton boss Roberto Martinez is making a play to snap up Manchester United vice-captain Michael Carrick on a free transfer this summer (Sunday Mirror)

Everton are keeping tabs on Burnley goalkeeper Tom Heaton as they search for replacements for Tim Howard (Daily Mail)

Everton are keeping tabs on Southend goalkeeper Dan Bentley after Tim Howard announced his departure to Colorado Rapids in the summer (Sun on Sunday)

West Ham have earmarked at least £30million for a new striker in the summer as they prepare for an Olympic Stadium windfall (Sunday Express)

West Ham, Sunderland and Leicester City are among the clubs showing interest in Toulouse forward Martin Braithwaite (Mail on Sunday)

Brendan Rodgers will return to management with Swansea City from the start of next season (Sunday Express)

Aston Villa will continue talks with Rémi Garde over his departure this week and are also ready to dismiss Paddy Riley, head of recruitment at the Premier League’s bottom club (Sunday Telegraph)

Ellis Short is ready to cash in and sell Sunderland to the highest bidder – whether they stay up or not (Sunday Mirror)

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