Paper Talk: Liverpool want Italian keeper; Everton eye Ajax star

Date published: Sunday 5th March 2017 9:56

Chelsea have been told that they will need to pay £70m if they want to sign Borussia Dortmund playmaker Marco Reus while several Premier League sides are chasing Burnley striker Andre Gray, according to Sunday’s newspapers.

 

CHELSEA TOLD TO PAY UP FOR REUS

Chelsea have reportedly been told that they will need to pay £70million if they want to tempt Bundesliga giants Borussia Dortmund into selling playmaker Marco Reus.

The Blues have joined Arsenal and Liverpool in the hunt for the Germany international and Dortmund are looking to get the maximum value for the 27-year-old, who is under contract until the summer of 2019, reports the Sunday Express.

Blues chief Antonio Conte is looking to strengthen his squad this summer, despite their dominant form in the Premier League this season, and Reus is one of the players that he would like to bring to Stamford Bridge.

However, there could be a stumbling block on the horizon if the Chelsea board decides that there is no long-term value in signing a player who has had injury issues this season.

PREMIER LEAGUE SIDES QUEUE UP FOR STRIKER GRAY

The race is on to sign Burnley striker Andre Gray this summer, according to several newspaper reports on Sunday.

The Sunday Mirror claims that West Ham, Southampton, Stoke and Newcastle all want the Clarets hotshot, while the Sunday Express says that Tottenham are the frontrunners for his signature.

The link to Spurs is no great surprise, given that Gray has been talked about in terms of a switch to White Hart Lane for the last 18 months or so.

Mauricio Pochettino is looking for a different kind of forward to compliment leading marksman Harry Kane, and Gray’s pace and power would certainly give Spurs a threat over the top – albeit from the bench.

So that brings the other four clubs into the argument. West Ham have been actively looking for another frontman for some time now and Gray would arguably be first choice straight away, but Stoke recently signed Saido Berahino and Newcastle have Dwight Gayle leading their line – although Rafa Benitez is probably of the opinion that Gayle is not really Premier League standard should, as expected, the Magpies seal an immediate return to the top flight.

The link to Southampton also makes some sense, given that their in-form marksman Manolo Gabbiadini is impressing so much that several of the Premier League’s big boys are beginning to sit up and take notice ahead of the summer transfer window.

AND THE REST

Ronald Koeman has emerged as the hot favourite to succeed Arsene Wenger at Arsenal but the Everton manager is also a target for former club Barcelona (Sunday Mirror)

PSG are ready to make a move for Daniel Sturridge but would prefer to take the Liverpool frontman on an initial loan deal first (Sunday Mirror)

Tottenham face a challenge from Germany’s Red Bull Leipzig in their pursuit of Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha (Sunday Mirror)

Juventus are ready to head off a £25m approach from Arsenal for left-back Alex Sandro by offering him a bumper deal to stay with them (Sunday Mirror)

Gareth Southgate told Joe Hart he is still England’s first-choice goalkeeper on a recent trip to Turin (Sunday Mirror)

Manchester City are plotting a £115m triple swoop for William Carvalho, Ryan Bertrand and Ben Gibson this summer (The Sun on Sunday)

Jose Mourinho is mulling a double swoop for Real Madrid stars Raphael Varane and Toni Kroos (The Sun on Sunday)

Torino are looking to make Joe Hart’s deal permanent amid reported interest from Liverpool and Arsenal (The Sun on Sunday)

Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez is looking to snap up Hull centre-half Harry Maguire in a £12m deal this summer (The Sun on Sunday)

 

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Max Allegri has verbally agreed a deal that will see him take over from Arsene Wenger at Arsenal next season (Sunday Express)

Mexican giants Club America are preparing to nick Pedro Caixinha from under the noses of Rangers (Sunday Express)

Craig Gordon has ended speculation over his future after interest form Chelsea by agreeing a new deal with Celtic (Sunday Express)

Man City boss Pep Guardiola is ready to launch a £40m bid to tempt Juventus left-back Alex Sandro to the Premier League this summer (Sunday Express)


Pablo Zabaleta could leave Manchester City this summer after spending nine years with the club (The Mail on Sunday)

Manchester City will meet Portugal defensive midfielder William Carvalho’s £34m buy-out clause at Sporting Lisbon (Sunday People)

Southampton full-back Cedric Soares has attracted the attention of both Manchester City and Barcelona (Sunday People)

Everton boss Ronald Koeman is keen on Ajax star Davy Klaassen but Napoli and Frankfurt are also keen on the attacking midfielder (Sunday People)

Liverpool are stepping up their hunt for Udinese’s teenage goalkeeper Alex Meret (Sunday People)

Chelsea have reportedly been scouting Lazio midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic and want to sign Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly as a replacement for stalwart John Terry (Daily Star on Sunday)

Manchester United playmaker Juan Mata is set to sign a new contract at Old Trafford (Daily Star on Sunday)

David Moyes has advised Jordan Pickford to stay at Sunderland even if Manchester City try to sign him in the summer (Sunday Telegraph)

Pedro Caixinha is willing to pay up to £300,000 out of his own pocket to become the next Rangers boss as he tries to negotiate his release from Qatari side Al-Gharafa where he still has four months left (Sunday Record)

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