The tabloids are still filling their back pages with Neymar ‘exclusives’ and Ross Barkley is in line for a new deal at Everton to ward off interest from the big boys.
MIRROR ‘COULD/CAN’ SIGN NEYMAR
The Mirror have won the wishy-washy exclusive of the day away after claiming: ‘Manchester City could/can (paper/online) make Brazil star Neymar the first marquee signing of the Pep Guardiola revolution’.
To be fair the headline writer nailed the story with ‘Pulling Power’ but after that the piece is horribly lacking any content. Basically City have got enough cash to lure Neymar to the Premier League and the 24-year-old has gone on record saying he would like to play for new City boss Guardiola. It’s really not exclusive news.
The piece then offers some quotes, but unfortunately they are from former Brazilian star Ronaldino.
Ronaldinho says: “Neymar has already stated his desire to play for Pep. That was a big statement with most people knowing that Pep would be joining Manchester City in the summer.
“We know they can pay wages that no other club in Europe has the power to do.”
The tabloid also reliably inform us City ‘would have to meet’ Barcelona’s £145million buy-out clause. Shock horror, TEAMtalk thought Barca would just give him away!.
AND THE REST
Chelsea have held talks with Italy coach Antonio Conte, 46, as they look for a successor to interim boss Guus Hiddink.(Daily Express)
Hiddink has described reports linking Chinese club Jiangsu Suning with a £75m move for midfielder Oscar, 24, as pure speculation. (GetWestLondon)
Blues captain John Terry, 35, believes the club should offer him a new deal even though they have no permanent manager in place. (Sun)
Chelsea midfielder Eden Hazard, 25, sent a text to former Blues boss Jose Mourinho to say he was “sorry” on the day the Portuguese was sacked from Stamford Bridge.(Guardian)
Wealthy figures in Chinese football want Mourinho, 53, to help the country become a superpower in football. (London Evening Standard)
Watford’s Nigerian striker Odion Ighalo, 26, says he rejected a move to China because “God said it was not for me”. (Daily Mail)
Stoke are preparing a new bid for West Brom striker Saido Berahino, 22. (Sun)
Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Granit Xhaka, 23, linked with Liverpool, says he dreams of a move to the Premier League. (Daily Star)
Stoke chairman Peter Coates says the board’s backing for Mark Hughes will not end with this week’s £18.3m signing of midfielder Giannelli Imbula, 23.(Stoke Sentinel)
The agent of Juventus forward Simone Zaza, 24, has denied claims his client almost joined Crystal Palace in January. (Tutto Mercato)
Everton will offer midfielder Ross Barkley, 22, a new contract this summer. (Daily Telegraph)