Manchester United and Manchester City are both eyeing summer deals for ‘wantaway’ Real Madrid star Gareth Bale, while Bournemouth’s Callum Wilson is wanted by Tottenham and West Ham, according to Wednesday’s newspapers.
CITY AND UNITED DO BATTLE OVER BALE
Manchester United and Manchester City are reportedly ready to go to war this summer with Gareth Bale eyeing a Premier League return.
The Welshman has been in stunning form this season, bagging 15 goals in 19 league appearances to overtake Gary Lineker as the top British scorer in Spanish football history.
Bale was handed a central role by Rafa Benitez at the beginning of the campaign, but has been forced back to the wings following Zinedine Zidane’s appointment in January.
The ex-Tottenham star was linked with a move back to England last year before deciding to remain at Real, but Benitez’s exit has left his future in the Spanish capital unclear once again.
And Italian media outlet Tuttomercatoweb claims that Bale has now set his sights on a sensational transfer to either Manchester United or Manchester City with Zidane lining up a bid for Chelsea exile Eden Hazard.
The report adds that Real are still keen for the world-record signing to remain at the Bernabeu, with club chiefs putting together a new contract that would tie Bale down until 2021.
But the 26-year-old’s representatives are believed to be working on a deal which would see Bale link up with either Jose Mourinho or Pep Guardiola for the upcoming Premier League campaign.
And Bale now looks set to be at the centre of an epic tug-of-war between the two old foes, with Real sure to demand an eye-watering fee if they perform a U-turn and decide to cash in.
WEST HAM AND SPURS VYING FOR BOURNEMOUTH STAR
Tottenham and West Ham are eyeing summer swoops for Bournemouth forward Callum Wilson, according to a report in The Sun.
Wilson, 24, made his return from eight months out with a knee injury with a late cameo in Bournemouth’s 2-1 win at doomed Aston Villa on Saturday.
Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino and Hammers counterpart Slaven Bilic are both eyeing summer swoops for the former England Under-21 striker, with both clubs holding a long-term interest in the player, who scored 23 goals last season to fire the Cherries into the Premier League.
The player looked like he could have earned an England call-up before injury curtailed his season and during his absence, the Cherries have signed Lewis Grabban and Benik Afobe, so they could be tempted to vash in.
The hotshot bagged five times in seven games before suffering the injury in September.
Pochettino wants Wilson as cover for top-scorer Harry Kane while Bilic believes the former Coventry hit-man can bolster his side’s attack.
AND THE REST
Manchester United are moving closer to a deal for the £60m-rated Real Madrid striker James Rodriguez, 24 (Daily Express)
Wayne Rooney expects to be named as a substitute for Manchester United’s FA Cup quarter-final replay at West Ham on Wednesday (The Sun)
Antonio Conte is refusing to give up on his bid to bring Roma director of football Walter Sabatini to Chelsea (The Sun)
Chelsea midfielder Eden Hazard, 25, will join Real Madrid in the summer for a £32m fee, with Paris Saint-Germain set to miss out on his signature (Daily Express)
Incoming Chelsea head coach Antonio Conte wants to keep Alexandre Pato at Stamford Bridge (Daily Mail)
Chelsea have reportedly launched a £30m bid to land Roma star Radja Nainggolan (The Sun)
Sergio Ramos is being lined up by Antoni Conte to replace Branislav Ivanovic should the latter leave Stamford Bridge in the summer; Roma have been credited with an interest in the Serb (The Sun)
Liverpool target Piotr Zielinski has confirmed he is in talks with Jurgen Klopp about a move to Anfield (The Sun)
Tottenham defender Toby Alderweireld, 27, has admitted that he would “love” to return to former club Ajax at some point in the future (London Evening Standard)
Former Manchester United striker Diego Forlan has backed Jose Mourinho to take over at Old Trafford (Daily Mirror)
Aston Villa are set to risk the wrath of fans by asking them to pick their Player of the Year for this season – despite looking likely to be relegated this weekend (Daily Mirror)
Alan Pardew admits Crystal Palace’s drought-ending win over Norwich helped him sleep a little easier and has given him renewed enthusiasm for the run-in (Daily Mirror)
Liverpool have started to identify potential suitors for Mario Balotelli as they fear being stuck with his £4.5m-per-season wages (Daily Mail)
Tottenham have opened talks to sign Rennes striker Ousmane Dembele, 18, in the summer (France Football)
Ghana boss Avram Grant is to fly to England to try and persuade Manchester United defender Timothy Fosu-Mensah to represent the country where both his parents were born, despite the 18-year-old having played for the Netherlands at all youth levels (Daily Star)
Newcastle defender Steven Taylor could be set to leave in the summer with the 30-year-old former academy player not yet being offered a new deal (Daily Mail)
Former Chelsea and Liverpool striker Fernando Torres, 32, has given a strong hint that he wants to end his career at Atletico Madrid (talkSPORT)
Jonjo Shelvey wants to stay at Newcastle United even if it means playing in the Championship – but he is among the players who would not be forced to take a pay cut if they are relegated (Daily Mail)
Arsenal are bracing themselves for a flurry of offers for their British talent this summer. Aaron Ramsey, Theo Walcott, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Kieran Gibbs, Calum Chambers and Carl Jenkinson could be targets for their Premier League rivals and there is a growing feeling that the Gunners are prepared to sell (Daily Mail)
Chelsea may be able to re-sign Romelu Lukaku for a discounted fee, it has emerged. It is claimed that the original £28m deal that saw Lukaku join Everton in 2014 contains a number of financial clauses – including one which will be triggered if Everton win the FA Cup this term (Daily Mail)
Liverpool are set to recruit Bayern Munich’s fitness coach Andreas Kornmayer this summer to fill a significant gap in their backroom staff (Daily Mail)
Christian Maldini has followed in the footsteps of his father Paolo and grandfather Cesare to become the third generation of the famous family to captain AC Milan (Daily Mail)
Roberto Martinez is set for crunch talks with Farhad Moshiri and Bill Kenwright this week amid growing fan unrest at Everton (Daily Mail)
Manchester United defender Phil Jones says securing a place in Roy Hodgson’s England squad for the European Championships is not at the “forefront of his mind” (Daily Express)