Real Madrid hope to beat their transfer ban to sign Eden Hazard, David De Gea and Sergio Aguero this summer, while Liverpool and Spurs have joined the race to sign non-league prospect Yasin Ben El-Mhanni, according to Friday’s papers.
REAL EYE HAZARD, DE GEA AND AGUERO – AND ALSO EYE KANE AND STONES
Real Madrid are planning to spend £250m in the summer despite being handed a transfer ban, with £80m-rated Chelsea attacking midfielder Eden Hazard, 25, their top target.
The Belgium international is joined on the list by Manchester United keeper David de Gea, 25, Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba, 22, Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski, 27, and Manchester City forward Sergio Aguero, 27, according to The Sun, while the Daily Star claims Tottenham striker Harry Kane, 22, and Everton centre-back John Stones, 21, are also targets for the club.
Real Madrid and neighbours Atletico Madrid were on Thursday handed worldwide transfer bans by FIFA, and although they plan to challenge the ruling, they are hoping the Court of Arbitration for Sport will temporarily suspend the suspension, allowing for a summer splurge. They could also look to agree a number of the deals early – and before the transfer ban officially kicks in.
However, that would leave the La Liga giants facing inflated fees, with selling clubs eager to cash in on their desperation.
REDS, SPURS AND PALACE BATTLE FOR PROSPECT
Liverpool and Tottenham are monitoring 20-year-old Yasin Ben El-Mhanni, according to the Daily Mail.
The forward, who impressed this season for Ryman Premier League side Lewes, has just started a trial with Crystal Palace and also recently spent time with West Brom.
His form at the East Sussex club attracted scouts from a number of Premier League and Championship sides and El-Mhanni has earned the nickname ‘the non-League Riyad Mahrez’ for his pace and skill.
The winger’s tricks have previously been featured on Nike commercials alongside Barcelona star Neymar.
El-Mhanni operates primarily on the left wing, but can also play as an attacking midfielder or on the opposite flank.
As a teenager, London-born El-Mhanni played in the youth teams of Barnet and Aldershot, before moving on to Farnborough and then Ryman League Lewes, where his performances have attracted attention.
AND THE REST
- Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri wants sign West Brom’s England Under-21 striker Saido Berahino (Daily Mirror)
- But Albion say the 22-year-old is not for sale and have warned Tottenham Hotspur and Newcastle United not to make any bids (Daily Telegraph)
- Chelsea are close to signing Brazil striker Alexandre Pato, 26, from Corinthians for £10million – but look likely to sell Loic Remy first (ESPN Brazil)
- Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich believes his chances of landing top managerial target Diego Simeone have been improved after the Argentine’s current club Atletico Madrid were given a transfer ban (Daily Mirror)
- West Ham are hoping to beat Everton to a deal for Leeds’ 22-year-old English right-back Sam Byram (Daily Express)
- Leicester City are close to signing FC Copenhagen’s 21-year-old Ghana defender Daniel Amartey for £5m (Leicester Mercury)
- Newcastle are ready to make a £12m bid for Tottenham’s 24-year-old England winger Andros Townsend. (The Sun)
- Marseille are close to re-signing Florian Thauvin, Newcastle United’s unsettled 22-year-old France winger, on loan for the rest of the season (The Times)
- Arsenal could make the most of Real Madrid’s transfer ban by poaching Alvaro Morata from under their nose (The Sun)
- Liverpool target Salvatore Sirigu has said he will listen to ‘serious offers’ as his time at PSG appears to be drawing to a close (The Sun)
- Andrea Pirlo has ruled out a loan move from New York City FC (The Sun)
- Obafemi Martins claims he has rejected an “interesting offer” to join Aston Villa (The Sun)
- Newcastle midfielder Cheick Tiote is heading to China after agreeing an £8million move to Shanghai Shenhua (Daily Mirror)
- Norwich are set to sign £6.5m striker Sebastien Haller as part of a double swoop including starlet Ben Godfrey (Daily Mirror)
- Alan Curtis hopes to stop Swansea’s decline by signing Everton’s Steven Naismith and Napoli midfielder Jonathan de Guzman (Daily Mirror)
- Arsene Wenger will follow up the deal for Mohamed Elneny with a more established midfielder in the summer with Southampton’s Victor Wanyama the top target (Daily Mirror)
- Southampton are facing a summer fight to keep another one of their top stars as Graziano Pelle ponders a return to Italy (Daily Mail)
- Manchester United are in the final stages of securing a deal for Serie D side Forli 16-year-old defender Luca Ercolani (Daily Mail)
- Brazil star Felipe Anderson will not be joining Manchester United this month, according to reports (Daily Mail)
- Real Madrid have turned down Liverpool’s loan offer for youngster Martin Odegaard (Daily Star)
- Mario Gotze’s long-term future at Bayern Munich is in doubt after the Bundesliga champions admitted they have yet to discuss a new deal with the forward whose contract runs out next year (The Independent)
- Manchester City are planning an expensive summer overhaul to build a squad capable of playing the Pep Guardiola way, with Eliaquim Mangala and Wilfried Bony set to be two of the major casualties (Daily Telegraph)
- Mark Warburton last night vowed Rangers won’t be held to ransom if St Johnstone want to play hardball over Michael O’Halloran (Daily Record)
- Derby County are set to launch a £7m bid for Andy Robertson – and net Dundee United a fortune (Daily Record)
- Celtic hitman Anthony Stokes is edging closer to a deal with Hibs and a return to the Championship club for a second spell (Daily Record)
- Aberdeen have launched a bid to take Partick Thistle midfielder Stuart Bannigan to Pittodrie. However, Dons boss Derek McInnes faces competition from clubs in English League One for the former Scotland U21 man (Daily Record)
- Celtic are facing a fresh fight in their bid to land £2.5m striker Kolbeinn Sigthorsson. The Iceland international has said he wants to stay with Nantes (Daily Record)
- Rangers Supporters’ Trust will open another shop to sell merchandise in a bid to put money directly into the club (Daily Record)
- Rotherham keeper Adam Collin is looking to finalise a loan move to Pittodrie and could be available for the trip to Ross County on Sunday; Liverpool recalled Danny Ward from the Dons earlier this month (Daily Record)