Manchester United may have to go as high as £50m to land a reported Tottenham target, while AC Milan to rescue one of Liverpool’s unwanted stars, according to Saturday’s newspapers.
SPURS SET TO SNUB MAN UTD’S DIER RAID
Manchester United may have to go as high as £50million if they want to persuade Tottenham to sell Eric Dier this summer.
The Sun claims United boss Jose Mourinho is a huge fan of the England star and sees him as the ideal replacement for Michael Carrick having watched him in close quarters on several occasions.
The paper claims United are ready to launch a £35million offer for the versatile star at the end of the season, though Spurs are not willing to accept anything less than £50million for the 23-year-old, who has become a mainstay of their side under Mauricio Pochettino.
But with Mourinho having around £200million to spend this summer, he could make a move a big part of his summer rebuilding plans.
The club are ready to spend £85million to land top target Antoine Griezmann, while Victor Lindelof is also expected to arrive from Benfica.
And Dier could become a third big-money recruit if Mourinho gets his way.
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MILAN TOUTED AS STURRIDGE’S NEXT CLUB
Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge could be set for a surprise summer move to AC Milan.
The England man looks set to leave Anfield this summer as part of Jurgen Klopp’s wholesale squad changes and has strongly hinted he will part company with the striker after a disappointing campaign.
Now The Sun claims Milan are ready to take a huge gamble on the striker by luring him to Italy and forming back of their new-look side for next season.
Sturridge has always had the ability, but his fitness issues and his inconsistent displays at Anfield have seen him become little more than a bit-part player this term.
Milan look set for a wealthy Chinese takeover this summer and also keen on a deal for Chelsea’s Cesc Fabregas. But Sturridge is reportedly their top target as they look to beef up their attacking threat.
The paper adds that West Ham are likely to also be in for the £25million-rated Sturridge in the summer, having failed with a January bid.
AND THE REST
Alexis Sanchez is set to join Juventus this summer and reject all offers of a new Arsenal contract (The Sun)
Jose Mourinho is considering summer moves for Real Madrid centre-back Raphael Varane, 23, and midfielder Toni Kroos, 27 (Daily Star)
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has told goalkeeper Willy Caballero, 35, defenders Pablo Zabaleta, 32, Gael Clichy, 31, and Bacary Sagna, 34, midfielder Yaya Toure, 33, and winger Jesus Navas, 31, they have three months to prove they deserve to have their contracts extended beyond this summer (Daily Telegraph)
Antonio Conte has warned Michy Batshuayi to forget about forcing his way into the Chelsea side until he proves he deserves a chance (The Sun)
Leonardo Bonucci has revealed he will buy dinner for the entire Juventus squad following a public bust-up with boss Massimiliano Allegri (The Sun)
Ernesto Valverde is reportedly Barcelona’s first choice to take over from Luis Enrique as manager (The Sun)
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West Ham boss Slaven Bilic will be given a new contract and money to spend in the transfer market this summer (Daily Mail)
Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has played down talk of a switch to Inter Milan and says he hopes he is at Stamford Bridge for “many years” (The Times)
Dele Alli is set to be one of the new faces of the FIFA video game (Daily Mirror)
Bayern Munich are keen on a summer swoop for Alli (Daily Mirror)
Jose Mourinho believes Zlatan Ibrahimovic will be at Manchester United next season – and sees him as crucial to their continued revival (Daily Mirror)
Arsenal want Juventus boss Max Allegri to take over if Arsene Wenger decides to leave at the end of the season (The Sun)
Ronald Koeman is desperate to keep Romelu Lukaku at Everton – but admits Harry Kane is one of the few strikers he would consider swapping for him (Daily Mirror)
Arsenal are set to scout Roma defender Kostas Manolas and Napoli winger Lorenzo Insigne on Saturday (Daily Star)
Manchester United star David de Gea reportedly won’t join Real Madrid because he’s still angry about his collapsed transfer in 2015 (Daily Star)
Mark Warburton is being lined up to take over at Nottingham Forest should the club avoid relegation from the Championship (Daily Mail)
Jordan Pickford is being heavily coveted, with several Premier League sides interested in the Sunderland goalkeeper and Gareth Southgate considering handing him an England call-up this month (Daily Mail)
Manchester City will ward off interest in the player they believe will be their next English superstar by handing 16-year-old Jadon Sancho a bumper pay rise and new three-year contract (Daily Mail)
Wilfried Bony will lead an exodus of senior players at Stoke this summer as Mark Hughes strives to raise funds for new recruits (Daily Mail)
Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is on red-alert with transfer target Antonio Rudiger keen to quit Italy for the Premier League after being racially abused for the second time this season (Daily Mail)
Rangers expect to unveil Pedro Caixinha as their new manager next week, but director of football target Ross Wilson has asked for more time to consider the Ibrox club’s offer (Daily Express)
The Football Association is preparing to take the first step towards equipping grassroots referees with body cameras in an attempt to combat the abuse that is prompting a nationwide strike of more than 2,000 officials this weekend (Daily Telegraph) – see video at top of page
Penalty shootouts could soon resemble tennis tie-breaks under plans to change the order in which opponents take their kicks (Daily Telegraph)
Leicester City will embark on a four-day bonding trip after Saturday’s clash with Hull City with Craig Shakespeare then expecting to hear whether he will continue as the club’s manager (Daily Telegraph)
Jurgen Klopp is ready to spend in the summer on up to six players to strengthen the Liverpool squad (The Guardian)
Cristiano Ronaldo and Carlos Tevez could be set for a return to Old Trafford as Michael Carrick hopes to reunite Manchester United’s 2008 Champions League heroes for his testimonial this summer (The Independent)