Manchester United have put Memphis Depay up for sale at a fraction of the price they signed him for, while Tottenham are closing in on a £23.5million deal for a France striker, according to Sunday’s newspapers.
SPURS CLOSE ON DEAL FOR LYON STRIKER
Tottenham are leading the race to sign Alexandre Lacazette and are on the brink of agreeing a deal, writes the Sunday Mirror.
The Lyon striker is already on the wanted list of Manchester United, Liverpool and Everton but now looks certain to go to White Hart Lane in a £23.5m deal at the end of the season.
Spurs have been told the 24-year-old will be available at the right price and with the guarantee of Champions League football after five seasons in the Europa League, they look hot favourites to get their man.
Last year, the North Londoners spent an unsuccessful summer trying to sign forward-line reinforcements with West Bromwich Albion’s Saido Berahino their first choice.
But after a transfer fee was agreed with Albion, the deal fell through over a dispute about how the money would be paid.
Spurs are determined to avoid a repeat of that situation as they bid to secure a strike partner for the prolific Harry Kane.
The acclimatisation process would be eased for Lacazette as there are already two of his former Lyon team-mates at Spurs in keeper Hugo Lloris and forward Clinton N’Jie.
Lacazette went into this weekend’s matches with 17 Ligue 1 goals to his name and is hoping to earn a place in the France squad for the European Championship.
He has already played 10 times for his country and scored one international goal.
Lacazette is currently behind Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud in Les Bleus’ pecking order, but he is hoping a successful finale to his season will mean he gets selected for the Euros.
Meanwhile, Tottenham have made a £16m bid for Lille winger Sofiane Boufal, 22, who is also a target for Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal, according to French publication Foot Mercato.
UNITED SANCTION SALE OF FLOP MEMPHIS
Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has sanctioned the sale of Memphis Depay just a year after his £25million arrival from PSV Eindhoven.
It was reported this week that the Holland international was heading for showdown talks with Van Gaal.
But the Sunday Mirror reports that clubs in both England and on the continent have been sounded out to see if they fancy taking Depay at a knock-down price at the end of the season. The paper suggests that Liverpool – who lost out to United in the chase for the winger last summer – could step in and attempt for a second time to lure the player to Anfield.
Depay, who was given the famous No 7 shirt once worn by George Best, Bryan Robson, David Beckham and Cristiano Ronaldo, has scored just two Premier League goals.
He was the top scorer in the Eredivisie last season, hitting 22 goals as PSV won the title.
Depay signed a four-year contract with United but he has looked a shadow of the player Van Gaal took to the World Cup in Brail when he was in charge of Holland in 2014.
And his flashy lifestyle off the pitch has only added to his problems.
AND THE REST
Manchester United will announce Jose Mourinho as their next manager within the next two weeks after he signed a deal to replace Louis van Gaal (Sunday Express)
Arsenal are ready to see off Juventus for Partizan Belgrade’s Dusan Vlahovic, who has been billed as the next Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Sunday Mirror)
Sam Allardyce insists dissenting Arsenal fans will have to put up with Arsene Wenger for another season at least (Sunday Express)
Mark Warburton believes he can lure top players to Ibrox in the summer by simply showing them a video of the Scottish Cup semi-final victory over Celtic (Sunday Express)
Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho, 26, could miss Euro 2016 in his native France this summer and may not be available to Jurgen Klopp until October after failing a drugs test (The Sun)
Guus Hiddink has assured Chelsea fans the Blues will do everything in their power to beat title-chasers Tottenham at Stamford Bridge after fans reminded players of their desire to deny Spurs the Premier League crown during the win over Bournemouth (Sunday Express)
Aston Villa head of recruitment Paddy Riley has escaped the sack despite spending £55m on players last summer only to be languishing at the bottom of the Premier League (Sunday Telegraph)
Nigel Pearson has moved closer to becoming Aston Villa’s new manager after holding talks with chairman Steve Hollis (Sunday Mirror)
Jose Mourinho has been blasted by Chelsea scout Piet de Visser over the sale of Kevin De Bruyne (The Sun)
Swansea’s Lukasz Fabianski turned up the heat on title-chasing Leicester by saying Tottenham would be worthy Premier League champions – even though he’s a former Arsenal keeper (Sunday Express)
Manchester City are ready to do battle with bitter rivals Manchester United for Benfica’s £47m-rated teenager Renato Sanches (Sunday Times)
Tottenham will make another attempt to sign West Brom striker Saido Berahino this summer (Sunday Express)
Kasper Schmeichel is a shock target for Barcelona. The Spanish giants are targeting a new goalkeeper with Marc-Andre ter Stegen set to leave the Nou Camp (The Sun / Sunday People)
Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe will be in contention for the Everton job if Roberto Martinez gets the sack (The Sun)
Former Manchester City striker Stevan Jovetic is a shock target for new Chelsea boss Antonio Conte (Daily Star Sunday)
John Stones will sign for Manchester City after Euro 2016 – if Everton finally crack under the pressure to sell the England defender (Daily Star Sunday)
West Brom have expressed an interest in Liverpool striker Christian Benteke, who joined for £32.5m from Aston Villa last summer (Daily Star Sunday)
Tottenham have joined the list of clubs keen on Valencia defender Shkodran Mustafi (Daily Star Sunday)
West Ham are closing on two summer targets – Celta Vigo’s left-sided attacker Nolito, 29, who would cost £18m, and Borussia Monchengladbach’s defensive midfielder Havard Nordtveit (Daily Star Sunday)
Crystal Palace hope to sign Wolves and England Under-21 defender Dominic Iorfa, 20, this summer (The Sun)
Leicester are eyeing a new target at Manchester United – Brazilian midfielder Andreas Pereira (Daily Star Sunday)