Manchester City have been linked with four players in Sunday’s newspapers, while there is also speculation regarding Daniel Sturridge and Michael Carrick.
MAN CITY LINKED WITH BARCELONA TRIO
Manchester City continue to be linked with world-class players following the announcement of Pep Guardiola’s summer appointment, with the Sunday Mirror claiming Barcelona forward Luis Suarez is the Spaniard’s top target, and the Mail on Sunday reporting the incoming manager wants to sign Neymar and Sergio Busquets from the Catalans.
Suarez will turn 30 next year and would command a fee in excess of £40million, but City are said to have received encouragement that a deal can be done for a player represented by Guardiola’s agent brother, even though Suarez said last month he would only rejoin Liverpool if he were to return to England.
The Mail, meanwhile, says Barca are bracing themselves for a £150million double offer from City for Neymar and Busquets.
While a deal for Lionel Messi is deemed unrealistic, City have apparently turned their attention to Neymar in their determination to add marquee signings to their squad.
Busquets, meanwhile, has a strong personal relationship with Guardiola, though it is said Barca will want to tie the 27-year-old down to a new contract.
STURRIDGE LINKED WITH THREE CLUBS
Daniel Sturridge wants to leave Liverpool and join a London club, according to the Sunday People, having been upset by suggestions that he is in some way to blame for his injury problems.
The newspaper suggests West Ham as possible suitors for the 26-year-old, but the Daily Star Sunday claims Newcastle United are planning a summer offer for a player apparently rated by Liverpool at around £30million despite his struggle to get onto the pitch.
The Star says Arsenal are interested in the England striker but adds the Reds would be reluctant to sell to a top-six rival.
CARRICK TO BE OFFERED NEW MAN UTD DEAL
Michael Carrick is to be offered a new one-year contract at Manchester United, report the Sunday People – and has even been recommended by Ryan Giggs for a future coaching role at Old Trafford.
Carrick is out of contract in the summer and apparently wanted by several clubs, including Newcastle United, but the 35-year-old is still seen as a player with something to offer by the Red Devils, with talks on a new deal set to begin shortly.
AND THE REST
Southampton manager Ronald Koeman is being lined up to take over from Arsene Wenger when he decides to end his 20-year Arsenal reign (Daily Star Sunday)
Jose Mourinho is “confident” he will be Manchester United manager by the start of next season (Independent on Sunday)
Massimiliano Allegri has impressed the most of the managers assessed by Chelsea to take over next season, but no decision has been made as yet (Mail on Sunday)
Manchester City have joined the race for Sadio Mane (Sun on Sunday)
Manchester United and Chelsea are set for a summer showdown to sign Paris-Saint Germain defender Marquinhos (Mundo Deportivo)
Real Madrid want to resign Alvaro Morata and sell him on again, with Manchester United and Liverpool both interested in the striker (Marca)
Ezequeil Lavezzi is set to snub Chelsea by joining Chinese team Shanghai Shenhua, according to reports (Sun on Sunday)
Chinese Super League clubs will also target Fenerbahce striker Robin van Persie and on-loan Chelsea forward Radamel Falcao before the close of their transfer window on February 26 (The Times)
Tottenham will have first refusal on signing West Brom’s Saido Berahino this summer (Sunday People)
Tottenham are close to agreeing a new deal with Christian Eriksen (Sunday Mirror)
Leicester City lead the race for Feyenoord midfielder Tonny Vilhena, who is also interesting Swansea City, West Brom, Sunderland, Juventus, Roma, Monaco and Bayern Munich (Sunday People)
Leicester City are monitoring 18-year-old Rennes winger Ousmane Dembele, who has also been watched by Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal and Southampton recently (Mail on Sunday)
Gary Neville is ready to see out this season at Valencia – barring disastrous results in the club’s next two games – but he will be replaced in the summer (Sunday Mirror)
Hull City lead a number of clubs monitoring Manchester United’s young striker Will Keane (Daily Star Sunday)