Paper Talk: Big guns line up £50m Sturridge swoop

Date published: Thursday 24th March 2016 11:55

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French money-bags PSG have been linked with a £50million move for Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge and have Manchester United made the biggest hint yet that Louis van Gaal’s time is up?


French champions Paris St-Germain are lining up a £50million move for Liverpool forward Daniel Sturridge, according to The Sun.

The tabloid believes Sturridge is “considering his future” at Anfield and PSG have him on their shopping lost with Edinson Cavani and Zlatan Ibrahimovic expected to leave in the summer.

Cavani has been heavily linked with a move to the Premier League, while Swedish star Ibrahimovic is out of contract, and while he has also been linked with a move to England, the 34-year-old looks set to head to China.

The French club are “sending a delegation” to London on Tuesday to watch the England striker in action at Wembley against Holland.

The 26-year-old, who only last season signed a new five-year contract worth £150,000 a week, was criticised by Jurgen Klopp while he was out injured with a foot problem in November.

Klopp said: “Your body has to learn to adapt to new intensities of training and in this time you have to learn what is serious pain and what is only pain.”

But the German coach last month declared he wanted to keep Sturridge.

“[Daniel] is a really good footballer and now he is able to play which is what we want to see all the time. A few things are clearer now – his future. You can stop thinking about this,” Klopp said.

Still, Sturridge is believed to be ready to look elsewhere in the summer and Klopp has made it clear he will not keep any unhappy players in his squad.


Manchester United have published a video to promote their summer tour of China without boss Louis Van Gaal featuring.

The Manchester Evening News report that the 48-second clip features 14 first-team players including Wayne Rooney, David De Gea and Marcus Rashford, but there is no sign of the Dutchman – a fact which the local paper describes as “just plain odd”.

Van Gaal has a year to run on his United deal and he is still the face of the team despite increasing criticism of his and his style of play. The club have never commented on Van Gaal’s future or made reference to the other main contenders for his job – Jose Mourinho and Ryan Giggs – but this could well be a hint that Van Gaal’s time has run its course.

Of course, his omission in the footage could be an oversight, but it’s a pretty big one at that, especially when he consider last season’s video of the tour of the US featured the imposing Dutchman heavily.

Louis van Gaal


Zenit St Petersburg are pressing to convince Manuel Pellegrini to join them when he leaves Manchester City in the summer, replacing Andre Villas-Boas. (Daily Mail)

England star Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is likely to be one of several summer departures from Arsenal, with serious interest from Manchester City, Liverpool and his previous club Southampton. (Daily Mirror)

Liverpool are interested in Roma midfielder Leandro Paredes. (Gazzetta dello Sport)

Chelsea want Roma’s Belgium midfielder Radja Nainggolan but face competition from Juventus. (Mail)

Liverpool and Arsenal are set to compete for the £31m signing of Bayern Munich’s Germany midfielder Mario Gotze, 23, in the summer. (Daily Star)

Chelsea hope their £73m valuation of Belgium keeper Thibaut Courtois, 23, will scare off Real Madrid’s interest. (London Evening Standard)

Former Manchester United and Everton manager David Moyes, 52, is still interested in taking over at Aston Villa this summer, despite the Birmingham club facing relegation to the Championship. (Daily Mirror)

Manchester United’s promotional video for their summer tour to China does not feature manager Louis van Gaal, sparking more speculation the Dutchman will leave the club at the end of the season. (Manchester Evening News)

Inter Milan vice-president Javier Zanetti has dismissed speculation linking the Serie A club’s coach Roberto Mancini with Arsenal. (Gazzetta World)

Arsene Wenger is determined to stay on as Arsenal manager – and has targeted Southampton midfielder Victor Wanyama, 24, and Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos, 26, as he plans to rebuild his squad. (Daily Mirror)

Juventus general manager Giuseppe Marotta is worried that striker Alvaro Morata, 23, could leave in the summer. (Daily Express)

However, Marotta is confident the Bianconeri will hold on to 23-year-old midfielder Paul Pogba, despite interest from Chelsea. (Evening Standard)

The agent of 29-year-old Paris St-Germain striker Edinson Cavani says the Uruguayan is interested in working with Antonio Conte, who is expected to be the new manager at Chelsea. (Tuttosport via Metro)

Tottenham are planning to offer England striker Harry Kane a new contract in the summer that will more than double the 22-year-old’s weekly wage. (Daily Express)

West Bromwich Albion have joined several Premier League clubs in the chase for Levante’s 27-year-old centre-half Zouhair Feddal. (Birmingham Mail)

Chelsea will demand more than £10m for Nathan Ake this summer if the club’s next permanent manager decides the left-back can leave, and the 21-year-old Dutchman is attracting the attention of Liverpool and West Ham. (Daily Telegraph)

Leeds United’s Italian owner Massimo Cellino hopes to appoint Fabio Cannavaro, the 42-year-old ex-Real Madrid defender who captained the Azzurri to the 2006 World Cup, as the Championship club’s new manager in the summer. (Daily Mail)

Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez is set to inspect the club’s academy with a view to making changes from top to bottom. (Newcastle Chronicle)

Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew’s job is not under threat despite the Eagles’ 13-game run without a Premier League win. (Croydon Advertiser)

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is interested in goalkeepers Sergio Rico, of Sevilla, and Real Betis’ Antonio Adan. (Fichajes)

Southampton are desperate to hold on to manager Ronald Koeman, who hopes to manage a major club in the near future. (Bleacher Report)

Manchester United hope to sign 31-year-old Brazilian defender Joao Miranda, currently on loan at Inter Milan, from Atletico Madrid. (Gianluca Di Marzio)

Ex-Arsenal and Real Madrid forward Julio Baptista, 34, has joined former Brazil team-mate Kaka at MLS side Orlando City. (FourFourTwo)

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