Chelsea are determined to beat Manchester United and Barcelona to a £55million Tottenham star, while West Ham are keen on signing a United goalkeeper, all in Saturday’s papers.
CHELSEA DETERMINED TO LAND £55M TOTTENHAM STAR
Chelsea are reportedly determined to see off Manchester United and Barcelona in the race to sign Tottenham’s Toby Alderweireld.
The defender has struggled to force his way back into the Spurs side after recovering from a hamstring injury and is concerned that a lack of action will hinder his place in the Belgium side for the World Cup.
Indeed, Belgium boss Roberto Martinez has warned that Alderweireld’s place in Russia will be at stake if the 29-year-old does not get more game time.
Manchester United and Barcelona are both said to be circling the Spurs ace, with the north London club so far refusing to bow to his new contract demands of £150,000-a-week.
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Despite suggestions that Tottenham would be reluctant to sell to Chelsea, the Blues believe that Alderweireld’s expiring contract gives them a chance, according to the report in the Daily Mirror.
The centre-back’s current deal includes a one-year extension option, scheduled to activate in the summer of 2019, which would see him contracted to 2020.
However, that also includes a £25million release clause that could be activated in the summer of 2019, as long as a transfer is completed at least 14 days before the end of the summer window.
Tottenham want around £55million for the defender who joined them in the summer of 2015 – but could have to settle for around £40m.
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AND THE REST
Manchester City could face a battle to hang on to England winger Raheem Sterling (The Sun)
Boca Juniors’ Carlos Tevez has denied that he got injured during a prison football match (Daily Mirror)
Former Arsenal midfielder Mathieu Flamini, now with Getafe, has gone on record to state he is not a multi-billionaire (Daily Mirror)
West Ham are lining up a £4m move for Manchester United goalkeeper Sam Johnstone (Daily Mirror)
Manchester United are set to play Liverpool in a summer blockbuster in America (The Sun)
Former AC Milan manager Sinisa Mihajlovic could be set for the Premier League – after interest from two clubs this season (The Sun)
Bournemouth have slapped a £25m price tag on Callum Wilson, amid interest from Everton and West Ham (The Sun)
Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez has told fit-again Islam Slimani, on loan from Leicester, that the next six weeks are vital if he wants to rebuild his reputation (The Sun)
Daniel Sturridge has cost West Brom a staggering £50,000 a minute since his January loan move, but Alan Pardew has defended the signing of the Liverpool striker (Daily Telegraph)
Nathaniel Clyne has joined the Liverpool squad for the first time this season for Saturday’s trip to Crystal Palace, but Jurgen Klopp is without Joe Gomez for up to a month (Daily Telegraph)
Chelsea are worried goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois is losing his race to be fit for their crucial Premier League match against Tottenham on Sunday (Daily Telegraph)
Sam Allardyce does not believe his position as Everton manager is ‘insecure’ (Daily Telegraph)
Crawley Town boss Harry Kewell has played down suggestions he is set to take over at Charlton if an Australian consortium completes their takeover of the club (Daily Telegraph)
Arsenal fear Jack Wilshere will reject their offer of a new contract and leave on a free transfer in the summer (The Guardian)
Chelsea hope that a big European club, such as PSG, will offer Antonio Conte a job this summer, as it would save them a significant amount of compensation should he leave (The Times)
Ben Mee’s future at Burnley is looking increasingly uncertain, with Sean Dyche indicating that the defender is continuing to stall over a new contract (The Times)
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp says midfielder Jordan Henderson, 27, will remain club captain for the foreseeable future (Liverpool Echo)
Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri has laughed off reports Atletico Madrid are planning to move for Argentina international Paulo Dybala as a replacement for France forward Antoine Griezmann, who is a target for Barcelona (Marca)