Paper Talk: City, United in Benfica ‘talks’; Alves Prem-bound

Date published: Friday 24th February 2017 8:02

All the papers have the “inside story” on Claudio Ranieri’s sacking, while Man City and Man Utd are in talks over two Benfica players and Dani Alves could be Premier-League bound.


Benfica president Luis Filipe Vieira is in Manchester for talks with Manchester United and Manchester City, according to a report in Portugal.

A Bola claims Vieira is talking to United over Nelson Semedo, 23, and is also negotiating a deal with City for goalkeeper Ederson Moraes, 23.

The double deal has been priced at £67.7million, with the majority of that for United target Semedo.

It seems certain that Benfica will sell the pair in the summer with Benfica president reportedly in London for talks over Semedo with Chelsea earlier this month.

Semedo is contracted until 2021 and will cost around £35million and there were suggestions earlier this month that a deal had be wrapped up.

Meanwhile, keeper Moraes will cost around £33.8m, which would make him the second-most expensive goalkeeper in history behind Gianluigi Buffon.

Guardiola is desperate to add to his goalkeeping ranks with neither Willy Caballero or Claudio Bravo deemed good enough.

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Dani Alves could link up with former Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola at Manchester City next season.

The Daily Mail suggests that City director of football Txiki Beguiristain and Guardiola h.ave held talks with the 33-year-old right-back, who could have moved in January, but for injury.

The Juve full-back cracked a bone in his lower leg in November and was out for two months, which reportedly put paid to a move to The Etihad.

Alves though could still realise his dream of playing in the Premier League, but the report claims City will not break the bank for the Brazil star, who wanted a two-year deal worth £120,000 a week last summer.

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Claudio Ranieri was sacked as Leicester manager after senior players complained about the Italian to the club’s owners. (Daily Mirror)

Claudio Ranieri was sacked by Leicester City after a breakdown in his relationship with the players that he led to an extraordinary Premier League title only nine months ago. (Times)

Gareth Southgate is considering giving a first England call-up to Nathan Redmond for next month’s internationals against Germany and Lithuania amid concern about his existing forwards’ lack of goals and game-time. (Times)

Arsenal’s players are convinced Arsene Wenger will sign a new contract that keeps him at the Emirates Stadium for the next two seasons. (Times)

The Leicester players had no idea Ranieri was about to be sacked. (Daily Star)

Former Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini is the favourite to take over at the King Power Stadium. (Daily Star)

Manchester City are reportedly plotting a summer bid for Inter Milan goalie Samir Handanovic. (Sun)

Claudio Ranieri is furious after being brutally sacked by Leicester. (Sun)

Leonardo Bonucci has put Manchester City and Chelsea on red alert after falling out with Juventus coach Max Allegri. (Sun)

Bournemouth want their stars to wear a pair of orange glasses for two hours before they go to bed. (Sun)

Willy Caballero is in no rush over a new deal at Manchester City despite being the club’s No.1 (Sun)

Cardiff are read to offer Junior Hoilett a long-term contract. (Sun)

Mancheter United legend Eric Cantona has revealed he quit football at the age of 30 because he had lost his “passion” for the game. (Star)

Gianfranco Zola insists he will not walk out on Birmingham – like he did at Watford. (Sun)

David Luiz’s sore knee needs micro-managing for the rest of the season. (Sun)

Bristol City fans have called for manager Lee Johnson to be sacked amid their relegation battle. (Express)

Liverpool star Philippe Coutinho has beaten Neymar to be crowned best Brazilian footballer in Europe. (Mirror)

Manchester United Ashley Young has ruled out a move to the Chinese Super League . (Mirror)

Former Chelsea interim boss Guus Hiddink is also among those under consideration for the job. (Daily Telegraph)

Everton had a bid for Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney, 31, rejected in January and could try to re-sign him in the summer. (Daily Mirror)

Hector Bellerin is open to a return to Barcelona should manager Arsene Wenger leave Arsenal this summer. (Mundo Deportivo)

Former Celtic boss Martin O’Neill has branded the current Rangers team the worst he has ever seen. (Daily Record)

Atletico Madrid have told Manchester United they want to keep striker Antoine Griezmann, 25, for one more season but have lined up Lyon forward Alexandre Lacazette, also 25, as a possible replacement. (Daily Telegraph)

Arsenal face competition from Juventus to sign 18-year-old Monaco striker Kylian Mbappe, who scored in the 5-3 Champions League defeat by Manchester City on Tuesday. (Bleacher Report)

Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, 35, is in line for a huge bonus after surpassing 20 goals for the season. (Sun)

England manager Gareth Southgate is considering calling up Burnley striker Andre Gray. The 25-year-old has scored seven Premier League goals this season. (Daily Mail)

Paris St Germain are lining up a surprise move for Newcastle striker Aleksandar Mitrovic. (Daily Star)

United have given a trial to 16-year-old Helsingborgs forward Alex Timossi Andersson, who also trained with Bayern Munich earlier this season. (Expressen)

Chelsea tried to sign Inter Milan winger Jonathan Biabiany, 28, in January but ran out of time to finalise the deal, according to the Frenchman’s agent. (CalcioMercato)

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