Man City have leapfrogged neighbours Man Utd in the race to land a Portugal sensation, while Everton faer they will lose a £69m star, all in Thursday’s papers.
MAN CITY OPEN TALKS OVER MOVE FOR SPORTING STAR
Manchester City, Manchester United and PSG have all stepped up their interest in signing Sporting Lisbon star Bruno Fernandes, who has an £86m release clause.
The latest reports suggest that City have emerged as frontrunners for the 24-year-old attacking midfielder, who has also been mentioned as a target for Liverpool and Chelsea.
Fernandes has scored 28 times and contributed 15 assists in 48 appearances for Sporting this season, in what has been a remarkable campaign for the Portuguese youngster.
The playmaker admitted recently that he is keen on a move to the Premier League this summer and reports on Thursday suggest that City have already opened negotiations for the Sporting star.
However, his club are attempting to raise Fernandes’ release clause from £86.5m to £129.8m ahead of any potential sale, which – if successful – could put off any buyers.
AND THE REST
Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk is set to be named as PFA Player of the Year with Raheem Sterling winning Young Player of the Year honours (Daily Mirror)
Manchester United are preparing to pay millions to buy out the contracts of Alexis Sanchez and Marcos Rojo to offload them this summer (Daily Mirror)
Arsenal and Monaco are interested in £18m-rated Roma midfielder Steven N’Zonzi, who will be permitted to leave the Serie A club this summer (Daily Mirror)
Nuno Espirito Santo will try and sign Tammy Abraham on loan this summer after initially expressing interest in the Chelsea loanee in January (Daily Mirror)
Derby County are in the running to sign 22-year-old Hearts and Scotland defender John Souttar (Daily Mirror)
Eden Hazard has been offered a £400,000-per-week deal by Real Madrid to tempt him away from Chelsea this summer (The Sun)
Ajax are considering a transfer move for Martin Odegaard as Real Madrid lower their asking price to £17m (The Sun)
Aleksandar Mitrovic’s £15m move from Anderlecht to Newcastle is at the centre of a money-laundering probe in Belgium (The Sun)
Roma are offering Antonio Conte a route back into management with a contract worth £8.2m per season (The Sun)
Scot Gemmill has been tipped for the Scotland job by ex-SFA performance director Mark Wotte (The Sun)
Samuel Umtiti and Michael Keane are on Arsenal manager Unai Emery’s radar as he looks to replace Shkodran Mustafi this summer (Daily Mail)
Daniel Levy has placed a £130m price tag on Christian Eriksen in the hope of warding off interest from Real Madrid (Daily Mail)
Newcastle players are waiting to find out if owner Mike Ashley will keep his promise of an end-of-season holiday to Las Vegas for Premier League survival (Daily Mail)
Manchester City are keeping tabs on 19-year-old Benfica midfielder Florentino Luis who is being tipped as a potential replacement for Fernandinho and would cost the club more than £50m (The Guardian)
Liverpool have made Lyon’s Houssem Aouar their top transfer target for the summer window (Daily Star)
Ed Woodward is allowing Ole Gunnar Solskjaer a mammoth transfer budget for transfers this summer (Daily Star)
West Ham and Leicester City are both interested in £26m-rated AC Milan and Turkey winger Hakan Calhanoglu (Daily Star)
Everton are fearful that Richarlison could leave for a fellow Premier League side for £69m (Daily Star)
Arsenal have set a date for potential new signing Gabriel Martinelli, 17, to make his debut after agreeing a deal with Ituano to sign the Brazilian forward (Metro)
Real Madrid have cooled their interest in Christian Eriksen and are looking to pursue Eden Hazard and Paul Pogba instead, improving Spurs’ prospects of keeping the Dane this summer (The Times)
Sven Goran Eriksson has emerged as a possible contender to become Scotland manager, contacting the Scottish FA to reveal his interest in replacing Alex McLeish (Daily Record)
Athletic Bilbao have delayed their presentation of the late Billy McNeill’s One Club Man award until the final day of La Liga – May 12 – at Celtic’s request (Daily Record)