Paper Talk: Man City sanction £100m transfer for Man Utd old boy

Date published: Friday 23rd April 2021 8:30 - Matthew Briggs

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Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has a No.9 in mind and the club will spend £100m on the player, while a number of shock names are in the frame to take over at Tottenham, all in the papers.


Manchester City are reportedly poised to launch a €100m bid for former Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku.

Pep Guardiola needs a new No.9 after Sergio Aguero’s decision to quit the impending champions in the summer. And now Todo Fichajes report that Guardiola has Belgium striker Lukaku in his sights.

The source claim the striker “has never hidden his desire to return to the Premier” and if the former Everton forward wants silverware then he could be heading to the right place.

Lukaku has netted 27 goals in 39 appearances for Inter this campaign. Antonio Conte’s men on the verge of ending Juventus’ run of Serie A titles.

The outlet suggest that Inter did not expect to lose the player, but their financial problems could push them towards a profitable sale.

Lukaku left United for Inter in August 2019 for £74m on a five-year deal.



Steven Gerrard has been tipped to become Jose Mourinho’s permanent replacement at Tottenham but Rangers are confident the Liverpool icon won’t be lured away, according to reports. (Daily Express)

Wolverhampton Wanderers are reportedly currently identifying potential candidates to replace Nuno Espirito Santo as head coach of the Premier League club. Nuno is being considered as a replacement for Jose Mourinho at Spurs. (Daily Mail)

Roberto Martinez has reportedly thrown his name into the hat to replace Jose Mourinho as Tottenham manager this summer. (Daily Express)

German great Jurgen Klinsmann has said “anything is possible” after the former Tottenham striker was linked with a return to Spurs as manager. (ESPN)

Athletic Club hope to bring Javi Martinez back from Bayern Munich (AS)

Udinese midfielder Rodrigo De Paul has a number of Italian sides trying to sign him, as well as Leeds (Calciomercato)

Liverpool are keeping a close eye on 18-year-old Sparta Prague attacker Adam Hlozek (Football Insider)


Wolves are looking  at 23-year-old Porto left-back Zaidu Sanusi (Own Goal Nigeria)

West Bromwich Albion are hoping to get £10m if goalkeeper Sam Johnstone leaves in the summer (The Evening Standard)

Joe Willock has impressed during his loan spell from Arsenal to Newcastle United and wants to stay (Football Insider)

West Ham have joined Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Tottenham in the race to sign Norwich City and England Under-21 full-back Max Aarons. Norwich want at least £30m for the 21-year-old. (Independent)

Manchester United’s prospects of signing England forward Jadon Sancho, 21, from Borussia Dortmund may have been improved by the news executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward is to leave the club. (Star)

Burnley are interested in signing Algeria midfielder Nabil Bentaleb from Schalke in the summer, with the 26-year-old likely to be a free agent as he is not expected to sign a new deal with the German club. (Sun)


Uruguay striker Edinson Cavani, 34, has met with Manchester United officials and reiterated his desire to leave the club and return to South America to be close to family. He has been strongly linked to a move to Boca Juniors in recent months. (Depo)

Liverpool look as if they could miss out on long-term target Ugurcan Cakir, 25, after Borussia Dortmund moved in with a big offer for the Trabzonspor and Turkey goalkeeper. Aston Villa and Atletico Madrid are also interested in the 25-year-old. (Fotospor)

Dean Smith says Aston Villa do not have plans to sign Chelsea and England midfielder Ross Barkley, 27, on a permanent basis when his loan deal expires at the end of the season. (Mirror)

Arsenal owner Stan Kroenke does not intend to sell the club and will cover the costs of the aftermath of the European Super League controversy. (Evening Standard)

Roma are set to meet Jannik Vestergaard’s representatives as they work on plans to sign the Southampton and Denmark defender, 28, who is also wanted by Tottenham and Juventus. (Tuttomercatoweb)

Juventus would be willing to offer 26-year-old France midfielder Adrien Rabiot to Manchester United as part of a deal for Brazilian defender Alex Telles, 28. (Calciomercato)

Scottish defender Lee Wallace, 33, is set to sign a new one-year deal with Queens Park Rangers, but there is some doubt about whether the Championship club will take up the option to sign on-loan midfielder Sam Field, 22, on a permanent basis from West Bromwich Albion. (West London Sport)

Tottenham winger Erik Lamela, 29, is ready to leave the London club for a return to Italy. Napoli and AC Milan have been linked with a move for the Argentine. (Area Napoli)

Sassuolo have set a price tag of at least £13m for 21-year-old Italian striker Giacomo Raspadori, who has been linked with both Inter Milan and Juventus. (Calciomercato – in Italian)

Celtic and Rangers would support the rumoured British Super League, according to Scotland legend Ally McCoist. (Talksport)

Man Utd boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer told anti-Glazer protestors to leave the club’s Carrington HQ so they would ‘not disrupt training’. (The Sun)

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer enraged a group of Manchester United protestors by claiming hated owner Joel Glazer ‘loves this club’. (The Sun)

West Ham have taken highly-rated Portsmouth youngster Charlie Bell on trial in a bid to beat a string of clubs to his signature. (The Sun)

James Ward-Prowse feels football’s image has been tarnished by the European Super League saga. (The Sun)

Willian has outlined his hopes of playing in the United States once he has secured silverware with Arsenal. (The Sun)

Arsenal are reportedly in competition with Leicester in the race to sign Empoli starlet Samuele Ricci in the summer. (The Sun)

England’s European Championship adventure could be played almost entirely at Wembley after the Super League fiasco killed Tottenham Hotspur’s bid to host extra matches. (Daily Telegraph)


The Football Association are set to review security for this weekend’s Carabao Cup final after European Super League protests escalated on Thursday with Manchester United fans storming the club’s training ground. (Daily Telegraph)

Manchester United could reportedly sack John Murtough in the near future despite the fact that he has only just been appointed as the club’s first director of football. The club chief is now fighting to save his job following the resignation of executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward. (Football Insider)

Manchester United football director John Murtough is safe at Old Trafford and won’t be leaving the club. (Daily Express)

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