Manchester United and City are ready to do battle for a £50m-rated Premier League defender, while a shock name has emerged to replace Antonio Conte at Chelsea, all in Saturday’s papers.
MAN UTD, CITY TO FIGHT FOR LEICESTER STAR
Manchester United and Manchester City are reportedly ready to lock horns over Leicester defender Harry Maguire.
The two Premier League giants are ready to go head-to-head for the England defender this summer, after United joined the race for the 24-year-old.
City have been chasing Maguire since the start of the season and despite landing £57m Aymeric Laporte from Athletic Bilbao, the Daily Mirror reports that Pep Guardiola still maintains an interest in the former Hull star.
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United boss Jose Mourinho has already ruled out making any attacking signings in the summer transfer window, but it is common knowledge that he is looking to strengthen at the heart of United’s defence, with doubts over the futures of Chris Smalling, Phil Jones, Victor Lindelof and Marcos Rojo.
Maguire, who was signed from Hull for £17million last summer, still has over four years remaining on his Foxes contract and his value is now believed to have trebled to around £50m.
The report goes on to claim that Leicester are already planning for the potential loss of Maguire and have targeted 26-year-old Brighton stopper Lewis Dunk as his replacement.
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AND THE REST
Manchester City have agreed a fee in principle worth £44.5m to sign Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Fred (Daily Mirror)
Marco Silva could be a surprise candidate to take over as caretaker manager at Chelsea if the club should decide to part company with Antonio Conte before the end of the season (The Times)
Pep Guardiola has labelled Kevin De Bruyne one of the most talented players he has seen in his life and an incredible example to the Manchester City Academy (Daily Mirror)
Norwich City will demand up to £30m for midfielder James Maddison this summer, having refused to sell the Liverpool and Tottenham target in January (Daily Mirror)
Former Arsenal striker Marouane Chamakh is still searching for a club after failing to land a deal at Bolton (Daily Mirror)
Alexandre Lacazette’s Arsenal career is as good as over already, according to Emmanuel Petit (The Sun)
Arsenal could hijack Chelsea’s move for ex-Barcelona boss Luis Enrique (The Sun)
Manchester United are favourites to land Borussia Dortmund’s in-demand teenage forward Christian Pulisic (The Sun)
Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata, 25, has not ruled out a move back to former club Real Madrid (Daily Mail)
Steve Walsh’s position as director of football at Everton is under increasing pressure after dismal returns on the club’s £239m recruitment drive (Daily Mail)
Real Madrid believe it will be easier to sign Chelsea keeper Thibaut Courtois in the summer rather than his Manchester United counterpart David de Gea (Independent)
Antonio Conte told his Chelsea players to stop behaving like children as they returned to training after their mini-break (Daily Mail)