Paper Talk: Man Utd, Man City want Serbia ace; Bale; Sterling; Guardiola

Date published: Friday 23rd February 2018 8:15

Manchester United and Manchester City will both pursue a deal for a Lazio midfielder in the summer, while Real Madrid are watching Raheem Sterling’s situation at City, all in the papers.



Manchester City and Manchester United have been in contact with Lazio midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, according to reports.

But the pair will have competition for the 22-year-old central midfielder, who has scored nine goals and collected six assists for the Serie A club this season.

According to Duncan Castles and Ian McGarry on the Daily Record’s Transfer Podcast United, City, Chelsea and Real Madrid have made enquiries about Milinkovic-Savic.

However, the claim by the tabloid that the the Serbia international is out of contract in 2020 appear wide of the mark with Milinkovic-Savic penning a new contract last April.

His new contract runs until June 2022 and his agent Mateja Kezman said it does not have a €50million release clause.

Jose Mourinho is expected to be on the lookout for midfielders in the summer with Michael Carrick set to retire and Marouane Fellaini on a free transfer.

And the podcast claims United scouts have been keeping tabs on the player and decided against a January swoop in favour of waiting until this summer. He won’t come cheap though and the Premier League pair will have to fork out in far more than €50million.



Spain goalkeeper David de Gea, 27, is set to commit his future to Manchester United by signing a new deal, ruling out an imminent move to Real Madrid. (Times)

Real Madrid are monitoring Manchester City winger Raheem Sterling, 23, who is yet to begin formal talks with the Premier League leaders about a contract extension. The England international’s deal expires in 2020. (Mirror)

Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba feels harshly treated by Mourinho and wants to feel valued again. (Mail)

Mourinho told Pogba “I’m the boss” and to “have a look at the sign on the door on the way out” after a training-ground meeting. (Sun)

Paul Pogba reckons Jose Mourinho has made him a scapegoat for Manchester United’s lacklustre displays. (Daily Express)

Tottenham are willing to sell defender Toby Alderweireld this summer with his desire for a £150,000 weekly wage meaning contract talks have reached deadlock. (The Times)

Spurs are confident Jan Vertonghen will sign a new one-year deal – his current contract expires at the end of next season. (The Times)

Sunderland owner Ellis Short will give the club away for free if a buyer is prepared to take on its substantial debt.  (Daily Mail)

Gabriel Jesus has been pictured training for the first time since returning from his knee injury that kept him on the sidelines since New Year’s Eve. (Daily Mail)

Pep Guardiola is close to agreeing a new deal with Manchester City which will run until 2021. (The Sun)

Angel Gomes and Ethan Hamilton have been added to Manchester United’s Champions League squad. (The Sun)

Lee Cattermole has pleaded with fans to give Sunderland’s kids a break and help them lead the Stadium of Light out of the darkness. (The Sun)

The Football Association will fight Scotland all the way to ensure Manchester United midfielder Scott McTominay plays internationally for England. (Daily Mail)

Kevin Campbell’s teenage son Tyrese could make his Premier League debut for Stoke on Saturday as Paul Lambert considers bringing the young striker into his matchday squad. (Daily Mail)

Cardiff City’s players are in line to share a £10m bonus if they secure promotion to the Premier League. (Daily Mail)

Wembley officials have been told to put a message up on big screens during the Carabao Cup final to tell supporters when VAR reviews are taking place. (The Times)

Senior figures at Real Madrid privately admit they are ready to let Wales forward Gareth Bale, 28, leave this summer. (Independent)

Chelsea are monitoring Newcastle captain Jamaal Lascelles, 24, and could move for the defender in the summer. (Evening Standard)

Newcastle will fight off interest from Chelsea and Arsenal for centre-back and captain Jamaal Lascelles. (Daily Star)

Juventus have reached an agreement to sign Manchester United full-back Matteo Darmian, 28, in the summer. (Calciomercato)

The father of Paris St-Germain forward Neymar remains in contact with Real Madrid president Florentino Perez as he tries to secure a move for the 26-year-old Brazilian. (Diario Gol)

Former Sunderland midfielder Jan Kirchhoff, 27, is in talks to join Championship side Bolton until the end of the season. (Sky Sports)

Chinese club Dalian Yifang are close to signing West Ham defender Jose Fonte, 34, for £5m. The Portuguese is surplus to requirements under David Moyes. (Mail)

Belgium winger Yannick Carrasco, 24, is set to leave Atletico Madrid and join Dalian Yifang for 30m euros (£27m). A deal could be completed by the end of this week. (Marca)

Atletico Madrid are interested in signing West Ham defender Reece Oxford, 19, who is on loan at Bundesliga side Borussia Monchengladbach. The Hammers value the England Under-19 international at £12m. (Telegraph)

Barcelona have decided not to follow up their interest in Lyon skipper Nabil Fekir. Arsenal have been linked with a £45m move for the 24-year-old midfielder. (Sport)

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is set to make peace with Chelsea boss Antonio Conte when the Red Devils host the Blues on Sunday.  (Mirror)

Bayer Leverkusen winger Leon Bailey, 20, wants to continue his development at the Bundesliga club amid interest from a number of Premier League clubs. (Star)


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