Paper Talk: Man Utd target Atletico star; Spurs trio in demand

Date published: Tuesday 4th April 2017 8:05

Pep Guardiola has turned his attentions to a trio of Englishmen at Tottenham, while a La Liga goalkeeper could be tempted to join Manchester United, according to Tuesday’s papers.


Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola is targeting a move for Tottenham trio Dele Alli, Danny Rose and Kyle Walker this summer.

John Stones and Raheem Sterling are currently the only Englishmen to have regular game time at The Etihad and Guardiola has admitted in the past that he wants a core of homegrown talent in his side, as he had at Barcelona and Bayern Munich.

Guardiola believes adding more English players to his side will give them more steel to add to their undoubted flair, although that is certain to come with a premium.

Walker is said to be the most dispensable of the three and a big-money bid could persuade Daniel Levy to allow the 26-year-old to move on, according to The Sun.

As for Alli and Rose, Levy is more likely to play hardball over two of his prized assets and it would take ridiculous offers for him to even consider selling.


Atletico Madrid goalkeeper Jan Oblak would reportedly be tempted by a move to Manchester United.

Jose Mourinho is said to be on the hunt for a new stopper, with Real Madrid once again tipped to try and tempt David de Gea back to Spain this summer.

Slovenian international Oblak, who joined Atleti from Benfica for just £12.6m in 2014, has developed into one of Europe’s top goalkeepers but his release clause could prove to be a stumbling block to any United bid, according to the Daily Mirror.

The 24-year-old’s contract states states that he can leave for a whopping £85m, a figure that would smash the previous transfer record for a keeper of £33m, held by Gianluigi Buffon since 2001.

But a a source close to the player, who speaks fluent English, told MEN Sport: “A lot of top clubs from Europe wants the best goalkeeper in the world. In the UK, there are three of them who show an interest regarding Jan Oblak.”


Chelsea have opened talks to sign Arsenal striker Alexis Sanchez, who is also a target for Paris Saint-Germain (The Sun)

West Ham will offer England star Michail Antonio a new £65,000-a-week deal at the end of the season (The Sun)

Liverpool are interested in a surprise move for Crystal Palace goalkeeper Steve Mandanda (The Sun)

Manchester United are ready to trigger Benfica star Anderson Talisca’s £20m release clause (The Sun)

Manchester United left-back Luke Shaw wants Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino to rescue him from his Old Trafford hell (The Sun)

Fears are growing that Liverpool striker Sadio Mane’s knee injury is worse than first thought (The Sun)

Harry Kane is set to give Tottenham’s title push a big boost by returning early from an ankle injury next weekend (The Sun)

Wilfried Zaha is determined to quit Crystal Palace despite the lure of a bumper new pay deal (The Sun)

David Moyes is confident he will not be sacked by Sunderland for threatening a female reporter (The Sun)

Manchester United are stepping up their bid to sign Celtic’s Scotland international left-back Kieran Tierney (The Daily Mirror)

Premier League leaders Chelsea have intensified their search for a new right-back and have had Andrea Conti of Atalanta watched. Hoffenheim’s Germany Under-21 international Jeremy Toljan also remains in their sights (The Daily Mirror)

Liverpool could demand as much as £30m for Mamadou Sakho from Crystal Palace if they want to keep him permanently (The Daily Mirror)

Leicester are worried Arsenal and Manchester United will lure midfield ace Wilfred Ndidi away from the KP Stadium (The Daily Mirror)

The father of Bayer Leverkusen winger Julian Brandt – who is a target for Liverpool – has denied reports his Germany international son has agreed to join Bayern Munich (The Daily Mirror)

Leicester manager Craig Shakespeare has revealed how he talked a frustrated Jamie Vardy out of quitting professional football in 2013, shortly after joining the then-Championship club from non-League Fleetwood – to work as a party rep in Ibiza (The Daily Mirror)

Hull defender Harry Maguire is determined to quit the Tigers this summer – even if they stay up (The Daily Mirror)

Dele Alli has been told he could be a huge hit at Real Madrid (Daily Star)

Chelsea have put an offer on the table worth £160,000-a-week for Real Madrid ace Isco (Daily Star)

Wayne Rooney is past it as a Premier League star, according to Liverpool legend Graeme Souness (Daily Star)

Bayern Munich manager Carlo Ancelotti has hushed talk of a possible reunion with Gareth Bale, calling the rumours linking him to the German giants ‘a myth’ (Daily Mail)

Arsene Wenger’s backroom team are growing increasingly worried about their futures amid plans to overhaul Arsenal’s structure (Daily Mail)

Tottenham fear further scans on the ankle of Harry Winks will rule him out for the rest of the season (Daily Express)

Walter Mazzarri is fighting to save his job, despite standing on the brink of securing Premier League safety for Watford (Daily Telegraph)

Manchester City hope to reduce drastically their overall spending by recouping around £100m through player sales during the close season as Pep Guardiola prepares for the busiest summer of his managerial career (Daily Telegraph)

Thiabaut Courtois looks increasingly likely to stay at Chelsea next season after he confirmed that he had separated from his Spanish girlfriend (The Times)

PSG have stepped up their interest in signing Alex Sanchez and hope to have talks with the Arsenal striker’s agent this month (The Times)

Manchester City’s Gael Clichy has warned Arsenal fans to be careful what they wish for, insisting that Arsene Wenger might just be the “perfect man” for the club if they invest behind him (Independent)

Sevilla’s in-demand sporting director, Monchi, has confirmed that he has offers from Premier League clubs to move to England in the summer (Independent)

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