Paper Talk: Man Utd watch £129m target again; Spurs track duo

Date published: Tuesday 17th April 2018 8:22

Tottenham are poised to sell one of their most influential and have already targeted two replacements, while Man Utd will check again on a big-money summer target, according to Tuesday’s papers.

 

SPURS READY TO SELL DEMBELE; TWO REPLACEMENTS IDENTIFIED

Tottenham are ready to sell off influential star Mousa Dembele this summer after the Belgian failed to agree terms over a new contract.

That’s according to the Daily Mirror, who claim Mauricio Pochettino has already identified Bryan Cristante and Andre Gomes as two potential replacements.

Dembele is widely regarded as one of Pochettino’s most important stars, but his failure to agree a new deal means the club are willing to listen to offers for him this summer.

Juventus, as well as Chinese Super League clubs, have been touted as potential suitors.

The former Fulham star, 30, has just over 12 months left on his current deal but he could be the first of three big-name exits this summer with Toby Alderweireld and Fernando Llorente also expected to move on.

And the report concludes that Atalanta midfielder Cristante and Barcelona’s Gomes – both linked with Manchester United in recent months – are being watched as potential replacements.

 

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AND THE REST

Manchester United have sent scouts to make further checks on Lazio star Sergej Milinkovic-Savic – rated in the €150m (£129m) bracket by his side – ahead of a possible summer swoop (Daily Mail)

Manchester City’s players are set to pocket a £10million bonus at the end of the campaign (Daily Mail)

Arsene Wenger could lose his job at the end of the season because of dropping attendances at the Emirates (Daily Mail)

Marcus Rashford will delay his decision over a new Man Utd deal after falling down the pecking order (The Sun)

Philippe Coutinho will return to Anfield this summer with Brazil in a World Cup warm-up match against Croatia (The Sun)

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is expected to reignite his interest in Napoli’s Poland midfielder Piotr Zielinski this summer (The Sun)

Ruben Loftus-Cheek, 22, has yet to decide on his Chelsea future after impressing while on loan at Crystal Palace (The Independent)

Benik Afobe: Signed for Bournemouth

Wolves want to spend £20m to sign Benik Afobe and Willy Boly – on loan at at the club from Bournemouth and Porto respectively – following their promotion to the Premier League (Daily Telegraph)

Pep Guardiola is expected to sign at least a one-year contract extension at the end of the season (Daily Telegraph)

Manchester City face an anxious wait over a possible transfer ban from the Benjamin Garre case (Daily Telegraph)

Manchester United could drop Alexis Sanchez and Paul Pogba for the FA Cup semi-final against Tottenham (Daily Telegraph)

Trent Alexander-Arnold is expected to sign a new Liverpool contract (Daily Telegraph)

Title-winning Man City boss Pep Guardiola will be given a £200million transfer kitty this summer (Daily Mirror)

Arsenal finishing in the Europa League places for another season will throw their summer plans into chaos (Daily Mirror)

 

MONDAY’S GOSSIP

Manchester City are keen on a £50m summer swoop for Crystal Palace star Wilfried Zaha (The Sun)

Manchester City will go for Paris St Germain’s 19-year-old forward Kylian Mbappe if the French giants are found to have broken Financial Fair Play rules (Daily Mirror)

Monaco president Vadim Vasilyev has warned Liverpool and Arsenal that Thomas Lemar will “cost a lot” this summer (Daily Mirror)

Manchester City star Patrick Roberts admits he does not know where he will be playing next season (The Sun)

Chelsea’s Antonio Rudiger insists he was fit to face Southampton and has “no idea” why he was axed by boss Antonio Conte (Daily Mirror)

Leicester defender Harry Maguire is at the top of Jose Mourinho’s summer transfer list (Daily Mirror)

Leyton Orient star Macauley Bonne is attracting the attention of EFL trio Shrewsbury, Portsmouth and Bury (The Sun)

Ex-Chelsea striker Diego Costa is ‘under investigation for unpaid tax’, according to reports in Spain (Daily Mirror)

Manchester City owner Sheikh Mansour has sent his personal congratulations to Pep Guardiola for winning the Premier League title (Daily Star)

Antonio Conte has told his Chelsea players they don’t have to play for him, but the club, the fans and the badge (Daily Mirror)

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