Raheem Sterling will push for a move out of Manchester City after a major disagreement with Pep Guardiola, while Philippe Coutinho’s deal to bring him back to the Premier League is done, all in the papers on Friday.
STERLING FALL OUT
Raheem Sterling could leave Manchester City this summer after a fall out with Pep Guardiola, according to Don Balon.
The Spanish outlet say “Sterling left the Parc des Princes in monumental anger” this week. The England man was overlooked for the 2-1 Champions League semi-final win over PSG. Instead Guardiola plumped for Phil Foden on the left wing and on Bernardo Silva as a false nine.
Sterling only played two minutes of the quarter-finals against Dortmund with Kevin De Bruyne and Silva used as a striker. Sterling was also left on the bench in the recent win over Aston Villa.
Sterling has been struggling for form of late, but the source claim his omission is not down to a “sporting issue”.
Instead the outlet suggest there is a “personal issue” and their relationship has “seriously deteriorated” after a “strong argument they had a while ago”.
It’s reported the pair have “hardly spoken” and been unable to put their differences aside.
That has led Sterling to think about his future and a “change of scenery” has been mooted.
Real Madrid have previously been linked with the 26-year-old and the source say they have “already taken an interest in Sterling”.
COUTINHO TO EVERTON
Philippe Coutinho will join Everton this summer for a fee of £35m. The Toffees are even house hunting for him. (The Sun)
Manchester City have joined the race to bring Internazionale striker Romelu Lukaku back to the Premier League. (Calciomercato)
Chelsea could target Romelu Lukaku this summer despite a £105m price tag set by Inter (Daily Mail)
Borussia Dortmund have joined the race to sign defender Ben White from Brighton & Hove Albion. White is currently being monitored by Paris Saint-Germain, Manchester United and Arsenal. (The Sun)
Aston Villa are keeping tabs on Tammy Abraham’s situation, with Chelsea open to the idea of letting the striker leave the club (Daily Mirror)
Dani Ceballos is keen on a return to Spain but not to Real Madrid and looks set to leave Arsenal (AS)
Lionel Messi has told Barcelona chiefs he’ll stay at the club beyond the end of the season, but he has stated that he wants the club to spend in order to improve the side (RTVE)
Atletico Madrid goalkeeper Jan Oblak has left the door open to a possible Premier League move (Guillem Balague)
Newcastle are taking an interest in Bologna defender Takehiro Tomiyasu (Il Resto del Carlino)
Luis Suarez has said former team-mate Lionel Messi should stay with his lifetime club rather than leave in the coming transfer window. (TV3)
Son Heung-min is on the brink of a new contract at Tottenham (Daily Star)
Liverpool are reportedly leading Barcelona in the race to sign PSV Eindhoven striker Donyell Malen. (Daily Mail)
Manchester United are bracing themselves for thousands of protesting fans at Old Trafford before Sunday’s clash with Liverpool. (Daily Mail)
Real Madrid are believed to be keen to fend off Chelsea and Manchester United in the race to sign Sevilla defender Jules Kounde. (Daily Mail)
Manchester City and Chelsea fans face an anxious wait to see if they can travel to the Champions League final if their sides qualify after Turkey entered a three-week lockdown. (Daily Mail)
SPURS STILL TRYING FOR RODGERS
Tottenham are not giving up on persuading Brendan Rodgers to take their vacant head coach’s job despite the Leicester boss’ public declaration that he doesn’t want the role. (Daily Mail)
Tottenham want to talk to Erik ten Hag about their managerial vacancy and are expected to do so once his Ajax team have wrapped up the Eredivisie title – they need only a point at home to Emmen on Sunday to make sure. (Guardian)
Inter Milan are considering offering Ashley Young a new deal if they wrap up the Serie A title this weekend. (Daily Mirror)
Orlando City SC forward Daryl Dike will remain on loan with Barnsley from through the remainder of the season, including the playoffs. (Orlando City)
Real Madrid are set to announce the signing of Austria defender David Alaba, 28, on a free transfer from Bayern Munich when his contract expires this summer. (Mundo Deportivo)
LEMINA IN DEMAND
West Ham and Newcastle are interested in signing Southampton’s Mario Lemina. The Gabon midfielder, 27, is currently on loan at Fulham and understood to be available for £7m. (Guardian)
Chelsea defender Andreas Christensen says he wants to sign a new deal with the Premier League club. The Dane, 25, is in his 10th year at Stamford Bridge. (Metro)
Leeds have rejected an offer from Legia Warsaw to take Polish playmaker Mateusz Bogusz, 19, on loan next season. (Football Insider)