Manchester United and Tottenham are ready to pounce for David Brooks, while two Premier League clubs are in the race for Mario Gotze, all in Sunday’s papers.
BOURNEMOUTH READY TO SELL STARS
Manchester United and Tottenham could pounce on Bournemouth’s David Brooks this summer, claims The Sun.
The minnows from the south coast are planning on a shake-up in the summer after a number of big-money signings over the last few years have failed to deliver.
The report says the Cherries “are set to end their ‘spend, spend, spend’ policy and open the door to selling stars Callum Wilson and Josh King”.
King was a target for United in the winter transfer window, but they could not agree a deal and instead signed Odion Ighalo.
Now though strikers Wilson and King, both 28, could be the ones to be sold to fund a revamping of Eddie Howe’s squad.
The report claims former Sheff Utd winger David Brooks, 22, “would also be a wanted man if he had not missed the season with a serious ankle injury”.
The tabloid report that United and Spurs were keen on the player and could rekindle their interest if he regains fitness.
Brooks was expected to be out for 12 weeks after surgery on an ankle injury suffered in a friendly last July.
But he needed a second operation in Qatar in December and could now be a cut-price option for United this summer.
“He’s back in the country and ran on grass for the first time yesterday,” said Howe in February, and the suspended Premier League could well mean he returns before the end of the season, if in fact the Premier League does get the green light to return.
AND THE REST
Roma, Everton, AC Milan and West Ham are currently in the chase for World Cup winner Mario Gotze (Corriere dello Sport)
Napoli are interested in Barcelona’s Junior Firpo, while Barca themselves are looking at signing Paris Saint-Germain’s Layvin Kurzawa to compete with Jordi Alba (Sport)
Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic will stay in Spain and sign for Atletico Madrid (Marca)
AC Milan are on the hunt for a new striker this summer, and at the top of their wanted list is Arkadiusz Milik (Calciomercato)
England manager Gareth Southgate has agreed to a 30% pay cut. (Sky Sports).
Jadon Sancho’s refusal to sign for Chelsea this summer could facilitate Barcelona playmaker Philippe Coutinho, 27, moving to Stamford Bridge. (Sport)
Leicester forward Islam Slimani, 31, is being linked with a move to Sporting Lisbon after failing to make an impression with the Foxes. (O Jogo)
Leicester are interested in signing Fenerbahce defender Hasan Ali Kaldırım, 30, but will face competition from Galatasaray. (Hurriyet)
Arsenal could attempt to sign Manchester United midfielder Jesse Lingard, 27, before next season, especially if the loan move of fellow midfielder Dani Ceballos, 23, to the Gunners from Real Madrid is not made permanent. (The Athletic)
Former Leeds United striker Noel Whelan has urged the club to send promising forward Ryan Edmondson, 18, out on loan next season. (Football Insider)
Everton defender Jonjoe Kenny, 23, wants to stay at Schalke next season after enjoying his loan spell in the Bundesliga. (Bild)
Rangers have already lined up a list of replacements for forward Alfredo Morelos, 23, who is wanted by a number of clubs in Europe. (Goal)
Everton’s Bernard, 27, has dismissed claims he could move to Italian club Roma this summer. (Liverpool Echo).
West Ham have joined the race to sign highly-rated Freiburg centre-back Robin Koch, 23. (Daily Star).
Newcastle will attempt to sign Lille midfielder Boubakary Soumare, 21, again this summer after showing interest in January (Sport).
Leicester are keeping tabs on Angers midfielder Baptiste Santamaria, who has been dubbed French football’s next N’Golo Kante (Sunday Express)
Jadon Sancho is ready to reject Manchester United if they fail to secure Champions League football (Sun)
Manchester United are being tipped to ditch the £100m-rated Paul Pogba in order to seal a £70m Jack Grealish transfer (Sunday Star)
Manchester United defender Timothy Fosu-Mensah has still not been told whether Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants to trigger a one-year extension on his contract (Sunday Mirror)
Donny van de Beek admitted that the idea of playing football in the Spanish sun is appealing, but says he hasn’t learned Spanish yet (Goal)