Liverpool are plotting a sensational double move for a midfielder and a goalkeeper, while Manchester United are plotting to offload a Jose Mourinho signing this summer, all in the papers.
LIVERPOOL MOVE FOR THIAGO
Liverpool’s first summer signing has been laid out, according to Spanish paper Sport.
And the publication appear extremely confident Jurgen Klopp will make the Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago Alcantara his first signing of the summer.
The report claims “negotiations are very advanced between the player and club and only the economics have to be worked out between the two sides”.
That could of course be a sticking point after Liverpool withdrew from the running to sign Timo Werner this summer.
Liverpool are believed to be unwilling to pay Bayern’s €35million asking price in full and want a discount on the 29-year-old, whose deal expires in 2021.
Goal claim Klopp is a “long-time admirer” of the Spain midfielder from his time as Borussia Dortmund boss.
While Thiago is “looking for new challenges” and has an agreement in principle with the Premier League champions.
AND THE REST
And Liverpool are set to make a solid offer for Trabzonspor keeper Ugurcan Cakir. Tottenham Hotspur, Chelsea and Leicester City are also interested. (talkSPORT)
Chelsea are keen to send Kepa Arrizabalaga on loan to Sevilla (The Sun)
Sheffield United are considering a move for Abdul Mumin from Danish side FC Nordsjaelland (Daily Mail)
Celtic have been quoted a price of £5m for AEK Athens goalkeeper Vasilios Barkas (Daily Mail)
RB Leipzig are keen to sign Manchester City left-back Angelino on a permanent deal (RB Live)
Chelsea and Manchester City could turn to Everton’s France left-back Lucas Digne, 26, if they cannot prise England left-back Ben Chilwell, 23, away from Leicester. (ESPN)
Everton, Liverpool, Manchester City and Manchester United are due to watch Leon Bailey, 22, on Saturday, with the Bayer Leverkusen and Jamaica winger keen on a move to England. (Sky Sports)
Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has shortlisted Napoli and Senegal defender Kalidou Koulibaly, 29, Villarreal’s Spain international Pau Torres, 23, and Benfica and Portugal international Ruben Dias, 23, as he looks to revamp his defence. (Times)
Chelsea are ready to step up their pursuit of Kai Havertz after the attacking midfielder plays for Bayer Leverkusen in Saturday’s German Cup final against Bayern Munich. (Telegraph)
Andros Townsend has become the first Premier League player to disown Black Lives Matter publicly after his club became the latest to attack the movement’s “political agendas”. (Telegraph)
Manchester United are open to letting Ivory Coast international Eric Bailly, 26, leave on loan next season, with La Liga club Valencia keen on the defender. (Sun)
Manchester United goalkeeper Dean Henderson, on loan at Sheffield United, has warned the Old Trafford club he will not wait around forever to become their first choice, amid interest in the 21-year-old Englishman from Chelsea. (Express)
Chelsea are keen on Lille’s 24-year-old French goalkeeper Mike Maignan and his compatriot Alphonse Areola, 27, who is on loan at Real Madrid from Paris St-Germain. (Express)
West Ham manager David Moyes has revived his interest in Chelsea and England midfielder Ross Barkley, 26. The Blues rejected the Hammers’ approach for a loan deal in January. (Mirror)
Manchester United are likely to miss out on Roma forward Cengiz Under. (The Sun)
Southampton are looking to ship out flop goalkeeper Angus Gunn this summer – two years after paying £13.5m to lure him away from Manchester City. (The Sun)
Bournemouth captain Steve Cook has revealed Eddie Howe’s players held crisis talks following Wednesday’s 4-1 mauling at home to Newcastle. (The Sun)
English midfielder Angel Gomes, 19, is targeting a move abroad but does not have an immediate deal lined up following his release by Manchester United. (Manchester Evening News)
Philippe Coutinho is reportedly one of three Bayern Munich loanees who have agreed to halve their wages in order to see out the season with the German champions. (Daily Mirror)
Borussia Dortmund believe they have won the race to sign Birmingham City’s young English midfielder Jude Bellingham. Manchester United were also interested in the 17-year-old. (Sun)
Lionel Messi is considering leaving Barcelona in the summer of 2021 despite spending his whole career with the club. (Daily Star)
Barcelona star Antoine Griezmann reportedly likes the idea of moving to the Premier League, with Manchester United believed to be interested in the Frenchman. (Daily Star)
Manchester rivals United and City have approached Barcelona regarding a possible deal for Antoine Griezmann (Mundo Deportivo)
Mauricio Pochettino’s move to Newcastle could be edging closer as the former Tottenham boss has rejected the top job at Benfica. (Daily Star)
Sheffield United have made a £3.5m bid for Reading midfielder John Swift, 25, but Leeds are also interested in the former England Under-21 international. (Mail)
Tottenham head coach Jose Mourinho says he would not swap Argentina midfielder Giovani lo Celso, 24, for Manchester United’s Bruno Fernandes, after Spurs missed out on the 25-year-old Portuguese midfielder last summer. (Sky Sports)
Eintracht Frankfurt’s Filip Kostic, 27 could leave the Bundesliga side, with Inter Milan and Premier League clubs interested in the Serbia winger. (Goal)
Everton are the latest club to join the race for the signature of Rangers star Alfredo Morelos this summer, according to reports in Italy. (Scottish Sun)
Celtic are vying with a host of teams in the UK and abroad to sign Union Berlin’s international front man Sebastian Andersson, according to reports in Germany. (Scottish Sun)
Dundee United have made their move to land Tranmere boss Micky Mellon. (Scottish Sun)