Tottenham are targeting three new signings to strengthen the spine of Jose Mourinho’s team, while Jude Bellingham has been urged to reject a move to Man Utd, according to Thursday’s Paper Talk.
TOTTENHAM PLOTTING TRIPLE SIGNING
Tottenham are being tipped to sign three new players this summer, according to Thursday’s press.
Jose Mourinho is expected to undergo a fairly extensive overhaul of a squad that has underachieved this season, despite being hit by injuries to a number of key players.
And the Daily Mail starts by claiming that Spurs are ready to rival Chelsea for Bournemouth goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale.
The 21-year-old has been one of the few positives for the Cherries in their struggle against relegation, but if they do go down then it would appear a certainty that Eddie Howe’s men will try and cash in on the player.
Mourinho is looking for a long-term replacement for Hugo Lloris, who has not been himself since returning from a lengthy injury lay-off, while Chelsea are known to be in the market for a new number one after Kepa’s high-profile errors this season.
Second on the list for Spurs is Real Madrid defender Eder Militao, although Real Madrid want £70million for a 22-year-old, who has spent most of the season on the bench since his summer switch from Porto.
The centre-back has made only nine starts across LaLiga and the Champions League this term and Spurs are hoping that the Spanish giants will accept a lower bid to offload a player who is playing second fiddle to Sergio Ramos and Raphael Varane at the Bernabeu.
And finally, a player who ripped the heart of Mourinho’s men on Tuesday night is the last to be linked.
RB Leipzig midfielder Marcel Sabitzer is the player in question, with the Daily Express claiming that Tottenham and Arsenal are ready to do battle for the Austrian.
The 25-year-old scored twice to seal Spurs’ Champions League exit and has notched an impressive 15 goals and added eight assists in 34 games for the German side this season.
Leipzig could claim at least 10 times the £4m they paid to bring Sabitzer to the Bundesliga from sister side Red Bull Salzburg in 2015.
AND THE REST
Manchester United target Jude Bellingham has been urged to reject a transfer move to Old Trafford after holding talks with club legend Sir Alex Ferguson (Metro)
Frank Lampard is poised to make another key signing – with a new five-year deal for budding midfielder Tino Anjorin (The Sun)
Danny Rose reckons his value around the training camp will be enough to make England’s Euros squad (The Sun)
Former Tottenham manager George Graham has told chairman Daniel Levy he must open up the chequebook this summer (The Sun)
Manchester City and Manchester United will go head-to-head in an effort to sign Tottenham striker Harry Kane for £150m this summer (BBC Gossip)
The Emirates Stadium will be deep cleaned after Olympiakos owner Evangelos Marinakis confirmed he has contracted the coronavirus (Daily Mail)
Footballers are being banned from holding hands with mascots in an attempt to tackle coronavirus (Daily Mail)
Chelsea and Tottenham have included Aaron Ramsdale on their list of goalkeeper targets for the summer (Daily Mail)
Danny Drinkwater faces the axe from Aston Villa after headbutting his team-mate Jota – but Premier League officials may be reluctant to grant the club permission to end his loan from Chelsea early (Daily Mail)
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang says he is happy at Arsenal. There has been speculation linking the 30-year-old Gabon striker with a move to Barcelona (Daily Mirror)
Leeds will pay Lorient the buy-out clause to sign Illan Meslier permanently. The French goalkeeper is currently on loan at Elland Road (Daily Mirror)
Chelsea will try to sign Porto’s Brazil defender Alex Telles, 27, if they fail to land Ben Chilwell (Daily Star)
All football matches in England will be played behind closed doors under government plans to combat coronavirus that could be triggered as early as today (The Times)