Tottenham have emerged as the frontrunners to sign a £50m-rated Serie A midfielder, while Chelsea want an Atalanta left-back, all in Tuesday’s papers.
SPURS BACK IN FOR ROMA STAR
Tottenham have reportedly emerged as the new frontrunners to sign Roma midfielder Nicolo Zaniolo this summer.
The north London club are yet to fill the void left by Christian Eriksen’s move to Inter Milan in January.
And Italy international Zaniolo fits that role perfectly, while also having the ability to play out wide.
Spurs are not the only clubs chasing the 21-year-old, however, with Juventus and Inter also keen.
Jose Mourinho has used Dele Alli, Erik Lamela and Giovani Lo Celso in the ‘Eriksen role’. However, he is still thought to be after a new playmaker.
The one major stumbling block for Tottenham would appear to be Roma’s £50m valuation of the player.
Spurs are reportedly hoping that fee will come down, given the current financial issues surrounding the game.
Roma are known to be under financial stress, which could mean they have to slash their price for the talented star.
Zaniolo has scored six goals this season and the report adds that Mourinho could help unlock his full potential at Tottenham.
AND THE REST
Juventus have made contact with a representative of Mauricio Pochettino. (The Sun)
Manchester United are interested in signing Valencia midfielder Geoffrey Kondogbia. (The Sun)
David de Gea could be axed for Manchester United’s crucial Champions League bid this week. (The Sun)
Liverpool could be looking at defensive options to sign, with one target being Norwich City’s Jamal Lewis. (Daily Express)
Marcos Alonso could leave Chelsea this summer and is reportedly being pressured to join Sevilla by his father. (Daily Express)
Manchester City are close to completing the signing of Bournemouth defender Nathan Ake. (The Guardian)
Manchester United will hold talks with Dean Henderson next week as the pressure grows on David de Gea. (Daily Mail)
Chris Hughton has held discussions with Bristol City over becoming their next manager. (Daily Mail)
LAMPARD TURNS TO ATALANTA LEFT-BACK
Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has placed Atalanta left-back Robin Gosens at the top of his transfer list. (Daily Mail)
Watford face a damaging financial headache if they are relegated as a number of their stars have their salaries ring-fenced. (Daily Mail)
Southampton will complete the £10.9m signing of Real Valladolid defender Mohammed Salisu. (Daily Mail)
Claude Puel is the early favourite for the Watford job following Nigel Pearson’s sacking. (Daily Mirror)
Nigel Pearson is to be paid a £1m bonus if Watford stay in the Premier League. Despite being dismissed as their head coach with two matches of the season left. (The Times)
Chelsea have edged closer to securing Kai Havertz and stepped up their interest in Declan Rice. (The Times)
MAN UTD FACING FERNANDES PAY OUT
Manchester United are facing splashing out millions as Bruno Fernandes edges closer to triggering two clauses in his contract. (Daily Mirror)
Dean Smith says Aston Villa’s billionaire owners will spend big again if the club stays up. (Daily Telegraph)
Tottenham have emerged as favourites, ahead of Everton, to sign Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg from Southampton. (Daily Telegraph)
Neil Lennon has admitted every Celtic player is up for sale at the right price. (Scottish Sun)
Motherwell expect an approach from Huddersfield for boss Stephen Robinson. (Scottish Sun)