Premier League transfer news and gossip
Real Madrid want Pochettino and Kane
Spurs face double trouble this summer as Real Madrid look to restore their reputation as a European powerhouse by swooping for manager Mauricio Pochettino and star striker Harry Kane.
And The Sun says the Spanish giants, whose three year reign as European champions was ended by Ajax this week, will offer £145m for Tottenham’s two biggest assets.
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“Madrid's season has spiralled out of control and they are desperately searching for a solution,” says the paper, which adds that president Florentino Perez is ready to “splash the cash” to fix the problem.
“Pochettino's sublime spell in North London has led to him being linked to the job at the Bernabeu.
“Madrid are also searching for a new striker as 87 per cent of fans have called for Gareth Bale to be sold at the end of the season.”
Bale to Spurs, Man Utd or Chelsea?
It seems certain that former Spurs star Bale will leave Madrid in the summer, and the pundits are falling over themselves to predict his next club.
The Daily Star carries the comments of former Spurs team mate Ryan Mason who predicts that the winger could find himself back at White Hart Lane next season.
But a move to Manchester United could also be on the cards. In fact it could already be done and dusted, according to Sports Mole.
“Spanish journalist Eduardo Inda claims that long-term admirers United may have finally closed an agreement for his transfer, with a fee of £104m expected to change hands,” says the website.
But there could still be a twist, it adds. “Real would prefer Bale to join Chelsea as part of a player-plus-cash deal for Eden Hazard, but the Blues are hopeful of keeping their star man at Stamford Bridge.”
Solskjaer plans Sancho shake-up
If, as seems inevitable, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is appointed permanent Man United manager in May then there could be some big changes at Old Trafford, reports the Irish Independent, which claims he has already drawn up a list of transfer targets.
The Norwegian is “is working on a number of new signings and United are ready to back him with a massive summer war chest”.
The paper claims: “Summer targets include Napoli central defender Kalidou Koulibaly and Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho.
“Alexis Sanchez, Matteo Darmian, Antonio Valencia and Marcos Rojo are likely to depart, with young stars like Tahith Chong, Mason Greenwood, Angel Gomes and James Garner being elevated to United's first team.”
Leicester set to miss out on Wilson
Brendan Rodgers’ arrival at Leicester City could end their hopes of landing Liverpool star Harry Wilson on loan, says MailOnline.
The 21-year-old Welsh international has shone at Derby this season and Jurgen Klopp believes another season out on loan in the Premier League could see him return as the finished article.
But MailOnline says: “Liverpool are now understood to have reservations about sending Wilson to Leicester despite Rodgers being a former manager at Anfield”.
They are concerned that Rodgers would not trust the youngster and that he would not get enough game time to make the move worthwhile.
Liverpool want Llorente
Liverpool and Everton have their eye on 25-year-old Real Socieded defender Diego Llorente reports The Guardian.
The paper picks up on reports in Spain that the centre-back, who has enjoyed a remarkable rise through the ranks this season, could be available for £26m.
Newcastle in £40m striker swoop
Joelinton might sound like the name of someone who doesn’t like to use the space button on his computer, but he is in fact a Brazilian striker and could also be the man to keep Rafa Benitez at Newcastle.
“Benitez is out of contract in the summer but will get further backing in the transfer window if he decides to stay at St James’ Park,” reports The Sun, which adds that a club record £40m move for the 22-year-old Hoffenheim striker could be on the cards.
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