Paper Talk: ‘Fury’ over Kane as preferred suitors prepare mega offer; Man Utd set sights on Aston Villa starlet
All the latest on the Harry Kane situation as his preferred destination is revealed, while Tottenham are furious. And Man Utd and Man City are looking towards an Aston Villa starlet, in the papers.
SHOCK AND FURY OVER KANE
Tottenham’s players are understood to be “shocked” at Harry Kane’s decision to go public on his desire to leave the club.
Asked by Gary Neville, in an episode of The Overlap Podcast, if his career was at a crossroads, Kane said: “I think so. I think it’s definitely a conversation to be had with the club.
“Yeah, I want to be playing in the biggest games, the biggest moments…
“I hope that we can have that conversation.”
Kane did his interview with Neville at the start of the month, according to the Daily Mirror. So his intentions were clear even before this week’s leak from Sky Sports about his future. And it does not take a genius to work out the source of Sky’s Kane news, with Neville one of the broadcaster’s leading pundits.
The Mirror report that Kane’s approach has “shocked” Spurs players.
Kane was due to receive five Player of the Year awards before Wednesday night’s defeat to Aston Villa.
The club say that did not happen because of timing issues with the striker set to receive the gongs at the training ground on Friday. Heung-Min Son did get his award, but Erik Lamela will get his Goal of the Season award another time.
Meanwhile, Manchester City are ready to outbid Manchester United and Chelsea for Kane.
That’s the news from the Daily Star, who say that Kane’s “preference is to join City”.
City are winning the race to sign him,” according to the paper. A fee of £120m has been quoted and Spurs will be in no mood to negotiate and are said to be “furious” with the events.
UTD, CITY GO FOR CARNEY
Aston Villa youngster Carney Chukwuemeka is being considered as a transfer target for Manchester City and Manchester United. (Daily Express)
Borussia Dortmund are among the clubs monitoring the situation of Aston Villa’s 17-year-old Carney Chukwuemeka (Bild)
Arsenal have stepped up their efforts to sign 24-year-old Argentine midfielder Emiliano Buendia from Premier League-bound Norwich City as the Gunners look to replace Norway international Martin Odegaard, 22, who is poised to return to Real Madrid at the end of his loan. (Mail)
Premier League champions Manchester City are set to offer England forward Raheem Sterling, 26, a new long-term deal. (Telegraph)
Real Madrid’s Wales forward Gareth Bale, 31, could extend his loan stay with Tottenham by a further year if Kane is granted his desire to leave the London club. (AS)
West Ham and Fulham lead the race to sign Blackburn Rovers’ 24-year-old English striker Adam Armstrong, who has been valued at £25m, but the two London clubs face competition from Brighton and Everton. (Sun)
Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia could be forced back to the drawing board as Thomas Tuchel’s side target two strikers in the summer transfer window. (Daily Express)
SHAQIRI TO LEAVE
Xherdan Shaqiri looks set to leave Liverpool this summer and is attracting attention from all over Europe, but the Reds reportedly have their own demands they want to be met first. (Daily Express)
West Bromwich Albion are set to commence talks with former Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder, 53, about taking over from outgoing manager Sam Allardyce. (Telegraph)
Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel remains “very interested” in signing Bayern Munich and Germany defender Niklas Sule, 25. (Abendzeitung)
Manchester United have made it clear to FC Nordsjaelland that they are prepared to outbid Ajax to sign 19-year-old Ghana striker Kamaldeen Sulemana. (Football Insider)
Wolves winger Adama Traore, 25, is in talks over a new contract at the Premier League club, putting an end to speculation linking the Spain international with Liverpool and Barcelona. (Goal)
Argentine striker Serio Aguero’s free transfer to Barcelona from Manchester City is “80%” done, with the 32-year-old set to undergo a medical with the Catalan club soon after City feature in the Champions League final. (Mundo Deportivo – in Spanish)
Juventus’ 43-year-old Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon says retirement is an option for him when his contract in Turin runs out in the summer, but insists he up for another “crazy” challenge. (Rai Sport)
LEICESTER CLOSE TO SOUMARE DEAL
Leicester City are close to completing a four-year deal for Lille’s 22-year-old French midfielder Boubakary Soumare. (Julien Laurens)
Newcastle United are preparing a bid to sign England Under-21 midfielder Joe Willock, 21, on a permanent deal from Arsenal, a deal that could also help convince French winger Allan Saint-Maximin to remain at St James’ Park. (Telegraph)
Arsenal and Tottenham are both interested in Roma’s 19-year-old Gambian midfielder Ebrima Darboe, who has made just five appearances for the Italian club. (Corriere dello Sport)
Queens Park Rangers hope to finalise a deal to keep West Brom’s 31-year-old English striker Charlie Austin after 23-year-old midfielder Sam Field, who was also on loan from the Premier League club, completed his permanent move to Loftus Road. (West London Sport)
Leeds United are set to trigger a clause to turn 24-year-old English winger Jack Harrison’s loan from Manchester City into a permanent deal. (Football Insider)
Wolves’ link with Jorge Mendes will be helpful as the Premier League club tries to sign Portugal forward Goncalo Guedes from Valencia, who have “sent a message to the market” to say they will listen to offers for the 24-year-old. Sevilla are another club that has shown interest. (Plaza Deportiva)
UTD TO LAND HEATON
Manchester United are poised to re-sign 35-year-old English goalkeeper Tom Heaton on a free transfer from Aston Villa. Sam Johnstone, 28, who was another of the Red Devils’ targets, will move to West Ham from West Bromwich Albion. (Talksport)
Chelsea and Paris St-Germain are considering a move for Barcelona’s 31-year-old Bosnian midfielder Miralem Pjanic. (Le10Sport)
AC Milan could finally become the Italian club to sign Chelsea’s soon-to-be out of contract 34-year-old France forward Olivier Giroud, who has been followed by Roma and has previously been linked with Lazio and Inter Milan. (Gazzetta dello Sport)
Former Chelsea boss and England midfielder Frank Lampard, 42, has pulled out of the race to take over from Roy Hodgson, 73, as Crystal Palace manager in the summer. (Football Insider)
Portsmouth’s Republic of Ireland striker Ronan Curtis wants to make a move from League One to the Championship in the summer, and his agent says clubs are eager to take him. (Portsmouth News)
Alvaro Morata is the latest player to be linked with a move to the Camp Nou. Barcelona have set their sights on the No. 9 who has spent the past season on loan at Juventus from Atletico Madrid. (FootMercato)
Barcelona are looking to re-sign Adrian Bernabe, who left the Spanish club to join Manchester City in 2018 (Mundo Deportivo)
Lyon centre-back and Spurs target Joachim Andersen is receiving interest regarding a potential transfer back to the Premier League (Fabrizio Romano)
LEEDS CHASE CUNHA
Leeds United are reportedly looking to add another Brazilian to their ranks with Matheus Cunha of Hertha Berlin on Marcelo Bielsa’s radar (Kicker)
Tottenham are ready to pounce for Brendan Rodgers if Leicester fail to qualify for the Champions League on Sunday. (The Sun)
Paul Pogba’s brother Mathias has urged the France midfielder to leave Manchester United and join the Joan Laporta revolution at Barcelona.
Liverpool could land Aaron Ramsey this summer for as little as £10m according to reports in Italy. (Mirror)
Spartak Moscow have announced Victor Moses will be joining the club on a permanent deal from Chelsea this summer. (Daily Mail)
Everton would be prepared to sell Moise Kean for a fee in the region of €45m (Here We Go podcast)
Dortmund’s Julian Brandt is firmly on Arsenal’s list of candidates to replace Martin Odegaard (Kicker)
Massimiliano Allegri has rejected an approach from Tottenham to become their new manager, according to reports in Spain. (Daily Mail)
Tammy Abraham is set to leave Chelsea this summer with Leicester and West Ham ready to give him a new home. (Daily Mail)
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FERNANDINHO TO SIGN NEW DEAL
Fernandinho is set to stay at Manchester City next season after agreeing to extend his contract for one more year. (The Times)
Uefa says it will completely overhaul its Financial Fair Play rules and that it wants to reduce wages and transfer fees to “acceptable levels” rather than obliging clubs to break even. (The Times)
The Leeds United vice-chairman Paraag Marathe has insisted that the club’s American shareholders are “different” from the Glazer family at Manchester United. (The Times)
Watford are in talks with Hibs over a sensational £4m deal for young player of the year Josh Doig. (Scottish Sun)
Aston Villa are reportedly targeting Celtic midfielder David Turnbull in a big-money summer raid. (Daily Record)
Celtic stand to bank a profit of just £5.5m on Odsonne Edouard this summer, if their £20m price tag is met due to a 50 per cent sell-on clause agreed with PSG. (Daily Record)
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