Transfer rumours and paper review – Friday, April 1: Manchester United step up Pochettino interest, Stoke eyeing £20m striker deal?

1 Apr

Here are the top transfer-related stories in Friday’s newspapers…

Ed Woodward’s interest in Spurs’ Mauricio Pochettino is hotting up as he weighs up the next Manchester United manager. The Old Trafford executive vice-chairman has been monitoring the progress ofTottenham’s title-chasing boss. And Woodward is now taking advice from influential people within the game about the high-flying Argentine. (The Sun)

Jose Mourinho, meanwhile, has told both Real Madrid and Valencia he is not interested – clearing the way for him to take over at Manchester United in the summer. (Daily Star)

Manchester City’s hopes of signing Lionel Messi have been boosted by a stalemate in contract talks with Barcelona. Negotiations to extend the current deal for Messi have stalled. City chiefs are prepared to pay the 28-year-old Argentinian a staggering £800,000 per week and want him to be the fulcrum of new boss Pep Guardiola’s team. (The Sun)

Manchester City have been told to spend a world-record fee to sign Paul Pogba. Italian midfield legend Andrea Pirlo warns that is what it will take to get his former Juventus teammate Pogba away from Turin. City baulked at Juve’s £75million valuation of the player last summer, and Pirlo claims the Frenchman will only leave for more than the £85m Real Madrid paid Tottenham for Gareth Bale in 2013. (Daily Mirror)

Roma midfielder Radja Nainggolan has taken to social media to play down reports linking him with a summer move to Premier League side Chelsea. (Daily Mail)

Zlatan Ibrahimovic is demanding £600,000 a week to come to the Premier LeagueArsenal, Manchester United, Chelsea and even West Ham have been linked with the Sweden striker. (Daily Mail)

Mark Hughes will renew Stoke’s £20million interest for West Brom hot-shot Saido Berahino. Manager Hughes saw a £20m-plus bid for Berahino turned down in January, and now the Potters have made fresh moves to land the former England Under-21 striker this summer. (Daily Mirror)

Everton striker Romelu Lukaku is edging closer to a Goodison exit. Real Madrid, Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain are all interested in signing the Belgian, according to his agent. (Various)

Antonio Conte wants Diego Costa to stay at Stamford Bridge and be part of his Chelsea revolution. The Italy coach has agreed terms on a three-year contract to take charge of Chelsea after Euro 2016 and although he has a number of transfer targets he has told the hierarchy he is keen for Costa to remain. (London Evening Standard)

And here are the latest headlines…​

Theo Walcott must be ‘more hungry’ to win back Arsenal and England places, ex-Gunners manager tells talkSPORT

Gunners facing battle to keep Hector Bellerin as European giants line up moves

Arsenal and Liverpool target Henrikh Mkhitaryan open to Juventus switch, reveals agent

Chelsea transfer news: Juventus set to launch £24m move for Blues midfielder Oscar

Inter Milan manager Roberto Mancini to offer Yaya Toure route out of Manchester City this summer

Manchester City, Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain target Paul Pogba ready to reject interest and pen new Juventus deal

West Ham ‘close’ to signing Valencia starlet Antonio Martinez, confirms Slaven Bilic


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