Transfer rumours and paper review – Tuesday, March 22: Real Madrid plot £60m raid on Everton, Thiago to join Guardiola at Man City?

22 Mar

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

Real Madrid will launch a £60million summer raid for Everton’s rampaging hitman Romelu Lukaku. The burly Belgian tops Madrid’s wanted list after smashing 25 goals in 37 games this term. (The Sun)

Manchester City are planning a huge summer rebuild under new boss Pep Guardiola – but skipper Vincent Kompany will not be a casualty. Raheem Sterling, who has struggled for consistency in his first season at City following his £49m move from Liverpool last summer, will also be given time to prove his worth under Guardiola. However, £42million signing Eliaquim Mangala will be offloaded this summer, along with fellow defender Martin Demichelis. (Daily Mirror)

Pep Guardiola is targeting Bayern Munich’s Thiago Alcântara as one of his major signings this summer when he becomes Manchester City head coach. (Guardian)

Jose Mourinho is keen to bring in Atletico Madrid’s sporting director Andrea Berta if he becomes Manchester United manager at the end of this season. Berta, an Italian, has been a key figure under Atletico’s rise under coach Diego Simeone and has a good working relationship with Mourinho’s agent, Jorge Mendes. (Daily Telegraph)

Martin Skrtel could be sold by Liverpool this summer. Jurgen Klopp is planning a major overhaul, and is ready to ditch Skrtel and potentially Christian Benteke to fund new signings. (Daily Star)

Swansea are ready to take advantage of Chris Coleman’s contract stand-off to pounce for the Wales boss. Coleman’s talks with the FA of Wales chiefs have broken down and opened the door for him to leave after Euro 2016. Premier League strugglers Swansea, poised to part company with boss Francesco Guidolin at the end of the season, are poised to make a move, while rock-bottom Aston Villa, set for relegation and with chief Remi Garde on the brink, are also interested. (The Sun)

Real Madrid are keen to reward Gareth Bale for becoming the highest-ever scoring British footballer in La Liga with a new contract that would confirm his place among the biggest stars in the world and would dash the hopes of a number of the forward’s suitors. (Daily Telegraph)

Watford want to sign Chelsea loanee Nathan Ake on a permanent basis. The Dutch defender has caught the eye during his season-long stay at Vicarage Road. (Daily Mirror)

Jay Spearing and Mark Davies have been told to find new clubs by Bolton as the crisis-hit club slashes its wage bill. (Daily Mirror)

Kyle Lafferty is set to snub Leeds and join their bitter Yorkshire rivals Sheffield Wednesday. The Northern Ireland striker looked to be heading for Elland Road on a deal until the end of the season after being told he is surplus to requirements at Norwich. But United boss Steve Evans’ hopes of landing him before the loan window closes on Thursday have faded with the high-flying Owls entering the race for his signature. (Daily Mirror)

The FA have failed in their last-ditch bid to persuade Alex Iwobi to play for England rather than Nigeria. They have been informed ex-Three Lions youngster Iwobi won’t be changing his mind and has committed his international future to the Super Eagles. (Daily Mirror)

And here are the latest headlines…​

Manchester United starlet Marcus Rashford ‘a great player in the making’ – Juan Mata

Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick uncertain of his future at Old Trafford

Manchester United and Manchester City in bidding war to sign Inter Milan goalkeeper Samir Handanovic

Manchester United transfer news: Inter Milan defender Miranda on Red Devils’ radar

West Ham to make move for ex-Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko

Southampton and West Brom target Sandro Wagner to make Premier League move

‘I will consider offers from England and Italy’ – Antonio Conte refuses to commit to Chelsea job

Juventus to beat Arsenal with £39million bid for Real Madrid star Isco

Arsenal tracking Portuguese full-back Raphael Guerreiro ahead of possible summer bid

‘Harry Kane is potentially one of the best English strikers we have EVER seen’ – Danny Murphy on Tottenham star

Newcastle MUST be relegated to rebuild for a better future, insists Magpies hero David Ginola


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