Manchester United and Tottenham are ready to do battle for a £50million Premier League keeper this summer, while Liverpool are inviting summer bids for a key squad man – both in Sunday’s Paper Talk.
UNITED, SPURS IN FIGHT FOR NEW NO.1
Manchester United and Tottenham have both registered an interest in Burnley star Nick Pope, but have been told the goalkeeper would cost a whopping £50million.
United have put Pope on their wish list ahead of what they expect to be a busy summer. However, they will be rivalled by Spurs, who have a keeper conundrum emerging.
The Red Devils are prepared to sell David de Gea at the end of the season, with Paris St-Germain already showing interest.
The Spaniard earns £375,000-a-week, but has form has been steadily decliining over a number of years.
Dean Henderson appears to be the heir apparent at Old Trafford. But there remain concerns that he is not yet ready to take the role full time.
To that end, a report in the Daily Star states that United are taking a closer look at Burnley star Pope – who would cost £50m.
However, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer faces a rival in his bid to land the England man, with Jose Mourinho also on the prowl.
The 34-year-old World Cup winner is in the final stages of his career, hence Spurs’ need to look to the future.
Pope has enjoyed another outstanding campaign for the Clarets and looks a certainty for Gareth Southgate’s Eueo 2020 squad this summer.
There are even calls for the 28-year-old to be installed as Gareth Southgate’s No.1 ahead of Jordan Pickford this summer.
AND THE REST FROM PAPER TALK
Liverpool are ‘inviting offers’ for striker Divock Origi ahead of the summer. (Mail on Sunday)
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has won a new £9m-a-year contract at Manchester United. (Sunday Mirror)
Jurgen Klopp has blocked Liverpool duo Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez from going to the Euros this summer. (Sunday Mirror)
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has challenged Man Utd duo David de Gea and Dean Henderson to show him who should be his No 1. (Sunday Mirror)
Malang Sarr is targeting winning a place in the Chelsea first-team when he returns from a season-long loan. (Metro)
PREM DUO STEP UP ALABA CHASE
Chelsea and Manchester City could enter the fray for David Alaba, whose contract at Bayern Munich ends in the summer. (Daily Star Sunday)
Roy Keane is keen on managing Celtic and making a sensational return to Scottish football. (Sun on Sunday)
Sheffield United will not replace Chris Wilder permanently this season, with Paul Heckingbottom and Jason Tindall in temporary charge. (Sun on Sunday)
Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba is on Paris St-Germain’s list of transfer targets. The Ligue 1 club have already made contact with the 27-year-old’s agent. (BBC Sport)
Cristiano Ronaldo, who has been linked with a return to Real Madrid, says his focus in on finishing strongly with Juventus. (Mail on Sunday)
Marcus Rashford is hopeful of being fit for England but Patrick Bamford could miss out on a call-up to add to Gareth Southgate’s lengthy attacking injury list. (Mail on Sunday)
Barcelona are not planning to remove manager Ronald Koeman following Joan Laporta becoming the club’s president again. (Sport)
Barca also want to sell Brazil playmaker Philippe Coutinho. That is so they can pay Liverpool the remaining debt from his 2018 transfer. (Sport)