Football Rumours: Modric to move to Man City?
With the football season coming to an end, football writer Rebecca Abbott looks at the likely movers and shakers in this summer’s transfer window.
Roberto Mancini admits he would jump at the chance to bring midfielder Luka Modric to Man City, but he faces a tough battle as Tottenham are unlikely to let the Croatian leave according to the Telegraph, while the Mail is reporting that David Silva will be offered an improved long term contract by the Eastlands boss.
A slightly more realistic target is Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo, with the title contenders lining up an eye-watering �80 million bid to bring the ex-Man United player to the Eastlands.
Arsenal are hoping they can gain a work permit for 19-year-old Joel Campbell at the second time of asking. After having it refused last summer, the Costa Rica international has made 18 apperances on loan for for French side Lorient - Express The The Mail is also reporting that Chelsea flop Fernando Torres could be heading out of Stamford Bridge at the end of the season. Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala could be spending up to �35 million for the striker. While the Guardian has revealed that Petr Cech will be staying at Stamford Bridge for at least another season. The goalkeeper looked to be heading out of the club while Andre Villas-Boas was manager, along with Didier Drogba, Paulo Ferrera and Frank Lampard.
One player that could be joining Stamford Bridge is Real Madrid’s Angel Di Maria, with the Argentinian international costing the north London club up to �35 million. - Sun
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While the Daily Express have revealed that the White Hart Lane based club are planning for Redknapp’s departure, by turning to Brendan Rodgers. The Swansea boss has impressed the north London club, and is top of the list of managers to replace Redknapp.
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Fellow relegation canidates Blackburn have confirmed that they are after Marseille striker Andre-Pierre Gignac, but will only but in a bid if the north-west club avoid finishing in the bottom three at the edn of the season. - Express