Nicolos Gaitan to sign for Manchester United?
Football writer Zach Ward looks at today’s transfer gossip and rumours...
MANCHESTER United have reportedly agreed a �20m cash plus players deal for Argentine winger Nicolos Gaitan, according to The Daily Telegraph.
24 year-old Gaitan, who plays for Benfica, has been linked with a move to Old Trafford which would see defender Fabio da Silva move on a season long loan, and Federico Macheda transferring on a permanent basis to the Portuguese club.
Elsewhere, Luis Suarez has given Kenny Dalglish and Liverpool a boost by committing his long-term future to the club.
The Daily Express reports that despite interest from big-spending French giants Paris Saint Germain, Suarez is happy to stay on Merseyside.
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“I will continue at Liverpool,” he said. “I have four years left on my contract and I am very happy and I hope good things continue.”
Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini says striker Carlos Tevez could remain at the club next season, reports the Daily Star.
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Mancini and Tevez had a well publicised bust up earlier in the season after the Argentine refused to come off the bench against Bayern Munich in a Champions League game.
Mancini vowed he would never play for the club again- but the striker has forced his way back into the team, and his hat-trick against Norwich on Saturday may have changed the Italian’s mind on his future.
Tottenham are hoping to prise Manchester United starlet Ezekiel Fryers from Old Trafford in the summer transfer window, reports the Metro.
Defender Fryers, who was part of the Red Devil’s FA Youth Cup winning squad of last season, is on Harry Redknapp’s radar and could offer him a deal in the summer, with the 19 year-old out of contract in the summer.
United would be owed compensation, but Fryers could join the list of youngsters who have left the club in recent times.
Ravel Morrison joined West Ham in the January transfer window, while Juventus have expressed an interest in Frenchman Paul Pogba
Aston Villa boss Alex McLeish is hoping to boost his frontline for next season with the signing of Andrew Johnson from Fulham- but the club’s wage budget could prove to be stumbling block, reports the Daily Mirror.
Johnson is availible on a Bosman free but Villa’s �40,000-a-week limit may not be enough for the former England international, who has scored 11 goals this season.
Liverpool and a number of Serie A sides are chasing Hertha Berlin creative midfielder Raffael, according to Inside Futbol.
With Hertha sitting second from bottom in the Bundesliga, the 27 year-old Brazillian may be tempted to leave the relegation-threatened club in the summer with Kenny Dalglish interested, as well as Italians Napoli.
Hertha have reportedly placed a 15m euros price-tag on the playmaker, who has scored five goals in 28 games this season.
The Daily Mirror reports Wolves midfielder Karl Henry could be heading to Martin O’Neill’s Sunderland in the next transfer window.
With Wolves destined to be relegated this season, former captain Henry could be tempted to move to continue playing Premiership football, with Roy Hodgson’s West Brom also reportedly interested.
Promotion-chasing Reading are in the hunt for Blackpool winger Matt Phillips and are ready to pay �1m to secure his services, reports the Sun.
Brian McDermott is a long-term admirer of Phillips and tried to sign the 21 year-old in 2010, but lost out to the Tangerines.
Phillips’ 11 goals this season have elevtated the Ian Holloway’s side into a play-off spot, but with the Royals close to clinching automatic promotion, McDermott could be ready to splash out as he looks to build a side for a Premier League campaign.
Southampton could be ready to offer Blackburn defender Scott Dann a Premier League lifeline in the summer, writes the Sun.
It is rumoured that Saints boss Nigel Adkins will offer �1m for the centre-back should they get promoted and Rovers fail to avoid the drop. The 25 year-old has impressed since his move from Birmingham last summer and has made 24 appearances, scoring one goal.
Blackburn currently sit three points from safety with four matches remaining.