Papers: United eye £40m Bale
Manchester United are preparing themselves for a summer spending spree, with Gareth Bale the top target according to the Sunday papers.
With clubs across Europe keen to prise Bale away from White Hart Lane – and Spurs absolutely insistent that he will be going nowhere, a fee for the Welshman could even rise above the £40m which has been mooted.
And if money is a problem, United are apparently willing to use Michael Carrick as a makeweight in any deal.
That offer was turned down by the Villans, but the Mirror understand that the Red Devils will have another go at luring the player to Old Trafford in the summer as Young stalls on a new contract.
Another 17-year-old star linked with a step up to the Premier League is Connor Wickham.
Depending on what paper you read this morning, the Ipswich striker is either on his way north to replace Andy Carroll at Newcastle United (News of the World) or south to join Tottenham Hotspur (People).
The Mail on Sunday say that Chelsea are eager to bring on board a key figure from the Emirates – chief scout Steve Rowley – in order to improve their record of finding the best young talent from around the world.
Perhaps not coincidentally, the same newspaper tells the story of how Chelsea let Denmark star-in-waiting Christian Eriksen slip through their fingers as a 15-year-old when the midfielder came to Stamford Bridge for a trial.
Now it is Arsenal who are leading the chase for the Ajax man (Daily Star Sunday).
In other speculation Galatasaray are ready to swoop for Villa captain Stiliyan Petrov – so says the People – Manchester City are distancing themselves from a bid for Brazilian wonderkid Neymar (NotW), while in the same paper Rio Ferdinand could be about to sign a contract at Manchester United that would effectively keep him at Old Trafford for the rest of his career – and even include a coaching role.
And finally, the News of the World says that Sam Allardyce's managerial odyssey could be about to take him to Qatar to take care of the national team.