BBC sports Gossip column: Schweinsteiger, Sterling, Wilshere, Balotelli


Manchester City will make a third bid for Liverpool’s 20-year-old England forward Raheem Sterling. Their last offer of £40m was rejected but the Premier League runners-up look like returning with a bid close to the Anfield club’s £50m asking price. (Sunday Express) 

Arsenal will fend off interest from Manchester City in Jack Wilshere by offering the England midfielder, 23, a new five-year, £100,000-a-week contract. (Sunday Mirror) 

Raheem Sterling

The Sunday Express leads with the story that Manchester City will make a third bid for Liverpool’s Raheem Sterling

Wilshere is said to be undecided over his future and concerned about how many matches he will play for the Gunners next season. (Star on Sunday) 

The agent of Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko has denied the Bosnia striker has contacted Chelsea about a move to Stamford Bridge and says the 29-year-old will most likely stay at the Etihad. (ESPN) 

Liverpool want to sign Juventus’ Spain striker Fernando Llorente, 30, or Sevilla’s Colombia forward Carlos Bacca, 28, after refusing to meet Aston Villa’s £32.5m asking price for Belgium frontman Christian Benteke. (Sunday Telegraph) 

Meanwhile, Spanish midfielder Luis Alberto, 22, is to return to Anfield early after his two-year loan spell was cut short by La Liga side Malaga.(Liverpool Echo) 

Turkish side Besiktas want Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli. The 24-year-old Italy international scored just one league goal for the Reds last season. (Eurosport – in Turkish) 

Manchester United are closing in on a £7.5m deal for Bayern Munich’s Germany midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger, 31. (Sunday Mirror) 

However, United are less likely to also sign Bayern’s £20m-rated defender Jerome Boateng, 26, because the Germany international’s girlfriend is reluctant to move to Manchester. (Star on Sunday) 

Red Devils target Mario Mandzukic, 29, has agreed a deal with Serie A champions Juventus. It means the Croatia striker will have signed for beaten Champions League finalists for a third time after joining Bayern Munich in 2012 and Atletico Madrid in 2014. (Sun on Sunday) 

United goalkeeper David De Gea, 24, has told his team-mates he wants to leave the club and join La Liga runners-up Real Madrid. The Spain international is yet to agree an extension to his current deal, which has one year left. (Mail on Sunday) 

Star on Sunday back page

The Star on Sunday leads with Jack Wilshere potentially leaving Arsenal for Manchester City

Premier League champions Chelsea are in talks to sign Cameroon midfielder Alex Song, 27, who was on loan at West Ham last season. Barcelona value the former Arsenal man at £5m. (Sunday Telegraph) 

Manchester City are also interested in signing Song, who has two years left on his contract with the Spanish champions. (Sky Sports) 

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho is considering a bid for Everton’s 21-year-old England defender John Stones. (Sunday Express) 

Tottenham’s Belgium midfielder Mousa Demeble, 27, is also on Mourinho’s list of summer transfer targets. (Sun on Sunday) 

Meanwhile, Spurs are favourites to sign Belgium defender Toby Alderweireld from Atletico Madrid ahead of Southampton, where the 26-year-old spent last season on loan.(Sunday Times – ) 

Everton are interested in Burnley goalkeeper Tom Heaton, 29, with the future of their current number one – 36-year-old USA international Tim Howard – in doubt.(Independent) 

Swansea have had an £11m bid for striker Troy Deeney, 26, rejected by newly promoted Premier League side Watford. (Sunday Mirror) 

Hull midfielder Tom Huddlestone, 28, will reject a move to Premier League side Aston Villa to stay with the Championship club. (Star on Sunday) 

Paris-St Germain midfielder Marco Verratti, 22, wants to leave the French champions and will “run through the exit” if Spanish giants Real Madrid or Barcelona come in for him. (Marca) 

Newcastle United will delay a £15m move for QPR striker Charlie Austin, 25, while they try to find out if the player wants to stay in London. (Mail on Sunday 

West Ham United have made a £14m bid for Marseille’s 28-year-old France winger Dimitri Payet. (Sunday Telegraph) 

Southampton legend Matt Le Tissier claims 23-year-old Portugal right-back Cedric Soares’ arrival at St Mary’s does not mean England international Nathaniel Clyne, 24, will leave. (Talksport) 


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