Football rumours from the media – 16th April, 2018

What the papers say

Monaco reignited speculation of a summer showdown between Premier League sides to sign Thomas Lemar after the club’s president suggested they were open to offers. However Vadim Vasilyev warned the 22-year-old France international would cost “a lot” when asked if they would be open to bids over £110million, the Mirror reports. Arsenal and Liverpool have been tipped as possible bidders, while Bayern Munich have also been linked with Lemar, suggesting some serious competition for the youngster could arise over the summer.

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Slovakia goalkeeper Martin Dubravka has been on loan at Newcastle since January (PA)

Newcastle are set to offer Martin Dubravka a permanent contract after the Sparta Prague keeper impressed boss Rafael Benitez during his time on loan at the club, the Daily Express reports. With clean sheets from half of his first six Premier League appearances, the Slovakia international, 29, has made a good start since arriving in January. The deal is reported to have cost Newcastle £430,000, with a £4million option to make the move permanent.

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Leicester defender Harry Maguire is at the top of Jose Mourinho’s summer transfer list, according to the Mirror. The £35million-rated, England-capped 25-year-old is said to have impressed the Reds boss with his performances during his first season with the Foxes. After arriving from relegated Hull for a reported £17million in 2017, Maguire looks set to be hot property again when the summer transfer window opens. Meanwhile Mourinho will be looking to reboot Manchester’s Premier League pursuit with an enhanced squad.

Napoli’s Piotr Zielinski is being monitored by Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp, raising the prospect of a summer swoop for the midfielder, the Daily Express reports. The 23-year-old has made 29 Serie A appearances for second-place Napoli so far this season. The Poland international joined the club for a reported 16m euros (£12.8) in 2016. He has reportedly been on Liverpool’s radar since, although his contract at the Stadio San Paolo runs until 2021.

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Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes is a former Albion player (Ian Rutherford/PA)

Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes and former Baggies boss Tony Mowbray have been tipped to permanently replace Alan Pardew at West Brom. According to the Mirror, McInnes, a former Albion player, is prepared to consider any approach from the club over the summer, while Mowbray could also be courted for a return to the Hawthorns. Pardew left by mutual agreement in early April, with first team coach Darren Moore his temporary replacement. As former Baggies, both McInnes, 46, and Mowbray, 54, would be popular fan choices and high on the list of potential bosses to take over next season.

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Kylian Mbappe: Manchester City will go for Paris St Germain’s 19-year-old forward if the French giants are found to have broken Financial Fair Play rules, the Mirror reports.

Kieran Tierney: Jose Mourinho is interested in Celtic’s 20-year-old defender, according to ESPN.

Frank Fabra: Everton sent a scout to watch the Boca Juniors and Colombia defender, 27, the tabloids say.

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