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Papers: Chelsea on Song, Liverpool eye Llorente

Liverpool bound? ... Juventus' Spanish striker Fernando Llorente

21/06/2015 00:00:00
by UK Papers
Leaving Barcelona ... Alex Song

‘United to land Schweinsteiger’

Manchester United are nearing a £7.5million deal for Bayern Munich star Bastian Schweinsteiger, according to a report in the Sunday People. United boss Louis van Gaal is confident he can lure his former player away from the Allianz Arena and transfer negotiator Ed Woodward has been tasked with making it happen.

The Germany star is reportedly keen to link-up with Van Gaal, who managed him when he was in charge at Bayern from 2009-2011. United will only have to pay £7.5m for the midfielder and so Van Gaal believes it to be a bargain worth prioritising early this summer.

Linked with switch to Manchester United ... Bayern Munich star Bastian Schweinsteiger

‘City will meet Liverpool’s Sterling fee’

Manchester City will now meet Liverpool’s £50 million asking price for Raheem Sterling, according to a report in the Sunday Express. City have so far lodged two bids, the last one amounting with add-ons to £40million - both have been rejected. Liverpool are prepared to sell the 20-year-old but not for a penny under £50m and City apparently won’t drop their interest for the sake of another £10 million in a summer in which they are committed to bringing in top English talent. They don’t want to miss out on Sterling and are expected in the next few days to submit a bid which will satisfy Liverpool.

‘Liverpool target signing Llorente’

Liverpool are turning their attentions to the Juventus striker Fernando Llorente and Sevilla’s Carlos Bacca after refusing to meet the £32.5 million release fee to sign Christian Benteke from Aston Villa, according to a report in the Sunday Telegraph. Llorente is expected to be made available by the Italian champions, who are reshaping their attack this summer and signing Atlético Madrid’s Mario Mandzukic, while Sevilla have insisted, so far, that Bacca is not for sale. Liverpool are examining the possibility of signing either Llorente or Bacca. Juventus will try to hold out for as much as £14.3 million for Llorente but will probably let him go for less.

‘Chelsea holding talks for Song’

West Ham United are trying to convince Barcelona to let them sign Alex Song on a free transfer, although talks have also taken place over a potential switch to Chelsea, according to a report in the Sunday Telegraph. Barca are believed to have valued Song at around £5million, but the Hammers have suggested that they sign the midfielder for free and take on his entire £70,000-a-week wages. Chelsea and Manchester City have also shown interest in Song due to his status as a home-grown player, but it is unclear whether or not the two clubs are willing to pay a fee.


Newcastle United 'keen to sign Ashley Cole'

Roma look ready to release Ashley Cole for a return to England with Newcastle United. According to the Daily Star newspaper, the 34-year-old is a transfer target for Steve McClaren. His contract with Roma runs to June 2016, but Cole has struggled to make any impact at the Stadio Olimpico.

He managed just 11 Serie A appearances, three in the Champions League and two for the Coppa Italia, without providing a goal or assist. The ex-Chelsea full-back had been a free agent when he arrived from Chelsea last summer.

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