FOOT­BALL TALK

Sunday Observer - - SPORT -

Manch­ester City have agreed a deal in prin­ci­ple to sign Shakhtar Donetsk's 24-yearold Brazil mid­fielder Fred for £44.5m this sum­mer.

(Goal)

Manch­ester City and Manch­ester United are both in­ter­ested in sign­ing Le­ices­ter and Eng­land de­fender Harry Maguire, 24.

(Mir­ror)

Manch­ester United mid­fielder An­der Her­rera, 28, is a tar­get for AC Mi­lan, who would be pre­pared to spend £32m to sign the Spa­niard.

(Tut­tosport via Ex­press)

Chelsea could turn for former Hull and Wat­ford Man­ager Marco Silva in a care­taker ca­pac­ity if they part com­pany with boss An­to­nio Conte be­fore the sea­son is over.

(Times )

Bel­gian 27-year-old for­ward Eden Hazard said ‘in foot­ball you never know’ be­fore stress­ing he was ‘happy’ at Chelsea when asked about links to Real Madrid.

(Marca)

Chelsea striker Al­varo Mo­rata, 25, has not ruled out a move back to former club Real Madrid. When asked about a re­turn to the Span­ish club, he said he was ‘happy’ with the

Blues but ‘Madrid is al­ways Madrid’.

(Mail)

Real Madrid be­lieve it will be eas­ier to sign Chelsea keeper Thibaut Cour­tois, 25, in the sum­mer rather than his Manch­ester United coun­ter­part David de Gea, 27.

(In­de­pen­dent)

Real Madrid boss Zine­dine Zi dane has de­scribed as ‘lies’ re­ports that the club are plan­ning to sell 25-year-old Spain mid­fielder Isco.

(El Pais - in Span­ish)

Arse­nal striker Alexan­dre La­cazette, 26, could find his ca­reer at the club is over fol­low­ing the ar­rival of fel­low for­ward Pierre-Em­er­ick Aubameyang, 28, ac­cord­ing to ex-Gun­ners mid­fielder Em­manuel Petit.

(Sun)

Former Eng­land man­ager Roy Hodg­son, who is now boss at Crys­tal Palace, has backed Wayne Rooney to do "a very good job" as a man­ager "be­cause he is a top-class foot­ball guy".

(Times)

Stoke City boss Paul Lam­bert wants the club to of­fer 26-year-old at­tack­ing mid­fielder Xher­dan Shaqiri, who has 16 months left on his cur­rent deal, a new con­tract.

(Ex­press)

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