Chelsea and City set to battle for ‘next John Terry’ – report

Chelsea and Manchester City are considering an offer for Everton‘s John Stones as a long-term investment, according to the Daily Mail.

Stones has been under the watch of Chelsea scouts for the past 18 months and is reportedly seen as a long-term replacement for captain John Terry.

The 20-year-old central defender has impressed over the last two seasons and is tipped to be one of the best in the country as he continues to develop.

Chelsea’s search for John Terry’s replacement may seem premature given that he has played every minute of their Premier League season, but they will need to move quickly for Stones if City are interested.

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This summer could be a good time for Chelsea to sign Stones as his development would be helped by Terry. The former England captain has a formidable partnership with Gary Cahill, who has gone from strength-to-strength since signing for the club in 2012.

Manchester City are targeting younger British stars to meet homegrown quota regulations, and Stones is an ideal candidate. The Englishman has four caps and has become one of the first names on the team-sheet for Roberto Martinez.

City’s defence has been questioned this season as they failed to put up much of a challenge for the Premier League title and Manuel Pellegrini is expected to strengthen his options this summer.

Everton are not looking to offload Stones but with the financial power of Chelsea and City they could well be forced into accepting bids upwards of £20 million for their starlet.

Stones has been likened to Terry for his no nonsense and calm approach. He netted his first Everton goal in their 3-0 win over Manchester United last month with a powerful header.

Will Stones move on this summer? Could he be the next John Terry?

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Brendan Rodgers keen on signing Manchester City fringe man – report

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is keen to sign Manchester City striker Stevan Jovetic for as little as £12 million, according to the Daily Mirror.

After two seasons in Manchester, the Montenegrin striker has failed to impress and has played second fiddle to Sergio Aguero.

Jovetic signed in the summer of 2013 for a reported £22 million fee, so City could lose out on half their investment should the deal take place.

With only eight goals in 30 appearances in the Premier League, Manuel Pellegrini is set to allow Jovetic to leave.

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Liverpool have been linked with a number of strikers this summer, after we reported that Jeremy Menez has also been recognised as a target for the Kop.

And with Mario Balotelli and Rickie Lambert continuously linked with moves away, Liverpool will need to find replacements as they will need backup for Daniel Sturridge, should the pair leave.

All that is certain is there will be an overhaul at Liverpool this summer once again, as they will look to replace the outgoing Steven Gerrard and also the hole left by Luis Suarez’s departure last summer.

Do you think Stevan Jovetic would be a good signing for Liverpool?

Liverpool suffer BLOW in chase for Manchester City star

Liverpool have suffered a huge blow in their pursuit of Manchester City‘s James Milner as Manuel Pellegrini wants him to stay at the Etihad, according to Sky Sports.

Milner netted City’s second goal against Swansea this weekend and his performance once again showed his desire and commitment to the club. His contract is up at the end of the season and the 29-year-old midfielder would be a great addition to any Premier League squad, especially on a free transfer.

Pellegrini wants Milner to stay but highlighted it is important for his utility man to help make the decision.

“It’s a decision James must take at the end of season, what is better for his future,” he said.

“I always talk that he is an important player for our team, he can play in different positions because he is an intelligent player.”

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The City boss has used the Englishman in 31 league games this season and he is a player any club would want to keep.

“He always gives 100 per cent but it will be sorted at the end of the season.

“I can think (staying at Manchester City) is best him for him but it’s important what he thinks. He is a very important player for us.”

Liverpool and Arsenal have been heavily linked with a move for Milner but given Pellegrini’s comments a move away from City could be off the cards.

Will James Milner stay at Manchester City next season?

City star to take £2m pay cut to force through move to Inter Milan – report

Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure looks to have all but sealed a move to Inter Milan to be reunited with former boss Roberto Mancini this summer.

The latest reports suggest that Toure is willing to take a significant pay cut to ensure the move goes through as his time in the Premier League with City is drawing to a close.

Corriere dello Sport suggest that the 32-year-old Ivorian has agreed a £3.5million-a-year salary on a four-year deal that will run until 2019 – a deal that will see him earn much less than the estimated £5.75 million-a-year he is currently on at City.

However, a fee is yet to be agreed between the two clubs. It has been suggested that City value Toure at around £10 million and the deal relies on Inter meeting that figure at the very least.

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Having been heavily linked with a move away from Manchester in recent months is seems inevitable that Toure will move after seeing a dramatic drop in form this season, while City’s failure to retain the title will have played a part in any decision.

All that being said, Toure has been part of the core of the Manchester City squad since his arrival in the summer of 2010, and having won two Premier League winner’s medals, he will leave as a hero with the club.

City have been linked with a huge move for Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba as a possible replacement for Toure, and many feel the Frenchman is one of very few who could emulate the powerful Ivory Coast international’s performances.

Would Inter Milan be a good move for Yaya Toure? Who should Manchester City look to replace him with?

City deal HUGE blow to United and Chelsea’s pursuit of €100m-rated star

Manchester City have held initial talks with Juventus over a possible move for €100 million-rated midfielder Paul Pogba, according to Sky Sports Italia.

It is understood that City’s representatives travelled to Turin to talk with Pogba over a move to the Etihad Stadium this summer.

Last season’s Premier League champions face a tough task to secure Pogba’s services as he is being chased by some of the biggest clubs in Europe, including the likes of Chelsea, Manchester United, Real Madrid, FC Barcelona and Paris Saint Germain.

Don’t miss: Stats – Can Paul Pogba replace Yaya Toure at Manchester City?

Italian champions Juventus are hopeful of keeping their star man, who is contracted until 2019, and have set an asking price of €100 million in an attempt to fend off interest.

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City are understood to be the first club to make advances on the player by visiting Turin but PSG are reportedly ready to stump up the asking price to beat of competition for the French international.

Pogba could yet find himself playing in this season’s Champions League final as his Juventus side take a narrow 2-1 lead into their semi-final second leg against Real Madrid at the Bernabeu on Wednesday night.

Yaya Toure is expected to leave City this summer and Pogba is viewed as the perfect replacement should he do so.

Will Paul Pogba leave Juventus this summer? Would Manchester City be his best option?

STATS: Can Juventus star replace Yaya Toure at Manchester City?

Juventus midfield superstar, Paul Pogba, is looking like the main transfer story of the summer so far and is top of many top clubs’ shopping lists, with the likes of Real Madrid, Chelsea, Manchester City and PSG among those searching for his signature.

Former club Manchester United have also been linked but Pogba could join the blue side of Manchester since reports emerged that Yaya Toure is likely to be heading out of the club this summer.

Pogba, who has won his third Serie A title in a row this season, is one of few that are similar to Toure in stature and playing style and City are keen to acquire the Frenchman.

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Should Pogba make the move, it is reported that his salary would be approximately £250,000-a-week after tax, making him the highest paid midfielder in the world.

So how does the promising youngster weigh up against Toure? We compare their league stats from this term:

Yaya Toure Stat Paul Pogba
31 Age 22
27 Appearances 23
8 Goals 8
1 Assists 2
89% Pass Completion % 83
21 Tackles Won 45
30 Key Passes 32
31 Chances Created 34

Judging from the stats above, there is a clear indication that Pogba can replicate the performances from Yaya Toure this year, and with potential to get much better, Pogba should be a worthy investment.

It is worth noting that this has not been Yaya Toure’s greatest season at Manchester City but the Juventus star’s statistics speak volumes about how influential he is.

Do you think Paul Pogba will replace Yaya Toure at Manchester City? Would he be the perfect signing for City?

Bayern Munich playmaker could follow Guardiola to City this summer – report

Manchester City have been linked with a move for Bayern Munich playmaker Thiago Alcantara, but any deal would only go through if City manage to land Pep Guardiola as their manager, according to German source TZ.

Manchester City are looking to refresh an ageing squad this summer with Yaya Toure one of several players looking close to the exit door and so reinforcements will be needed.

Former Barca star Thiago has finally returned to the playing squad at Bayern after over a year out and has made two league starts for the Bavarians since returning.

The Spaniard’s current deal lasts until 2017 and so any City move would likely cost more than the £18 million fee that saw him move to Germany in 2013.

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The deal however, hangs on Pep Guardiola joining the Citizens if Manuel Pellegrini departs at the end of the current campaign.

Guardiola is favourite to take the reigns at City after Bild reported that he met with City sporting director Txiki Begiristain two weeks ago to discuss his current contract.

Begiristain is said to have met with Guardiola in a hotel to negotiate a deal to bring him to the Etihad Stadium, and that could see Thiago follow as he did when the former Barca coach joined Bayern in 2013.

Would Thiago be a good signing for Manchester City? Would Pep Guardiola be the ideal appointment?

Manchester City talks underway for £35m-rated former Chelsea star – report

Manchester City have started their summer transfer work as talks are ongoing with £35 million-rated playmaker Kevin De Bruyneaccording to talkSPORT.

The ex-Chelsea midfielder has attracted interest from top clubs all over Europe after an impressive season in the Bundesliga with Wolfsburg and it is looking likely that he is set for a big money move in the coming months.

The Belgian superstar has found the net ten times and notched 19 assists as he has helped Wolfsburg secure a Champions League place for next season.

Patrick De Koster, De Bruyne’s agent, told talkSPORT that City have confirmed their interest but they are not alone in their pursuit of the talented 23-year-old midfielder.

“Manchester City, Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain have made informal contact with me, but there have been no official offers,” De Koster said.

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“The situation has now changed with Wolfsburg qualifying for the Champions League next season, so wherever he plays next season it will be in the Champions League.”

De Koster hasn’t revealed too much on where De Bruyne will be playing next season, but insists it will be a Champions League club and the choice of club is with his client.

“If Wolfsburg decide to sell Kevin, then he will have a choice of clubs who can win their domestic league and challenge for the Champions League as well. The choice is his.”

City will be looking to rejig their squad this season after a difficult and frustrating campaign on all fronts and if they can secure De Bruyne it will be a step in the right direction to rebuild.

It looks as if Yaya Toure will be moving on amongst others but De Bruyne will face tough competition for a number-ten role with David Silva enjoying another successful season at the Etihad.

Would Kevin De Bruyne be a good signing for Manchester City? Is he what they need?

Chelsea, City and United handed HUGE boost in race for £58m-rated superstar

Premier League trio ChelseaManchester City and Manchester United have been handed a huge boost in their pursuit of Juventus superstar Paul Pogba as the Italian club are looking to rebuild this summer, according to the Daily Mail.

The 22-year-old midfielder has been on the radar of some of European football’s giants after yet another impressive season and Chelsea, Manchester City, Manchester United, Real Madrid, Barcelona and Paris Saint Germain are said to be chasing his services.

It is reported that PSG made the Frenchman an astonishing £210,000-a-week offer, but Pogba’s representatives are looking for more as interest in the Frenchman is so high.

His services are going to set back any potential outfit around £58 million and with Financial Fair Play regulations, clubs will need to be selling at least one top player in order to fund any possible move.

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There has been previous talk of player-plus-cash deals, especially surrounding Chelsea with regards to Oscar heading to Juventus. But Jose Mourinho hasn’t given any indications that he plans to allow the Brazilian playmaker to depart and Oscar has claimed he is settled.

With Yaya Toure’s departure from Manchester City looking imminent that seems a more likely destination than Chelsea, but City will need to be working hard to meet the regulations of FFP.

The excitement around this deal is continually on the rise and it could be a summer-long saga for a club to secure his services in such a huge move, not too dissimilar to Gareth Bale’s move in 2013, as Pogba looks to be the number one target for club’s across Europe.

Will Paul Pogba leave Juventus this summer?

Liverpool legend reveals who City need after ‘pathetic’ title defence

It is no secret that Manchester City have not been good enough this season and will have to make some key changes over the summer to come back as a force again next season.

And Liverpool legend Jamie Redknapp has told Sky Sports that City need Paul Pogba after a ‘pathetic’ defence of their Premier League title.

“I expect Yaya Toure to leave Manchester City this summer – and they need to sign Paul Pogba to replace him,” Redknapp said.

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“After winning two trophies last season, this has been a pathetic defence of their Premier League title from City and their ageing squad desperately needs refreshing.”

Many of Europe’s elite have been linked with Juventus ace Pogba, and his services will require a world record transfer fee, according to his agent.

Transfermarkt.co.uk rate Pogba at £44 million, which is £42 million less than the current record transfer fee that saw Gareth Bale move to Real Madrid in 2013.

Redknapp highly regards Pogba and says it is no surprise that so many clubs are chasing his services.

“He’s a fantastic talent who can do everything. Players like him don’t come along very often and at 22 years old he has a huge future in front of him.”

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If City are to sign Pogba it will be a real kick in the teeth to the Frenchman’s former club, Manchester United, to see him sign for their noisy neighbours.

The young midfield enforcer has been linked with Paris Saint Germain, Real Madrid, Chelsea, Manchester United and Manchester City so whoever wins the race for his signature will be a stronger force.

Is Paul Pogba what City need and is a move for him possible?