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Manchester City to challenge United for Sergio Ramos' signature?

The rumours are gaining momentum and, in many instances, credibility. Transfer Talk has the latest news as the summer window nears.

Manchester clubs in scrap for Sergio?

Transfer Talk kicks off Monday with a tasty rumour mill morsel, with word that we may be about to see a cross-Manchester battle for Sergio Ramos.

The Real Madrid defender, you will recall, is a target for Manchester United in a deal that may or may not involve United goalkeeper David De Gea going to the Bernabeu.

But, in a twist worthy of a soap opera, the Mirror says neighbours Manchester City are now coveting Ramos themselves and Etihad Stadium officials are "monitoring the situation."

If, as suggested, they step into the battle, this one could get more interesting -- and messier. Delicious.

Be a stayer, Schmeichel tells De Gea

Peter Schmeichel, a man who knows a thing or two about being a United legend, has told De Gea he can become just that.

The keeper may have repeatedly been linked with a move to Madrid, but former Denmark international Schmeichel has said he can realise his ambitions by staying put, the Sun reports.

Schmeichel believes the Spain international can beat his own impressive haul of trophies at Old Trafford.

And just to remind you, that haul consisted of five league titles, the Champions League, three FA Cups, a League Cup and a UEFA Super Cup.

The Sun quotes the 51-year-old as saying: "I would be upset if he left because I'm certain he could go on to make multiple hundreds of appearances for United and end up winning more medals than me.

"There is no reason I can see why he wouldn't be successful if he stayed for the rest of his career."

And if anyone should know about that sort of thing, Schmeichel should.

Seriously, if Peter Schmeichel tells you to do something, you should really listen to him.

Gunners shy away from Schneiderlin

Schpeaking of schtar players, the way has been cleared for United to sign Southampton midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin as -- according to the Daily Mail -- rivals Arsenal have dropped out of the running.

After reports over the weekend said the Frenchman was set for Old Trafford in a deal worth about £25m, a doubt or two emerged amid claims that Arsene Wenger was weighing up a late bid.

But United fans can rest easy, the Mail says, because the Gunners have "pulled out of the race" for the 25-year-old.

And what of Arsenal fans? Well, they can look forward to seeing what comes of Wenger's reported "genuine interest" in Juventus star Arturo Vidal.

Coleman's not delivered yet

But what about Everton fans who might be worried about where Seamus Coleman will be plying his trade next season after strong links with a move to Old Trafford emerged?

The Guardian says United have not yet made a formal approach for the Republic of Ireland right-back, but does stress that he is very much on the Old Trafford list of potential summer signings.

Coleman, who moved to Goodison Park from Irish club Sligo Rovers in 2009 for a mere £60,000, signed a new deal at Everton last season.

But the five-year contract inked by the 26-year-old then may not count for all that much if United decide to step up their interest.

Borini to be a Hammer?

The Liverpool squad reshaping continues -- but this time with an outgoing rather than an incoming, the Sun reports.

The Merseysiders, who dipped well below expectations last season, have already brought in five new players, with Nathaniel Clyne set to be named as the sixth before long.

But the Sun says Fabio Borini, who opted not to join Sunderland last summer, won't be linking up with the new arrivals because he is on his way out of Anfield this time around.

Its report says he is heading to West Ham in "a shock £8m move" and will travel for London for talks soon.

"Borini has been an Anfield failure," it adds bluntly, "but the Hammers still think he can do a job."

Will Fabio Borini play better when he's decked out in claret and blue?


- The changes are being rung at Spurs, reports the Mirror, which claims Galatasaray are in talks about a move for striker Roberto Soldado.

Not only that, Paulinho -- reportedly close to a move to China -- Etienne Capoue, Erik Lamela and Vlad Chiriches could all on their way to pastures new as well.

- Southampton's latest target is Belgium under-21 international Dennis Praet, also reported to be of interest to Bayern Munich and Arsenal, the Star reports.

The 21-year-old Anderlecht ace is believed to be high on Saints boss Ronald Koeman's list as he looks to replace the outgoing Schneiderlin.


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