Pep Guardiola planning to bring Robert Lewandowski with him to Man City
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TOP STORY: Pep to go for Lewandowski and Rode
Pep Guardiola can have his pick of the cream of Europe's crop in the summer when he joins Manchester City, but his main target will be Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski, according to the Daily Express.
Lewandowski is one of the world's best up front, though how he would dovetail with Sergio Aguero is another matter. A bid of £60 million is likely to tempt Bayern into selling and the Polish international would be a wonderful addition to City's lineup and also the Premier League.
Hold on though, City fans. Pep may be dipping into the market for a big star, but one name that has appeared on his radar from his soon-to-be-former club is slightly less impressive.
City fans may go crazy if Lewandowki signs but are likely to be less wowed if Sebastian Rode rocks up at the Etihad. The 25-year-old midfielder currently can't hold down a place in the Bayern XI but could find himself following his manager to Manchester if the Daily Mirror are to be believed.
Man United hit stumbling block over Mario
Manchester United, however, can't catch a break. They will hope to match rivals City in the derby on Sunday but could miss out on a transfer target because they aren't willing to splash the kind of cash that they do in the blue half of Manchester.
Sporting Lisbon midfielder Joao Mario has been tipped for a bright future, but he also comes with a price tag of £55m. A price tag that the Daily Star claim United are not willing to stump up.
Real and Arsenal keen on Jorginho
Arsenal and Real Madrid rarely fight over the same player as they are at different ends of the spending spectrum, but the duo could be set to go head-to-head for Napoli midfielder Jorginho, according to his agent.
Newcastle have also been linked with a move, but Joao Santos claims that the 24-year-old is happy where he is unless two of the biggest clubs in Europe firm up their interest -- and that doesn't include the Magpies.
"Newcastle United? No, [Rafa] Benitez has gone there. They probably need a player like him, but we haven't talked," he told Radio Crc in quotes reported by the Daily Star.
"Real Madrid and Arsenal know Jorginho, if they came forward with an official offer we'd talk but at the moment all I can say is that Jorginho has a five-year contract with Napoli and wants to play for them in the Champions League next year."
Chelsea to get themselves another Oscar
Clearly keen to keep the number of names that their new boss will have to learn in the summer down, Chelsea have spotted Oscar de Marcos at Athletic Bilbao and are ready to offer the Spanish side £20m to sign him, say The Sun.
Ramires' exit to China has left the Blues short in midfield, so the 26-year-old Oscar seems a perfect replacement. If he's happy to play for another club without Champions League football that is ...
Benteke to leave Liverpool for Juve?
It's fair to say that Christian Benteke's time at Liverpool has not been much of a success. So the club would take as much of the £32m it took to prise him away from Aston Villa as they can get.
This is where Juventus come in. With Alvaro Morata apparently a target for Bayern Munich in the summer, the Italians are looking for another striker. They won't pay £32m, but the Sunday People say that a bid of around £25m is coming shortly.
For the Belgian, and for his club, it might just be the best option.
- Jose Mourinho has identified Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane as his primary transfer target if he becomes Manchester United manager in the summer, sources have told ESPN FC.
- Jonathan Calleri is Argentine; Mauricio Pochettino is Argentine -- you see where we are going with this? No? OK, well the Sunday People insist that the Boca Juniors striker is off to Tottenham.
- Wolfsburg striker Bas Dost is attracting the interest of Premier League clubs with Newcastle, Southampton and Stoke all keen on a £15m move at the end of the season, according to Sport Bild.
- Leicester may soon be champions, but they are also keen to snap up the next generation of top talent. The Sun insists they are after West Ham's 19-year-old defender Reece Burke.