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It's an eye-catching back page but we're not sure we quite believe The Sun's claim that Juventus are joining every other big club in Europe in wanting Raheem Sterling for £50m. There's a great deal of 2+2 stuff going on here on the back of claims that the Italians will sell Paul Pogba this summer for £75m. Can we see Juve breaking the Serie A transfer record for Sterling? No chance.

Meanwhile, the back page of the Daily Mail says that Brendan Rodgers faces an 'exodus' of up to ten players this summer. They list Steven Gerrard, Glen Johnson and Kolo Toure definitely or possibly leaving on free transfers, Sterling (a target for everyone), Martin Skrtel (a target for Wolfsburg), Javi Manquillo (whose loan ends), Mario Balotelli, Rickie Lambert, Fabio Borini and Brad Jones. We're not sure you can call it an 'exodus' when you have to somehow find buyers for at least four of those unwanted players.

Under the terrible headline 'RODGERS MOORE', the Daily Mirror tells us that the Liverpool manager has got the 'green light' to make a 'summer transfer splash'. So who will he buy? Contact has been made with PSV over Memphis Depay (though The Sun claim that PSG will blow them out of the water with a £25m bid), while Sporting Lisbon midfielder William Carvalho is apparently a target. Add free transfers James Milner, Danny Ings and Brazil keeper Neto and that's a 'summer transfer splash', apparently.

We have to say that we think it would be a mistake, but the Daily Mirror suggest that 'Arsene Wenger is cooling his interest in Morgan Scheniderlin' because of the emergence of Francis Coquelin. Meanwhile, it seems that Mikel Arteta has signed a new one-year contract while Tomas Rosicky will end his nine-year association with the Gunners this summer.

They call it 'audacious' and they're damn right. The Daily Mirror claim that West Ham have made an attempt to make Jurgen Klopp their new manager but have been told that he is waiting for a club in mainland Europe. It's not you, it's me.

But Sam Allardyce will still be exiting in the summer, though there is 'no firm candidate' to replace him. David Moyes is expected to stay in Spain with Real Sociedad, while other names mentioned are Rafa Benitez, Marcelo Bielsa and Eddie Howe.

Blackburn striker Jordan Rhodes will be the subject of a new bid by Nottingham Forest in the summer but Middlesbrough also want him...Hull City winger Tom Ince is set to join Derby on a permanent deal in the summer after being deemed surplus to requirements by the Tigers. Charlton's Johann Gudmundsson and Pole Maciej Rybus are being considered as replacements...Manchester United stars fear goalkeeper David De Gea is determined to join Real Madrid...Everton have joined Newcastle, Crystal Palace and Southampton by expressing interest in Charlie Austin...

...Atletico Madrid have set a £50million price tag for Koke as Chelsea eye a move for the midfielder...Aston Villa are to complete free signing of Wolves winger Bakary Sako at the end of the season...A Newcastle exit looms for Jonas Gutierrez after a bust-up with John Carver...Stoke boss Mark Hughes has revealed Peter Crouch is likely to require a hernia operation in the summer...Chelsea will have to offer £26m to sign Paulo Dybala this summer, the player's agent has claimed...Everton, Manchester United and Sunderland were among the clubs who sent representatives to watch Obbi Oulare, 19, play for Club Bruges on Sunday.

I seriously hope Rodgers isn't around to spend/waste another summer transfer budget. The fact he seriously wants Milner petrifies me.
- uncle monty

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