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LIVERPOOL AFTER PAIR OF WC WINGERS
If finishing second in the Premier League has had one immediate effect on Liverpool, it's that the names linked with moves to Anfield in the gossip columns have increased a few notches. As an example of that, Sunday's papers talk of Liverpool moves for wide midfield players from Barcelona and Bayern Munich.
The Liverpool Echo report that Brendan Rodgers is interested in an approach for Xherdan Shaqiri, the Swiss winger that has struggled to make an impact at Bayern despite being hugely highly-rated when moving from Basel. The paper mention that Liverpool would be loathed to pay more than £20million for Adam Lallana and with Shaqiri still just 22 and available for around £15m, he may be a more realistic option.
Meanwhile, the Daily Star predictably go for the ballsier shout, claiming that Liverpool will instead turn their attention to Barcelona's Alexis Sanchez, who scored a quite magical goal for Barcelona during their title playoff against Atletico on Saturday. Of course it is also an Exclusive for the Star, because it normally is.
Quite amazingly, despite Sanchez having a deal in place until 2016, the paper believe that Liverpool could sign the Chilean for as little as £18million. To be clear, yours truly (DS) will eat your hottest available chilli (it's a chilli/Chile gag) should Sanchez arrive at Anfield for that amount. And that's a proper 'Exclusive'.
UNITED JOIN SAGNA HUNTIt appears more and more likely that the FA Cup final victory over Hull was Bacary Sagna's last performance in the red and white of Arsenal, and we can rather see why clubs would be pushing past each other in a bid to be at the front of the queue when lucrative three-year deals are being wafted in the Frenchman's face.
The Daily Mail have an 'Exclusive' of their own, with claims that Manchester United have joined the race for Sagna, although presumably they might want to appoint their new manager before signing players?
The paper report that Sagna will sit down with Manchester City to discuss a four-year contract worth £100,000 a week, but that United will try and pip their rivals. The line 'Louis van Gaal has identified Sagna as the man he wants to contest the right-back slot with Rafael' does seem slightly far-fetched if you ask us, but we'll go with it.
To be honest, With Nemanja Vidic, Rio Ferdinand and possibly Patrice Evra leaving, we can't see United matching City's contract length offer for a 31 year old, even if they stumped up £100,000 a week.
ARSENAL AFTER BONY
Last summer, we touted Loic Remy to Arsenal as a deal that seemed to make sense, but Wilfried Bony is surely this summer's version. Seventeen goals in 34 league games in a new league for a struggling club equates to a bloody great season, and Arsenal do so need some support for Olivier Giroud, especially when you factor in the fact that Bony also got goals in both cup competitions and Europe. Can anyone remember a better debut season that has so obviously gone under the radar?
The Daily Mirror report Arsenal interest whilst also mentioning Everton and Borussia Dortmund in passing, and all admirers will be buoyed by recent words from the Ivorian, who admitted that he could be tempted to join a "big club".
With 47 goals in 57 league starts over the last two seasons, we can see why such "big clubs" may be sniffing about.
AND THE REST
Shola Ameobi has turned down a one-year extension to stay with Newcastle United and he is set to leave this summer... Norwich could appoint Malky Mackay as their new manager this week... West Brom are hoping to sign Cardiff striker Fraizer Campbell... Fulham have made Stoke striker Cameron Jerome one of their key summer transfer targets... Liverpool are on alert to join the bidding if Javi Martinez leaves Bayern Munich this summer... Chelsea are stepping up their interest in Everton kid John Stones and want a £12million done before the World Cup... Swansea are hoping to land Ravel Morrison from West Ham for a cut-price £3.75million... Brighton are hoping to make Real Madrid coach Paul Clement their new manager... QPR will make a move for Swansea captain Ashley Williams if they secure a return to the Premier League through the play-offs... Derby will open talks with Chelsea to sign striker Patrick Bamford if they beat QPR to reach the Premier League... Crystal Palace are lining up a move for Fulham midfielder Kieran Richardson... Alan Pardew is keen on Hertha Berlin striker Pierre-Michael Lasogga, who has just completed a season on loan with Hamburg... Jake Livermore has pleaded with Tottenham to allow him to join Hull City on a permanent basis.