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Transfer news and gossip: Man United target £35m-rated Brazilian ace, Tottenham track Ajax star, Sterling contract update

Here’s a round-up of the latest news and rumours in Wednesday’s national newspapers and online…

Speculation over Raheem Sterling’s future at Manchester City continues to dominate the back pages, with reports now claiming the club aim to begin negotiations over a new contract this month.

It is said the England international’s representatives have not yet met with the club hierarchy, but the Premier League champions appear to want to keep the 23-year-old at the Etihad long term and hope to extend his contract beyond 2020. (The Sun)

Manchester United have set their sights on bringing £35m-rated Brazilian attacker Lucas Paqueta to Old Trafford, although Paris Saint-Germain are also tracking the 21-year-old Flamengo ace. (Daily Mirror)

Burnley have suffered a blow in their pursuit of striker Jay Rodriguez, after West Brom rejected their opening bid of £13million for the 29-year-old. (The Sun)

Manchester United are plotting a move for Brazilian star Lucas Paqueta

There are also questions over David de Gea’s future at Manchester United, amid reports the goalkeeper turned down the club’s latest offer of a new long-term contract.

But the Spain No.1 – who is out of contract next summer – has insisted he is happy to remain at Old Trafford. (The Guardian)

Tottenham are tracking 21-year-old Ajax midfielder Donny van de Beek, according to reports. Having already been impressed with the talent from the Dutch side, it looks as though Spurs will once again turn to their tried-and-tested method of bringing in new talent from Europe. (The Sun)

The agent of Arsenal star Mesut Ozil has criticised Germany’s Manuel Neuer, Thomas Muller and Toni Kroos over comments they made about the playmaker’s decision to quit Die Mannschaft. (The Guardian)

Could Donny van de Beek follow in Christian Eriksen’s footsteps by leaving Ajax for Spurs?

Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos has branded Antoine Griezmann ‘ignorant’ after the French World Cup winner said he was “eating at the same table” as global stars Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi(Daily Mail)

England boss Gareth Southgate went to watch Derby’s home match against Blackburn Rovers in the Championship on Tuesday night, instead of Liverpool’s Champions League victory over Paris Saint-Germain. (The Times)

And the latest twist in Tottenham’s new stadium saga…

MK Dons fans have been offered the chance to buy tickets for Tottenham v Watford in the EFL Cup, which is being staged at their ground, as Spurs are reportedly struggling to sell them to their own supporters. (Daily Mail)


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