Global Sports : Papers: United After Benteke

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The top stories and transfer rumours from the back pages of the national press on Sunday morning.


Aston Villa’s Christian Benteke has emerged as a possible transfer target for Manchester United this summer with boss Louis van Gaal looking to bolster his attacking options.
Manchester City have been warned they will have to smash their wage structure to bring Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti to the club, if they decide to axe Manuel Pellegrini.
Brendan Rodgers feels Steven Gerrard will return to Liverpool and win the title…as a manager. He signs off next month and will leave Anfield without winning a Premier League winners medal.
Slaven Bilic is in the frame to take over as West Ham boss if Sam Allardyce is relieved of his duties this summer.
Arsenal are stepping up their interest in Juventus defender Daniele Rugani, currently on loan with Empoli where he has proved impressive.
Aston Villa and West Brom will go head-to-head this summer for Wolves winger Bakary Sako.
Porto’s £15m rated left-back Alex Sandro could be a target for Manchester City, who are also looking at Monaco’s Layvin Kurzawa.
Carl Jenkinson will snub interest from Liverpool and join West Ham on a permanent deal in the summer.
Stoke are close to sign Standard Liege starlet Thibaut Verlinden. The 15-year-old is one of Belgium’s brightest talents.
Yaya Toure’s agent Dimitri Seluk believes his client is being made a scapegoat for Manchester City’s poor season and he has branded Manuel Pellegrini ‘a good coach but a weak manager.’
Jose Mourinho has warned his Chelsea players the title is not won yet despite their win over Manchester United on Saturday lifting them seven points clear.
Brendan Rodgers says Raheem Sterling will be taking a step down if he leaves Liverpool.
Edwin van der Sar believes Manchester United will win the Premier League title next season, while United boss Louis van Gaal has sued a Dutch firm for using a picture of him in one of their adverts without his permission.
Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel has emerged as a target for German side Wolfsburg.
Inter Milan will make a summer bid to sign Stoke ‘keeper Asmir Begovic, who has already been linked with a number of Premier League clubs.
Manchester United are keen on Borussia Dortmund midfielder Ilkay Gundogan, who is entering the last year of his contract and could be looking for a move now boss Jurgen Klopp is leaving.
Arsenal are ready to make a bid for Birmingham sensation Demarai Gray, who was the subject of a number of offers from Championship title challengers Bournemouth in January.
Jamaica are keen to get Aston Villa prodigy Rushian Hepburn-Murphy to play for their national side, putting the FA on alert. The striker is the fourth youngest player in Premier League history and an England U16 international.
Marseille star Andre Ayew has issued a ‘come and get me’ plea to Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers.
West Brom are keen to bring Marseille striker Andre Pierre-Gignac to the Premier League.
Aston Villa boss Tim Sherwood will make a summer move for Tottenham striker Emmanuel Adebayor.
Manuel Pellegrini believes he will be sacked by Manchester City if they fail to reach the Champions League.
Brendan Rodgers says Manchester City should forget about signing Raheem Sterling as Liverpool are a bigger club.
West Ham will target Everton boss Roberto Martinez if they decide not to stand by Sam Allardyce.
FC Dnipro’s Ukraine winger Yevhen Konoplyanka will turn down £85,000 a week from West Ham because he has his heart set on a move to Arsenal.
Burnley striker Danny Ings wants to stay in the Premier League next season but only if he is guaranteed a regular role.
Mauricio Pochettino fears England call-ups will eventually cost Tottenham a place in Europe.

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