Paper News and Gossip: David Moyes Targets UCL Triumph, Aguero Eyed by Barcelona
Manchester United manager David Moyes will have breathed a sigh of relief after his side progressed into the Champions League quarter-finals, but the Scot now has his eyes on winning the trophy, according to Thursday's newspapers.
The former Everton boss was under increasing pressure after a woeful 3-0 home defeat by Liverpool in the Premier League on Sunday.
But after overturning a two-goal deficit against Olympiakos on Wednesday night, Moyes now has the unlikeliest of triumphs in Lisbon in his sights.
Elsewhere, Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero is a transfer target for Barcelona in the summer, claims one report.
But who else is making the headlines on Thursday? Read on to find out more.
'We Can Win Champions League' Says Manchester United Boss David Moyes
Manchester United manager David Moyes believes his team can lift the Champions League after overturning a two-goal deficit against Olympiakos, reports David McDonnell of the Daily Mirror.
A Robin van Persie hat-trick saw off the Greek club at Old Trafford in a 3-2 aggregate win, and when asked whether his team were dark horses, Moyes is quoted as saying:
I hope so, I suppose we’ll be the underdogs in the draw, but I genuinely believe this club of is capable of doing it.
If we show our capabilities, which we haven’t done too often this season, we can be a match for any team.
We were disappointed after the first game, losing 2-0, and it gave us a big job to turn it around, but we managed to do it in this game.
Meanwhile, Paris Saint-Germain striker Edinson Cavani has rejected interest from United, reports Jeremy Cross of the Daily Star.
Chelsea Poised to Offer Eden Hazard Lucrative New Contract
The Belgium international has been in excellent form for the Stamford Bridge club this season, and Paris Saint-Germain, Real Madrid and Barcelona have all been credited with an interest in the player, according to the article.
But Chelsea are keen to tie down Hazard to the club in a new deal to ensure he stays at the West London club.
Meanwhile, Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has been charged with improper conduct by the Football Association for his actions during the defeat at Aston Villa on Saturday, reports Carl Long of The Sun (subscription required).
Manchester City Striker Sergio Aguero Is Top Transfer Target for Barcelona
Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero is the "No. 1" transfer target for Barcelona in the summer, claims Antony Kastrinakis of The Sun (subscription required).
The article claims the Camp Nou club are prepared to enter a "bidding war" with arch-rivals Real Madrid for the Argentina international.
Aguero is a close friend of Lionel Messi, and Kastrinakis adds that the Barcelona star will use his influence to ensure the striker links up with him at the Catalan club.
Tottenham Boss Tim Sherwood Has 'No Respect' for Benfica Counterpart Jorge Jesus
Tottenham head coach Tim Sherwood has launched a blistering attack on Jorge Jesus, claiming he has "no respect" for the Benfica boss, reports Darren Lewis of the Daily Mirror.
The pair clashed on the sidelines during the Europa League last-32 first leg at White Hart Lane where Jesus appeared to hold up three fingers at Sherwood to indicate the 3-1 scoreline, claims Lewis.
But ahead of the second leg in Portugal, Sherwood is quoted as saying:
I’ve got respect for the football club and I’ve got respect for his players.
I have got no respect for the man.
The club is a huge club and we’ve had a lot of emails from Benfica fans apologising for their manager’s behaviour.
At the end of the day, I will shake his hand, because they are a giant of a club.
Arsenal Monitor Serge Aurier as Potential Bacary Sagna Replacement
Arsenal are considering a transfer move for Toulouse defender Serge Aurier as a potential replacement for Bacary Sagna, reports Zarif Rasul of the Daily Mirror.
Sagna's current contract with the Gunners ends in the summer, and the France international is being linked with Inter Milan, claims the article.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is considering full-back options, and Ivory Coast international Aurier (21) is on his radar, according to Rasul.
Aurier has seven caps and has scored five times in Ligue 1 this season, and the report claims he will cost in the region of £6 million.
Bayern Munich Star Xherdan Shaqiri Could Join Man Utd or Liverpool, Says Brother
Bayern Munich midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri could join Manchester United, Liverpool or Inter Milan during the summer, reports Liam Prenderville of the Daily Mirror.
The 22-year-old Switzerland international has failed to find a regular first-team spot under Pep Guardiola, and Shaqiri's brother Erdin is quoted as saying:
Xherdan is 22. At this age, he needs to be playing regularly, which is not currently the case.
We are waiting now until summer. Then, when clubs make approaches such as Liverpool, Manchester United, Inter Milan and other top clubs, we can listen to their offers.
That said, Bayern still remains our first point of contact before we talk to other clubs.
Bits and Pieces: Steven Gerrard Targets DJ Career, Raheem Sterling, Adam Johnson
The England midfielder, 33, has a strong interest in dance music, according to the article, and is looking at the possibility of working in music when he retires.
On a more serious Anfield note, Raheem Sterling has credited Brendan Rodgers' man management for his form this season, reports David Anderson of the Daily Mirror.
Sterling is quoted as saying:
I’d say he (Rodgers) has got me settled off the pitch and he’s made me realise that I’m here on merit because of what I’ve done in the youth team.
He’s told me to do what I’ve been doing in the youth team and just be confident and get on the ball.
Sunderland winger Adam Johnson has accused England manager Roy Hodgson of bias towards the top-eight Premier League clubs, reports David Coverdale of The Sun (subscription required).
Johnson is quoted as saying:
I think a lot of people saw me as almost a certainty for the Denmark squad.
But if you look at the last squad it was almost all top eight bar Cardiff’s Steven Caulker, who wasn’t meant to be in it but for Phil Jagielka’s injury.
I think that says a lot about the selection. I don’t think it really matters how well you’re playing, it’s who you play for.
It’s a fact isn’t it? If you look at the last 10 squads, Southampton have been playing well, they’re in the top eight — and the rest are Everton, Tottenham, Man United, Man City, clubs like that.