Paper News and Gossip: Cesc Fabregas Linked to Man City, Man Utd Eye Strootman

Ian Rodgers@irodgers66World Football Staff WriterJune 1, 2014

Paper News and Gossip: Cesc Fabregas Linked to Man City, Man Utd Eye Strootman

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    The future of Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas dominates the back-page agenda on Sunday.

    The former Arsenal star is the subject of interest from Manchester City, according to one report, while Liverpool are also monitoring the Spain international.

    Elsewhere, incoming Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal is targeting a move for Roma and Netherlands star Kevin Strootman.

    But who else is making the headlines on Sunday? Read on to find out more.

Barcelona Midfielder Cesc Fabregas Linked with Manchester City, Liverpool

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    Manchester City are preparing a transfer move for Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas, reports Paul Hetherington of the Daily Star Sunday.

    The Spain international is set to become the subject of a bidding war between the Etihad Stadium club and Arsenal, according to the article.

    But Rob Draper of the Mail On Sunday claims that Liverpool are also poised to enter the chase for Fabregas.

    Alan Nixon and Dean Jones of the Sunday People believe that Fabregas is poised to return to Arsenal as Barcelona head coach Luis Enrique prepares to overhaul his squad.

Louis Van Gaal Poised for Kevin Strootman Move for Manchester United

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    Roma star Kevin Strootman is the priority signing for incoming Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal, reports John Richardson of the Sunday Express.

    The Netherlands international is out of action until the autumn and will miss the World Cup, but Van Gaal has sanctioned a £25 million offer for the player.

    Meanwhile, Jack Wilson of the Daily Star Sunday claims that United could bring Dnipro winger Yevhen Konoplyanka to Old Trafford for £12 million.

    Former Manchester United manager David Moyes does not envisage a long-term strategy at United again in a column for the Sunday Times (subscription required).

    Moyes said:

    I never had the chance to thank the Manchester United supporters for the backing they gave me during my time as manager. I wish them every success in the future.

    They now appreciate, I am sure, that things are changing at their club and it could well be that gone are the days of long-term planning.

    They were fully aware of the task I had. It was unfortunate I wasn’t given more time to succeed.

Frank Lampard Set for New York City Move as Fernando Torres Rejects Inter

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    Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard has agreed a switch to New York City, reports Darren Lewis of the Sunday Mirror.

    According to the article, the England international will be joined by Atletico Madrid striker David Villa in making the move to the North American club, which is a franchise set up by Manchester City.

    Meanwhile, Chelsea striker Fernando Torres has turned down the chance to join Inter Milan, claims Rob Draper of the Mail On Sunday.

    The 30-year-old Spain international wants to stay at Stamford Bridge to prove himself under Jose Mourinho, adds the report.

    Meanwhile, John Richardson of the Sunday Express reports that Chelsea are set to loan Romalu Lukaku to Atletico Madrid next season.

Raheem Sterling Set for New Liverpool Deal as QPR Eye Glen Johnson

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    Raheem Sterling could sign a new £100,000 per week contract with Liverpool if he is a success at the World Cup, reports Simon Mullock of the Sunday Mirror.

    The England international played an integral role in the Reds' Premier League challenge last season, and he will be rewarded by the club if he enhances his reputation in Brazil, claims the article.

    Meanwhile, Queens Park Rangers manager Harry Redknapp is weighing up a move for Liverpool and England right-back Glen Johnson, reports Paul Hetherington of the Daily Star Sunday.

Mario Balotelli Considering Premier League Return, but Not to Man City

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    AC Milan striker Mario Balotelli could make a return to the Premier League next season, reports Simon Mullock of the Sunday Mirror.

    However, Manchester City will not be among his suitors in England, with the Etihad Stadium club refusing to activate a buy-back clause in the deal which took the forward to Italy, claims the article.

    Mullock reports that Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur will be alerted by the news that the Italy international will not be pursued by City.

    Meanwhile, Mullock also reports that City are hoping Roma defender Mehdi Benatia can force his way out of the Serie A club.

Ronald Koeman Is Leading Candidate for Southampton

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    Former Netherlands midfielder Ronald Koeman has emerged as the leading candidate to succeed Mauricio Pochettino at Southampton, reports Dave Kidd of the Sunday People.

    Koeman is leaving his role at Feyenoord this summer, and he is looking for a move to the Premier League, according to the article.

    Kidd also claims former Basel boss Murat Yakin and former Brighton head coach Oscar Garcia have already spoken with the Saints.

Mauricio Pochettino to Offer Andros Townsend as Part of Spurs-Adam Lallana Deal

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    New Tottenham Hotspur head coach Mauricio Pochettino is set to offer Andros Townsend plus cash in a bid to bring Adam Lallana to White Hart Lane, reports Dave Kidd of the Sunday People.

    Pochettino worked with Lallana at Southampton and is keen to take the England international to North London with him, claims the article.

    Kidd reports that Townsend, who will miss the World Cup through injury, is surplus to requirements at White Hart Lane and will be offered as part of the deal.

    Meanwhile, Spurs are lining up a move for former defender Steven Caulker, who is now with Cardiff City, reports Steve Stammers of the Sunday Mirror.