Transfer Tales: Sterling to Chelsea and Strootman to Manchester United
As the international break finally winds up, the big transfer rumour of the week - Raheem Sterling headed for the Anfield exit - won't go away.
We should have known really. Despite Brendan Rodgers being very clear that Raheem Sterling is going nowhere this summer in his press conference yesterday, today's papers can't resist linking the Liverpool youngster with a big money move away.
The Mail say that Chelsea have 'joined the race' for the 20-year-old. Earlier this week Sterling said in an interview that he was 'flattered' by interest from Arsenal but Chelsea now fancy nipping in, with Manchester City also said to want the England international.
The report goes on to say that interest in Sterling is not confined to the Premier League, with Real Madrid and Bayern Munich also eyeing up the player. The Independent say that despite the denials by Rodgers, there is a £50m price tag on Sterling's back, but we doubt that will put off some of the world's richest clubs. We're going to go out on a limb here and say that there is going to be A LOT more Raheem Sterling talk over the next six months.
Over at Manchester United there is news about long-term target Paul Pogba. Well, sort of. The Manchester Evening News say that despite months of rumours of Louis van Gaal wishing to bring the French player back to Old Trafford, the real target from Serie A this summer for LVG is Kevin Strootman.
The Dutch midfielder has been plagued by injuries but he is a class act and if he can return to full fitness, Roma will be swamped with suitors for the 25-year-old.
However, if you thought that this would end the Pogba stories, you'd be wrong as the Telegraph reckon that Chelsea may go for him, and offer Juventus Oscar or Ramires as part of the deal.
In other news, the Sun say that Yaya Toure is a 'dream target' of Inter Milan and in a rumour that has to be pushing it, they also say that eight (EIGHT) clubs are interested in Fabio Borini.