The newspapers continue to speculate on the transfer market and which players will end up where. With new bosses at four of the Premier League’s top six sides, the anticipation has been heightened on the beginning of next season and which side will start the strongest.
Here is a roundup of today’s top transfer gossip.
The biggest story comes from the Independent who claim that French moneybags Monaco are preparing to add Cristiano Ronaldo to their ever increasing list of superstars.
It already looks as though they have secured Rademel Falcao, and have been linked with Barcelona goalie Victor Valdes and Chelsea stalwart John Terry.
However landing Ronaldo would undoubtedly be the transfer of the summer, and Monaco are preparing a mega deal of a £85m transfer fee and £17m annual salary to try and land the Portuguese superstar.
Moyes closing in on Lewandowski
That story will not please new Man Utd manager David Moyes who had been interested in persuading Ronaldo to re-join United. He can though take consolation in the fact that it appears that he is getting closer to securing Robert Lewandowski, one of the hottest strikers in Europe.
The Pole was expected to join Bayern Munich but Borussia have vowed not to sell him to their Bundesliga rivals as they did Mario Gotze, so a move to Old Trafford looks the most likely conclusion to this particular saga according to the Sun.
This story will further unsettle Wayne Rooney who feels the United fans will never forgive him after Sir Alex Ferguson revealed he had made two transfer requests in three years as reported in the Times. If he can get out of Old Trafford to Paris then this may be the time for Rooney to leave.
Martinez wants Wigan stars to follow him
Elsewhere in the Premier League new Everton boss Roberto Martinez will try to sign Antolin Alcaraz from former side Wigan if the Mirror have got it correct.
But the Metro say that another of Martinez’s former players, Arouna Kone does not intend to follow him to Goodison and will stay at the DW to try and help Wigan bounce back to the Premier League at the first attempt.
Capital One Cup winners Swansea will try to loan Jonathan De Guzman from Villareal for another seaon if they cannot agree a deal for a permanent move.
The Dutchman was a key player for the Swans last season and famously denied Nathan Dyer the chance to make history and become the first player to score a hat-trick in a League Cup final when he wouldn’t let him take a penalty.
Rebuilding jobs for Di Canio and Pardew
Sunderland boss Paolo Di Canio has begun rebuilding his side after narrowly avoiding relegation and has added El-Hadji Ba from Le Harve to his squad.
Across the north east at Newcastle, Alan Pardew is weighing up a bid for Aston Villa outcast and former Sunderland player Darren Bent to ease the goalscoring burden on Papisse Cisse according to the Telegraph.
While the Shields Gazette report that QPR boss Harry Redknapp will try and persuade Newcastle full back Danny Simpson to drop into the Championship to help his side gain promotoion at the first time of asking.
Towards the middle of the Premier League last season were Norwich and West Ham who will both be looking to boost their squads for more of the same next year. The Mirror say that Chris Hughton is looking at Ola Toivonen of PSV, a long term target of Fulham, to add some goals to his shot shy team.
While at Upton Park Sam Allardyce wants AC Milan veteran Massimo Ambrosini to add some valuable experience to his squad next season it is reported in the Mail.
Spanish legend off to the MLS
Finally, across Europe Villareal legend Marcos Senna will leave Europe this summer to see out his playing days in the MLS. The Mirror report that PSG will turn to Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas to replace Carlo Ancelotti, after being snubbed by Jose Mourinho and Guus Hiddink.
AC Milan chief executive Adriano Galliani spoke to Italian paper Gazzetta Dello Sport saying that Man City target Stephan El Shaarawy is not unsellable and that every player has a price.
There is the main speculation today and we will find out over the coming weeks what was fact and what was fiction.
Interestingly it has been very quiet at the bigger clubs in the Premiership, with little coming out of Man City, Chelsea, Arsenal, Spurs or Liverpool. Expect that to change sooner rather than later.
Aston Villa shirts
Aston Villa merchandise
Manchester City shirts
Manchester City merchandise
Manchester United shirts
Manchester United merchandise
Norwich City shirts
Norwich City merchandise
West Ham shirts
West Ham merchandise