Paper Talk: Man City fear major blunder, as Harry Kane transfer truth causes star’s big twist; Villa plot record Chelsea bid

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Manchester City may have scuppered their plan for a star over his transfer links with Harry Kane, while Aston Villa plan a big Chelsea raid – both in all the latest Paper Talk.


Manchester City could have put their plan for Raheem Sterling to sign a new contract in peril by offering him in a deal for Harry Kane, a report claims.

City boss Pep Guardiola has laid plans for another hefty transfer window of spending to mount another Premier League title defence. Speculation over Jack Grealish’s future at Aston Villa intensified on Friday, with reports claiming that Villa are now willing to let their star man go.

As such, City have moved closer to making his move a British transfer record at £100million. Amid the talk over Grealish, though, Kane has long had links with a move to the Etihad Stadium.

With Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy valuing the striker at over £100million, though, City are reportedly considering including Sterling as a makeweight in the deal.

According to the Sunday Mirror, though, Sterling has become ‘angry’ after learning of the development.

Indeed, both the winger and his club were hoping to open talks over a new deal; Sterling had hoped to follow Kevin de Bruyne in increasing his salary.

However, the club’s willingness to sell him for a suitable fee has led the winger to ‘reassess his options’, the newspaper adds.

Sterling ‘now knows’ that City are not truly in contract talks for the right reasons; rather than tying him down as a key player in Pep Guardiola’s team, he is aware that they are instead trying to protect his value.

The 26-year-old was open to a new deal, despite enduring a tough end to the Premier League season. He has brushed off those concerns, though, netting two winning goals for England at Euro 2020 so far.

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Ben Chilwell, Mason Mount, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Tammy Abraham TEAMtalk

Aston Villa are ready to make a £40million bid for Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham. (Sunday Mirror)

Meanwhile, Manchester City have made Chelsea and England full-back Reece James a transfer target. (The Athletic)

Tottenham managing director Fabio Paratici is ready to join Arsenal in the transfer hunt for Houssem Aouar. (Sunday Mirror)

Spurs are also in talks about signing Bologna defender Takehiro Tomiyasu, who will cost around £15million. (Mail on Sunday)

Indeed, the north London club feel ‘confident’ of signing the Japanese, who is ‘desperate’ to move to the Premier League. (Sun on Sunday)


Kingsley Coman, Corentin Tolisso, Lucas Hernandez France training Euro 2020

Liverpool have made an opening bid for Bayern Munich winger Kingsley Coman. The Frenchman was on Manchester United’s radar, but they are now close to signing Jadon Sancho. (Gazzetta dello Sport)

Sancho will earn £250,000 per week in his Old Trafford contract. (Star on Sunday)

United, though, are pondering a move for Rennes midfield talent Eduardo Camavinga as they step up their summer transfer plans. (Mail on Sunday)

Borussia Dortmund have identified PSV’s Donyell Malen as their Sancho successor. However, that deal could scupper Liverpool’s interest in the Netherlands international. (Sky Germany)


Mason Mount battling Billy Gilmour, England v Scotland, Euro 2020, June 2021

Self-isolating duo Mason Mount and Ben Chilwell have joined the Three Lions’ team meetings via Zoom in case they can return to the squad for Tuesday’s Euro 2020 last 16 clash with Germany. (Sunday Telegraph)

Phil Foden is in line to return to Gareth Southgate’s starting team at Wembley. (Sunday Times)

Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti is leading interest in a move for United full-back Diogo Dalot. The Portuguese has returned from a loan at AC Milan, but his future remains unclear. (Correio de Manha)


James Tarkowski Ben Mee Burnley TEAMtalk

Burnley are ready to listen to offers for long-term West Ham centre-back target James Tarkowski. Wolves have also had links with the England international. (Football Insider)

Leeds, West Ham and Southampton are all potential suitors for Barcelona full-back Junior Firpo. (Mundo Deportivo)


Everton are closing in on making Rafael Benitez their next manager and an announcement is therefore expected in the next week. (Sunday Telegraph)

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