Real Madrid interested in signing Tottenham star Eriksen

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Real Madrid are targeting Tottenham’s Christian Eriksen as part of a summer spending spree, the Mirror claims.

Returning boss Zinedine Zidane is said to be a huge admirer of the 27-year-old, who will only have 12 months left on his contract this summer.

The paper adds that Spurs are keen to keep him, but know that if he does not commit to a new deal, they might have to cash in rather than lose him on a free transfer after next season.

Manchester United are reportedly set to press ahead with an £80million move for Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho this summer.

The Independent claims the midfielder is now one of United’s main targets, although Dortmund are said to be keen to keep him.

The same paper also says the Old Trafford club are unlikely to move for Barcelona’s Philippe Coutinho.

There are fears Andy Carroll’s career at West Ham could be over, the Daily Mirror reports.

The 30-year-old’s ankle injury has prompted concerns he could be out for the rest of the season, which, with his current contract due to expire in the summer, could end the striker’s hopes of getting a new deal, the paper says.

In other West Ham news, the club are set to return for Celta Vigo forward Maxi Gomez in the summer as a potential replacement for Carroll, according to the Mirror.

The Hammers were rejected when they made an approach for the 22-year-old in January, but could land him for a cut-price fee if Celta are relegated, the paper says.

Ones to watch

Recoe Martin: Newcastle and Southampton are eyeing up the MK Dons teenager who has been compared to Dele Alli, the Daily Mirror says. The Premier League clubs are closely monitoring the 18-year-old, who has impressed at youth level for the League Two club, the paper claims.

Mo Diame: Crystal Palace and Brighton are among a host of European clubs interested in signing the 31-year-old Newcastle midfielder, the Daily Star reports.

Turkish giants Besiktas and Galatasaray, as well as clubs in Italy and Spain, are also said to be monitoring developments, with the Senegal international’s contract set to expire in the summer.

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Barcelona stepping up Matthis de Ligt pursuit

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De Ligt starred against Barcelona's arch-rivals Madrid in the Champions League.

Barcelona are stepping up their pursuit of Ajax centre-back Matthijs de Ligt, according to Goal.

The 19-year-old, who captained his side to a stunning win over Barca’s arch-rivals Real Madrid in the Champions League last week, is one of Europe’s most coveted young players, with several clubs chasing his signature.

Barcelona have long been considered the favourites to sign De Ligt, but now recognise the urgency of getting a deal done soon.

They already have a deal in place for De Ligt’s good friend and team-mate Frenkie de Jong, with the midfielder set to move to Barca in the summer in a £65million deal that was agreed this January. Barcelona are hoping their relationship with Ajax will help make the transfer smoother.

Eric Abidal, the Catalan club’s technical secretary, has already met De Ligt, back in November when talks over a deal were initiated, while club president Josep Maria Bartomeu is set to take the lead in negotiations now to get the deal over the line.

The Camp Nou side have been looking for defensive reinforcements, as the depth behind 32-year-old Gerard Pique, Clement Lenglet and Samuel Umtiti – who has had recurring injury issues himself – is sorely lacking.

Toulouse youngster Jean-Claude Todibo is also joining in the summer, but De Ligt, who is the current holder of the Golden Boy award given to the best young footballer playing in Europe, has long been viewed as the sort of player who could end up being at the club for the next decade.

A deal could be completed as early as April, with the reigning La Liga champions looking to move fast.

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Barcelona target Matthijs de Ligt admits joining Virgil van Dijk at Liverpool "could happen"

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De Ligt starred against Barcelona's arch-rivals Madrid in the Champions League.

Highly-rated centre-back Matthijs de Ligt is open to the possibility of a move to Liverpool this summer.

The Ajax defender is one of the most sought after players in Europe with Barcelona in particular expressing a keen interest in adding him to their roster after securing the services of his club and country team-mate Frenkie de Jong ahead of next season.

However, the prospect of joining compatriot Virgil van Dijk at Liverpool is an appealing one, De Ligt has revealed.

“Virgil (van Dijk) is a player who has experience in the top leagues,” he told Goal.com. “Of course, you would want to learn from him. It’s very helpful playing alongside him in the Dutch team.

Van Dijk has been one of the standout centre-backs in Europe over the last 18 months and Jurgen Klopp may view De Ligt as the ideal partner for him. However, the 19-year-old insists he’s focused on his current club.

“It could happen (De Ligt joining him at Liverpool). He plays for Liverpool, a good club, but I’m not focused on them. I focus on Ajax and then I’ll see where I end up.”

Barcelona remain favourites to land De Ligt’s signature while Bayern Munich are said to be lining up a bid as well but Liverpool will certainly be encouraged by the young centre-back’s quotes.

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