Football Gossip: Pogba & Sterling to Man City, Benzema to Utd, Casillas to Arsenal

Football Gossip: Pogba & Sterling to Man City, Benzema to Utd, Casillas to Arsenal

Kenny Awotorebo

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has been promised a blank cheque with which to transform the club into one capable of ruling Europe. (Sun- subscription required) 

Pellegrini wants to sign Juventus’ France midfielder Paul Pogba, 22, and Liverpool’s England forward Raheem Sterling, 20, in the summer. (Daily Mail) 

Real Madrid’s France forward Karim Benzema, 27, could join Manchester United in a move that would see Spain goalkeeper David De Gea, 24, leave Old Trafford for the Bernabeu.(Telegraph) 

Arsenal will try to buy Spain goalkeeper Iker Casillas, 34, if his club Real Madrid sign De Gea. (London Evening Standard) 

Injury-plagued midfielder Abou Diaby, 29, could be given a chance to continue his career at Arsenal under a pay-as-you-play contract despite being named on the official list of players released by Premier League clubs on Wednesday. (Times – subscription required)

Former Chelsea midfielder Kevin De Bruyne, 23, could return to the Premier League after the Belgium international confirmed his agent has had initial talks with Manchester City. (Sky Sports) 

Chelsea have attempted to ward off interest in goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois by placing a £73m price tag on the 23-year-old. (Telegraph) 

England right-back Glen Johnson, 30, is expected to join Turkish side Besiktas after being released by Liverpool. (Liverpool Echo) 

Manchester City will release defender Micah Richards, 26, but retain third-choice goalkeeper Richard Wright, 37, who has never played a competitive first-team football match since joining the club in 2012. (Manchester Evening News) 

Tottenham have made the first move to sign Burnley right-back Kieran Trippier. The former England Under-21 international, 24, also linked with Liverpool and Southampton, has a £3.5m release clause in his contract. (Mirror) 

Former West Ham striker Dean Ashton has advised new Hammers boss Slaven Bilic to make QPR forward Charlie Austin, 25, his main transfer target. (Talksport) 

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