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Anthony Martial, Paulo Dybala and Aaron Ramsey all make the back pages on Wednesday.

Anthony Martial seems happy with the changes at Manchester United (Mike Egerton/PA)
Anthony Martial seems happy with the changes at Manchester United (Mike Egerton/PA)

What the papers say

Anthony Martial would like a new Manchester United contract now that Jose Mourinho is history, the Daily Mirror says. Tension between the erstwhile manager and the France forward saw Martial pull out of talks on an extension earlier in the season, the paper reports. Martial is said to be impressed with new boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s efforts, which have seen him start in five of seven games under the caretaker. The paper says Martial has directed his agent to sort a deal with United’s top brass.

Manchester City’s hopes of grabbing Juventus forward Paulo Dybala have been shattered after Real Madrid laid down plans for a £90million bid, The Sun reports. Pep Guardiola is said to have been after the 25-year-old Argentinian for several years – even when he was boss at Bayern Munich. However Real are looking to add to their Galacticos and Dybala is reported to be top of the pile.

Aaron Ramsey’s hopes of moving to Juventus appear to hinge on whether Arsenal can complete deals with Barcelona’s Denis Suarez and Bayern Munich’s James Rodriguez, the Independent says. Should the loan deals with the overseas stars get the green light, Ramsey will be clear to leave for Italian club for a fee of £10million, the paper says.

Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez is said to want to make at least two signings this transfer window (Owen Humphreys/PA)

Doubts are being cast on Rafa Benitez’s future at Newcastle, the Telegraph reports. The Spanish boss is reportedly ready to turn down a new contact for next season if he cannot land two of his transfer window targets. The manager is said to have given the Newcastle hierarchy a list of his desired signings last month.

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Players to watch

Steven Bergwijn: The PSV Eindhoven winger is wanted by Manchester United, who could be willing to pay out £25million, The Sun says. But Tottenham also look ready to enter the race for the 21-year-old.

Marko Arnautovic: The West Ham forward could be heading for the exit door come the summer if the Hammers can find a favourable deal, according to the Telegraph. The 29-year-old is said to want to leave London Stadium – with interest from the Chinese Super League possibly accelerating a move.



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