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Liverpool and Manchester United both indentify three big summer targets: Premier League transfer rumours

Could Celta Vigo’s Maxi Gomez be heading to Liverpool? (Richard Sellers/PA)
Could Celta Vigo’s Maxi Gomez be heading to Liverpool? (Richard Sellers/PA)

Manchester City are in the box-seat to retain their Premier League title and with nine games to go, clubs are already preparing to improve in a bid to catch Pep Guardiola's side next season.

What the papers say

Liverpool are set to target Uruguay forward Maxi Gomez, according to The Sun. The paper says former Liverpool striker Luis Suarez has told friends at Anfield that his international team-mate is the real deal. The Celta Vigo player is also wanted by Chelsea in a £35million summer deal, the paper adds. The 22-year-old scored 17 La Liga goals last season and has added another nine so far in his second season in European football.

The Reds are short of alternative options to their regular front three, who have failed to fire in recent 0-0 stalemates with Bayern Munich, Manchester United and Everton. And so, they're still being linked with a move for another attacking star in the form of Red Bull Leipzig's Timo Werner. The Guardian says that Jurgen Klopp's side are keen to bring in the 22-year-old with 11 Bundesliga goals to his name this season and will be buoyed by Leipzig sporting director Ralf Rangnik's claims that there has been no approach from Bayern Munich for the German international.

Finally, Liverpool and Manchester United are both said to be targetting Real Madrid midfielder Isco. Tuttosport says the two rivals want the 26-year-old who has made only five La Liga starts this season for a Los Blancos side languishing 12 points adrift of league leading rivals Barcelona and also behind neighbours Atletico.

Manchester United are preparing to launch a £155million bid for Benfica stars Ruben Dias and Joao Felix, the Daily Mirror claims. United are understood to have held discussions about £90million-rated forward Felix, while scouts have been sent to watch £65million defender Dias, the paper says. Italian giants Juventus are also said to be interested in the pair.

Mauro Icardi: United are set to land the Inter Milan striker in exchange for Romelu Lukaku, The Sun claims. The Serie A giants have been long-term admirers of Lukaku and are set to give up former captain Icardi in a swap deal, the paper says.

Arsenal are reportedly looking at Ajax defender Nicolas Tagliafico or Celtic left-back Kieran Tierney as a replacement for Nacho Monreal if he leaves for Barcelona in the summer. The Daily Mirror reports that the Gunners would face tough competition for Tagliafico, with Atletico and Real Madrid also believed to be monitoring him. Barcelona are said to be targeting Monreal as back-up for Jordi Alba.

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Arsenal left-back Nacho Monreal is reportedly being eyed up by Barcelona (Adam Davy/PA)

Yannick Carrasco: Arsenal are still interested in signing the Belgium international following their failed January deadline-day bid, the Daily Express reports, as the 25-year-old looks to return to Europe in the summer. But the Gunners could face competition from Inter and AC Milan.

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Arsenal are reportedly still in the market to sign Yannick Carrasco (Daniel Hambury/PA)

Meanwhile, Pep Guardiola is reportedly set to break Manchester City’s transfer record to land Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago Alcantara. The Daily Mirror reports that the City boss, who worked with Alcantara in both Germany and Spain, sees the 27-year-old as a long-term option to replace Fernandinho. But it could cost more than the club-record £60million paid for Riyad Mahrez last year for City to have any chance of landing the Spain international, the paper adds.

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