Liverpool target in-form goal machine while Manchester clubs line up big-money moves

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WITH the Premier League season drawing to a close, attentions are starting to turn to the summer transfer window.

It appears there could be some huge battles off the pitch in the close-season, with Liverpool today linked with a move for one of the Premier League’s most in-form players.

They are just one of the clubs to have made the headlines, though, with Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United among the others to feature.

Daniel Sturridge will not be fit for the start of next season, meaning Liverpool are now targeting a summer move for in-form Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke. (The Times)

Manchester City are set to beat Chelsea and Arsenal to the £20m signing of Hoffenheim midfielder Roberto Firmino. (Daily Star)

Man United will spend around £200m in the summer, and should Gareth Bale leave Real Madrid, they will be first in the queue. (Daily Express)

However, Bale’s agent, Jonathan Barnett, says the forward will not be leaving Real Madrid this summer. (Sky Sports)

Among Man United’s targets is Borussia Dortmund defender Mats Hummels, while they also hope to beat Chelsea to the signing of Southampton right-back Nathaniel Clyne. (The Independent)

Chelsea are set to demand £10m for Arsenal target Petr Cech. (London Evening Standard)

Atletico Madrid and Man City are lining up a move for Tottenham Hotspur left-back Danny Rose. (Daily Mirror)

Liverpool and Man City are set to face competition from Bayern Munich for £30m Lazio midfielder Felipe Anderson. (talkSPORT)

Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood is keen to re-sign Darren Bent on a free transfer when his contract expires in the summer. (Daily Star)

AC Milan are ready to offer a lifeline to Monaco striker Radamel Falcao, who has endured an unsuccessful loan spell at Man United this season. (Manchester Evening News)

Yaya Toure’s agent says his client is 90 per cent certain to leave Man City this summer. (Sky Sports)

Toure could join Inter Milan, although two other potential suitors, Real Madrid and Juventus, are not keen to give him £220,000 a week in wages. (Daily Mail)

Meanwhile, it is relatively quiet on the transfer front at Newcastle United and Sunderland.