PREMIER League clubs are set to enter the business stage of the season, with the battle for European places, and to avoid relegation, particularly close.
However, some clubs already appear to have half an eye on the summer, when there is expected to be a busy transfer market.
Today, the likes of Arsenal, Liverpool and Chelsea make the headlines as the speculation begins to increase.
Liverpool are targeting Arsenal’s Theo Walcott as a replacement for Raheem Sterling, if he does not sign a new contract. (Daily Express)
Manchester City could bid £50m for Sterling, and they are set to offer more than the £100,000-a-week deal on the table at Liverpool. (The Sun)
Chelsea want to sign Atletico Madrid midfielder Koke, while the Spanish side could re-sign Filipe Luis from the Stamford Bridge club. (London Evening Standard)
Manchester United are getting more and more worried goalkeeper David de Gea – whose deal runs out in 2016 – will not sign a new contract, with Real Madrid looming. (Daily Mirror)
Up to £150m worth of players could leave Man City after their early Champions League exit, including Yaya Toure, Samir Nasri and Edin Dzeko. (Daily Mirror)
Toure is one of up to 13 players who could depart the Etihad this summer. (The Guardian)
Anderlecht’s Aleksandar Mitrovic, rated at £12m, is Swansea City’s top transfer target as they aim to land a striker. (Daily Mirror)
Dani Alves is reluctant to join Man United from Barcelona as he is unsure they will be in next season’s Champions League. (Daily Star)
Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino wants to sign players aged 26 and under this summer. (Daily Mail)
Juventus are set to make a bid for Paris Saint-Germain striker Edinson Cavani, who is also wanted by Arsenal and Man United. (talkSPORT)
Meanwhile, the Gazette revealed that Newcastle United head coach John Carver has been told the club will invest in the squad in the summer.
It is relatively quiet on the transfer front at Sunderland, though.