The transfer rumours have been hotting up over the last few days – but it’s quiet on the Newcastle and Sunderland front as they wait to see what division they’ll be playing in next season.
The Magpies and Black Cats are in a state of limbo while they fight relegation, but in the meantime the Premier League’s big boys have already started with their transfer plans.
Here’s a round-up of what’s making the headlines on Good Friday – including news on Leeds prospect Lewis Cook, who has been linked to both North East sides over the last 12 months.
Manchester United will offer Paris St-Germain striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic £250,000 a week to join. The 34-year-old’s contract expires in June. (Daily Star)
Liverpool may offer striker Christian Benteke, 25, as part of a deal to land Roma’s Argentine midfielder Leandro Paredes, 21, who is currently on loan at Empoli. (Daily Mirror)
Meanwhile, Reds boss Jurgen Klopp is preparing a summer move for Stuttgart and Serbia left winger Filip Kostic, 23, although work permit issues could hamper the move. (Bild via Liverpool Echo)
Liverpool and Arsenal are poised to move for Bayern Munich midfielder Mario Gotze, 23. (Daily Express)
Athletic Bilbao defender Aymeric Laporte, 21, could be one of Pep Guardiola’s first signings at Manchester City, after the Blues agreed to meet the Frenchman’s £39.6m release clause. (Daily Telegraph)
Aston Villa are considering former Swansea City boss Garry Monk, 37, as a replacement for current boss Remi Garde. (Sun)
Manchester City and Juventus are ready to compete for Real Madrid’s 23-year-old Spain midfielder Isco. (Daily Mirror)
Leeds United midfielder Lewis Cook, 19, is £10m summer target for Everton and Stoke City. (Sun)
West Bromwich Albion and Crystal Palace are both eyeing a move for Werder Bremen midfielder Florian Grillitsch, 20. (Fussball Transfer via Birmingham Mail)
Former Newcastle and West Ham midfielder Kevin Nolan, 33, says he wants to take League Two Leyton Orient to the Championship. (London Evening Standard)
Newcastle United striker Adam Armstrong, 19, will stay on loan at League One Coventry City as Magpies boss Rafael Benitez does not want to scar him in a relegation fight.