Transfer Rumours update March 23: Sunderland, Newcastle, Liverpool, Chelsea, Manchester United, Arsenal, Crystal Palace, Manchester City, Tottenham

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SUNDERLAND have been linked with a winger and defender, while Newcastle are said to be chasing a left-back. Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal, Crystal Palace, Tottenham, and Manchester giants United and City are also in the news.

Sunderland are weighing up moves for Blackpool winger Matty Phillips and Paris Saint-Germain defender Sylvain Armand – Daily Mail

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew is hoping to seal a deal for PSV Eindhoven’s 23-year-old left-back Erik Pieters and FC Twente centre-back, 24, Douglas – Daily Mail

France coach Laurent Blanc has emerged as the leading contender to be the next Chelsea manager, should preferred targets Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho prove beyond reach – the Times (subscription required)

Manchester United are set to sign Crystal Palace defender Nathaniel Clyne, 20, when his contract expires this summer, and will throw in £2.5m to avoid a tribunal – Metro

Arsenal are reportedly monitoring Manchester City’s Bosnia international forward Edin Dzeko, 26, as Gunners boss Arsene Wenger scouts possible attacking additions this summer – Caught offside

Chelsea will have to fight to keep defender David Luiz this summer, with Barcelona preparing to offer £35m for the Brazil defender – Daily Mail

Manchester United have launched a second bid of around £20m for Benfica midfielder Nico Gaitan, 24, according to sources in Portugal – talkSPORT

Yesterday’s Transfer Rumours

Highly rated Liverpool winger Raheem Sterling, 17, could quit in the summer over frustration at a lack of first-team opportunities, with his mum wanting him to return to his native London, where Tottenham are watching events – Daily Mirror

Paris Saint-Germain captain Mamadou Sakho, 22, has urged the club to move for Chelsea striker Didier Drogba – Inside Futbol

Midfielder Alberto Aquilani, 27, is set to finally sever his ties with Liverpool by joining AC Milan on a permanent basis for £6m – Daily Mail

Alex McLeish insists the days of big-money arrivals at Aston Villa are not necessarily over - despite the club reporting losses of £54m last month – Daily Express

Villarreal will sell striker Giuseppe Rossi, 25, in the summer and have sounded out interest from Premier League clubs including Manchester United, Liverpool and Tottenham –

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