The New Gerrard?
Liverpool have identified the man they want to replace the departing Steven Gerrard, and will launch a move for the Hannover captain Lars Stindl in the summer after Brendan Rodgers watched the German in action.
Good player? Stindl is 26 and has made rapid improvements in recent months since moving to a more attacking midfield position and captaining his side. He might not be the New Gerrard (who is?) but he looks promising.
Saturday’s 3pms previewed
Manchester City are reportedly willing to put together a world record package to sign Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid in the summer.
Really? Well, we’ll see. Ronaldo’s affection for neighbours United is sure to hold up any deal, but if City are determined to make an impact in the Champions League then there are few better.
Jonathan Wilson’s Chelsea-Man City preview
Not Giving Up
Meanwhile, Manchester United are not giving up in their pursuit of Gareth Bale and are willing to go as high as a £120m bid for the Welshman.
But if Ronaldo leaves… Well, yeah. Bale would be the key man, but this rumour refuses to go away and neither to United.
What would happen if they got him?
East to West
QPR are plotting a move for West Ham’s Mark Noble, and hope that the promise of guaranteed first-team football will make him switch across London as Darren Fletcher heads to the Hammers.
But he’s like Mr West Ham? He is, and a move would still be a surprise at this stage. Noble is a good player on his day and the Hammers will want to keep him.
Nainggolan to Man Utd?
Bayern Munich have ruled out signing Dortmund winger Marco Reus, opening the path for the likes of Liverpool, Manchester United and Arsenal to fight over the German international.
How will that end up? Wait and see, but Reus looks certain to leave Dortmund in the summer.
Raphael Honigstein’s Bundesliga preview