The Champions League awoke from it's mid-winter break on Tuesday night with a thoroughly entertaining clash between PSG and Chelsea, which ended with a 2-1 defeat for the Premier League side.
Pep Guardiola. Pic/AFP
But despite the return of European football, transfer rumours continue to swirl, as clubs across the continent look ahead to the summer sales. Premier League sides will have plenty of cash to splash when the window opens at the end of the season, thanks to the new television deal, so plenty of the planet's best players have been linked with a move to England.
Liverpool even stole a march on the summer sales on Monday, by securing the signing of Joel Matip from Schalke on a free transfer at the end of the season. Here is all of the gossip from Tuesday's back pages. Arsene Wenger is ready to make a fourth attempt to sign Michael Carrick, who is in the final months of his Manchester United contract.
Cristiano Ronaldo has claimed he is happy at Real Madrid as he once again flip-flopped over his Bernabeu future. The Portuguese, now 31, has gone back and forth this season between being content to stay at the Bernabeu. Ryan Giggs is reluctant to do another stint as Manchester United caretaker boss if Louis van Gaal is sacked or quits before the end of the season. United are increasingly concerned they could lose club legend Giggs in the looming Old Trafford shake-up.
Former Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp believes Jose Mourinho will become Manchester United manager. But United should appoint former Tottenham and Aston Villa boss TIM Sherwood as Van Gaal's replacement, according to ex-Reds defender Paul ParkerTottenham are locked in a tug of war with London neighbours and rivals West Ham over £25million-rated Marseille and Belgium striker Michy Batshuayi. Watford hope to sign Granada striker Isaac Success – paving the way for Odion Ighalo's exit.
The Hornets are resigned to losing Ighalo and have agreed to listen to offers in the region of £12million for the 26-year-old, who has been linked with Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea.
Radamel Falcao's dad has ruled out a lucrative move to China for his son and insisted the on-loan Monaco striker will prove himself at Chelsea after scoring just once so far during his season with them.
Incoming Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola is not allowed to sign any players from his current club Bayern Munich after bosses at the German side struck a verbal agreement with the Spaniard. Manchester United have been urged by former midfielder Owen Hargreaves to gamble on £47million-rated Benfica midfielder Renato Sanches. But the Red Devils are set to overhaul their player recruitment structure after their poor performance in the transfer market since 2013, during which period they have spent £320million.
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