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CITY WANT LEVERKUSEN'S BELLARABI
Yesterday we brought you claims that Manchester City were lining up a bid for Napoli's Marek Hamsik, but Thursday brings us another name.

The Sun report that City's focus has turned to Bayer Leverkusen Karim Bellarabi. The 25-year-old scored 12 Bundesliga goals last season, but it's fair to say that talk of a big money move has come out of left field.

Would City really want to spend a rumoured €35m on a player with just seven international caps for Germany? Clubs really do seem to raise their prices for when City's delegation are in town.


LENNON THE EARLY LEICESTER FRONTRUNNER

After the surprise sacking of Nigel Pearson at Leicester, thoughts inevitably turn to the identity of their new manager.

Sam Allardyce and Bristol City manager Steve Cotterill are both among the early favourites, but the Guardian report that Bolton manager Neil Lennon is the frontrunner for the job. They also report that Leicester sacked Pearson without having a replacement lined up, and that the club are still working on a shortlist of names.

Lennon makes sense in that he is a former Leicester player and in work at Championship side Bolton Wanderers. It is worth pointing out that Bolton won four of their last 22 matches last season, a run that started on January 17.


JUVENTUS PREPARE OSCAR MOVE

Off to Italy now, and the continuing rumour that Juventus have made Chelsea's Oscar their principal transfer target this summer.

With Juve coach Massimiliano Allegri admitting that he was a keen admirer of Oscar's talents, the Italian papers have gone into overdrive over talk of a bid.

Corriere dello Sport report that Juventus are looking to spend €28 million (£19.8m) on the Brazilian midfielder. We'd reckon that they'll need to increase that offer.


UNITED WANT £24.8M FOR DE GEA

The David de Gea saga rolls on and on, but Spanish newspaper AS report have come out fighting with their claim that Manchester United would now prefer a quick deal.

Their claim is that Manchester United have agreed to sell for a fee of €35m, or £24.8m. It's clear that they were aiming for a far higher fee than that at the start of the summer, but with De Gea keen to move on and Real playing hardball, there really aren't many other options.


AND THE REST

Manchester United are trying to sell striker Robin van Persie in secret, claims former Netherlands forward Pierre van Hooijdonk who believes his compatriot was offered to Fenerbahce as early as January... Chelsea have decided not to sell striker Loic Remy who is believed to be attracting interest from Swansea, West Ham and Crystal Palace... West Ham have lined up Dynamo Kiev defender Aleksandar Dragovic in case they miss out on Monaco's Aymen Abdennour. The 25-year-old Tunisian has also attracted interest from Newcastle and Liverpool... Meanwhile, Saints and neighbours Bournemouth are involved in a tug-of-war for St Etienne's ex-Leeds winger Max Gradel...

Midfielder Abou Diaby, 29, is in talks with MLS side FC Dallas after being released by Arsenal... Chelsea are demanding £14.25m from Atletico Madrid to re-sign left back Filipe Luis after just one season at Stamford Bridge... Villa have made a £1.1million bid for Ajax's Denmark international full-back Nicolai Boilesen, 23... Liverpool and Tottenham's pursuit of Juventus star Fernando Llorente could be overtaken by Real Madrid, whose new manager Rafa Benitez wants to sign the 30-year-old striker... Manchester United are holding out for £5m after being offered £3.5m by Turkish side Fenerbahce for the Portugal winger Nani.

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