Paper Talk: Arsenal, United told Grealish cost; Butland move

Manchester United, Arsenal and Leicester have learn what it would cost to prise Jack Grealish from Aston Villa, while Chelsea know the man they want to succeed Thibaut Courtois, according to Saturday’s newspapers.


Aston Villa have slapped a £40m price tag on midfield ace Jack Grealish, according to reports in the Daily Star.

The talented 22-year-old is being linked with a number of Premier League clubs after Villa’s failure to secure promotion back to the top flight was ended by a 1-0 defeat to Fulham in the play-off final.

Manchester United want Grealish as a potential long-term replacement for Juan Mata, while Leicester are also rumoured to be keen as they ponder life after Riyad Mahrez, should the Algerian move on this summer. Sky Sports also claims Arsenal are monitoring developments around the homegrown Villa man.

Grealish has two years left on his contract, though the club remains under pressure to balance the books after their heavy investment failed to secure a return to the Premier League.

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Chelsea are ready to revive their interest in £35million-rated Stoke goalkeeper Jack Butland if Thibaut Courtois leaves the club this summer (Daily Mail)

Former Chelsea chief executive Trevor Birch says if Roman Abramovich doesn’t get a visa Chelsea face the prospect of no stadium, no manager and no star player (Daily Mail)

Swansea are confident of landing Graham Potter as their next manager, a move currently being delayed by a compensation wrangle with his Swedish club Ostersunds (Daily Mail)

Leicester’s Riyad Mahrez has appeared in publicity pictures for the club’s new kit, raising hopes for Foxes fans that the Algeria winger – a £60m target for Manchester City – will stay at the club (The Sun)

Laurent Blanc is set for the Chelsea job with their top target Zinedine Zidane going to Qatar on a mega-money deal (The Sun)

Michael Laudrup is in shock talks with Real Madrid to replace Zinedine Zidane as manager (The Sun)

Southampton’s axed defender Florin Gardos cost the club £680,000 per game, making just 18 appearances in nearly four years with the club on a £30,000-a-week deal (The Sun)

Gareth Southgate has chosen Jordan Pickford as his England No 1 – but still hasn’t told his goalkeepers (Daily Mirror)

Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Fred is set to have a Manchester United medical ahead of a £52.2m move to Old Trafford (Daily Mirror)

Tottenham and Liverpool goalkeeper target Alex McCarthy is demanding £60,000-a-week wages to sign a new contract at Southampton (Daily Mirror)

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino says he would “have to listen” if Real Madrid ask him to succeed Zinedine Zidane as boss at the Bernabeu (Daily Mirror)

Liverpool are planning to loan out midfielder Marko Grujic again, which will alert Premier League new boys Cardiff City (Daily Mirror)

Stoke City manager Gary Rowett is keen on making Nottingham Forest midfielder Ben Osborn one of his first signings since taking charge (Daily Mirror)

Hugo Lloris has warned Paul Pogba over his France duties after a miserable Manchester United season (Daily Express)

Watford are demanding £15m in compensation from Everton for their former manager Marco Silva (Daily Star)

Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez is hoping to sign Ghana defender Kasim Nuhu for £8m from Swiss side Young Boys (Daily Star)

John Terry is set to reunite with former Chelsea and England team-mate Frank Lampard at Derby, after the latter’s appointment as manager of the Championship side (Daily Star)

Steven Gerrard has revealed he is in France as part of his UEFA Pro Licence and to scout potential targets for Rangers (Daily Record)

Gerrard began his time in charge at Ibrox by ring-fencing James Tavernier and Josh Windass from any clearout of his squad (Daily Record)

Former Real Madrid star Guti is the latest name to be linked with the managerial vacancy at St Mirren – he is currently a youth coach at the Bernabeu (Daily Record)

Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr claims the friendly against England is a potential 2022 World Cup final rehearsal 😲(Daily Telegraph)

Marouane Fellaini will decide over the next 48 hours whether to leave Manchester United (The Times)

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