12 Mar Football rumours from the media
What the papers say
Liverpool and Manchester United are keen on signing Red Bull Leipzig forward Timo Werner according to the Daily Mirror, but the German international has said the Premier League sides should give up attempting to sign him over the summer, the paper added.
Meanwhile, the Anfield club are optimistic they can complete a record-breaking £40million deal for Stoke goalkeeper Jack Butland, the Mirror says. The 24-year-old has impressed at the Potters with Arsenal also interested in signing the England international.
Liverpool midfielder Emre Can is wanted by Italian giants Juventus, the Liverpool Echo reports. The 24-year-old is out of contract at Anfield in July after being signed in 2014 for £9.75 million, with Juve keen to take on the German international.
Rony Lopes could be tempted with a return to the Etihad, the Manchester Evening News reports. Lopes, 22, spent two years at Manchester City but moved to Monaco without having made an appearance for the Premier League side. But the paper said he is interested in heading back to the north west.
Aleksandar Mitrovic‘s future at Newcastle will be decided in May after the Serbia striker’s impressive form on loan at Fulham, according to the Newcastle Chronicle. The paper reports Magpies manager Rafael Benitez has been impressed with Mitrovic, who has scored seven times in eight games for the Cottagers since completing a temporary move in January.
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Players to watch
Marca reports that Atletico Madrid striker Antoine Griezmann has started looking for houses in Catalonia ahead of a potential summer switch to LaLiga leaders Barcelona.
Meanwhile, ESPN reports that Neymar wants to leave PSG with Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic saying they would welcome the Brazilian back to the Nou Camp.