As the the title race heats up so does the competition between the two Manchester clubs in the race to sign the best talent to bolster their respective squads to mount another assault on the Premier League title by the time August curtain raiser rolls around so sit back and read where who may be headed where this summer. I’m sure we can expect a few surprises and shrewd moves this summer.

Manchester is where we start today and City look to have beaten rivals United to the signing of Lille playmaker Eden Hazard, 21. “My wish is to go to the Premier League. It’s the blue that I’ll be wearing next season. Definitely the blue,” Hazard reportedly told a French TV station.
Meanwhile on the Red side of the city Manchester United may move for Fulham’s Moussa Dembele this summer. The Belgian international, 24, is out of contract at Craven Cottage in 2013 and is already being chased by Arsenal, Liverpool, Spurs and Chelsea.
Spurs want Birmingham’s Ben Foster, 29, to be their long term replacement for 40-year old goalkeeper Brad Friedel. Their chances of signing on-loan Manchester City striker Emmanuel Adebayor on a permanent deal may be scuppered by New York Red Bulls. The American MLS side want to reunite the 29-year old with former Arsenal team-mate Thierry Henry. Ryan Nelson is in an ugly dispute with former club Blackburn Rovers, after they stopped paying him a ‘golden handshake’. The veteran centre half agreed a settlement with Rovers at the end of January but was shocked to find out in March that the money was stopped.
Chelsea will face a battle with Real Madrid and Roma to land Gregory Van der Wiel. The Ajax right-back, 24, has seen talks with Valencia break down. The Stamford Bridge side are hoping to beat Liverpool to the signature of Partizan Belgrade’s 18-year old attacking midfielder Lazar Markovic, who has been recommended by Avram Grant.
European news time and midfielder Paul Pogba, 19, will sign a four-year deal at Juventus on July 1st after deciding against signing a new contract with Manchester United. Arsenal may enter the race to sign Borussia Dortmund attacking midfielder Shinji Kagawa. The Japanese international, 23, wants to leave the Bundesliga club this summer and has been linked with a number of prospective suitors, most notably Manchester United. Harry Redknapp has denied reports Tottenham have agreed a £32m deal with Spanish giants Barcelona. Reports in the Spanish media suggested the Catalan side were set to pay 40m euro’s for the Welsh winger, 22. Lazio could offer Dimitar Berbatov an escape route as he looks to leave Manchester United this summer. The Bulgarian has endured a mixed time at Old Trafford following his £30.75m move from Spurs in 2008 and is likely to be allowed to leave the club this summer.
Liverpool are ready to let Kenny Dalglish carry on as manager, but he will have little money to spend on new players.
Wigan are resigned to losing Hugo Rodallega, Chris Kirkland, Mohammed Diame and Steve Gohouri this summer but remain hopeful they can hold on to star man Victor Mosses.
David Moyes wants to build his Everton team around Nikica Jelavic. “We’re looking at what goes with Jelavic, what would be good to put with him, what type of player we can buy during the summer”,
Middlesbrough manager Tony Mowbray made a personal check on Manchester United starlet Will Keane on Thursday night as he stepped up his pursuit of the striker. Mowbray, who wants Keane on loan, was in the stands at Old Trafford to watch Premier League Reserves play-off final between Manchester United and Aston Villa, which United won 3-1 on penalties to win the title.
In managerial news reports that Mark Hughes is in line for a £1m bonus if he keeps QPR in the Premier League on Sunday are false according to adviser Kia Joorabchian. The Hoops fate lies in their own hands as they need just a point to stave off relegation but they must travel to league leaders Manchester City who need a win to guarantee the Premier League crown. Bolton manager Owen Coyle is not ruling out Chung-Yong Lee, who has been sidelined for nine months with a broken leg, from making an appearance from the start of Sunday’s survival showdown at Stoke. Sir Alex Ferguson believes Manchester City represent the greatest threat to Manchester United since Jose Mourinho arrived at Chelsea, while he says Roberto Mancini’s men “might have fallen apart” had they not been competing for the title.
Well that just about does it for me again for another day thanks again for stopping by and do feel free to follow me on Twitter @JamesObrien45
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