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Football transfer rumours: Wilfried Zaha to Manchester City?

Crystal Palace fans will be most unhappy to learn that Wilfried Zaha is being linked with another move to Manchester. The last player signed by Sir Alex Ferguson before he retired as manager of United, Zaha failed to settle at Old Trafford after his arrival in the summer of 2013 and played just four times for United under David Moyes before being farmed out on loan to Cardiff City and rejoining Palace two years later. The standout player in a Crystal Palace side that gave themselves a very good chance of avoiding the drop with victory over Brighton on Saturday, Zaha is wanted by Tottenham, Arsenal and Chelsea. However, tabloid reports suggest Pep Guardiola is also keen on bringing the 25-year-old winger to Manchester City for £50m. Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Fred and Bayern Munich’s Thiago Alcântara may also join the ranks of this season’s newly-crowned Premier League winners.

Napoli’s tenacious ball-carrying midfielder Piotr Zielinski is wanted by Liverpool. Jürgen Klopp tried to sign the 23-year-old Polish international from Udinese in 2016, but after having his overtures rejected, he will return to Zielinski with chocolates, flowers and some better lines in seductive patter this summer.

Much like he is linked with a move away from Bayern Munich at the end of every season, Robert Lewandowski is being linked with a move away from Bayern Munich at the end of this one. With a new super-agent, Pini Zahavi, looking after his affairs it actually looks likely to happen this time around and Real Madrid occupy pole position in the race to secure his services while Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester United and Manchester City impatiently rev their engines further down the grid. Lewandowski is contracted to Bayern Munich for another three years and it will take a bid of at least £70m to even tempt the German champions to part company with him.

Fresh from defending his stinging criticism of referee Michael Oliver for making correct decisions that didn’t suit him, Juventus goalkeeper Gigi Buffon is being linked with a surprise move to Argentinian side Boca Juniors. As he approaches his dotage, the 40-year-old is believed to have had his head turned by Carlos Tevez, who wants his former Juventus team-mate to join the club in June. And why not? It’s not like the Italian has anything better to do that month.

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Having slotted seamlessly into life between the sticks for Newcastle United after his loan move to St James’ Park from Sparta Prague in January, 29-year-old goalkeeper Martin Dubravka will make the move permanent come season’s end. With one year left on his deal on Tyneside, his manager Rafael Benítez has hinted that he won’t be putting pen to paper on a new contract until he is given assurances about potential summer signings. “Obviously, it’s too early because we have just finished, but we have plenty of time to talk about ideas for the future,” he said. “As I have said before, if everything is right, it’s a good opportunity, but everything has to be right.”

After masterminding Championship-bound West Brom’s victory over listless Manchester United at Old Trafford yesterday, caretaker manager Darren Moore could be forgiven for thinking he might be in with a shot of getting the job on a permanent basis. The popular former player known to Baggies fans as “Big Dave” has made an instant and obvious impact since taking over from Alan Pardew, but rumours that Derek McInnes, Michael Appleton, Dean Smith and Tony Mowbray are being considered for the post suggest Moore’s lack of experience may stand against him.

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