The Mill, it must be admitted, has occasional self-esteem issues as it sifts through its daily fluff. So it feels some empathy with Luke Shaw, whose own self-esteem must have taken a confusing buffeting at the hands of José Mourinho. However, it might perk him up to know that Barcelona are thought to be sniffing around him. The Mirror reports that the Spanish league leaders have him firmly in their sights to duke it out for the left-back role with Jordi Alba, who has two years left on his contract, and Lucas Digne, who has made only 13 starts this season.
Another player set to be out the door at Old Trafford this summer is doughty old Marouane Fellaini, with Monaco the latest club to show interest in the 30-year-old Belgian. Passing him as he leaves might be Celtic left-back Kieran Tierney, who it is thought might prove better value than United’s other target in that role, Danny Rose.
Eden Hazard hasn’t been the happiest of bunnies this season, and it’s made Pep Guardiola wonder whether it might be worth throwing some Abu Dhabi cash his way to lure him to Manchester City in the summer. Spain’s Don Balón reports that the Belgian playmaker is up front and centre (though not up front and alone, as he has been on the pitch occasionally lately) on Pep’s radar after City failed to lure Alexis Sánchez to the Etihad in January. Hazard’s people have already been talking to City’s people.
Jürgen Klopp, meanwhile, is keen to drink at the Red Bull fountain once again. Having already secured a summer move to Anfield for Leipzig’s Naby Keïta, the Liverpool manager is thought to be planning an £87.5m raid for forward Timo Werner, scorer of 11 Bundesliga goals this season.
Liverpool’s Emre Can, meanwhile, is on Juventus’s target-list, along with Lorenzo Pellegrini, Atalanta’s Bryan Cristante and Arsenal’s Aaron Ramsey, though their hopes of securing the latter are fading.
In hotseat news, West Ham are thought to be lining up an approach to Marco Silva to see if he fancies taking over from David Moyes and savouring the unique London Stadium atmosphere. Marca reports Moyes won’t last the summer and Silva, unemployed since being ditched by Watford last autumn, could be the man to take over.