Transfer zone: Liverpool will make new Lemar bid, Manchester City to end Mahrez interest

Liverpool are monitoring the situation of Monaco’s Thomas Lemar, after the 22-year-old attacker turned down a new contract at the French club. Liverpool are likely to return in the summer, having had a £78m bid rejected in 2017. Jurgen Klopp had wanted to bring in the winger this January due to the decision to sell Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona, but Monaco were completely unwilling to let him go in the middle of the season. (Independent)

Riyad Mahrez’s misery is set to compounded by Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola turning his back on him for good. Man City bid £60million for Mahrez, but walked away on deadline day after Leicester indicated they valued their prized asset at a massive £95m. Mahrez has since gone AWOL at Leicester and his actions have not impressed Guardiola, who is set to abandon a new bid in the summer. (Daily Mirror)

Luis Enrique is preparing to restart his managerial career in England with Chelsea rated as the Spaniard’s most likely destination. Although Chelsea insist no discussions have taken place over replacing head coach Antonio Conte, Enrique has emerged as the favourite to succeed the Italian. (Daily Telegraph)

Tottenham are set to swoop for Watford’s Abdoulaye Doucoure in the summer. Mauricio Pochettino was left very impressed by the 25-year-old midfielder on Monday night when the Spurs manager turned up at Vicarage Road on a scouting mission. (Daily Mail)

Manchester United target Fabinho has fuelled speculation he’s set for a move to Manchester United by revealing his time at the club is ‘coming to an end’. (Metro)

Luke Shaw is in line to win a new long-term deal at Manchester United before the end of the season. The England full-back appears to have won over manager Jose Mourinho after a torrid couple of years under the Red Devils’ demanding boss. (Daily Mirror)

Manchester City will beat Manchester United to the £50million summer signing of Brazil midfielder Fred, according to his former coach. And Mircea Lucescu predicts the Shakhtar Donetsk star will replace Fernandinho in the City midfield — just like he did when he joined the Ukrainian champions as his replacement in 2013. (Daily Mirror)

Arsenal are in talks with Ainsley Maitland-Niles over a new deal following his impressive performances this season. (ESPN)

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