Alonso and Rijkaard for City, Tevez to leave United

May 10, 2009
Jonathan Harwood

Liverpool to sell midfielder as Benitez lines up Barry. Tevez claims he is not wanted at Old Trafford, and Michael Owen may head to Celtic.

Speculation about how Manchester City will bolster their side is rife next season as they prepare for the Manchester derby. Top of their hitlist is Liverpool midfielder Xabi Alonso according to the News of the World, which says the Mancunians will splash out £18m on him.

It may not be Mark Hughes he is playing for though. The Mail on Sunday reports that Frank Rijkaard is being lined up as Manchester City manager if the billionaire owners from Abu Dhabi decide Hughes is not the man to steer the club to the Champions League.

Hughes' suffered another transfer blow when it was reported that Spain and Real Madrid icon Raul had turned down the chance to move to Eastlands in a £35m deal.

The Alonso deal may be on as the News of the World reveals that Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez has been handed a £64m war chest to sign players in the summer claims, allowing him to replace the midfielder with Gareth Barry.

Manchester United's Carlos Tevez now seems certain to leave the club at the end of the season. He claims he is not wanted at Old Trafford as they have so far refused to make his loan deal permanent. "I guess what I'm saying is goodbye," he says.

The Observer reports that he may look for another club in the Premier League

The News of the World reports that off-the-pace Newcastle striker Michael Owen will get chance to resurrect his career at Celtic, who will offer him a pay-as-you-play deal for next season worth £50,000 a week. The Magpies are lining up Tottenham striker Darren Bent as Owen's replacement but face competition from Middlesbrough and Sunderland - who look the most likely of the three to be in the Premier League next year.

At the other end of the table, Arsene Wenger will give his chequebook a rare outing as he spends £20m on a centre-half and a striker this summer in an attempt to finally bring some silverware to the Emirates. Emmanuel Adebayor may not be around to see it, he is being linked to AC Milan.

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