Paper Talk: 20 April

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Sir Alex Ferguson has hinted that Wayne Rooney’s poor form has seen him drop down the Manchester United pecking order. 

The Old Trafford boss insists Rooney has a fight on his hands to keep his place because Shinji Kagawa has been in excellent form recently. [Daily Telegraph]

Manchester City are closing in on Napoli striker Edinson Cavani – and could beat Real Madrid to his signature. 

The Etihad Stadium side are set to offer a £13.3m-a-year contract for the forward but are confident they can sign him for less than his £52m release clause. [Daily Mail]

Sam Allardyce believes Andy Carroll’s next move will be crucial. The 24-year-old has been linked with Tottenham. [Daily Mirror]

Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert wants Christian Benteke to ignore the likes of Arsenal and Liverpool and come back for another season at Villa Park. 

The Belgian has been linked with a summer move to the Emirates Stadium after a stunning debut Premier League season. [Daily Mail]

Chelsea have agreed a deal to sign 16-year-old Barcelona starlet Josimar Quintero at the end of the season.

The Eduadorian attacking midfielder has told Barca that he will not sign a senior contract this summer, allowing him to move to Chelsea for a small compensation fee. []

Barcelona defender Marc Bartra has asked for the chance to impress against Bayern Munich in the Champions League next week. The 22-year-old could step in place of Carles Puyol or Javier Mascherano – both are unavailable – and he insists he wouldn’t let the team down. []


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