The Premier League title race is heating up, with Manchester City and Liverpool both in the frame to claim the top honour.
Both heavyweight clubs are also expected to be active in the transfer market and face key decisions regarding two strikers.
They aren’t the only ones bracing for a tough call as Manchester United consider their next move against Cristiano Ronaldo.
Welcome to the latest Premier League rumor mill!
Watch the best footballers in the world every week with beIN SPORTS on Kayo. LIVE coverage of LaLiga, Bundesliga, Ligue 1, Serie A, Carabao Cup, EFL and SPFL. New to Kayo? Try free for 14 days >
WARNING IN LIVERPOOL ON THE SALAH STANDOFF
Mo Salah still hasn’t agreed a new deal at Liverpool and rival clubs are circling.
Salah, who is currently the Premier League’s top scorer, has yet to accept any of the deals offered to him by the Reds as his contract clash with the organization drags on.
While Salah’s priority is to stay according to Fabirzio Romano, the football insider reported last week that talks had ‘broken down’ and his agent had ‘no intention’ of accepting the current contract on the table. .
The latest rumors from Spain suggest Barcelona are targeting Salah and believe a move for the Liverpool gun is ‘doable’.
Last week, Salah’s manager said he ‘really expects’ Liverpool to be ‘ambitious’ and said the two were ‘in no rush’ to make a decision.
“It’s Mo’s decision,” he said.
“The club did what they could do. Everything is fine. Everything is fine from my point of view. Nothing more happened, no signing, no rejection, we just have to wait All right, no rush.
Former Spurs and England player Paul Robinson has warned Liverpool against Salah leaving, saying it was an “impossible task” to replace him.
“It’s a difficult situation. If no one wants to move, there is only one possible outcome and that is that they leave,” he warned. Football Insider.
“I’m sure Klopp is doing everything he can to make the club move slightly. Replacing Mohamed Salah is an almost impossible task.
“How much is it going to cost? Liverpool have other quality options in attack, but Salah is responsible for a large number of goals. If he leaves, there will be a big burden on the other players. It would leave a huge void if he left.
RONALDO WILL STAY AS UNITED FACES SQUEEZE UP FRONT
When Manchester United crashed out in the Round of 16 against Atletico Madrid, rumors started circulating that Cristiano Ronaldo might want out.
After all, the Champions League exit left Ronaldo facing the prospect of finishing a season without a trophy for the first time in over a decade.
But according to The telegraphdespite the team’s disappointing form and uncertainty over their next manager, Ronaldo is understood to be keen to stay at United beyond this season.
Last month, Jamie Carragher asked United to sell Ronaldo this summer, adding he believed he had made a mistake in re-signing him in August.
The problem is that the Red Devils are looking for a striker and can ill afford to lose Ronaldo, despite his shortcomings in their system.
Edinson Cavani and Jesse Lingard are set to leave as free agents while Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial’s futures at Old Trafford are also up in the air.
It means Ronaldo, reportedly on a contract worth up to £775,000 a week, is still worth keeping.
Speaking of Rashford, Barcelona are keen to move on the 24-year-old despite his declining form.
It is according to Manchester Evening Newswho adds that Rashford does not want to leave United and hopes outside interest could see the Red Devils decide to re-sign him.
The 24-year-old was dropped on the bench for United and completely missed out on selection for England.
Rashford has one year left on his current contract at United.
TUCHEL ON UTD RUMORS AS CHELSEA OWNERSHIP DEADLINE APPROACHES
As for who could be United’s next manager, Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel is believed to be in the club’s sights.
Although the man himself gives no indication that he plans to leave despite the uncertainty surrounding Chelsea’s ownership situation.
“In fact, no reaction at all [to the rumours]”, Tuchel said in a press conference ahead of Chelsea’s FA Cup quarter-final at Middlesbrough.
“Do you feel less committed to the club or less involved in the club? Absolutely not. I have said many times that I love being here and this club has everything it takes to make me happy. There is no need. We have plenty of reasons to stay right now.
“I do my best and I have felt the support here at the club from day one. It makes me feel safe and then I do my best to play my part and get things done.
Tuchel is not the only target on United’s hit list with Ajax’s Erik ten Hag and PSG’s Mauricio Pochettino also considered.
Both have reportedly expressed interest in the role.
As for the ownership situation at Chelsea, final ownership offers are due on Saturday, with five main suitors in play – the Ricketts family, Sir Martin Broughton, Nick Candy, the Boehly-Wyss-Goldstein-Finkelstein consortium and Aethel Partners .
Tuchel also touched on the ownership dilemma during his press conference, saying he hopes to maintain Chelsea’s culture and standards no matter who takes over.
“I’m an employee and that’s why I’m ready to play my role and adapt,” said Tuchel.
“Let’s see what’s coming. Times are uncertain and uncertainty can create fear in some people and that is completely normal.
“But we can also trust what we have in the club culture and what we have here at Cobham and the quality of the group. We can trust that and have confidence in a good outcome. We remain positive and hope it goes that way. I hope they like winning, that would be a big plus.
GUARDIOLA REFUSED TO COMMENT ON CITY’S $533M HAALAND SPLASH
Meanwhile, Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola declined to comment on speculation linking the Premier League powerhouse with Erling Haaland.
City are in a three-way battle for the Borussia Dortmund striker and are seen as the favorites in the race to secure his signature.
Guardiola, however, said it was ‘impossible’ to talk about Haaland when asked about the possibility of signing the 21-year-old sensation.
“Since I’ve been here every month or two people say we’re going to sign 50 players. At the moment it’s impossible for me to talk about a guy who’s not here,” Guardiola said.
“He’s a Dortmund player. At the end of the season it’s the transfer window and a lot of things are going to happen.
He has of course not denied City’s interest and all the latest reports suggest it will cost City £300m (A$533m) to secure the wanted striker.
Spanish journalist Guillem Balague reported this week that City, Real Madrid and Barcelona have all submitted offers for Haaland, with a decision expected next week.
The 21-year-old has a release clause worth £63m (A$112m), which will be activated this summer.