Manchester City aim to pip Manchester United to Ronaldo as Real swoop for Liverpool striker

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THE future of two in-demand strikers makes the transfer headlines again today.

Cristiano Ronaldo and Luis Suarez have had clubs chasing them all summer as their futures remain unclear.

The Daily Star reports Manchester City are set to make a shock move for Real Madrid forward Ronaldo.

Rivals Manchester United have spent several months paving the way for the 28-year-old to return to Old Trafford.

City are also closing in on Sevilla striker Alvaro Negredo, 27, after new boss Manuel Pellegrini admitted he was looking to reinforce his forward line, according to the Daily Express.

And the Sun report that Real Madrid are ready to hijack Arsenal’s bid to sign Liverpool striker Luis Suarez and are set to offer £40m for the 26-year-old Uruguayan.

The Gunners could also miss out on goalkeeper Julio Cesar, 33, who is set to leave QPR for Napoli on a season-long loan, say the Daily Star.

Other transfer stories:

Southampton are putting the finishing touches on a move for Celtic’s Kenyan midfielder Victor Wanyama, 22. Full story: the Guardian

Manchester City boss Pellegrini is pushing hard to land Fiorentina’s 23-year-old Stefan Jovetic. The Montenegro striker has also been targeted by Man United, Arsenal, Chelsea and Juventus. Full story: Daily Mirror

Espanyol have told Swansea City to improve their offer for midfielder Wakaso Mubarak, 22, after the Spanish club rejected an initial bid of £3.9m. Full story: talkSPORT

Crystal Palace are set to offer £1.5m to West Brom for striker Peter Odemwingie, 31, who fell from favour at The Hawthorns after a proposed move to QPR in January fell through. Full story: the Guardian

Fulham boss Martin Jol has been told to pay £10m for Dnipro’s 23-year-old Ukrainian winger Evgen Konoployanka. Full story: the Sun

Arsenal are working on a deal to bring former captain Cesc Fabregas, 26, back to the Emirates with the Spanish midfielder said to be uncertain about his Barcelona future. Full story: Daily Mail

Chelsea plan to sell either Fernando Torres, 29, or Demba Ba, 28, if they manage to buy striker Wayne Rooney, 27, from Manchester United. Full story: the Independent

QPR chairman Tony Fernandes is taking charge of his club’s bid to sign midfielder Scott Parker, 32, from Tottenham. Full story: the Times (subscription required)

Southampton’s highly rated full back Luke Shaw is set to sign a new five-year contract with the club after he turns 18 on Friday. Full story: Southern Daily Echo