ESPN – Jack Wilshere ticks all the boxes for Manchester City’s midfield reimagining

ESPN FC's Steve Nicol tells Alexis Nunes the signing of Patrick Roberts could be the first of many English arrivals at the Etihad this summer. While the headline-grabbing chase for Raheem Sterling continues with very little in the way of developments, all else seems to be fairly quiet on the Manchester City front. Of course, there are the occasional links to other players that spring up from time to time — Paul Pogba is the other biggest name, although it looks like Manuel Pellegrini's side may lose out on the Frenchman — but the big chase has been for the Liverpool forward. Whatever the cost, it's most probable Sterling will be wearing…

GUARDIAN – Liverpool’s Roberto Firmino: a thiever of balls who never stops running | Marcus Christenson

The 23-year-old Brazilian arrives with a hefty price tag but his Bundesliga record is excellent and his work rate and application reminiscent of Luis SuárezIn December 2010 the Hoffenheim sporting director, Ernst Tanner, travelled to the east coast of Brazil to check out a player at the second division side Figueirense. The reports had been promising but Tanner did not know what to expect as he turned up for training to watch the young Roberto Firmino Barbosa de Oliveira.Afterwards, Tanner was not much the wiser. “It was strange because during some exercises he would just, without any apparent reason, just fold … but instead of making a big meal out of it and getting angry, he listened carefully to his coach and learned from what he had done wrong. That impressed me.” Related: Liverpool’s new signing Danny Ings prepares to play the numbers game Related: Liverpool announce signing of Joe Gomez from Charlton Athletic for £3.5m Continue reading…

GUARDIAN – ‘Caged lion’ Fabio Borini wants to leave Liverpool, claims agent

• ‘Fabio wants a new experience,’ says Liverpool forward’s agent• ‘Right now he feels like a lion in a cage’The Liverpool forward Fabio Borini wants to leave the club this summer, according to his agent. Borini made just 12 Premier League appearances for Liverpool in the 2014-15 campaign and the Italian wants a move away from Anfield in search of more playing time.“Fabio wants a new experience,” Borini’s agent Marco De Marchi told the Italian sports newspaper Corriere dello Sport. “We expected more consideration from Liverpool. There are teams from all over Europe interested in him. Continue reading…