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Sunday Papers: £65m for Aubameyang, Aussie international on his way, Pellegrini to Milan

Manchester City will have to break the British transfer record to land Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang according to the Sunday Mirror. £65 million is the price that has been quoted to City, who are persistently linked with the 26-year-old. The story points out that City monitored the Borussia Dortmund forward and could have signed him from St. Etienne for just £10 million in summer 2013, but Stevan Jovetić and Álvaro Negredo were instead brought in to bolster the strike force.

Meanwhile, the Daily Star believe City are about to sign Australian international midfielder Aaron Mooy from sister club Melbourne City. 25-year-old Mooy would be the third Australian signed by the Blues, after Anthony Cáceres and Luke Brattan. The difference with this deal is that while the idea with those two was to deliver them to Melbourne City, Manchester City would be taking Mooy away from the CFG club this time. The Star claims Mooy would be sent to Belgium for a year to ‘toughen up’, making this a slightly suspicious story. Mooy is a ‘marquee player’ at Melbourne City, so perhaps Manchester City would sign and relocate him to free up a marquee spot at the Melbourne club.

The Sunday Mirror reports that outgoing City coach Manuel Pellegrini is set to sign a £4.7 million-a-year deal to take over at AC Milan. Milan, like neighbours Inter, are in the process of being sold to a Chinese consortium, and want a high-profile coach such as Pellegrini to restore the ailing European giants with the help of newly invested funds. This story has also been reported by top newspapers in Italy and seems dependent on Silvio Berlusconi successfully selling the club to the Chinese.

The Daily Star reckons Yaya Touré and Pablo Zabaleta could follow Pellegrini to AC Milan if his appointment is confirmed, although more reputable Italian sources link the two – particularly Yaya – with a move to Inter, and this has the mark of lazy journalism about it.

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