Transfer deadline day may be looming large, but the usual rumours regarding possible incomings have taken a back seat on Tuesday’s back pages.

Instead, it’s claimed Manchester City have called time on the pursuit of one player.

Our next captain is also up for discussion and one of our loan players has been identified as a potential star of the upcoming season.

Transfer gossip

Manchester Evening News: City ‘give up’ on Thiago Almada

Writes Joe Bray: "Manchester City are reportedly withdrawing from their pursuit of signing Argentinian youngster Thago Almada after seeing their latest bid rejected.

"City have been linked with the 18-year-old winger from Velez Sarsfield, dubbed the 'new Lionel Messi', with Portugese side Sporting reported to take him on a two-year loan deal.

"But now Ole say City have had a €12m bid rejected, and are therefore giving up on negotiations."

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From the players

Daily Express: Raheem Sterling names three City stars who can replace Vincent Kompany as captain

Sterling: “It's not something that I'm fussed about really. It has to be natural, you can't force it.

“I’m not going to start shouting on the pitch now Vinny’s gone. Your team-mates have to see you in that light.

“The manager and us as players will make the right choice. We’ve got a lot of good candidates here.

“David has been here for God knows how long - he’s been in the country longer than I have! There’s Kevin [De Bruyne], Dinho [Fernandinho], we have a lot of players who can fill it.”

Opinion

Yorkshire Evening Post: Tony Dorigo tips City youngster for big season with Leeds United

Dorigo: “One player in particular I think will have a really good season is Jack Harrison.

“I thought he looked really sharp in both games that I saw and he’s certainly one of those that can aim for about 10 goals this season; that’d be a big improvement."