LIVERPOOL, England (AP):Leicester strengthened their place atop the Premier League without even playing yesterday after their three main title rivals all lost to cap another unpredictable round in England’s top division.Tottenham could have climbed above Leicester into first place with a win at West Ham, but lost 1-0 through Michail Antonio’s early goal.Third-place Arsenal couldn’t take advantage, losing 2-1 at home to Swansea despite taking the lead against the relegation contenders.Manchester City completed a miserable evening for the title hopefuls by getting beaten 3-0 at Liverpool, where City have now only won once in 35 years. Liverpool avenged their defeat on a penalty shoot-out to City in the League Cup final on Sunday.It left Leicester still with a three-point lead over Tottenham, with Arsenal a further two points back. City are 10 points off the lead and now looking over their shoulder at teams fighting to make it into the top four and qualify for the Champions League.Manchester United are tied on points with City after beating Watford 1-0 at Old Trafford, thanks to Juan Mata’s free kick in the 83rd minute.West Ham are a point behind the Manchester clubs and even Stoke, which beat Newcastle 1-0 in yesterday’s other game, isn’t out of the top-four race in seventh place.Leicester drew 2-2 at home to West Bromwich Albion on Tuesday, which now looks a decent result given the troubles of their title rivals.
Here are the latest transfer rumours from Tuesday’s newspapers and beyond….Manchester City are closing in on a £50m deal for Raheem Sterling that will see him included in their pre-season tour of Australia. (Daily Star)Christian Benteke will report back to Aston Villa on Wednesday and tell Tim Sherwood he wants to leave. Villa are insistent the striker will not be sold unless the £32.5m exit clause in his contract is met but he has no desire to remain and it threatens to turn into a difficult situation for the manager if the Belgium international ends up staying on for another season. Liverpool have been linked with the forward. (The Guardian)Tottenham are ready to make a £20m move for Everton midfielder James McCarthy – and are willing to put Aaron Lennon into the deal. (Daily Mirror)Manchester United will not shift their fighting stance on David de Gea’s future and the Reds determination to bring Sergio Ramos to Old Trafford. (Manchester Evening News)Sunderland and Middlesbrough will continue their pursuit of West Ham’s Stewart Downing this week. (Daily Mail)Manchester United will listen to offers for Rafael da Silva. The Brazil right-back has been linked with a move to Serie A. (Sky Sports)Everton have not given up hope of landing Juventus defender Angelo Ogbonna – despite the Italian international set to fly into London for talks with West Ham. (Liverpool Echo)Liverpool and Burnley are heading for a tribunal to determine a fee for striker Danny Ings, 22, with the two clubs unable to agree on a fee. (The Times)And here are the latest talkSPORT.com transfer tales…Paul Pogba Transfer Race: Barcelona ahead of Manchester City, talkSPORT toldExclusive – Juventus’ Paul Pogba not worth £70m, claims former Man City starManchester United Transfer Latest: Robin van Persie deal is a ‘humongous risk’, talkSPORT toldExclusive – Man United should ‘cash in’ on Robin van Persie, claims former Red DevilManchester United striker Robin van Persie IS for sale, talkSPORT toldMorgan Schneiderlin to Manchester United a ‘done deal’, talkSPORT toldMorgan Schneiderlin latest: Manchester United will bid £25m for Southampton star ‘this week’Exclusive – Asmir Begovic could be swayed by first-team football at Man United, claims former goalkeeperWolfsburg start negotiations with Manchester City target Kevin De Bruyne over new dealLazio pull out of deal for Liverpool star?Juan Cuadrado’s agent insists winger will stay at Chelsea this summerManchester United and Arsenal to do battle for Serbian starletTottenham expect to complete Toby Alderweireld signing after £11m bid acceptedTransfer news: Ikay Gundogan offers fresh hope to Arsenal and Man UnitedSerie A president claims club have recieved three bids for Manchester United targetWest Brom face competition from Galatasaray as they move for Inter Milan full-back Yuto NagatomoBlow for Watford in pursuit of Napoli starNewcastle close in on £14m-rated PSV and Holland playmaker Georginio Wijnaldum