Valencia want Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho, Manchester City have been given encouragement in the chase for Paul Pogba, and Massimo Cellino has put the entire Leeds United squad up for sale, claim Thursday’s papers.
NEVILLE KEEPING SEAT WARM FOR MOURINHO
Valencia may have appointed Gary Neville as manager until the end of the season, but owner Peter Lim has made under-fire Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho his main target.
Neville’s role has been touted as an audition for the England job, with Roy Hodgson’s contract expiring after Euro 2016, or possibly a role at Manchester United.
And according to The Sun, an influential Spanish source has said: “Many in Valencia believe Mourinho will come here next summer with Neville returning to England.”
Speculation regarding the Portuguese’s future at Stamford Bridge has slightly tempered as the Blues’ poor form has been relatively arrested.
However with the reigning champions still languishing in 14th, questions are likely to remain, especially if they fail to make the Champions League.
POGBA’S AGENT HINTS AT SUMMER MOVE
Manchester City have been given a boost in their pursuit of star midfielder Paul Pogba after the Frenchman’s agent hinted the 22-year-old could leave Juventus in the summer.
“He won’t move in January. June, however, is very far away and a different time,” Mino Raiola said, according to the Daily Express.
Pogba is arguably the most sought-after player in Europe and has been linked with City, Manchester United and Chelsea in the past.
Reports suggested the former United starlet had all but agreed a move to Barcelona.
However City, who have been recently boosted by £265million from Chinese investors, believe they could now snatch the France international from under the noses of the Catalan giants.
Pogba added further fuel to the fire by visiting Manchester restaurant, Wing’s, on Tuesday night, and he is quoted as saying “I love Manchester,” by the Daily Mirror.
FOR SALE – LEEDS SQUAD
Controversial owner Massimo Cellino has reportedly put the entire Leeds United squad up for sale.
That includes top scorer Chris Wood, a £3million summer signing from Leicester City, and highly-rated youngsters Lewis Cook, Alex Mowatt and Sam Byram, who are believed to be valued at around £8million.
Italian Cellino – currently appealing his second Football League disqualification from running the club – needs to keep the cash flow running into Elland Road, and according to the Daily Mirror, has informed the Whites’ rivals of their players availability.
“We played Leeds a while ago and a few days before the game we got a call from them saying that if any of their players caught out eye, they are open to bids,” an unnamed source at another Championship club said.
Leeds fans are currently unhappy with Cellino’s ownership, with the club languishing in 17th and the controversial “pie tax” on tickets.
AND THE REST
– Manchester United and Arsenal are to battle for Ajax wonderkid Abdelhak Nouri, 18, who is also being watched by a host of European clubs (Daily Mail)
– Former Manchester United and West Ham youngster Ravel Morrison will search for a new club in January after making only three substitute appearances in Serie A for Lazio (Daily Mirror)
– Stuart Gray has emerged as a surprise candidate to become Fulham boss after Steve Clarke and Mark Warburton said they were uninterested in the job (Daily Mirror)
– Emmanuel Adebayor’s quest to find a new Premier League club is being slowed down by the fact he is still being paid £100,00 a week by Tottenham, meaning any new club will have to agree to pay him a percentage of that wage (Daily Telegraph)
– Harry Redknapp is close to agreeing a £10million deal to become manager of United Arab Emirates club Al Jazira (The Sun)