Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has been given a “monster” summer spending budget, while Arsene Wenger is on the brink of being axed, all in today’s papers.
LIVERPOOL SET FOR ‘MONSTER’ SPENDING SPREE
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp will be given £100m to spend to turn Liverpool into title contenders, report The Sun.
The tabloid, claims and ‘exclusive’ that the German will be backed “in a monster summer spending spree”.
If that’s the case then The Sun might well have mis-printed £100m, because that is likely to buy two, possibly three world-class players in the summer transfer market and that hardly constitutes a warchest of “monster” proportions.
Still Fenway Sports Group are prepared to back their boss in the summer, claims the ‘exclusive’ and he wants a British keeper – with Jack Butland and Fraser Forster both targets – while a top-class forward is also on his agenda.
Bayern Munich attacker Mario Gotze is a target, while Klopp feels Borussia Dortmund’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is made for the Premier League.
Back to that ‘exclusive’ tag, which really translates as ‘Premier League club set to spend money in summer’.
WENGER ON THE BRINK
Arsene Wenger will be ‘invited’ to leave if Arsenal lose their FA Cup fifth-round replay at Hull on Tuesday, reports the Sunday Express.
The Frenchman “could have just 90 minutes to save his job as the longest serving manager in the Premier League” claims the exclusive in the tabloid.
Former club legend Patrick Vieira, who won the title twice under Wenger in 2001-02 and 2003-04 has emerged as favourite to succeed him after discussions to axe the 66-year-old were mulled over after the damaging midweek defeat at home to Swansea.
There have been rumours suggested that Wenger could well step down after 2o years in the Gunners hotseat at the end of the season, but after some fans turned on him in midweek the club have been contemplating taking action.
That reaction from the fans apparently swayed the directors into thinking about a change, but being ‘invited’ to leave would be highly embarrassing for the 66-year-old, who has won three Premier League titles and six FA Cups.
AND THE REST
Former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho is understood to be resigned to Ryan Giggs succeeding Louis van Gaal as Manchester United manager – but that may not happen until the end of next season. (Sunday Mirror)
Incoming Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola is looking to sign three world-class players this summer – with £150m-plus to be spent on that trio.(Sunday Mirror)
Manchester United are frontrunners to sign £20m-rated Watford striker Odion Ighalo, 26. (Sunday People)
David Moyes is expected to open talks with Newcastle United about becoming their next manager, with Steve McClaren set for the sack. (Sunday Telegraph)
Chelsea have approached Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino about becoming the next manager at Stamford Bridge. (Sunday Times)
The Blues want to re-sign Everton striker Romelu Lukaku, 22, this summer but will have to pay double the £28m they sold the Belgian for in 2014. (Sun on Sunday)
Lukaku is also a target for German champions Bayern Munich, who sent technical director Michael Reschke to watch Everton’s midweek win over Aston Villa.(Sunday People)
Manchester United want to re-sign Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo, 31, this summer. (Sunday Express)
United also want Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. As the 26-year-old’s fee could rise to £70m, Arsenal are likely to be out of contention. (Mail on Sunday)
Man United also plan to make a £40m offer for Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos, 26. (Daily Star on Sunday)
Striker Saido Berahino, 22, is set to complete his protracted move to Tottenham, with West Brom having agreed in principle that he can join the north London club in the summer. (Observer)
Italy coach Antonio Conte is set to meet Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich in Monaco next week as he edges closer to becoming the club’s next manager. (Mail on Sunday)
Chelsea are negotiating with Paris St-Germain to swap striker Diego Costa, 27, for Edinson Cavani, 29, in the summer transfer window.(Le 10 Sport)
Manchester City and Chelsea want Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba, 22, with both clubs offering the France international £300,000 a week. (Daily Star on Sunday)
Real Madrid want 19-year-old Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli in the summer. (Don Balon)