Jurgen Klopp will agree to be Liverpool’s new boss, David Moyes has rejected Sunderland, while Bayern and Man United want Shkodran Mustafi.
KLOPP TO LAND THREE-YEAR LIVERPOOL
Liverpool will name Jurgen Klopp as their new manager on a three-year deal before the end of the week.
According to the Daily Mail and the Daily Telegraph, the Reds hold a transatlantic board meeting via videophone on Tuesday as they look to tie up the appointment.
The former Borussia Dortmund manager is Liverpool’s No 1 choice to succeed the sacked Brendan Rodgers, though Carlo Ancelotti remains in the picture.
Liverpool have already met Klopp on more than one occasion and are aware the 48-year-old has reservations about the way players are recruited by Anfield’s infamous transfer committee.
Klopp has told Liverpool’s Fenway Sports Group owners that he must have the final say on incoming players.
The board meeting – including the key figures on both sides of the Atlantic – is expected to rubber-stamp the German as Rodgers’ successor-in-waiting and, providing that is the case, he is expected to sign a three-year deal by the end of the week.
The role of the transfer committee continues to cause ructions, however, with Rodgers telling associates he could not assemble the team he wanted because of age restrictions on signings.
Klopp worked with a director of football at Dortmund and is comfortable with the continental style of recruitment. As such, he is happy to take advice on players, but will insist he has the final word.
Rodgers was a member of the transfer committee and had a significant input, and Liverpool have always insisted a player is never signed unless the manager agrees to the deal.
BAYERN TO RIVAL UNITED FOR MUSTAFI
MOYES SNUBS SUNDERLAND APPROACH
David Moyes has turned down an approach from Sunderland to become their new head coach.
The Daily Mail understands the Black Cats made contact with the Real Sociedad boss but he has decided against a return to the Premier League.
Moyes, though, did send trusted lieutenant Jimmy Lumsden to check on the Wearsiders after he was made aware of their interest.
However, the former Manchester United manager will be staying in La Liga, at least for the time being.
Moyes is not alone in saying no to Sunderland, who have been planning for life without Dick Advocaat for the past 10 days.
Sporting director Lee Congerton has been told to find the new boss by owner Ellis Short despite handing in his notice.
Sam Allardyce has informed Congerton that he is not interested, although that could change should Sunderland return with certain guarantees.
Burnley’s Sean Dyche has also indicated he does not want to be considered.
AND THE REST
– Liverpool will push on now Brendan Rodgers has gone, says former number one Pepe Reina (Daily Mail)
– Bayern Munich chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has told Manchester United to stop emailing about Thomas Muller (Daily Mail)
– Jose Mourinho has been told he must salvage Chelsea’s season without a spending spree in January (Daily Mail)
– Rotherham want Walsall’s miracle-working boss Dean Smith to fill their vacant manager’s job (The Sun)