Liverpool will unveil Jurgen Klopp on Friday, Jose Mourinho will get £37.5million if sacked, while Bob Bradley is a Sunderland contender.
LIVERPOOL CLOSE TO KLOPP APPOINTMENT
Jurgen Klopp is expected on Merseyside on Thursday to finalise terms with Liverpool.
Wednesday’s newspapers are united in reporting the news, with talks between Klopp’s representatives, Fenway Sports Group president Mike Gordon and Liverpool chief executive Ian Ayre apparently progressing further on Tuesday.
Talks have advanced to the make-up of his backroom team at Anfield – his former Borussia Dortmund assistant Zeljko Buvac and analyst Peter Krawietz – according to The Guardian, with Liverpool’s transfer committee not discouraging the German from the job at Anfield.
Klopp had also long been mentioned as the ideal replacement for Pep Guardiola at Bayern Munich, but the Daily Telegraph claims the Bundesliga champions still hope to convince the Spaniard to extend his contract and so will wait until the new year before considering alternatives.
‘The risk of waiting until January and then discovering that Guardiola was prepared to stay promoted Klopp to embrace the challenge of reviving Liverpool,’ the Telegraph says.
Klopp will earn ‘significantly more’ at Liverpool than the £3.6million salary he earned at Dortmund, The Guardian says. While most newspapers say the 48-year-old will be offered a three-year contract, the Daily Mail says he will get ‘the minimum’ of that, suggesting he could even get a longer deal.
MOURINHO DUE WORLD-RECORD PAYOUT
It will cost Roman Abramovich a world-record £37.5million payout if he decides to sack Jose Mourinho as Chelsea manager, according to a Daily Star exclusive.
The tabloid claims the Portuguese is on a contract worth more than £10million a year and so, with the rest of this season and three more years on his deal, would be due his entire salary if Abramovich loses patience.
BRADLEY AMONG SUNDERLAND CONTENDERS
Bob Bradley, the former USA national coach, has emerged as a shock contender for the Sunderland job, according to the Daily Express.
The club’s ‘No.1 choice Sam Allardyce is tipped to snub any fresh approach from the club’, the newspaper claims, and so Ellis Short could turn to fellow American Bradley, who is currently coaching Stabaek in Norway.
The Guardian, meanwhile, says ‘some of Allardyce’s advocaates believe he could be talked into accepting the Sunderland challenge’. The Black Cats have spoken to Nigel Pearson about the job but have other candidates in mind, the tabloid adds, though Bradley’s name is not mentioned.
AND THE REST
- Tottenham are weighing up a January bid for Lille playmaker Sofiane Boufal, dubbed the next Eden Hazard (Daily Star)
- Charlie Austin is set to see out the season at QPR and wait for a club to come in for him rather than try to force a return to the Premier League (Daily Star)
- Derby have joined Liverpol and Charlton in expressing an interest in 18-year-old Portsmouth striker Conor Chaplin (Daily Mirror/Daily Star)