Louis van Gaal is apparently considering quitting Manchester United, while Chelsea and Tottenham are both lining up offers for players.
VAN GAAL CONSIDERS MAN UTD EXIT
Louis van Gaal is considering quitting as Manchester United manager in the summer, claims the Daily Mirror.
Van Gaal will have another 12 months to run on his contract at the end of the season, but ‘the mounting pressure of the job could see him depart prematurely’, it is claimed, with sources in the Dutchman’s homeland apparently increasingly concerned at the heavy toll the job is taking on the 64-year-old.
Ryan Giggs is unlikely to be given the position if Van Gaal does quit, the tabloid adds, leaving the way clear for Jose Mourinho, who is willing to wait until the summer for his preferred job.
United, however, would also want to talk to Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone, it is claimed.
CHELSEA MAY MAKE SUMMER IGHALO OFFER
Chelsea are monitoring Watford striker Odion Ighalo, according to the Daily Mirror.
The 26-year-old has scored 13 times in 26 games this season and finished 2015 with 30 goals, with Chelsea said to be one of several clubs impressed by his performances in his first Premier League season.
There are a number of strikers that Chelsea are considering signing on a short-term basis this month, it is claimed, but they may move for Ighalo in the summer.
TOTTENHAM TO MAKE NEW MADDISON BID
Tottenham are expected to make an improved bid for Coventry City midfielder James Maddison this month, report The Times and The Independent, as they look to fight off interest from several other Premier League clubs.
Everton and Liverpool are both said to have enquired about the 19-year-old, while Southampton have had an offer turned down. Newcastle United and Manchester City have also had Maddison watched, but David Pleat, the driving force behind Spurs’ capture of Dele Alli, has scouted the youngster ‘intensively’ for several months, the newspaper says.
Coventry are under no pressure to sell but could be tempted by a deal that allows Maddison to stay on loan at the Ricoh Stadium for the rest of the season.
AND THE REST
Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic will sign a new one-year contract extension this week (Daily Mail)
Chelsea have been watching Aymen Abdennour after renewing their interest in the Valencia centre-back (The Times)
Chelsea are being made to sweat over the £30million signing of Alex Teixeira, with Shakhtar Donetsk refusing to sell this month (Daily Star)
Monaco are looking again at the possibility of ending Radamel Falcao’s loan at Chelsea this month (Daily Telegraph)
Everton are ready to slap an incredible £65million price tag on Romelu Lukaku in a bid to keep him at Goodison Park (The Sun)
Everton and Stoke City are considering a move for Shane Long, who has turned down a move to Bournemouth (The Times)
West Ham hope to sign Reading centre-back Jake Cooper and have also been offered Al-Ahli striker Moussa Sow as a short-term option, with the club hopeful of selling Nikica Jelavis and Mauro Zarate to free up wages (The Times)
West Ham are pondering loan moves for Demba Ba and Alexandre Pato (Daily Mail)
West Ham are ready to launch a shock raid on Algerian hitman Ishak Belfodil, who plays for Baniyas in Abu Dhabi (The Sun)
Aston Villa appear to have reached an agreement to sign Hadjuk Split goalkeeper Lovre Kalinic (The Times)
Newcastle United are on the trail of Middlesbrough wonderkid winger Harry Chapman (The Sun)
Southampton and Bournemouth are in a £1.75million chase for Sheffield United’s Che Adams (Daily Mirror)
Bournemouth want Lewis Cook from Leeds United in a £7million deal (The Sun)
West Brom and Crystal Palace are battling it out to sign SIFK Norrkoping and Sweden striker Emir Kujovic (The Sun)
Swansea City have enquired about a £5million deal for Bordeaux defender Lamine Sane (Daily Mail)
Swansea striker Bafetimbi Gomis has been offered a three-year contract by Qatari club Lekhwiya (The Times)
Sunderland striker Danny Graham is set to join Blackburn on loan (Daily Mirror/The Sun)