Manchester United are reportedly weighing up a huge bid for a Barcelona star to replace Wayne Rooney, while Diego Costa is unhappy with life in London, according to Monday’s papers.
UNITED EYE HUGE BID FOR BARCA STAR TO REPLACE ROONEY
Manchester United reportedly want to sign Barcelona star Neymar as a replacement for captain Wayne Rooney.
Rooney, 31, looks certain to leave Old Trafford this summer as Jose Mourinho looks to revamp his side and the United boss sees Neymar as the perfect replacement.
The Daily Star claims that the 25-year-old Brazil superstar is top of United’s wish list, although it will take an astronomical bid to get their man.
Rooney’s next destination, meanwhile, will have a huge bearing on his hopes of leading England at next year’s World Cup.
He has been tipped to move to the Chinese Super League, in order to main his £300,000-per-week wages, but that will almost certainly rule him out of Gareth Southgate’s plans.
Former club Everton is an alternative option but he would have to take a salary cut to head back to Goodison Park.
As for nabbing Neymar, United would have to smash the current world record transfer fee, with suggestions they would have to pay around £170m to land the forward.
CHELSEA STAR UNHAPPY WITH LIFE IN LONDON
Chelsea striker Diego Costa has cast fresh doubt over his future by suggesting that he is unhappy living in London.
The Spain striker has scored 17 goals this season but none in his last five games and has come in for criticism from some Chelsea fans.
The Blues hitman has two years left on his current contract but has hinted that he could leave this summer: “I am happy at Chelsea, I am not necessarily saying that I am happy with my life in London. But that is something totally different. It has nothing to do with it.”
Costa was the subject of interest from Tianjin Quanjian during the January transfer window, with the Chinese Super League outfit prepared to offer wages of up to £600,000-a-week on top of a huge transfer fee, according to a report in the Daily Mirror.
AND THE REST
Atletico Madrid striker Antoine Griezmann has all but ruled out a move to rivals Real, boosting Manchester United’s hopes of landing the France star (The Sun)
Reading could be blocked from promotion to the Premier League because of the club’s Chinese buyers’ previous failed effort for Hull (The Sun)
Chelsea manager Antonio Conte says he will keep his cool when he faces Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho in a huge match at Old Trafford this Sunday (The Sun)
Jose Mourinho has told Manchester United’s board to spend £200m on five transfers this summer (Metro)
Everton boss Ronald Koeman is lining up Real Sociedad star Willian Jose, 25, to replace Romelu Lukaku if the Belgian hitman leaves this summer (Daily Mirror)
Highly-rated striker Hirving Lozano, who plays for Pachuca in Mexico, has admitted he is keen on a move to Manchester United (Daily Mirror)
Striker Gabriel Jesus faces a race against time to be fit for Manchester City’s FA Cup showdown with Arsenal in April (Daily Mirror)
Jose Mourinho has been told by Manchester United that he needs to give Luke Shaw more playing time in order to drive the left-back’s price up (Daily Mirror)
Everton striker Romelu Lukaku is ready for a “big, big move,” according to former Belgium manager Georges Leekens.
Watford manager Walter Mazzarri’s decision to bench Troy Deeney at Tottenham could push the frontman towards the exit door (Daily Mail)
Gianfranco Zola is expected to remain manager of Birmingham City for the Championship match at Rotherham despite having won only two of his 19 games in charge (Daily Mail)
Napoli defender Elseid Hysaj’s agent Mario Giuffredi has revealed that ‘several scouts who have come to view him, representing German and English interest’ (Daily Star)
Leicester will be without captain Wes Morgan for this week’s huge Champions League quarter-final first-leg clash against Atletico Madrid (Daily Telegraph)