Jose Mourinho apparently wants to sell Juan Mata and Marouane Fellaini if he lands the Manchester United job, while Yaya Toure, Phil Jagielka and Emmanuel Emenike are all wanted.
MOURINHO PLANS MATA AND FELLAINI SALES
Jose Mourinho will begin a ‘ruthless purge’ of the Manchester United squad by selling Juan Mata and Marouane Fellaini if he is given the job, claims the Daily Mail.
The former Chelsea manager is said to have outlined his intentions for the squad during a meeting with United’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward, in which the Portuguese was assured he will receive a ‘sizeable pot’ of money to make the necessary adjustments to the squad. The Daily Star claim that pot will amount to £300million.
A separate story in the Daily Mail and also The Sun, however, says United’s players and staff are worried about the negative impact Mourinho would have if he replaces Louis van Gaal at Old Trafford.
There is said to be concern over the 53-year-old’s ‘confrontational approach’ as well as a fear that Ryan Giggs would not stay to integrate himself into another new regime.
TOURE AND ZABELETA WANTED BY INTER
Pep Guardiola is also expected to make sweeping changes to Manchester City’s squad when he takes over in the summer – and both The Sun and Daily Mail say Inter Milan boss Roberto Mancini would like to sign both Yaya Toure and Pablo Zabaleta.
Toure is ‘unsettled by the prospect of working under Pep Guardiola’, the Daily Mail says, having been sold by the Spaniard while at Barcelona. The 32-year-old has lucrative offers from China, according to The Sun, but may be tempted by he chance to try his luck in another of Europe’s top leagues.
Zabaleta, meanwhile, is said to be one of several other players fearing for their futures at the Etihad Stadium, with Martin Demichelis, Aleksandar Kolarov, Fernando and Gael Clichy the others under threat, according to the Daily Mail.
AND THE REST
Manchester City have been watching Roma midfielder Leandro Paredes, 21, who has impressed scouts while on loan at Empoli (Daily Mail)
West Ham’s new striker Emmanuel Emenike remains a target for Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua (Daily Mirror)
Everton defender Phil Jagielka is set to become the latest target for the cash-rich Chinese Super League (Daily Express)
Everton boss Roberto Martinez is on the shortlist to replace Roberto Mancini as Inter Milan head coach (Daily Mirror)
Leicester City’s players will receive no more bonus money for winning the title than if they were to finish ninth from bottom (Daily Mail)
Leicester City midfielder Danny Drinkwater is in line for a call-up to the England squad (Daily Telegraph)
Former Leicester City boss Nigel Pearson is due to talk to Derby County about becoming their manager next season (Daily Mail)
The Premier League’s 20 clubs will consider a cashback loyalty scheme for travelling fans as an alternative to the £30 ticket price cap (The Independent)