Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho will replace Zlatan Ibrahimovic with a Bayern Munich star if the Swede leaves Old Trafford, while Daley Blind could be heading home, all in today’s papers.
LEWANDOWSKI TO UNITED TALK
Jose Mourinho will go for Bayern Munich hitman Robert Lewandowksi if Zlatan Ibrahimovic leaves, according to one report.
Spanish outlet Don Balon report that Mourinho will try and sign the Poland forward if Ibrahimovic decides to take on another challenge elsewhere.
The Daily Express have picked up the story, but there seems to be very little substance to the piece and Don Balon have hardly been the most reliable of sources over the last couple of years.
Apparently Lewandowski, 28, is Mourinho’s “No 1 target” should the 35-year-old Ibrahimovic leave the club.
“But Mourinho will need to secure Champions League football to acquire Lewandowski,” according to the Star and that looks a big ask at the moment.
We think this rumour can be filed under ‘B’ for bin.
AJAX PONDER BLIND MOVE
Manchester United utility man Daley Blind could be heading back to Holland this summer, according to a report.
Ajax “are considering a summer move” for the Dutch international, according to an exclusive in The Sun.
The 27-year-old has struggled to get game time under Jose Mourinho and Ajax will try and lure Blind back to his homeland.
Blind, who was a £15million recruit from Ajax in the summer of 2014, has made just 18 Premier League appearances this season and may well look to return with just a year remaining on his Old Trafford contract.
“So far no talks over extending that deal have taken place,” claims the report and Ajax will step up their interest if Mourinho decides to allow the player to move on.
AND THE REST
Paris St-Germain have stepped up their efforts to sign the Chile striker. (Telegraph)
West Ham are reportedly interested in snapping up Liverpool outcast Lazar Markovic. (Daily Star)
Celtic are eyeing a move for top Romanian midfield prospect Ovidiu Popescu after they sent a scout to watch the Steaua Bucharest playmaker. (Daily Record)
Arsenal stars Laurent Koscielny and Olivier Giroud are being lined up in £85m summer spending spree by Marseille. (Sun)
Manchester United are monitoring Vancouver Whitecaps prospect Alphonso Davies. The 16-year-old winger, who was born in Liberia, is now a Canada U20 international. (Daily Mail)
Aston Villa are checking on Switzerland international striker Haris Seferovic. Villa scouts have watched the centre forward as they look for summer options. (Daily Mail)
Ex-England boss Steve McClaren is the shock name in the frame to be Huddersfield’s new director of football. (Sun)
Real Madrid are ready to meet the £20m buy-out clause for Atletico’s 19-year-old left-back Theo Hernandez. (Sun)
Chelsea are reportedly planning on raiding Southampton for three defenders this summer – with Cedric Soares their latest target. Virgil van Dijk and Ryan Bertrand make up the list of Saints stars wanted at Stamford Bridge. (Sun)
Tottenham reportedly want Luciano Spalletti to become their next manager if Mauricio Pochettino joins Barcelona. (Sun)
Chelsea are confident of beating competition from Premier League rivals to sign 23-year-old Schalke and Bosnia left-back Sead Kolasinac.(Mirror)
French side Lyon have admitted they fear losing “immense” Alexandre Lacazette this summer, with Arsenal and Atletico Madrid keen on the France international striker. (Mirror)
Tottenham are the latest club interested in RB Leipzig’S 22-year-old midfielder Naby Keita. (Mirror)
Kasper Schmeichel has been told he is going nowhere this summer by Leicester and looks set to stay as he has no buy-out clause. (Mirror)
Arsenal’s England U19 prospect Chris Willock could move this summer – and leave the Gunners massively out of pocket. (Mirror)
Manchester United are keeping tabs on Turkish wonderkid Cengiz Under. (Mirror)
Manchester United have opened talks with Michael Carrick, 35, about extending his stay at Old Trafford.(Daily Mail)
Michael Carrick is not giving up on a top-four finish, but concedes that his side have not been good enough this season.(Mirror)
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola will bid for Tottenham left-back Danny Rose, 26, defender Kyle Walker, 26, and midfielder Dele Alli, 20, this summer as he eyes home-grown talent.(Manchester Evening News)
Wayne Bridge believes Blues manager Antonio Conte should push to sign Dele Alli to replace the hole left by Frank Lampard at Stamford Bridge.(Metro)
Colombia midfielder James Rodriguez, 25, is set to tell Real Madrid he wants to join Manchester United, according to reports in Italy. (Don Balon via Daily Star)
And Real Madrid will have to pay as much as £66m if they want to sign Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea, 26, as his contract does not hold a release clause.(Independent)
Chelsea have confirmed 18-year-old attacking midfielder Mason Mount has signed a new four-year deal at Stamford Bridge. (Daily Star)
Coventry City have terminated former Everton striker Yakubu’s contract after the 34-year-old played just 69 minutes of football at the Ricoh Arena.(Daily Star)
Newcastle midfielder Dan Barlaser, 20, has been offered to Besiktas, according to reports.(Fanatik via Express)