Jose Mourinho will be axed at Chelsea and he could be heading to Inter, Monaco or PSG, while Pep Guardiola and Carlo Ancelotti could replace him.
The papers are once again full of Jose Mourinho talk with everyone desperate to get a new angle on the Portuguese boss’ problems at Stamford Bridge.
The most obvious line comes from ESPNFC, who say ‘Chelsea have begun to discuss the possibility of sacking the 52-year-old, but are mindful that his departure would cost £30m’.
Yep, one of the best managers in the world, who recently penned a new four-year deal, will be entitled to a huge compensation package – it’s not rocket science and one which Roman Abramovich and Co. will have been more than ‘mindful’ of over the last few months.
The Mirror says Jose Mourinho is on the brink of leaving with his senior players believing it is a case of ‘when not if’ the manager is sacked, while The Independent claims that Mourinho’s representatives are already ‘investigating’ a move to Paris St-Germain or a return to Inter Milan if he is dismissed with his four-year Chelsea contract being paid up in full too.
Meanwhile, a shareholder of Ligue 1 side Monaco says the Portuguese boss has been approached to replace Leonardo Jardim as manager on the Ligue 1 club, according to a report in Spanish Daily Sport.
The Sun reports Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola is the overwhelming favourite to replace Mourinho if he is removed from his position, but The Times says the Spanish boss is believed to be open to the possibility of extending his current deal with the German champions beyond this season.
And finally The Telegraph says Roman Abramovich would face a major battle to convince Carlo Ancelotti to return to Chelsea, with the Italian expected to reject any part-time SOS call.
VARDY TOO PRICEY FOR MOST
Leicester City boss Claudio Ranieri has told the Leicester Mercury “not many clubs” have enough money to buy the Premier League’s leading scorer Jamie Vardy.
The 28-year-old was unbelievably linked with Real Madrid on Monday, while Liverpool and Tottenham were the reported suitors of the 28-year-old over the weekend – we assume all those three clubs would be able to afford Vardy.
NEXT STOP RUSSIA FOR FALCAO
The Daily Telegraph reports that Zenit St Petersburg boss Andre Villas-Boas wants to end Radamel Falcao’s nightmare at Stamford Bridge by taking him on loan at the Russian club.
The 29-year-old’s career has faltered since he arrived in England. The striker scored just four times in 26 appearances at Manchester United and since his loan to Chelsea he has managed just one goal in nine appearances.
Good luck with that Andre.
AND THE REST
Arsenal and Chelsea have been given a transfer boost as Real Madrid star Isco asks to leave Real Madrid. (Express)
Liverpool will struggle to land Borussia Dortmund star Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in the transfer window after the in-form striker revealed he would prefer a move to Spain. (Express)
Real Madrid have signed 15-year-old Lucas Patanelli, who has been playing in Independiente’s youth sides and has been dubbed “the next Lionel Messi”. (Marca)
Aston Villa’s pursuit of former Lyon manager Remi Garde has hit a stumbling block over the appointment of his assistants, with the French club reluctant to let Gerald Baticle and Robert Duverne leave. (Times)
Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany is prepared to risk a fall-out with Manuel Pellegrini by playing for Belgium even if his club boss believes he is not fit enough to do so. (Guardian)
Victor Valdes’ agent has confirmed that the 33-year-old Spanish goalkeeper is keen to stay in the Premier League if Manchester United let him leave during the January transfer window. (Evening Standard)
Tottenham will allow winger Andros Townsend, 24, to leave the club on loan during the transfer window and are looking at signing Crystal Palace winger Yannick Bolasie, 26, as a replacement. (The Sun)
Spurs midfielder Dele Alli, 19, has been linked with a move to Ligue 1 leaders Paris St-Germain. (One MK)
Everton are confident of signing Bury’s 17-year-old left-footed centre-half Matty Foulds when the transfer window opens on 2 January. (Liverpool Echo)
Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal is understood to be interested in signing Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Greizmann. (Telegraph)