Real Madrid have identified Mauricio Pochettino as their leading candidate to be the club’s next manager, while Man Utd won’t let Wayne Rooney leave on the cheap.
REAL TARGET TOTTENHAM BOSS
A new Real Madrid manager is never far away and reports on Sunday suggest Mauricio Pochettino is the La Liga club’s number one target.
The Sunday Mirror claims the Tottenham boss has been identified by Real president Florentino Perez as a leading candidate to replace Zinedine Zidane, despite the club legend leading Los Blancos to Champions League glory less than six months after taking over from Rafa Benitez earlier this year.
According to the Mirror’s story, it is Real’s lack of domestic success that concerns the club’s hierarchy. Real have not won the Primera Division title since 2012, with Barca having been crowned champions three times since and Atletico once.
Daniel Levy is said to be aware of Real interest and despite Pochettino having signed a new five-year deal in the summer, the former Espanyol and Southampton coach is understood to be interested in whatever offer Real may make.
UNITED WON’T LET ROONEY GO CHEAP
Wayne Rooney will not be forced out of Manchester United, with the club understood to be keen to profit if their skipper does head for the exit.
Not unreasonable, you would think, given Rooney remains captain for both club and country, But according to the Sunday Mirror, there is growing belief that the 31-year-old would benefit from a new challenge away from the club where he has spent 12 years.
The story claims United want to recoup most of the £25million they spent on Rooney in 2004, which supposedly rules out a return to Everton or a switch to the MLS.
Such a fee would not put off suitors in China, who would also have few problems matching the star’s current £300,000-a-week salary.
AND THE REST
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is lining up an audacious £135m bid for Barcelona forward Luis Suarez. (The Sun)
LA Galaxy have been warned off trying to lure Wayne Rooney to America by former chief Alexi Lalas. (The Sun)
Chelsea are eyeing a move for Newcastle’s young skipper Jamaal Lascelles in an £18m deal. (The Sun)
West Ham have opened talks with Reece Oxford over a long-term deal. (The Sun)
Manchester City want Juventus starlet Moise Kean and Valencia whizkid Kanjin Lee to join the Pep Guardiola revolution. (The Sun)
Chelsea, Manchester United and Manchester City are preparing to go head to head with Real Madrid for Celtic’s £40m sensation Moussa Dembele. (Sunday Express)
West Ham have offered striker Simone Zaza to Italian side Napoli as a makeweight in their pursuit of forward Manolo Gabbiadini. (Sunday Express)
Cesc Fabregas could be left kicking his heals at Chelsea until the end of the season with AC Milan cooling on the idea of a January move. (Sunday Express)
Phil Jagielka believes Wayne Rooney would be a perfect fit for Everton if the England captain decides to leave Manchester United. (Sunday Mirror)
Galatasaray will offer Netherlands winger Memphis Depay a route out of Manchester United. (Sunday Mirror)
Real Madrid have put Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino on their managerial wanted list. (Sunday Mirror)
Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic is weighing up potential offers from across Europe and the Far East. (Sunday Mirror)
Sunderland defender Lamine Kone is set to spark a transfer rush in January with at least four clubs keen on him. (Sunday Mirror)
Leicester are weighing up a move for Red Bull Leipzig midfielder Naby Keita. (Sunday Mirror)
Yaya Toure’s agent has accused Pep Guardiola of snubbing his attempts to end the midfielder’s Manchester City limbo. (Sunday Mirror)
Southampton’s Nathan Redmond is in line for a call-up to England’s senior squad. (Sunday Mirror)
Sky Bet League One side MK Dons will check on the availability of Ryan Giggs before choosing their next manager to replace Karl Robinson. (Mail on Sunday)
Watford are looking to sell Juan Carlos Paredes in the January transfer window to former club Barcelona SC in Ecuador. (Mail on Sunday)
Stoke City and England goalkeeper Jack Butland has returned to see a specialist after experiencing more discomfort from an ankle injury that has already kept him out for seven months. (Mail on Sunday)
Everton teenager Dominic Calvert-Lewin has been called up to their first team squad to face West Ham on Sunday. (Mail on Sunday)
The design of the £700m Olympic Stadium – West Ham’s new home ground – is so flawed for football use that it has created a ‘battleground’ for fans, say stadium experts. (Mail on Sunday)
Paul Pogba’s controversial agent Mino Raiola has raised further questions over a reported £24.3m payment he received following his client’s world record move from Juventus to Manchester United. (Mail on Sunday)
Phil Jagielka believes Everton’s ability to produce a successful team is more important than their spending power in the club’s desire to retain their best players. (Sunday Telegraph)
Xherdan Shaqiri has splashed out on a new luxury pad to demonstrate that he feels at home at Stoke City. (Daily Star)
Manchester City are in line to become the next Premier League club to secure a mega-money kit deal. (Daily Star)
Manchester United will decide in January whether to take up their option to extend Antonio Valencia’s contract. (Daily Star)
Antonio Conte says he had never heard of N’Golo Kante until his rise to prominence with Leicester City, but now believes the Chelsea player is “a complete midfielder”. (The Observer)