Carlos Tevez wants to leave China after two months, while an Arsenal midfielder is wanted by a pair of Premier League clubs, according to Wednesday’s papers.
Rooney heading for China
Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney is ready to leave Old Trafford in favour of a big-money move to China, according to reports on Wednesday.
The Daily Mirror claims that Rooney may have already played his last game for United amid interest from clubs in the Chinese Super League.
The report states that vice-chairman Ed Woodward has apparently already given Rooney’s agent the green light for the 31-year-old to make a move.
However, Mourinho said in October that Rooney was “going nowhere” and reiterated on Tuesday that he did not want him to leave.
“I would never push – or try to push – a legend of this club to another destiny,” added the Portuguese coach.
“So you have to ask him if he sees himself staying in the club for the rest of his career or if he sees himself moving.
“It is not a question for me because I am happy to have him. I don’t want him to leave.”
Rooney is expected to be able to command £750,000 a week in China, a sum that would make him the highest paid player in the world.
Ox in demand
Manchester City and Everton are apparently both considering summer moves for Arsenal’s Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
The midfielder has struggled to establish himself as a regular in the starting XI, and with just a year left on his deal it is possible he may look for pastures new.
A report in the Mirror, City boss Pep Guardiola is a huge fan of Oxlade-Chamberlain, and still remembers his display against Bayern Munich two-and-a-half years ago.
Meanwhile, Ronald Koeman – backed by a bumper summer warchest – is also an admirer of the former Saints man and will consider a move to bring him to Goodison Park.
Ox fuelled rumours of a potential Emirates exit in October when he told Goals on Sunday: “I’d by lying if I wasn’t going to sit here and say that it has crossed my mind that I need more game time.
“As a footballer you want to play every game. I’m not happy when I’m not playing.
“There is going to come a time in my career, and I think I’m approaching that, when I do need to be getting more regular football.”
And the rest…
Manchester United defender Daley Blind is set for a summer exit as boss Jose Mourinho eyes Benfica’s Victor Lindelof as a replacement (The Sun)
Manchester United have failed in a bid to snatch Manchester City’s transfer guru and chief local scout Rob Newman (Daily Mail)
Sevilla coach Jorge Sampaoli has put Barcelona and Arsenal on alert by delaying contract talks at the club until the summer (Daily Mirror)
Barcelona are set to sign Watford right-back Juanfran Moreno to replace Aleix Vidal following his ankle injury against Alaves (The Sun)
Arsenal will not be offering a trial to plucky French winger Achille Degan (Daily Star)
Joe Hart is set to leave the Etihad Stadium in the summer and now Manchester City have accepted he can move to a top club in England (The Sun)
Joe Hart and Jack Wilshere are always scrapping when they’re away on England duty, according to Harry Kane (Daily Star)
Liverpool are tracking Pedro Obiang as boss Jurgen Klopp takes an interest in West Ham’s midfield star (The Sun)
Real Madrid have joined Liverpool in the chase for German international Julian Brandt (Daily Mail)
Moussa Dembele’s agent has revealed the starlet has his mind set on seeing out his four-year contract with Celtic – even if some of the world’s biggest clubs come calling (Daily Record)
Tottenham’s £30m flop Moussa Sissoko could be offered an Italian job with AC Milan ready to offer a summer escape to Serie A (The Sun)
Tottenham are set to move for Real Madrid playmaker Isco this summer (Daily Mirror)
Liverpool are set for a training-ground switch as the club prepare to leave Melwood for a £50m youth academy complex (Daily Mail)
Monaco midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko is ready to snub Chelsea and Manchester United in favour of PSG (Daily Mirror)
AC Milan are weighing up a Premier League raid on Arsenal and Manchester City, with Alexis Sanchez and Sergio Aguero both targets (Daily Express)
Carlos Tevez is “unhappy in China and wants to return to Argentina” after just three months, despite being paid £615,000 a week (The Sun)