Manchester United could look to let Wayne Rooney leave, while a Mexico midfielder is being lined up by Jose Mourinho.
UNITED ‘TO LET ROONEY GO’
Manchester United could look to offload captain Wayne Rooney in the summer, according to a report.
It’s hardly rocket science but The Daily Mirror have an article headlined “So, how do you solve a problem like Wayne Rooney?”
The piece claims Rooney faces an “uncertain future” and that “Rooney will not be short of offers if, as expected, United decide to let him go at the end of the season.
The 30-year-old has been dropped for United’s last three games by Jose Mourinho and England interim boss Gareth Southgate followed suit and axed him to the bench for Tuesday’s draw with Slovenia.
Rooney has a huge contract until 2019 at Old Trafford but after a poor start to the season his future at United looks pretty bleak and the England skipper could turn into a bit-part player for club and country.
A fortnight away from turning 31, Rooney is on a colossal £300,000-a-week and United face the prospect of having to pay up the remaining years on his contract. What is confusing about the report is that the headline refers to “ditching him next summer”, while the body of the article claims they will have to pay up the remaining 20 months of his contract.
Rooney is contracted until June 2019 and so he would have 24 months left on his deal next summer and not the 20 months suggested by the Mirror.
Publicly, Rooney insists he has no intention of leaving United before his deal expires and say he remains committed to the club.
What we can assume is that the Mirror have put two and two together and have taken a flier and are very unlikely to have a source, just three weeks after he was dropped, who has been willing to reveal United’s plan for Rooney.
UNITED TARGET ANOTHER HERRERA
Jose Mourinho has set his sights on a January move for Porto midfielder Hector Herrera, according to a report in Portugal.
A Bola claim Manchester United will step up their efforts to land the Mexico midfielder in January.
Both United and Liverpool were tracking the 26-year-old in the summer, but the Portuguese champions were not keen on selling the 26-year-old. Now however the landscape has changed with Herrera struggling for form and stripped of the captaincy in a bid to rediscover his form from last season.
That has put Mourinho on alert with the Portuguese paper claiming he is preparing a bid for the player, who is contracted in Portugal until 2019.
With Bastian Schweinsteiger likely to depart and Michael Carrick close to hanging up his boots United could do with some midfield options.
AND THE REST
Manchester United have been put on red alert by news of Reece Oxford’s denial that he is about to sign a new contract at West Ham. (Mail)
Gareth Southgate is the Football Association’s favoured candidate to be the next full-time England manager and he could seal the position with a win against Scotland next month. (Daily Mail)
Despite England having performed disappointingly in the first two of Southgate’s four matches as interim boss, the FA have been impressed by his approach to the job. (Guardian)
Wales forward Gareth Bale is about to sign a new contract at Real Madrid, keeping him at the Bernabeu until 2022. (Cadena Ser)
Liverpool have told Paris Saint-Germain that Philippe Coutinho is not for sale at any price. (Sun)
Cristiano Ronaldo is also set to sign a new deal at Real. The 31-year-old Portugal forward will sign a five-year deal worth £20.8m a year. (Sport)
Former Italy defender Gianluca Zambrotta, now the manager of Delhi Dynamos, has said he would love to take Manchester United’s ex-Sweden striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, 35, to India. (Indian Express)
Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero, 28, says that manager Pep Guardiola has told him he would “love” to lead the striker’s national team Argentina. (TyC Sports)
Aguero also revealed that Guardiola has shut down the wi-fi at City’s training ground in a bid to encourage team bonding. (Guardian)
Italy striker Simone Zaza, 25, could be set to exit West Ham just two months after joining from Juventus on loan, as the London club will have to pay £10m for him if he plays a certain number of games. (Mirror)
AC Milan manager Vincenzo Montella has dismissed rumours linking Chelsea and Spain midfielder Cesc Fabregas, 29, with a move to the Serie A club. (Corriere della Sera)
Chelsea’s interest in Belgian forward Yannick Carrasco has forced Atletico Madrid to try to drive up his buy-out clause. (Sun)
David de Gea was being lined up as Gianluigi Buffon’s long-term replacement at Juventus after the club’s relegation for match-fixing in 2006 – only for the legendary Italian to stay. (Sun)
Gordon Strachan, 59, may step down from his position as Scotland manager before next month’s visit to Wembley. (Mirror)
Inter Milan could make a move for Manchester City’s Argentina right-back Pablo Zabaleta, 31. (Calciomercato)
Hull City have joined Crystal Palace and Swansea in chase for Scottish starlet Jai Quitongo. (Mail)
Arsenal and Germany defender Per Mertesacker, 32, has discussed the possibility of rejoining Werder Bremen, according to the German club’s captain Clemens Fritz. (Bild)
West Ham’s co-chairman David Sullivan has asked fans to give former centre-back James Tomkins, 27, a “great reception” when he returns with Crystal Palace for the first time since his £10m summer transfer. (West Ham United club website)
Goalkeeper Lee Grant, 33, is hopeful of extending his loan spell at Stoke City from Derby County beyond January. (Stoke Sentinel)
United have employed 50 extra scouts this year in a bid to improve player recruitment. (Mail)
Bristol City and England Under-21 striker Tammy Abraham, 19, will not be able to return to his parent club Chelsea before the end of the season, as there is no release clause in his contract. (Evening Standard)
Liverpool have decided to impose a limit on how much they pay their academy players, imposing a maximum of £40,000 a year to their 17-year-old first season professionals. (Telegraph)