Paper Talk: United eye Zlatan and Hammers ace; new Costa link

Date published: Tuesday 8th March 2016 10:48

Zlatan Ibrahimovic, PSG

Manchester United have been linked with moves for Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Michail Antonio, while Diego Costa is a £40million target for PSG, according to Tuesday’s newspaper gossip.

 

ZLATAN LINKED WITH UNITED SWITCH

Jose Mourinho has contacted Paris Saint-Germain star Zlatan Ibrahimovic over a summer move to Manchester United.

Le 10 Sport claim the Portuguese tactician is already planning for life at Old Trafford, as he is confident a deal is all but done.

Ibrahimovic, meanwhile, is out of contract at Paris Saint-Germain in the summer, with reports suggesting the club will not offer him an extension to his current deal.

This would allow United to sign the forward on a free, with Mourinho keen to renew his partnership with Ibrahimovic after their time together at Inter Milan.

The report claims Mourinho has identified United’s lack of goal threat as a major problem and wants Ibrahimovic – who could command wages of up to £200,000 a week – to take the heat off Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford.

In a trophy-laden career spanning three decades, Ibrahimovic has a total of 372 goals in 661 appearances in club football.

 

UNITED CAST EYES OVER MICHAIL ANTONIO

Michail Antonio: Celebrates West Ham's goal

Manchester United are keeping tabs on West Ham winger Michail Antonio, according to reports in the Daily Star

Antonio has been in fine form this season and has found the back of the net 11 times in 27 appearances.

And it’s claimed his impressive displays have caught the eye of United, who could make a move for the in-form Hammers star.

They claim United are keen to sign a wide man who has ‘power and pace’ and will contemplate a summer bid for the 25-year-old.

With Antonio coming under the radar at United, it’s claimed the club are subsequently ready to let Antonio Valencia leave after the player endured a torrid time with injury.

Antonio joined West Ham last August from Championship side Nottingham Forest for a fee of £7m.

 

PSG PLOT SUMMER SWOOP FOR COSTA

Chelsea Diego Costa

Paris Saint-Germain are planning a £40m summer raid on Chelsea for striker Diego Costa.

The Daily Express claims the forward is almost certain to leave Stamford Bridge at the end of this campaign if the club fail to qualify for the Champions League – and ideally he wants to go back to his old club Atletico Madrid.

But PSG, who face Chelsea in the second leg of their Champions League last-16 clash on Wednesday night at Stamford Bridge, have the cash reserves to outbid Atletico and offer the player a bumper wage package.

PSG, 2-1 up from the first of the tie in Paris, are long-time fans of Costa, who they tried to sign two summers ago before he joined Chelsea.

PSG’s Uruguayan striker Edinson Cavani, who scored the winning goal in Paris three weeks ago against Chelsea and is a target for the Stamford Bridge club, is unsettled and wants to leave at the end of this season.

Chelsea could confirm Antonio Conte as their new manager as early as next week, with meetings scheduled in Monaco with between the current Italy coach and owner Roman Abramovich.

Conte is ready to undertake a rebuilding of the current Chelsea squad in the summer.

AND THE REST

Real Madrid will target David de Gea and Eden Hazard this summer as they look to complete a major shake-up for their squad (Daily Star)

Tottenham are prepared to commit £24m to finally land Saido Berahino this summer (Daily Mail)

Leicester City are keen on £12m Midtjylland striker Pione Sisto who scored twice against Manchester United in the Europa League (Daily Mail)

Steve McClaren may have been given a temporary stay of execution by Newcastle United, but he has privately informed friends that he expects to leave within the next 24 hours (Daily Telegraph)

Newcastle are preparing to contact potential successors to manager Steve McClaren to gauge their interest in the role. Former Manchester United and Everton boss David Moyes, ex-Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez and former Leicester boss Nigel Pearson are among the leading candidates (The Times)

Leicester and England striker Jamie Vardy, 29, has a £30m buyout clause in his contract (The Times)

PSG’s Uruguayan striker Edinson Cavani, who scored the winner against Chelsea three weeks ago and is a target for the Stamford Bridge club, is unsettled and wants to leave at the end of this season (Daily Express)

Tottenham have opened talks over a new contract with manager Mauricio Pochettino (Daily Mirror)

Leicester’s French midfielder N’Golo Kante, 24, is in line for a new deal to see off interest from big clubs (Daily Mirror)

Leicester fans celebrating Leonardo Ulloa’s late winner against Norwich two weeks ago was so raucous, local scientists say it caused a reading of 0.3 on the Richter scale (The Sun)

Everton boss Roberto Martinez has an increasingly uncertain future at the club amid rising supporter unrest (NBC)

Former Arsenal defender Emmanuel Eboue, 32, is thought to have agreed a short-term deal with Sunderland, despite missing out on the Premier League club’s Under-21 game on Monday (Sunderland Echo)

Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney has been spotted in Dubai playing with a tiger as he continues his comeback from a knee injury (The Sun)

England defender Luke Shaw hopes to return to training next month and could play for Manchester United before the end of the season. The 20-year-old broke his right leg during a Champions League tie against PSV Eindhoven in September (Daily Telegraph)

Furious Newcastle fans are demanding change in an open letter to the club board, describing their season as “horrendous” and saying it’s “time for action, it’s time for accountability” (Daily Mirror)

Chelsea are set to appoint Antonio Conte as the new manager after Max Allegri “100 per cent” ruled out leaving Juventus (Daily Mirror)

Officials of Championship side Fulham posed as a 16-year-old female fan on Facebook in a bid to “shock” their youth team stars of the danger of social media (Daily Mirror)

Steve McClaren’s future at Newcastle United is in a state of damaging limbo with the former England coach expected to be sacked within the next 48 hours (The Guardian)

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