Wayne Rooney could leave Manchester United in the next 10 days, while Barcelona are plotting a shock transfer raid on Watford, according ...
Wayne Rooney could leave Manchester United in the next 10 days, while Barcelona are plotting a shock transfer raid on Watford, according to Saturday’s newspapers.
Rooney To Move To China?
Manchester United could still sell Wayne Rooney before the close of the Chinese Super League transfer window this month, according to the Daily Telegraph.
Several Chinese clubs are tracking the England captain and the Telegraph believes there is still a chance a deal could be struck before the transfer window closes in China a week on Tuesday.
Jose Mourinho has always insisted that no decision on Rooney’s future would be made until the end of the season. But the player – who has not started a Premier League game since mid-December – is understood to be considering offers and it could result in a lucrative move to the Far East in the next 10 days.
United are thought to be willing to sanction his sale if the move suits Rooney. Chinese clubs are still reported to be willing to pay United a ‘substantial transfer fee’ for the skipper, who recently broke the club’s goalscoring record.
From a financial point of view, the chance to claim a significant fee for Rooney, and to get his £300,000 a week wages off their books 18 months before his deal expires, is thought to be of huge interest to United.
They won’t however push the player into a decision and will allow him to make his own mind up, given the record-breaking exploits he has enjoyed at the club.
Rooney is expected to earn £32m a year from moving to China and the player will now spend time deciding if the move is right for his family.
Rooney was questioned recently about the prospect of moving to China and said: “I’ve been at the club a long time and you know football is a strange game and anything can happen, things change very quickly, but I’m happy at Manchester United.
“Of course, as I’ve said before, I want to play more games, but I’m in a happy place at the moment.”
Barcelona Want Moreno
Barcelona are reportedly set to make a shock move for Watford defender Juanfran Moreno who has yet to make a single appearance at Vicarage Road.
The defender joined the Hornets in a £1.5m move from Real Betis in the summer of 2014 but has spent ther last three seasons on loan at Deportivo La Coruna.
Luis Enrique’s side are in the market for a new right-back after losing Aleix Vidal for the rest of the season with an ankle injury.
Transfer rules in Spain allow internal ’emergency transfers’ to take place after the window has shut and Barcelona have already seen a move for Ander Capa rejected by Eibar, who are looking for a fee of £8.5m.
However, The Sun, via AS, claims Barca are making enquiries to see if a move for Juanfran would be within the laws of the game. Although he’s officially on Watford’s books, the fact he’s spent the last three seasons on loan in Spain could present them with a loophole.
Malaga’s Venezuelan right-back Roberto Rosales is another potential target.
However, should a move to the Nou Camp come off for the Watford reject, it would mark a considerable turnaround in fortunes for the 28-year-old, who can also play in a more advanced role.
Atleti, Bayern and Juve join chase for Lemar
Thomas Lemar's list of admirers continues to grow, with Atletico Madrid, Bayern Munich and Juventus reportedly joining Manchester City and Chelsea in wanting to sign the Monaco man, according to AS.
It is no wonder the attacking midfielder has caught the eye of Europe's top teams; he has been a major factor in Monaco's success this season, scoring seven goals and setting up six more to put them top of Ligue 1 ahead of Paris Saint-Germain.
The 21-year-old is contracted to Monaco until 2020 and valued at €30m but, the Spanish publication reports, Atletico plan to rebuild their midfield around Lemar at the end of the season.
Spurs seek Janssen alternative
Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino is planning to sign a new striker in the summer unless Vincent Janssen can impress before the end of the season, the Daily Mirror claims.
Amid a torrid first season in the Premier League, Victor Janssen may soon be on his way out of Tottenham.
Netherlands international Janssen has scored only four goals since joining Spurs, all of them penalties, and was left out of the squad for the Europa League round-of-32 first-leg defeat against Gent in Belgium.
Harry Kane has proved reliable as the club's first-choice striker, but a lack of proven cover could cost Spurs as they chase silverware on three fronts: in the Premier League, FA Cup and in Europe.
Liverpool midfielder Emre Can is a shock target for Italian giants Juventus this summer (The Sun)
Chelsea will have to see off competition from Borussia Dortmund, Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain if they are to sign Borussia Monchengladbach's highly rated midfielder Mahmoud Dahoud in the summer. The Irish Times claims the West Londoners are among a number of clubs to meet the 21-year-old's representatives in an effort to snap him up.
Barcelona have turned their attention to short-term deals for either Malaga's Roberto Rosales or Deportivo La Coruna's Juanfran after a move for Eibar's Ander Capa fell through, AS reports. Barca are looking to replace right-back Aleix Vidal, who is ruled out for the rest of the season because of injury.
Everton, Sunderland, Newcastle and even Manchester City could move for Chelsea striker Dominic Solanke after Antonio Conte said the 19-year-old is likely to leave the club. The Daily Mail reports that a dispute over wages is at the centre of the England under-21 player's desire to move on.
Arsenal could make a last-ditch bid to hijack Chelsea star Dominic Solanke’s move to Liverpool (The Sun)
Bayern Munich have joined Chelsea and Arsenal in the fight to sign Torino striker Andrea Belotti (The Sun)
The Premier League faces a refereeing crisis with Michael Oliver set to follow Mark Clattenburg out amid interest from the MLS (The Sun)
Arsene Wenger has put Barcelona, Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain on alert with his statement that he will be be managing somewhere next season even if it isn’t with Arsenal (Daily Mirror)
Vincent Janssen is running out of time to prove he can cut it at Tottenham and has been warned “he needs to show more” (Daily Mirror)
Chelsea captain John Terry is learning Portuguese as he looks to take his first steps into management – with a bit of help from his old Blues boss Jose Mourinho (Daily Mirror)
Nigeria are stepping up their attempts to prise Everton’s teenage striker Ademola Lookman away from England (Daily Mirror)
Aston Villa appear set to cast aside £7m striker Libor Kozak this summer and, after having ankle surgery, the Czech Republic player has probably played his final game for the club. He has managed only 82 minutes this season (Daily Mirror)
Chelsea have reportedly held talks with Borussia Monchengladbach over a potential move for Mahmoud Dahoud in the summer (Daily Express)
Chelsea face competition from Borussia Dortmund, Paris Saint-Germain and Juventus for Dahoud (The Guardian)
Inter Milan want to offer star defender Jeison Murillo a new contract to ward off interest from the Premier League. Manchester City are among the clubs linked (Daily Express)
Jose Mourinho has blasted managerial rivals like Jurgen Klopp for showing the FA Cup a lack of respect (Daily Star)
Winger Achille Degan, who plays for Saint-Lo in the fifth tier of French football, has set up camp outside Arsenal’s training ground in a desperate bid to earn a trial with the Premier League club (Daily Star)
Jorge Sampaoli: Perfect for Premier League, says Arturo Vidal
Sevilla boss Jorge Sampaoli has refused to be drawn on reports linking him to the Barcelona job but admitted ‘you never know’ what the future holds (Daily Mail)
Chelsea managing director Christian Purslow will leave the club this summer (Daily Mirror)
Frank Lampard is set to turn down Chelsea’s offer to become a club ambassador so he can concentrate on securing his coaching badges (The Times)
Jeffrey Schlupp’s move to Crystal Palace saw his contract include a clause ensuring he would not see his wages cut if the club loses its Premier League status this summer (The Times)
Chelsea boss Antonio Conte is optimistic that striker Diego Costa, 28, will stay at the club beyond the end of the season (Daily Mail)