Barcelona want Everton boss Ronald Koeman, 53, to take over from Luis Enrique in the summer following the Spanish club’s 4-0 Champions League humiliation against PSG. However, other reports suggest Barca have
earmarked Sevilla’s former Chile boss Jorge Sampaoli, 56, as a replacement for Enrique. West Ham boss Slaven Bilic says he would rather sign former Tottenham playmaker Luka Modric, 31, than Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi, 29, and claims he would get a “discount” because Modric is a fellow Croatian.
Rafa Benitez is the surprise name on a four-man shortlist drawn up by Arsenal of those who could replace Arsene Wenger if the Frenchman leaves this summer. The Newcastle boss is joined on the list by Borussia Dortmund’s Thomas Tuchel and Barcelona coach Luis Enrique, as well as Monaco’s Leonardo Jardim, who is regarded as the outsider for the job.
Former Napoli forward Diego Maradona, 56, gave his old club’s players a team-talk ahead of their 3-1 Champions League defeat to Real Madrid on Wednesday.
West Ham boss Slaven Bilic drove five-year-old fan Alf Hill to meet his hero Andy Carroll after the youngster had waited four-and-a-half hours outside the training ground without joy to meet the striker.
Darmstadt’s United States striker Terrence Boyd, 25, has invited Barack Obama to the club after it was revealed the former US president was following the German team on Twitter.
Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino, 44, has ruled himself out of contention for any move to Barca, saying he is happy at White Hart Lane. Meanwhile, striker Harry Kane, 23, says he is driven by feelings of embarrassment whenever his team loses, and believes Tottenham can win at least one trophy this term.
Man United’s all-time record goalscorer Wayne Rooney, 31, will leave the club if he is stuck on the substitutes’ bench, says former Red Devils midfielder Paul Scholes.
Napoli President Aurelio De Laurentiis wants to sign 35-year-old Man United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, whose contract is set to expire in the summer.
Former Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp believes highly coveted Spurs midfielder Dele Alli, 20, is worth £100m.
Chelsea defender John Terry, 36, has rejected offers from three Major League Soccer (MLS) clubs in the United States and wants to stay at Stamford Bridge.
Man City boss Pep Guardiola will consider a move for 25-year-old Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere, who is currently on loan at Bournemouth, according to former Barcelona star Xavi. Also, City are tracking 21-year-old Monaco forward Thomas Lemar, but face competition from Atletico Madrid, Bayern Munich and Juventus.
West Ham will sell French left-back Arthur Masuaku, 23, in the summer – less than a year after he joined the Hammers on a four-year deal from Olympiakos.
Man United had an £85m bid for Bayern Munich forward Thomas Muller, 27, turned down in the summer, says the German club’s chief financial officer.
Southampton remain confident of signing free agent Martin Caceres, 29, despite interest in the defender from Barcelona.
Jose Mourinho will lead Man United to at least one piece of major silverware this season, says former Red Devils midfielder Darren Fletcher, 33.
PSG director of football Patrick Kluivert has suggested the French champions may consider a move for Barcelona forward Lionel Messi, 29, in the future.
Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy hopes to raise £400m towards the club’s new stadium through naming rights. Meanwhile, Spurs will find out whether they can host crowds of up to 90,000 at Wembley for their home games next season on 23 March.
Man City forward Gabriel Jesus remains “strong, focused, determined and blessed” despite his recent injury, according to the 19-year-old’s brother.
Inter Milan should pursue Brazil international Jesus, according to the club’s former honorary president Massimo Moratti. Meanwhile, the San Siro clubside will offer 17-year-old forward Andrea Pinamonti a new deal to ward off interest from Tottenham.
Former Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard, 36, will get the chance to play at Anfield again next month – in a legends game against Real Madrid.
Newcastle coach Simon Smith told goalkeeper Karl Darlow, 26, to take inspiration from Netherlands great Edwin van der Sar after his error in the 2-2 draw with Norwich.
Football authorities have promised a series of new studies into the link between dementia and playing football after being accused yesterday of “negligence” for their past failure to carry out research.
Nottingham Forest owner Fawaz Al-Hasawi appears to have written off almost £18m worth of loans after the Championship club announced an operating loss of £23.7m.
Bristol City fans have set up a petition calling for head coach Lee Johnson to be sacked.
Swansea’s American former coach Bob Bradley admits he “failed” to make any positive impact during his time at the Welsh club.
Club legend Paul Scholes believes Man United can win the Europa League and finish in the top four, despite the heavy workload they have between now and the end of 2016-17.The Old Trafford club prepare to host St-Etienne in the last 32 of the Europa League on Thursday amid a close-fought race in the Premier League for one of the four available Champions League spots. Scholes insists Jose Mourinho’s men have the ability and the depth to deal with the extra games involved in competing for a place in the May final in Solna.
Thousands of tickets for Arsenal’s home leg against Bayern Munich have become available after their 5-1 first leg defeat. The Gunners held their own against the German champions in the first-half, but crumbled in the second and look set to exit the competition early again. Meanwhile, There is no respite for Arsene Wenger and his Arsenal side as the Twitter taunts were as ruthless and unforgiving as ever afterwards.
The Super Eagles boss Gerrnot Rohr stopped by at one of the biggest markets (Balogun) in Lagos, and has also got a gift for one of his players (Leon Balogun) to show him where his father comes from in Lagos. Rohr shared his memorable experience after visiting the popular market in one of his trips to the commercial hub of Nigeria. The German tactician has enjoyed a decent run of results as he prepares for a double header World Cup qualification fixture against African champions Cameroon in August. The 63-year old said:
“We went to Balogun market, it was wonderful and a big crowd and some people spoke about football. ‘You must beat Cameroon’ they kept telling me.
“I took a photo because I will send it to Leon Balogun. His father comes from there, I think.
“I had a beautiful day in Lagos. In this big city, very nice people, everybody is big on hospitality.
“I spend some time in Lagos, I have seen not only the final of the Federation Cup. I saw the Super Cup final in Abuja before coming back to Lagos.”
John Obi Mikel is currently having the worst spell of his entire career. The 29-year-old has now lost eight consecutive games with Tianjin TEDA – a streak he was far from achieving during his time at Chelsea and even Lyn Oslo. The Nigeria international was on parade in Tianjin TEDA’s 2-1 defeat to South Korean amateur side, Gyeongju Citizen. Since joining the Chinese Super League side in January, the midfielder has struggled to hit the same heights he reached during his 10-and-a-half years with the Blues. Though, he was on target for the Jaime Pacheco’s Tigers in the 6-2 defeat to St. Pauli. Recall Mikel did have other options, with Marseille and Valencia also interested in pursuing a move for the captain of the Super Eagles, but the financial draw of the Chinese topflight ultimately won the day. And his current eight-game defeat streak is actually his longest in his entire professional football career. Tianjin TEDA begin their Chinese Super League campaign against Shandong Luneng at the Jinan Olympic Sports Center Stadium on March 4, 2017.
Real Madrid see Manchester City’s Nicolas Otamendi as a potential replacement for Pepe, should the latter move to China, according to reports. The Argentine centre-back, 29, joined City from Valencia in August 2015 and has made 20 Premier League appearances this season. However, with rumours suggesting 33-year-old Pepe could be on his way to the Chinese Super League, the Champions League holders see Otamendi as a candidate for the centre of defence.
Michael Carrick is set for talks with Man United over a new contract. The midfielder reportedly could put pen to paper on a new one-year deal should discussions with the club’s hierarchy go well in the coming weeks.
Tottenham’s Danny Rose turned down an approach from the Chinese Super League to remain loyal to the club. The full-back reportedly snubbed an offer which would have earned him £14.5 million-a-year.
Diego Costa has reportedly agreed a new five-year contract at Chelsea which will see him earn at least £220,000 per week. The striker has been linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge over the past 12 months, but the Blues have now moved to secure the Spain international’s future with a huge offer.
Tottenham are planning a summer bid for Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha after missing out in January. Mauricio Pochettino is a huge admirer of the former Man United wideman, and Spurs will make an offer at the end of the season whether Palace are relegated or not.
Barcelona are interested in signing Las Palmas right-back Michel Macedo in the summer. With Alex Vidal suffering a long-term injury, Luis Enrique has turned his attention to Michel, who has made 19 La Liga starts this season, though Las Palmas chiefs insist they have no knowledge of the interest.
Everton have joined Premier League rivals West Ham in the race for Man City’s Bacary Sagna. The Frenchman’s deal at the Etihad expires at the end of the current campaign but will not be extended by Pep Guardiola, leaving the road open for both the Toffees and the Hammers to make a move ahead of a summer transfer.
Man United have earmarked Torino’s Andrea Belotti as a long-term option to lead their attack. The Italian outlet claims the Red Devils have been sending scouts to keep tabs on the in-form 23-year-old striker, though no official contact has been made between the clubs. In the mean time, Marcus Rashford is stalling on signing a new Man United contract due to a lack of first-team opportunities. The striker will consider his position with the Red Devils at the end of the season amid fears he may never get an extended run in the team under Jose Mourinho.
Tottenham are monitoring Anthony Martial’s situation at Manchester United amid speculation he could be unsettled at Old Trafford. Martial has returned to form in recent weeks but still has work to do to convince Jose Mourinho he is a long-term member of his starting XI.
Pep Guardiola wants to launch a £40 million double move to sign Atletico Madrid brothers Lucas and Theo Hernandez. Lucas, a centre-back, is impressing with Atleti this season while left-back Theo has risen to prominence on loan at Alaves, who have reached the Copa del Rey final.
Liverpool and Manchester United sent scouts to watch Bordeaux winger Malcom in action against PSG on Friday. The young Brazilian has been one of the revelations of the season in Ligue 1 this season and has attracted the interest of several top sides.
Tottenham have joined rivals Arsenal in the race for highly rated teenager Kylian Mbappe. The 18-year-old striker has been drawing rave reviews at Monaco, and netted a hat-trick in his club’s 5-0 win over Metz on Saturday. Mbappe, who has been compared to Thierry Henry, has a contract with Monaco until 2019.
Man United are planning on offering David de Gea a massive new contract to keep him away from Real Madrid. The Spanish giants are rumoured to be keen on bringing the goalkeeper to Madrid, and the Red Devils will bump his salary from £200k-a-week to nearly £300k-a-week in an effort to keep him at Old Trafford.
AC Milan are plotting a £45 million summer bid for Arsenal contract holdout Alexis Sanchez. The Chilean’s deal at the Emirates Stadium expires in 2018 and the Italians are willing to offer him £250,000 a week, significantly more than what is currently on the table in north London.
Liverpool and Arsenal are at the front of the queue to sign Leicester City goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel. Jurgen Klopp will go into the market for a goalkeeper again this summer but the Gunners could also be interested as a result of the declining form of Petr Cech.