Premier League transfer news and rumours
De Gea to sign new United deal
Manchester United and Spain goalkeeper David de Gea is set to sign a new £350,000-a-week contract to stay at Old Trafford.
The Real Madrid target is expected to pen a five-year deal with United before he goes to the World Cup with Spain this summer. He will become the second-highest earner at Old Trafford behind January signing Alexis Sanchez. (The Sun)
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Mourinho set for ‘summer splurge’
Jose Mourinho is linked with a number of players in the summer transfer window. According to reports, Manchester United’s boss is ready to “raid” Tottenham for Danny Rose and Toby Alderweireld and is also keen on Arsenal’s Hector Bellerin. Other targets on his £200m “trolley dash” include Napoli’s Jorginho, Juventus star Alex Sandro and Celtic’s Kieran Tierney. (The Guardian)
Chelsea ‘concerns’ over future of nine first-team stars
There could be a player exodus at Chelsea this summer, with reports claming the London club have “doubts over the futures of as many as nine first-team players”, including Eden Hazard and Thibaut Courtois, who are yet to sign new deals. Other stars whose futures are uncertain are Cesc Fabregas, Pedro Rodriguez, Gary Cahill and David Luiz. (The Daily Telegraph)
Toby Alderweireld: Tottenham to PSG
Paris Saint-Germain will offer Toby Alderweireld an annual wage of £10m to “lure him to France”. The Belgian defender’s contract talks with Tottenham have stalled and it’s expected he will leave the north London club this summer. Manchester United and Barcelona have also been linked with the 29-year-old. (Daily Mail)
Balotelli agent in talks with English clubs
Could Mario Balotelli return to the Premier League this summer? It’s a possibility – the Italian striker’s agent Mino Raiola is in talks with a number of English top-flight clubs. Balotelli, who previously played for Manchester City and Liverpool, is available on a free transfer when his contract with French side Nice expires at the end of the season. (Daily Mirror)
Iker Casillas: Porto to Liverpool
Porto goalkeeper Iker Casillas could be on his way to Liverpool when his contract expires at the end of the season. The 36-year-old former Real Madrid stopper is available on a free transfer and the Reds have “stepped up” their interest. (The Sun)
Premier League news and talking points
Allegri: I will coach abroad after Juve
Massimiliano Allegri has revealed that he plans to manage abroad when the time comes for him to leave Juventus. The Italian, who has been linked with summer moves to Arsenal and Chelsea, said: “Certainly I will go abroad. In Italy, finished. And, yes, I don’t want to go being a coach forever. Probably I would like to carry on being a club coach for another five or six years then I would like to coach a national team.” (The Daily Telegraph)
Sacking Conte will cost Chelsea £9m
If Chelsea sack manager Antonio Conte at the end of the season it will cost them a reported £9m to pay off his contract. The Italian’s future is uncertain at Stamford Bridge but he “remains adamant” he will not quit the Blues. (The Daily Telegraph)
West Brom will wait to replace Pardew
With relegation an almost certainty, bottom-of-the-league West Bromwich Albion will wait until the summer to find a replacement for Alan Pardew. Darren Moore has taken temporary charge of the Baggies after Pardew left by mutual consent yesterday. West Brom will now “spend the rest of the season lining up a long-term replacement”. Names already linked include Michael Appleton, Dean Smith, Derek McInnes, Craig Shakespeare and Graham Potter. (The Times)
De Bruyne: I deserve the Player of the Year award
Manchester City star Kevin de Bruyne believes he should be named this season’s Player of the Year because of his form for the Premier League champions-elect. The Belgian said: “Well, if I get it, it would be nice I think for the team and for me. In one way I believe I deserve it, because I have been very consistent in my form. I am very happy with myself, I am very pleased with how I have played, I didn’t expect to be this good this season, to be honest.” (The Daily Telegraph)
Spurs to offer Pochettino lucrative new deal
Tottenham will offer manager Mauricio Pochettino a new long-term deal to fend off interest from Europe’s biggest clubs. Pochettino, who has been linked with Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid, is to be offered an £8.5m-a-year contract - a £3m increase of his current deal. (The Daily Telegraph)
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