Transfer rumours and paper review – Friday, May 27: Mourinho given ‘hands off’ warning over Chelsea star, Guardiola wants £200m Man City overhaul

Here are the top transfer-related stories in Friday’s newspapers…

Reports are varied over how much Jose Mourinho will be paid in his deal to become Manchester United, with the Daily Express quoting £10million-a-year, while the Daily Mail claim he will earn £15m-a-year in the Old Trafford hotseat.

It is also reported the Portuguese coach will get a £5m bonus if he guides the Red Devils to Champions League glory, and £2.5m for the Premier League title. (The Independent)

Chelsea will issue a ‘hands off’ warning to Mourinho over Brazil international Willian, following his soon-to-be announced appointment at Man United. The ex-Blues manager Mourinho is reported to be plotting a £60m move to make Willian his first signing at Old Trafford hotseat. (Evening Standard)

United and Chelsea are also set for a battle over Sporting Lisbon midfielder £47million-rated Joao Mario. Mario has distanced himself from the rumours, however, saying he is fully focused on Portugal’s Euro 2016 campaign. (Daily Express)

The Blues are confident of re-signing striker Romelu Lukaku, who wants to leave Everton ‘to win titles’, for £65m, having sold him to the Toffees for £28m two years ago. (Daily Mirror)​

Pep Guardiola wants a complete overhaul of Manchester City’s squad this summer and has urged club chiefs to give him a £200m war chest to buy up to eight players. (Daily Mirror)

Borussia Dortmund midfielder Ilkay Gundogan is expected to become Guardiola’s first City signing next week in a deal worth roughly £20m. (Daily Mirror)

Meanwhile, City midfielder Yaya Toure apparently wants to be a part of Guardiola’s revolution at the Etihad Stadium. The Ivorian star has reportedly rejected offers of £30m from Chinese clubs Shanghai SIPG and Jiangsu Suning, and also has no interest in joining Inter Milan. (The Guardian)

Liverpool may look to raid Southampton once more as they eye up a move for £25m-rated forward Sadio Mane, after the Reds’ top summer target Mario Gotze revealed his intention to stay at Bayern Munich. (Daily Star)

Martin Skrtel’s agent says the 31-year-old defender is “90% sure to leave Liverpool” this summer. Turkish side Besiktas is a possible next destination for the Slovakia international. (ESPN)

Tottenham have begun talks over a move for Basel forward Breel Embolo, 19, who has scored 21 goals in 61 leagues appearances for the Swiss giants. (Daily Express)

The agent of Newcastle star Georginio Wijnaldum admits the Dutchman is considering his future at St James’ Park and could leave the club this summer. The 25-year-old has been linked with a £12m move to Roma.  (Newcastle Chronicle) 

And here are the latest headlines…​

Phil Neville EXCLUSIVE: I’m leaving Valencia and want to be a manager, but I could never turn down Manchester United

Jose Mourinho is a FANTASTIC manager who will adapt to Manchester United, Carlo Ancelotti tells talkSPORT

EXCLUSIVE: Carlo Ancelotti reveals how Gareth Bale’s agent interfered at Real Madrid

Romelu Lukaku transfer latest: ‘He should stay at Everton one more year’, claims former team-mate

Exclusive: Carlo Ancelotti accuses owners of Manchester United and Arsenal of prioritising finances over winning

Manchester United transfer news: Jose Mourinho wants to take Willian from Chelsea in stunning £60m raid

Liverpool face competition from Bayern Munich for Schalke winger Leroy Sane

Manchester United hold talks with £30m-rated Roma defender Kostas Manolas

Napoli hold talks with Gonzalo Higuain as Arsenal and Chelsea interest intensifies

Liverpool make bid for Alberto Moreno replacement, confirms Lorient president

Juventus willing to swap Simone Zaza for Southampton’s Graziano Pelle

Leicester leading Premier League chase for Inter Milan defender Jeison Murillo


‘I find it difficult to take it seriously’ – Stoke chairman Peter Coates dismisses reported European Super League plans

Stoke City chairman Peter Coates has told talkSPORT reports of the formation of a new European Super League should not be taken seriously.

Claims in The Sun on Wednesday suggested representatives from the Premier League’s five biggest clubs met with American billionaire Stephen Ross in London to discuss the potential of a new inter-Europe competition.

Manchester United’s Ed Woodward, Liverpool’s Ian Ayre, Chelsea’s Bruce Buck, Manchester City’s Ferran Soriano and Arsenal’s Ivan Gazidis were all pictured leaving the capital’s Dorchester Hotel on Tuesday, with all the men shaking hands before they departed back to their respective clubs.

The plans from Ross, the owner of the Miami Dolphins, are seen as the biggest threat to English football since the 1992 Premier League breakaway, while it could also spell the end for the Champions League, with Europe’s elite clubs all competing week in, week out. 

But Coates believes the story is nothing but rumour, with the Stoke chairman telling talkSPORT it is hard to believe with the Premier League about to enter the most financially prosperous period of its history.

In an exclusive interview with the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, he said: “I think it’s just somebody flying a kite, a bit of speculation. I find it difficult to take it seriously.

“I don’t know what they were meeting about, it could have been for all sorts of things, but one thing I don’t think it would have been about a break-up. saying that, I have no idea why they would exclude current leaders Leicester or Tottenham – it seems to be race between them for the title this season.

“It’s just hard to believe the story. The new Premier League TV deal comes into force next season, so that’s a huge amount of extra revenue for everyone and it’s hard to work out why anyone would want to change that. I just don’t take it seriously.

“The Premier League doesn’t show signings of bursting, it’s obviously a product that works well. We’ve got a very good system and the clubs all work well together, we’ve got something that is exceptionally good and the demonstration of that is the kind of international following it has around the world. When you talk about 2.4 billion viewers a week in 900million homes, it’s pretty impressive stuff.

“It would have ramifications throughout Europe wouldn’t it? This thing has been around in the past and it raises its head now and again for whatever reason.

“The other leagues are, understandably, very envious of the Premier league because of its revenues. Spain have two dominant clubs, Germany really only have one and it’s similar in Italy – it doesn’t work very well for them.

Paris Saint-Germain have a 25 point lead in France. What kind of competition is that?

“I just wouldn’t give it any credence. I know nothing of it and we’ve had no discussions amongst the clubs along these lines, so I would dismiss it.”

Asked if he was contact to be a part of the meeting, the Stoke chief added: “I haven’t had a call, no, but I’d like them to ring me. Maybe next time.”


Manchester United team news v Watford: Predicted line up for Premier League match

Should Man United Louis van Gaal change a winning team?

The club play Watford, three days after beating Arsenal 3-2, but they also received good news in terms of player injuries.


Will the trio return to action on Wednesday night or will the boss wait for the West Brom fixture on Sunday to bring the big names back?

Click the arrow above, right, to see the predicted Man United line up v Watford.