Transfer rumours and paper review – Monday, May 23: Ibrahimovic to become Mourinho’s number two at Manchester United?

23 May

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


Zlatan Ibrahimovic could join Manchester United this summer as assistant manager to Jose Mourinho. Ibrahimovic confirmed earlier this month he will be leaving Paris Saint-Germain at the end of the season after a four-year spell at the Parc des Princes and he is ready to sign on as a coach and player under Mourinho, who will be appointed United manager this week. (Daily Express)

José Mourinho has identified André Gomes, João Mário, John Stones, Álvaro Morata, Mauro Icardi and Ezequiel Garay as summer targets for Manchester United as part of an anticipated minimum £150m spend. (Guardian)

Manchester City are expected to complete the signing of Ilkay Gundogan this week in a deal worth an initial £20.1 million, despite injury ruling the Germany midfielder out of action until September. The Dortmund star will be Pep Guardiola’s first signing at the Etihad Stadium. (Daily Telegraph)

Newly-crowned Premier League champions Leicester are believed to be plotting a surprise move for Arsenal forward Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. (Daily Mail)

Manchester United and Chelsea have been dealt a massive blow as Gonzalo Higuain will NOT be making a Premier League switch in the summer. The world’s in-form striker, 28 — fresh from his incredible season at Serie A’s second-placed team Napoli — has flown to France to open talks with Paris Saint-Germain. (The Sun)

Arsene Wenger is reviving his bid to sign Argentina whizz kid Maxi Romero . Arsenal boss Wenger agreed a £4.5million deal to sign the striker from Velez Sarsfield last year but the deal was called off when the 17-year-old suffered a knee ligament injury. Wenger is back on the case now for this summer and they are trying to do a deal but it will depend on Romero proving his fitness. (Daily Mirror)

Arsenal have entered talks to sign Bayern Munich defender Mehdi Benatia. Discussions to bring Benatia to the Emirates have not reached an advanced stage but are underway. (Daily Star)

Liverpool are ready to open talks with Leicester over a deal for Ben Chilwell this week, as Martin Skrtel heads for the Anfield exit. Chilwell has been identified as a priority signing in Jurgen Klopp’s summer revamp and negotiations are expected to start within the next few days. (Daily Telegraph)

Everton have held talks with Manuel Pellegrini as they step up their search for a new manager. It is 10 days since Roberto Martinez was sacked and Everton are now committed to making strides to find his replacement, with a number of high-profile options being discussed, including Sevilla’s Unai Emery. (Daily Mail)

David Moyes is in talks with Aston Villa and considering a return to management in the Championship. Moyes has met with prospective new Villa owner Dr Tony Xia and could agree to take charge of the relegated Midlands side later this week. (Daily Telegraph)

And here are the latest talkSPORT.com headlines…​

Liverpool transfer news: Instagram post confirms Jerome Sinclair’s Watford move

West Ham have £31m bid for Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette rejected, club owner reveals

Tottenham and West Ham express interest in Manolo Gabbiadini in search for attacking reinforcements

Arsenal transfer news: Granit Xhaka heading for a medical – fan reaction to possible £30m deal

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