Transfer rumours and paper review – Sunday, May 22: Manchester United and Louis van Gaal latest, Liverpool close in on Mario Gotze and MORE

22 May

Here is a selection of the top stories from Sunday’s papers…


Louis van Gaal’s fate as Manchester United manager is set to sealed on Monday, with the club’s American owners due to rubber-stamp his departure – two days after winning the FA Cup at Wembley. Jose Mourinho is set to take charge at Old Trafford on a three-year deal. (Independent)

Liverpool are keen to get their transfer business done quickly and Jurgen Klopp wants to land Bayern Munich’s Mario Gotze in a £20million deal – which could be done as soon as this week. (The Sun)

Arsenal have been told to fork out £7million for Bolton Wanderers defender Rob Holding. Arsene Wenger has already had a £750,000 bid rejected for the 20-year-old, who is currently away with in Toulon with the England’s Under-21s. (Sunday Express)

Premier League champions Leicester are planning a summer raid for Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. Claudio Ranieri wants stars with proven experience at the highest level – and the 22-year-old fits the bill. (Mirror)

And Gunners boss Wenger is tempted to do a deal, in order to raise funds for a double swoop. The Frenchman is keen to sign N’Golo Kante from the Foxes, while he is also a big admirer of Southampton forward Sadio Mane – as he looks to add firepower in Danny Welbeck’s absence. (Mirror)

Pires may put on an Arsenal shirt in the near future – that’s Theo Pires. Former Invincible Robert Pires’ son has signed for Arsenal’s youth team. (Daily Star)

Liverpool are ready to open talks with Leicester over a deal for 19-year-old left-back Ben Chilwell this week, as Martin Skrtel heads for the Anfield exit. Negotiations are expected to start within the next few days, with the Reds keen to sign the England U21 international ahead of Premier League rivals Arsenal. (Telegraph)

Liverpool are pressing ahead in their bid to sign midfielder £14million-rated Danny Drinkwater from champions Leicester. Kop boss Jurgen Klopp was hugely impressed with Drinkwater’s contribution to Leicester’s title triumph and had his analysis team compile stats on the 26-year-old. (Mirror)

Hector Bellerin remains committed to Arsenal amid interest from former club Barcelona. Barcelona have reportedly identified their former youth prodigy as the long-term successor to Dani Alves but the Gunners are well-placed to hold on to the 21-year-old, whose contract expires in 2019. He said: “England is my home now. I’m very happy there so I don’t see myself anywhere other than Arsenal” (Evening Standard)

Romelu Lukaku has refused to rule out a return to Chelsea this summer, according to reports in Belgium. The 23-year-old has been attracting interest from a host of European clubs and had strongly hinted he wanted to quit Everton for a team in the Champions League. A return to old club Chelsea, with Antonio Conte as manager, appears to be a distinct possibility with Lukaku leaving the door open. (Liverpool Echo)

Frank Lampard faced the wrath of the New York City FC faithful as their team were thumped 7-0 by fierce rivals New York Red Bulls. It was the ex-Blues midfielder’s FIRST game of the season for Patrick Vieira’s side and many have dubbed the 37-year-old the worst player in the league’s history. (The Sun)

Tony Xia, Aston Villa’s owner-in-waiting, hopes to make the Aston area home to a football theme park. (Daily Mail)

Yaya Toure has been offered two £300,000-a-week deals in China. The Manchester City midfielder’s representatives have been talking to Shanghai SIPG – managed by Sven Goran Eriksson – and Jiangsu Suning. (The Sun)

And here are the latest talkSPORT.com headlines…

Manchester United to appoint Jose Mourinho as manager in coming days – reports

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

Arsenal transfer news: Granit Xhaka pictured in 2016/17 kit ahead of rumoured £30m move

Roy Hodgson urges England fans to ease pressure on his players ahead of Euro 2016

Louis van Gaal defiant over Manchester United future despite Jose Mourinho reports

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