Transfer rumours and paper review – Thursday, March 31: Mourinho to replace Neville at Valencia? Arsenal to make £30m swoop?

31 Mar

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


Valencia have urged Jose Mourinho to forget about Manchester United and become their next boss. Gary Neville was sacked by the La Liga club after only four months with No2 Pako Ayestaran announced as his interim replacement. But serious discussions have been ongoing for more than a month about Mourinho becoming the master of the Mestalla. (The Sun)

Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini is also on Valencia’s radar to replace Neville. Pellegrini will leave City this summer to make way for Pep Guardiola. (Daily Mail)

Arsenal have been to see Granit Xhaka play a staggering THIRTY times this season as they look to make a major midfield signing this summer. The Gunners’ boss Arsene Wenger has sent his scouts to make weekly checks on Borussia Monchengladbach star Xhaka and they are lining up a £30million move. (Daily Mirror)

Henrikh Mkhitaryan is also a summer transfer target for Arsenal. They have sent scouts to watch the Borussia Dortmund attacking midfielder and have further monitored his progress via video clips. (Guardian)

Chelsea’s hopes of recalling Andreas Christensen from his loan spell at Borussia Mönchengladbach are set to be dashed by the player, with the Denmark defender keen to continue pursuing first-team opportunities with the Bundesliga club.(Guardian)

David Moyes and Sean Dyche top Aston Villa’s wanted list to replace Remi Garde. Former Manchester United boss Moyes was wanted by Villa earlier in the season, but frightened them off when he said he needed £40million to keep them up this season. And Dyche, boss of Championship leaders Burnley, would cost £3 million in compensation if he was to take up the challenge at Villa Park. (Daily Mirror)

Mario Balotelli has been offered a monster wage packet to go and play in China. Super League side Jiangsu Suning are interested in ending the forward’s Liverpool nightmare. (Daily Star)

West Ham United have added Wilfried Bony to the list of strikers the club will work their way through if they cannot land Michy Batshuayi. Marseille striker Batshuayi is West Ham’s top summer target, but the east Londoners face considerable competition for his signature – not least from rivals Tottenham Hotspur. (Daily Telegraph)

And here are the latest talkSPORT.com headlines…

Transfer report: Arsenal and Chelsea both eyeing summer swoop for Inter Milan star Marcelo Brozovic

Manchester United transfer news: Jose Mourinho wants Jeison Murillo at Old Trafford

Newcastle transfer report: Torino captain Kamil Glik a summer target for Magpies

Romelu Lukaku’s agent claims Everton striker is ready to play for European giant

West Ham on verge of signing Valencia prodigy Antonio Martinez

Arsenal FC transfer news: Gunners scouting Naby Keita with view to summer offer

Tottenham Hotspur transfer news: Spurs make enquiry for FC Utrecht striker Sebastien Haller

Manchester City transfer news: Pep Guardiola wants to secure stunning £75m Paul Pogba deal before Euro 2016

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