Transfer rumours and paper review – Wednesday, April 6: Mourinho wants written Manchester United promise, PSG join Lukaku chase

6 Apr

Here are the top transfer-related stories in Wednesday’s newspapers and online…

Jose Mourinho wants a written promise from Manchester United that he will be their new manager this summer. The Special One has a verbal assurance that will be the case. But Alex Ferguson publicly backed current boss Louis van Gaal last week, leaving the Mourinho camp fearing things could change. That is why he wants the job offer in writing, so he can start planning a future at Old Trafford. (The Sun)

Chelsea’s new manager Antonio Conte was introduced to his squad on Tuesday and will hold a series of individual meetings with those who want to leave. He wants to establish who is keen to leave ahead of a potential summer rebuild, and will hold meetings with Eden Hazard, John Terry, Nemanja Matic and Diego Costa. (Daily Mail)

Paris Saint-Germain are set to enter the race for Everton striker Romelu Lukaku. The French champions are resigned to losing Zlatan Ibrahimovic in the summer and want Lukaku to replace him. Boss Laurent Blanc travelled to Old Trafford on Sunday to watch Lukaku in action against Manchester United and is now considering a bid in the region of £45m. United and Chelsea are also chasing the Belgian. (Daily Star)

Manchester United are keeping tabs on Barcelona midfielder Sergio Busquets. Busquets’ current contract at the Nou Camp runs until 2019, but the Spaniard is yet to agree a new deal. (Daily Express)

Yaya Toure will snub a move to Inter Milan this summer, because he wants to stay in the Premier League. Midfielder Toure, who turns 33 next month, has yet to be offered a new deal at Manchester City, even though his current £220,000-a-week contract expires in 2017. (Daily Mail)

Robert Lewandowksi has urged Mario Gotze to reject the advances of Liverpool FC and prove himself at Bayern MunichJurgen Klopp is targeting the out-of-favour, World Cup winning midfielder as a priority signing this summer, but Lewandowski, who played for Klopp alongside Gotze at Dortmund before moving to Bayern, says talk of the 23-year-old leaving the Bundesliga champions is ‘silly’. (Liverpool Echo)

Arsenal are interested in highly rated AC Milan midfielder Manuel Locatelli. The 18-year-old is considered to be one of the most promising Italian players of his generation and has been hailed as “Milan’s playmaker of the future” by the club’s honorary chairman, Silvio Berlusconi. (

Aston Villa are ready to offload Gabriel Agbonlahor this summer as the club prepare for the Championship. Agbonlahor, who has two years remaining on his contract, is set to become a high-profile departure at the end of the season, with Villa keen to shift his £54,000 a week salary off the wage bill. (Daily Telegraph)

And here are the latest headlines…​

‘Tottenham have built a team to compete for Premier League titles for years to come’ – Ledley King

I wouldn’t be surprised if Antonio Conte tried to sign Paul Pogba for Chelsea, former Juventus director tells talkSPORT

Dwight Yorke tells talkSPORT: I want the Aston Villa job and I have Sir Alex Ferguson’s backing

Manchester City transfer report: Yaya Toure will have to take 50 per cent pay cut to join Inter Milan

Incoming Chelsea boss Antonio Conte makes Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci his top target – Terry replacement?

Manchester United ready £50m bid for Everton striker Romelu Lukaku

Liverpool transfer news: Jurgen Klopp plotting raid on Real Madrid for winger

Arsenal transfer report: Alexis Sanchez to reject Real Madrid interest in favour of Emirates stay


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