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Friday 14 December 2018

Football rumours from the media

Could a summer spending spree be what Manchester United need to secure some silverware next season?

Jose Mourinho
Jose Mourinho

By Press Association Sport staff

Jose Mourinho hopes to add to Manchester United’s trophy cabinet next season by going on a £250million summer spending spree, the Mirror reports. After coming away from the 2017-18 season empty-handed, the manager is said to be targeting Tottenham centre-back Toby Alderweireld as well as midfielder Fred from Shakhtar Donetsk, Napoli’s Jorginho and Nice’s Jean Michael Seri. And if that was not enough, Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale is also a possibility to boost the squad for next year, the paper says.

What the papers say

Jack Wilshere looks almost certain to cement his future at Arsenal, according to the Mirror. After much toing and froing over the midfielder’s new deal at the Emirates, it now appears the 26-year-old is ready to sign a three-year contract with a 12-month option, keeping him at his boyhood club as speculation continues to build about Arsene Weger’s replacement.

Manuel Pellegrini’s move to take the manager’s spot at West Ham looks to be taking a step closer to completion, with the Mail reporting the 64-year-old will be holding talks with the club on Monday. It is thought confirmation of a three-year deal will be made before the end of the week, the Chilean replacing David Moyes after his short six-month tenure at London Stadium and successful campaign to keep the Hammers in the top flight.

A new British transfer record could be in the offing amid reports Manchester City are considering making a £300,000-a-week offer to Eden Hazard. The Star says Pep Guardiola is making the Chelsea man his number one target this summer and believes a £100million swoop for the star will guarantee the Belgian’s move to the Etihad.

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Thibaut Courtois: The goalkeeper has revealed his future at Chelsea could be in doubt – with the Belgian waiting to see what happens after the World Cup to confirm any possible plans of a move, according to the Mirror. The 26-year-old has one year left on his contract at Stamford Bridge and has already been linked with Real Madrid.

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Unai Emery led Paris St Germain to Ligue 1 glory before stepping down at the end of the season (Adam Davy/Empics)

Unai Emery: Much speculation has circled about the successor to Arsene Wenger after a 22-year reign, with Mikel Arteta considered the favourite. But according to the Mail, Emery has emerged as an 11th-hour possibility to take the helm at the London club. Wenger is said to have favoured Arteta as his replacement, but with 46-year-old Emery having recently left Paris St Germain, the Emirates hierarchy are said to be on alert.

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