Jose Mourinho will quit Real Madrid in the summer and return to the Premier League according to the Sunday Times.
Despite Real Madrid moving seven points clear at the top of the Liga table on Saturday night, Mourniho has, according to the Times, “grown disillusioned with life in Madrid,” where he has come under fire from the media this season for the team’s struggles in Clasico matches against fierce rivals Barcelona.
Mourinho does not have a job lined up in England, with the Times claiming that there is “bound to be speculation linking him with any one of Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool, Arsenal and even Chelsea,” with his former club an option as “despite the acrimony that surrounded his departure from Chelsea, he has buried his differences with (Chelsea owner Roman) Abramovich.”
The paper also lists Tottenham as a possibility due to the potential of that job opening up, as current Spurs manager Harry Redknapp is currently on trial for alleged tax evasion and also reportedly interested in succeeding Fabio Capello as England manager.
The journalist who wrote the piece, Duncan Castles, is known in media circles as having impeccable Mourinho contacts, and went on radio channel Talksport to reiterate that he was “100 per cent” certain that Mournho would return to England in the summer.
Meanwhile, the Sunday Mirror speculates that Manchester City would be keen on Mourinho taking over if Roberto Mancini fails to bring the title to the Etihad this summer.
Carroll has failed to make an impact at Liverpool since signing for £35 million from Newcastle just under a year ago and Tevez has already been told he is not welcome back at Eastlands.
The Observer reveals that: “Brian Marwood, the City football administrator, rebuffed the idea immediately, even though Carroll is a player Roberto Mancini has admitted admiring when he was at Newcastle.”
The paper adds: “The move demonstrates how Liverpool are now openly looking at offloading Carroll despite the insistence behind the scenes at Anfield that he can still play a prominent part.”
According to the Sunday People though, Kenny Dalglish is hoping to make a double swoop in the January transfer window – and is targeting Werder Bremen winger Marko Marin and Borussia Dortmund striker Luca Barrios.
The People also claims that Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas will make a move for Real Madrid bad-boy Pepe in the summer – if the defender fails to repair his damaged relationship with his current club.
Newcastle could lose Demba Ba in the summer and pocket just £4m in the process, the Sunday Mirror claims. Ba is believed to have a £7m buy-out clause, but the paper reports that £3m of that would be due to the player himself.
The paper claims: “six Premier League clubs including, Tottenham and Liverpool, are ready to meet the buy-out clause leaving Newcastle powerless to keep Ba if the player wishes to move on.”
Arsenal have failed in an £8m move for Germany ace Lukas Podolski - and now fear they will miss out again in the summer. The Gunners made an approach to Cologne earlier this month but the German outfit made it clear Podolski will not leave in January. (The People)
Sources close to the QPR squad have confirmed to The Mail on Sunday that none of the QPR players would have shaken Chelsea captain John Terry’s hand before Saturday’s FA Cup tie if the FA hadn’t abandoned their usual pre-match ritual of respect.
Everton defender Johnny Heitinga is wanted by Spanish side Real Mallorca. The Dutch defender has been a mainstay in David Moyes’ side this season and is under contract until 2014. But according to reports in Spain, the La Liga side have already enquired about his services. (Sunday Mirror)
West Ham have pulled out of a move for Rangers striker Nikica Jelavic. The Hammers offered the Glasgow club £5.25m and a further £1m based on appearances but personal terms scuppered the deal. Jelavic, who is earning £24,000 a week at Ibrox, wanted in excess of £40,000 to play at Upton Park and around £60,000 if West Ham got promoted to the Premier League. (Sunday Mirror)
Jeffrey Bruma does not want to return to Chelsea. The defender is on loan at Hamburger SV in Germany and fears boss Andre Villas-Boas won’t play him. (Sunday Mirror)
Fulham’s highly-rated teenager Pajtim Kasami is on the verge of joining Juventus. The promising 19-year-old Swiss midfielder joined Fulham from Palermo last summer. (Sunday Mirror)
Finally, Simon Grayson has admitted his hopes of hanging on to Robert Snodgrass depend on Leeds clinching a Premier League return. Everton, West Brom, Wolves and Norwich will battle to sign the £5m-rated winger if the Elland Road outfit fail to win promotion. (Sunday Mirror)