Rodgers Lined Up To Replace Conte
Brendan Rodgers is on a four man short list to making a sensational return to Chelsea as Antonio Conte’s replacement.
The Celtic boss spent four years running the youth team and then the reserves at Stamford Bridge after being lured away from Reading by Jose Mourinho.
But he is down on the list of potential replacements with former Barcelona boss Luis Enrique still the favourite to move to West London in the summer.
Enrique is taking his time to make up his mind which has forced Chelsea to look at alternatives with Italians Max Allergi and Maurizio Sarri also being considered.
Mbappe To Join City
Manchester City will move for Kylian Mbappe if Paris Saint-Germain have to cash in on the French wonder-kid after failing to meet Financial Fair Play rules.
French champions-elect PSG are being investigated by UEFA, European football’s governing body, after paying Barcelona £198million for Brazilian superstar Neymar last summer and then tying up a loan deal with Monaco for Mbappe which will see them pay £167m for the teenager this close-season.
If the moneybags Parisiens are found to have broken FFP regulations they face being booted out of the Champions League, as well as being hit with huge fines.
That would put pressure on them to sell some of their top players — and City are monitoring the potential consequences for that deal with Monaco over Mbappe.
Blues boss Pep Guardiola wanted to sign the 19-year-old last summer, after seeing Mbappe star in Monaco’s two Champions League last-16 games against his team.
In Other News
City also want to sign Bayern Munich and Spain midfielder Thiago Alcantara, 27, who played under Pep Guardiola at Barcelona. (Mail on Sunday)
And City look favourites to sign Matthijs de Ligt, 18, after Ajax placed a £50m valuation on the Dutch defender. (Sunday Mirror)
Chelsea are interested in Bayern striker Robert Lewandowski, 29. Real Madrid are also considering signing the Pole. (Daily Star Sunday)
Manchester United are considering a summer move for Leicester City’s 25-year-old England defender Harry Maguire. (Sunday People)
United could challenge Manchester City for Shakhtar Donetsk’s Brazilian midfielder Fred, 25. (Sunday Express)
United boss Jose Mourinho is also interested in Celtic’s 20-year-old Scotland defender Kieran Tierney. (ESPN)
Liverpool are set to sign England Under-17 striker Bobby Duncan, who is the cousin of former captain Steven Gerrard and involved in the Manchester City academy set-up. (Sun on Sunday)
Gerrard, who runs Liverpool’s Under-18 team, has emerged as a candidate to replace Mick McCarthy at Ipswich. (Sun on Sunday)
Everton will link up with agent Mino Raiola to improve their recruitment in the summer. The change of personnel will also see the departure of manager Sam Allardyce and director of football Steve Walsh. (Sunday Mirror)
Allardyce says his time at the club has already been a success, after Saturday’s 1-1 draw at Swansea saw then move to ninth in the Premier League. (Sky Sports)
West Ham want to sign Nice striker Alassane Plea, but the 25-year-old Frenchman will cost the club £25m. (Sun on Sunday)
Juventus are close to agreeing a deal to sign 28-year-old Italian defender Matteo Darmian from Manchester United. (Tuttosport, via Sun on Sunday)
Bordeaux winger Malcom has said Paris St-Germain is his dream club. The 21-year-old Brazilian was previously linked with a move to Tottenham. (Le10Sport – in French)
Liverpool are to give 19-year-old English defender Trent Alexander-Arnold an improved contract. (Sunday People)
Atletico Madrid general manager Clemente Villaverde says no-one has enquired about forward Antoine Griezmann. The 27-year-old Frenchman has been linked with Barcelona and Chelsea. (FourFourTwo)
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says he has always wanted Egyptian midfielder Mohamed Elneny to stay with the club, adding the 25-year-old is starting to show his best form. (Independent)
Stoke boss Paul Lambert is convinced his 19th-placed side can avoid relegation if they emulate the work ethic of his roofer father, Billy. (Times)