Jose Mourinho

Frank Lampard, Roman Abramovich ‘set for face-to-face talks this week’

A report claims that Frank Lampard has been invited to join Roman Abramovich on his luxury yacht as Chelsea step up their search for a new manager. Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich will reportedly meet with Frank Lampard this week to discuss the legendary midfielder becoming the club’s new manager. Lampard is considered the leading candidate to succeed Maurizio Sarri, who left Stamford Bridge on Sunday to take over at Juventus after just 11 months in West London. The Blues’ leading all-time scorer has only one season of managerial experience under his belt, coming at Derby County last season, but The Sun claims that Chelsea are serious about putting him in charge. Abramovich is rumoured to have invited Lampard to join him on his £380m yacht off Saint-Tropez, near where he is curr...

A look back at the highs and lows of Paul Pogba’s time at Manchester United

Paul Pogba‘s future at Manchester United is once again the subject of speculation after comments from the player over the weekend suggesting he is considering “a new challenge somewhere else”. The 26-year-old has had a rollercoaster second spell at Old Trafford since rejoining the club in 2016. Here, Press Association Sport looks at the high and lows of his past three years. HIGHS Rejoining United Once a Red… #POGBACK pic.twitter.com/H2MO6GXyg0 — Manchester United (@ManUtd) August 9, 2016 Pogba was an inexperienced youngster when he left United in 2012 but he returned four years later as one of the biggest stars in the game. It cost United a then world-record £89.3million to prise him back from Juventus. In a summer in which Jose Mourinho replaced Louis van Gaal as ...

Romelu Lukaku ‘not mobile enough for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is reportedly happy to let Romelu Lukaku join Inter Milan this summer due to concerns over his mobility. Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is reportedly happy to let Romelu Lukaku leave the club this summer due to concerns over whether the striker is mobile enough for his style of play. Lukaku fell out of favour upon Solskjaer’s arrival at Old Trafford in December, with the Norwegian quickly installing Marcus Rashford as his number one striker. The Belgian’s future has been the subject of much speculation as a result, and Inter Milan are understood to be interested in taking him to the San Siro this summer. Lukaku has done little to silence the rumours, proclaiming new Inter boss Antonio Conte as the “best manage...

Manchester United make improved Bruno Fernandes bid?

Manchester United make an improved offer for Sporting Lisbon midfielder Bruno Fernandes, according to a report. Manchester United have reportedly made an improved offer for Sporting Lisbon midfielder Bruno Fernandes. United have been strongly linked with a swoop for the 24-year-old in recent weeks, although it is thought that Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool are also in the race for the Portugal international. According to Journal de Notices, the Red Devils have now submitted a bid of £58m with another £13.3m in performance-based add-ons. Fernandes scored 32 times and registered 18 assists in 53 appearances for Sporting last term. Meanwhile, the attacking midfielder also helped Portugal win the UEFA Nations League title courtesy of a 1-0 win over the Netherlands in last weekend’s fina...

Chelsea open Rafael Benitez talks?

Chelsea are in negotiations with Rafael Benitez over a possible return to Stamford Bridge, according to a report. Chelsea are reportedly in negotiations with Rafael Benitez over a possible return to Stamford Bridge. Benitez will see his contract with Newcastle United expire this summer and the Spaniard’s future remains unclear due to the uncertainty surrounding a potential takeover at St James’ Park. The 59-year-old took charge of Chelsea on an interim basis between November 2012 and May 2013, leading the Blues to the Europa League title. According to Tuttosport, the London club have now initiated talks with Benitez over a return to Stamford Bridge, with current boss Maurizio Sarri widely expected to leave the London club to take charge of Juventus. Jose Mourinho has also been ...

Jose Mourinho to return to Chelsea for third time?

Unemployed head coach Jose Mourinho could return to Chelsea for a third managerial spell, according to a report. Jose Mourinho is reportedly prepared to return to Chelsea for a third managerial spell. As it stands, Maurizio Sarri is still in charge of the Blues, but it is widely thought that the former Napoli boss will return to Italy to take charge of Juventus ahead of the 2019-20 campaign. According to The Sun, Frank Lampard is still the favourite to take over at Stamford Bridge, with the legendary midfielder impressing while in charge of Derby County last season. However, the same report has claimed that Mourinho ‘is a rank outsider’ to return to the London club. The Portuguese won three Premier League titles, three League Cups and one FA Cup during his two spells with Chels...

Manchester United to meet with Bruno Fernandes this week?

A report claims that Sporting Lisbon star Bruno Fernandes could become a Manchester United player in the next week. Manchester United are reportedly eager to speed up negotiations with Sporting Lisbon for attacker Bruno Fernandes. The 24-year-old played a direct part in 33 goals in the Portuguese top flight last season to earn links with a move to Old Trafford. United are said to be willing to pay around £70m for Fernandes and, amid rumours that Tottenham Hotspur are about to enter the race for his signature, A Bola reports that the Red Devils want to get a deal wrapped up. Talks have already been arranged for this week, it is claimed, and the Premier League side are hopeful that an announcement could be made following Portugal’s participation in the UEFA Nations League. Fernandes, a...

Louis van Gaal accuses Ed Woodward of having ‘zero understanding of football’

Louis Van Gaal has claimed Manchester United chief executive Ed Woodward knows “zero” about football. Former United manager Van Gaal, 67, has blamed Woodward for the bulk of the club’s problems since the Dutchman was sacked in 2016 after two years in charge. Van Gaal, who has also had spells in charge of Ajax, Bayern Munich, Barcelona and Holland, told German magazine 11 Freunde: “At Bayern, the people in charge are football men. I always appreciated that. Louis van Gaal, right, pictured lifting the FA Cup for United (Mike Egerton/PA) “At Manchester United, on the other hand, Ed Woodward was installed as CEO – somebody with zero understanding of football who was previously an investment banker. “It cannot be a good thing when a club is run solely from a commercially-driven perspective. “I ...

Incoming Newcastle United owner ‘wants Jose Mourinho or Arsene Wenger’

Newcastle United want Jose Mourinho or Arsene Wenger to replace Rafael Benitez should a proposed £350m takeover go through, according to a report. Rafael Benitez‘s future at Newcastle United has been plunged into doubt as the club’s prospective new owner has reportedly targeted a high-profile managerial appointment. Sheikh Khaled bin Zayed Al Nahyan is in advanced talks with Mike Ashley over purchasing the Premier League side in a £350m deal. According to The Mirror, the billionaire and his Abu Dhabi-based group have their own managerial targets in mind, with Jose Mourinho and Arsene Wenger being targeted. Mourinho has been out of work since being sacked by Manchester United in December, while Wenger has been without a job since stepping down as Arsenal boss in May 2018. Benite...

Jose Mourinho criticises Harry Kane performance

Jose Mourinho accuses Tottenham Hotspur forward Harry Kane of ‘hiding’ during the Champions League final. Jose Mourinho has accused Tottenham Hotspur forward Harry Kane of ‘hiding’ during the 2019 Champions League final. Kane was named in the Tottenham XI almost two months after suffering an ankle injury against Manchester City in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final. The centre-forward struggled to make his mark in Madrid, though, and Liverpool claimed the trophy courtesy of a 2-0 win over their Premier League rivals. Mourinho, who was sacked by Manchester United in the latter stages of 2018, has claimed that Kane offered little to Mauricio Pochettino‘s side at the Wanda Metropolitano. “The reality is that Tottenham had 61% of ball poss...

Jose Mourinho hails Manchester United target Bruno Fernandes

Jose Mourinho says that Sporting Lisbon attacker Bruno Fernandes – strongly linked with a switch to Manchester United – “has it all”. Jose Mourinho has claimed that Sporting Lisbon attacker Bruno Fernandes “has it all” amid suggestions that Manchester United want to sign the Portugal international this summer. United are said to lead Manchester City in the race for the 24-year-old, who scored 32 times and contributed 18 assists in 53 appearances for Sporting during the 2018-19 campaign. Mourinho – sacked by the Red Devils in the latter stages of 2018 – has lavished praise on his fellow Portuguese for his impressive numbers during the recent season. “I was surprised by the season of Bruno Fernandes. It was easy to predict quality, he is ...

Manchester United midfielder Fred voted Premier League’s worst signing

Manchester United midfielder Fred is named as the Premier League’s worst signing of the 2018-19 season, having made only 17 top-flight appearances in his debut campaign at Old Trafford. Manchester United midfielder Fred has been named the Premier League’s worst signing of the 2018-19 campaign in Sports Mole‘s Reader Awards. The Red Devils beat off competition from local rivals Manchester City to bring the Brazilian to Old Trafford last summer, but he quickly fell down the pecking order under both Jose Mourinho and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Signed for £53m, Fred made just 17 Premier League appearances throughout the campaign and only started six games after the turn of the year. Arsenal‘s Denis Suarez, who failed to start a single game for the club after joining on loan ...

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