Today's newspaper gossip: Man United watch Pochettino, Mourinho snub Valencia

Published on: 01 April 2016
Today's newspaper gossip: Man United watch Pochettino, Mourinho snub Valencia

Manchester United are stepping up their interest in Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino as they consider replacing Louis van Gaal. (Sun)

Former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has given United a May deadline to make a formal move as he wants to secure his next job by then. (Guardian)

Mourinho has told Valencia he is not interested in succeeding the sacked Gary Neville as he is waiting for the United manager's job. (Star)

England assistant manager Neville was told he had been sacked a week before his dismissal was made public. However, he kept silent to prevent the news overshadowing the international friendlies against Germany and the Netherlands. (Telegraph)

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Paris St-Germain striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, 34, is asking Premier League clubs for a weekly wage of £600,000. (Mail)

Manchester City could take advantage of Barcelona and star forward Lionel Messi, 28, being "miles apart" in contract negotiations.(Sun)

City will need to spend a world-record fee to sign Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba, 23, according to former player Andrea Pirlo, who says the France international is so good it would still be good business for the Blues.(Mirror)

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp could be handed a significant transfer fund as the club is the subject of a Middle Eastern takeover bid.(Star)

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The Reds could also be set to play summer Europa League games at Wigan or Bolton because of renovations to Anfield.(Guardian)

Real Madrid, Juventus and Paris St-Germain are all interested in signing Everton striker Romelu Lukaku, 22, according to his agent.(Gazzetta dello Sport)

Mark Hughes will renew Stoke's £20m interest in West Brom forward Saido Berahino, 22. Tottenham remain interested and West Ham are also watching developments. (Mirror)

Midfielder Mesut Ozil, 27, says Arsenal have only themselves to blame for their faltering title challenge and must "intensify" their search for new players this summer. (

Italy boss Antonio Conte, who is reported to be taking over at Chelsea in the summer, wants striker Diego Costa, 27, to stay at Stamford Bridge.(Evening Standard)

Former England defender Terry Butcher says Chelsea centre-back John Terry is not ready to return to international football, after England boss Roy Hodgson was reported to have contacted the 35-year-old. (BBC Radio 5 live)

Swansea boss Francesco Guidolin wants to stay next season, and is not worried about speculation linking former manager Brendan Rodgers with a possible return to the Swans. (Sky Sports)

Former Arsenal manager George Graham has told forward Theo Walcott, 27, he must be "more hungry" for first-team action to have any chance of being in England's Euro 2016 squad. (Talksport)

Manchester United central defender Paddy McNair, 20, wants to play in central midfield, a role he fills for Northern Ireland. (Belfast Telegraph)

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And finally

Former Barcelona forward Hristo Stoichkov upset animal rights activists by posing for pictures with several animals he killed on a game hunt.(Sun)