Today's newspaper gossip: Mourinho signs United deal, Kasper Schmeichel on Barca radar

Published on: 24 April 2016
Today's newspaper gossip: Mourinho signs United deal, Kasper Schmeichel on Barca radar
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Former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has signed a deal to replace Louis van Gaal at Manchester United this summer and it will be announced in the next couple of weeks. (Sunday Express)

United boss Van Gaal has admitted his future is in the hands of the board and has hinted there will be talks with them at the end of the season. (Manchester Evening News)

The Dutchman says that winning the FA Cup might not be enough to save his job. (Sun)

Manchester United want to sell attacker Memphis Depay, 22, just a year after spending £25m signing him from Dutch side PSV Eindhoven. (Sunday Mirror)

United face competition from Manchester City, Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid in their pursuit of Benfica's Portugal international midfielder Renato Sanches, 18. (Sunday Times - subscription required)

Manchester City striker Stevan Jovetic, 26, who is currently on loan at Inter Milan, is a transfer target for new Chelsea boss Antonio Conte. (Star on Sunday)

Crystal Palace hope to sign Wolves and England Under-21 defender Dominic Iorfa, 20, this summer. (Sun on Sunday)

Leicester City goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel, 29, is a £15m target for Barcelona this summer to replace Marc-Andre ter Stegen, who is leaving the Nou Camp. (Sun)

Tottenham have made a £16m bid for Lille winger Sofiane Boufal, 22, who is also a target for Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal. (Sunday Express via Foot Mercato)

The North London club look set to sign Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette, 24, in a £23.5m deal at the end of the season. (Sunday Mirror)

Sunday Express back page

Sunday Express back page

Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho, 26, could miss Euro 2016 in his native France this summer and may not be available to Jurgen Klopp until October after failing a drugs test.(Sun on Sunday)

Aston Villa head of recruitment Paddy Riley has escaped the sack despite spending £55m on players last summer only to be languishing at the bottom of the Premier League. (Sunday Telegraph)

Newcastle midfielder Jack Colback, 26, believes that new boss Rafa Benitez has restored 'belief' to the players after a second-half comeback at Liverpool stretched their unbeaten run to three games. (Newcastle Chronicle)

Captain Vincent Kompany is set to return for Manchester City's Champions League semi-final clash with Real Madrid on Tuesday, but midfielder Yaya Toure is a doubt. (Mail on Sunday)

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp cannot understand England's aversion to the Europa League and believes the power of history can guide them to win the trophy. (Guardian)

Former Leicester boss Nigel Pearson held talks with Aston Villa chairman Steve Hollis last week about becoming the club's new manager. (Sunday Mirror)

Watford defender Ben Watson, 30, says FA Cup semi-finals should not be played at Wembley as it "takes a bit of an edge off the final". (Observer)

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger admits he does not know if winger Theo Walcott, 27, has a long-term future at the club. (Sky Sports)

Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce, 61, says he contemplated retiring after leaving West Ham last summer but it is "not on the horizon" at the moment. (Sunday Telegraph)

Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, 29, has revealed that he was close to leaving the North London club before the arrival of head coach Mauricio Pochettino. (Eurosport)

Star on Sunday back page

Star on Sunday back page

Best of social media

Manchester City defender Pablo Zabaleta

https://twitter.com/pablo_zabaleta/status/723908378754449409

— (@pablo_zabaleta)

">tweeted his delight at reaching 300 appearances for the club.

Pablo Zabaleta

Zabaleta made his Manchester City debut in a 3-1 home defeat by Chelsea in September 2008

Southampton midfielder Shane Long went on

https://twitter.com/ShaneLong7/status/723921923571355650

— (@ShaneLong7)

">Twitter to tell fans that there was still more to come this season a 3-2 victory at relegated Aston Villa on Saturday.

Shane Long twitter

Shane Long scored his ninth league goal of the season in Saturday's win at Aston Villa

Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea saved a Romelu Lukaku penalty as the Red Devils beat Everton 2-1 to reach the FA Cup final. The Spaniard then went on

https://twitter.com/D_DeGea/status/723961228926849025

— (@D_DeGea)

?lang=en">Twitter to celebrate his man-of-the match performance.

David De Gea twitter

De Gea has been the Manchester United player of the year for the past two seasons

Meanwhile, United defender Chris Smalling posted on

https://twitter.com/ChrisSmalling/status/723957278446116865

— (@ChrisSmalling)

?lang=en">Twitter to thank team-mate Anthony Martial for his late winner after his own goal gave Everton a second-half equaliser at Wembley.

Chris Smalling twitter

Smalling has played 54 games for Manchester United and England this season

Stoke City forward Bojan Krkic has sent a message of support to team-mate Ibrahim Afellay after he sustained cruciate ligament damage that will keep him out for the long term. He

https://twitter.com/BoKrkic/status/723912778784772097

— (@BoKrkic)

?lang=en">tweeted: "Really down about the injury to my friend & great guy, Afellay. Get yourself fit again soon and come back stronger!"

And finally

Former Liverpool striker Djibril Cisse has shown he is a man of many talents after being chosen by pop diva Mariah Carey to be her DJ for a gig in Paris last week.(Sunday Mirror)

Watford's last FA Cup semi-final hero George Reilly has turned down an invitation to watch his former club at Wembley today and will instead view the game with Crystal Palace from his local pub.(Mail on Sunday)

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