Jose Mourinho has agreed a deal in principle to take over as manager of Manchester United,though the final decision onwhethe to sack Louis van Gaal is yet to be made.
United made contact with former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho about replacing Van Gaal, even before Saturday’s defeat to Norwich.
Meanwhile, Both Roma and Monaco have targeted Mourinho as a possible new manager should either Rudi Garcia or Leonardo Jardim be sacked.
Chelsea have lined up Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini as a permanent replacement for Mourinho.
City are favouritesPep Guardiola has requested Manchester City to make Luis Suarez their priority summer signing when he takes over at the Etihad Stadium.
Bayern Munich have confirmed that Carlo Ancelotti will become their new coach at the end of the 2015-16 season after Guardiola decided not to renew his contract with the Bundesliga champions.
Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini were each banned for eight years by the FIFA ethics committee on Monday in a stunning takedown of world football’s most powerful leaders.
Chelsea captain John Terry has said Mourinho lost his job because it was not possible to “get rid of a lot of players” but said he is still not ruling out a top-four finish this season.
Lionel Messi declared Barcelona are the “best team in the world” after becoming Club World Cup champions with a 3-0 win against River Plate in Sunday’s final.
Messi, 28, returned from a kidney issue to start the game in Yokohama against Copa Libertadores champions River, and opened the scoring after 33 minutes with a fine finish from Neymar’s header down.
Luis Suarez scored twice more after half-time as Barca added a fifth trophy to the Champions League, La Liga, Copa del Rey and European Supercup titles already won in 2015.
Arsenal and Barcelona are set to swoop for Inter’s Marcelo Brozovic after an agreed move to Chelsea broke down in the aftermath of Jose Mourinho’s departure.
Chelsea are set to make a January bid for Liverpool striker Christian Benteke as they look to bolster their attacking options.
Manchester United will bid £29m in January for Leicester’s Algeria winger Riyad Mahrez, 24.
Chelsea’s Colombia striker Radamel Falcao, 29, wants talks with new manager Guus Hiddink to find out if he has a future at Stamford Bridge.
Hiddink, in charge on a temporary basis until the end of the season, wants former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba to be part of his coaching staff at Stamford Bridge.
Drogba is being groomed as a future Chelsea manager with Roman Abramovich keen to bring the 37-year-old back to the club.
Netherlands winger Jeremain Lens, 28, has been dropped from the first team by Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce and fined two weeks’ wages for refusing to take part in a post-match workout, after the 1-0 defeat by Watford on 12 December.
And Allardyce will try to sell Lens when the transfer window opens in January.
Juventus wish to sign Sevilla’s Ever Banega in order to bolster their midfield options. Ilkay Gundogan of Dortmund is another player they like.
Espanyol are set to make an offer for Liverpool youngster Jerome Sinclair in January after talks over a new deal stalled.
Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Adrien Rabiot would be open to joining Arsenal in January.
Arsene Wenger has revealed he regrets not signing Manchester City forward Raheem Sterling, 21, while the England international was at QPR.
Manchester City’s Spanish midfielder David Silva, 29, wants to see out the final three-and-a-half years of his contract.
Swansea look set to allow caretaker boss Alan Curtis to continue over Christmas instead of bringing in Marcelo Bielsa.
Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal gave a trial to a youngster who had stood outside the club’s training ground for weeks and begged for a chance.
Liverpool appeared to jinx goalkeeper Adam Bogdan before he made his first Premier League start for the Reds. The club’s official Snapchat uploaded a photograph of Bogdan in the pre-match warm-up with the caption ‘safe hands’. Just three minutes into the match, the Hungarian dropped a corner, allowing Nathan Ake to tap in.
Gareth Bale took home the match ball after his four-goal display in Real Madrid’s 10-2 win over Rayo Vallecano…and put iton top of his Christmas tree. The Wales forward tweetedto say it was the “perfect Christmas present”.
Manchester United striker Anthony Martial has tweeted his disappointment after Saturday’s defeat to Norwich, and says the club “have to win the next game”.
After winning the Fifa Club World Cup, Barcelona defender Gerard Pique tweeted “for my superiors” in response to Real Sociedad’s Esteban Granero. Former Real midfielder Granero had defended Los Blancos defender Alvaro Arbeloa over a dispute with Pique and told the Barcelona defender to “respect your superiors”.
Social media goes crazy over Inter Milan midfielder Felipe Melo’s neck-high challenge on Lazio’s Lucas Biglia.