Mourinho  not right for Manchester United -Graeme Souness

​Manchester United only appointed Jose Mourinho as manager as they knew they needed a “big name” to rival Pep Guardiola, according to Graeme Souness.

But while Mourinho won both the EFL Cup and the Europa League in his first season, the fact the club finished as low as sixth in the Premier League will have been a huge embarrassment to the club and Souness believes it proves the Portuguese ‘isn’t the right man for United’.

“I didn’t think Mourinho was right for United and I said that from day one,” Souness told Yahoo.

“Because Guardiola was coming in at Manchester City, the people making decisions at Old Trafford felt compelled to go and get a big name manager and they ended up with Jose.

“He has taken on a very difficult job at United and struggled to find his find his best eleven last season, if he ever found it.

“A big concern for me that their best player for most of last season was a 35-year-old in Zlatan Ibrahimovic, with 35-year-old Michael Carrick also one of the top performers.

“Mourinho is used to winning league titles and finishing where he did last season in the Premier League will not be acceptable, but it won’t be easy to put it right.”

Everton agree deal for Nigerian forward  Henry Onyekuru 

Everton have pulled off a significant transfer coup by reportedly securing a deal for Henry Onyekuru from Belgian outfit KAS Eupen.

The Nigeria frontman finished last season as the joint leading goalscorer in the Belgian Super League with 22 goals in 38 games, and that led to plenty of speculation over his future this summer.

Arsenal were said to be right at the front of the queue for the 20-year-old but the Toffees appear to have surged ahead of their Premier League rivals and landed Onyekuru.

Everton have done a deal that will see Onyekuru spend a season on loan with Anderlecht before eventually coming to the Premier League in 2018-19.
Onyekeru, who has a £6.8m release clause in his contract, will spend next season on loan at Anderlecht as he does not yet qualify for a United Kingdom work permit.
Everton also thinks his spell with Anderlecht will aid his development, particularly with the Belgian outfit playing in the Champions League next season.
The 20-year-old is the third high-profile close-season arrival at Goodison Park following the signings of Jordan Pickford and Davy Klaassen.
A deal for QPR teenager  Josh Bowler is also close.

Latest Football News 

  • Borussia Dortmund forward Ousmane Dembele has met with Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola regarding a potential summer move.
  • Borussia Dortmund aren’t worried about losing Dembele this summer. They have put a €90m (£79.3m) asking price on the 20-year-old Frenchman but despite interest from across Europe, they haven’t entered in any negotiations to sell the player and say they are unlikely to let him go.
  • Manchester City are confident of signing Juventus’ Brazilian full-back Dani Alves this week. Chelsea and Tottenham have both been linked with the 34-year-old.
  • Pep Guardiola remains confident of signing Alexis Sanchez from Arsenal and is prepared to be patient in his pursuit of the Chilean star.
  • Monaco left-back Benjamin Mendy is poised to leave the club, after telling Liverpool he has made up his mind to join Manchester City.
  • Diego Costa’s move from Chelsea to former club Atletico Madrid could be in jeopardy as the Spanish club’s manager Diego Simeone is reportedly interested in Borusssia Dortmund forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, with both players aged 28.

  • Chelsea are interested in Sevilla’s 27-year-old winger Vitolo, who would cost about £35m.
  • Arsenal are set to miss out on a deal for Arda Turan after reports in the Turkish media suggested Besiktas had submitted an offer to sign the playmaker.
  • The Gunners are the favourites to sign Riyad Mahrez in a £38million deal from Leicester after Barcelona ended their interest in him and amid claims they have ‘other transfer priorities’.
  • Riyad Mahrez, 26, is considering the offer of a four-year deal from Arsenal after growing “tired” of pursuing a move to Barcelona.
  • Barcelona have set a 10 days deadline to agree a deal to bring Hector Bellerin back to the club from Arsenal.
  • Manchester United have all-but completed a deal to sign Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata, 24, but an official announcement has been delayed by the uncertainty over 32-year-old forward Cristiano Ronaldo’s future at the Spanish club.
  • Former Portugal midfielder Raul  Meireles believes the Premier League would be the right destination for  Cristiano Ronaldo.
  • With Roma aware that Radja Nainggolan’s transfer value will only decrease in the future, they are open to selling the 29-year-old. Manchester United could make a €45m (£39.6m) bid for the midfielder.

  • West Ham are prepared to break  their transfer record by paying  more than £20m for Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud, 30.
  • West Ham are also interested in Sampdoria’s 26-year-old Colombian striker Luis Muriel.
  • The Hammers actually want to sign Giroud and forward Theo Walcott, 28, from Arsenal for a combined £50m and Gunners boss Arsene Wenger would not stand in the way of the two players if they wanted to join West Ham.
  • Lyon have ended their interest in Giroud, with the president of the French club claiming Arsenal want to keep him.
  • Liverpool have enquired about Arsenal winger Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. The 23-year-old could cost about £25m, with Manchester City and Chelsea also interested.
  • The Reds will not face any punishment over the alleged tapping up of Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk, 25, after a preliminary investigation from the Premier League found there was insufficient evidence to start disciplinary proceedings.
  • Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane regards forward Gareth Bale as untouchable and will not let the 27-year-old Wales international leave the Bernabeu club.

  • Paris Saint-Germain have four main transfer targets this summer – Monaco duo Kylian Mbappe and Fabinho, Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma and Borussia Dortmund left-back Raphael Guerreiro.
  • PSG have reportedly told clubs looking to sign Brazilian winger Lucas Moura that he will cost just €30million this summer.
  • AC Milan have made Arsenal centre-half Laurent Koscielny a prime target as the Italian club look to strengthen their defence this summer.
  • Donnarumma’s family have urged the Real  Madrid transfer targetto stay at AC Milan. The goalkeeper rejected a new deal at his current club, but there’s growing speculation he’ll reconsider.
  • Chelsea transfer target Leonardo Bonucci won’t be leaving Juventus. Manager Max Allegri has blocked a potential move.
  • Bayern Munich want to sign Schalke midfielder Leon Goretzka on a free transfer in the summer of 2018.

  • Real Madrid will officially announce the signing of Theo Hernandez from neighbours Atletico Madrid next week.
  • Real Betis are closing in on the signing of Middlesbrough right-back Antonio Barragan.
  • Guangzhou Evergrande want €40m (£35m) for Barcelona transfer targetPaulinho. But the Catalan side aren’t willing to pay more than €25m (£22m) for the former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder.
  • Santos have approached FIFA to denounce a supposed harassment of their midfielder Lucas Lima by Barcelona.
  • If Barcelona fail to sign Bellerin, they have lined up Benfica’s Nelson Semedo, who’s also a Manchester United  transfer target, Southampton’s Cedric Soares or Valencia’s Joao Cancelo as back-ups.
  • Barcelona are set to activate the repurchase clause in Everton winger Gerard Deulofeu’s contract. The Catalan club can bring the Spaniard back to the Nou Camp for €12m (£10.5m) until June 30, but are likely to do so before the deadline.
  • Everton have shown an interest in Sheffield United teenager David Brooks and are considering a bid for the midfielder during this transfer window.
  • The Toffees are not looking to sign Inter Milan’s 24-year-old Croatia midfielder Marcelo Brozovic.

  • Tottenham have been told they will need to pay £26m to sign Portuguese midfielder Adrien Silva, 28, from Sporting Lisbon.
  • Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy ‘will refuse to pick up the phone’ to any club interested in bidding for Harry Kane.
  • Everton are maintaining interest in Las Palmas defender Mauricio Lemos.
  • Manchester City defender Aleksandar Kolarov, 31, wants to return to former club Lazio in the future.
  • Chelsea boss Antonio Conte wants to steal Federico Bernardeschi from under Juventus’ noses.
  • Juventus have put talks to sign Bayern Munich star Douglas Costa on hold.
  • Inter, Juventus and AC Milan are pushing to sign Genoa starlet Pietro Pellegri.
  • Inter Milan are close to signing Milan Skriniar, Borja Valero and Mamadou Coulibaly for a combined €28million.
  • Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Hakan Calhanoglu has agreed personal terms on a potential move to AC Milan after completing his four-month FIFA ban, his agent has told kicker.
  • Holland international Rick Karsdorp, a target for Arsenal and Manchester United, is in Italy to complete a €14million move to Roma.
  • ​Former Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen is wanted by Serie A side Torino.
  • ​Sevilla have offered €28 million to sign Sampdoria star Luis Muriel.
  • Inter Milan’s Ever Banega is close to a return to Sevilla for €9 million.
  • Rayo Vallecano are looking to re-sign Southampton goalkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga.
  • Leicester midfielder Nampalys Mendy could be set for a return to France with Bordeaux after reportedly saying he wants to join the Ligue 1 club.
  • Jose Mourinho did not make Ryan Giggs an offer to stay at Old Trafford as assistant manager, the former Manchester United winger has revealed.
  • The prime minister of Slovakia, Robert Fico, has called on UEFA to investigate his country’s elimination at the group stage of the European Under-21 Championship.
  • His call came after Italy beat Germany 1-0 — the only result that could have sent both teams through.
    • Southampton are monitoring Sassuolo forward Gregoire Defrel, but face competition from Roma.
    • Stoke have submitted a €10million bid for Inter Milan defender Jeison Murillo.
    • The Potters have ruled out a loan for French flop Giannelli Imbula, insisting there will be no cut-price exit for the midfielder.
    • Watford have been offered the chance to sign Liverpool winger Lazar Markovic for £12m.
    • Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge was among the celebrities at Khloe Kardashian’s 33rd birthday party.

    • Burnley are favourites to sign 23-year-old left-back Charlie Taylor when his contract at Leeds expires at the end of June.
    • Burnley boss Sean Dyche wants Nottingham Forest forward Britt Assombalonga as Andre Gray’s replacement.
    • New Hull manager Leonid Slutsky is prepared to cash in on Andy Robertson to fund his post-relegation rebuilding work.
    • Sunderland’s Fabio Borini is in talks over a £6m return to Serie A with Lazio.
    • Jurgen Klinsmann has opened up on  rumours suggesting he could return  to management with Championship  Sunderland- “… no truth on rumours coaching Sunderland FC in the near future.”

    Tiemoue Bakayoko in London  for medicals ahead of his move to Chelsea 

    Tiemoue Bakayoko is in London for a medical and will finalise a move to Chelsea.
    RTL Sport claim the 22-year-old Monaco man arrived in London on Monday night with Chelsea now close to wrapping up a £35million deal for the midfield enforcer.
    Bakayoko made 47 appearances for Monaco last season, scoring three times and claiming one assist as Monaco won Ligue 1 and reached the semi-finals of the Champions League.

    Marseille signs Valere Germain from Monaco

    Marseille have signed Monaco forward Valere Germain on a four-year contract for an undisclosed fee.

    The 27-year-old, who scored 49 goals in 200 league appearances for Monaco, passed a medical to become Marseille’s first summer signing.

    He has spent the majority of his career with Monaco, but had a brief spell on loan at Nice in 2015-2016.

    Germain, whose father Bruno played for Marseille, scored 10 goals and added four assists in Ligue 1 last season.

    Lyon sign Chelsea striker Bertrand Traore on a five year deal

    Lyon have confirmed the signing of Bertrand Traore from Chelsea on a five-year contract.
    The Burkina Faso international has spent recent seasons on loan at Dutch clubs Vitesse Arnhem and Ajax and will now move to France on a contract until 2022.

    The French club announced the signing on Twitter: “It is official: Bertrand Traore is Lyonnais! A transfer for €10m (£8.8m) and a five-year contract.”
    The player was introduced during a press conference and posed for photographs with the club’s shirt.
    He told OLTV: “I am very happy to be here, to be Lyonnais.
    “Lyon has always been an impressive club, with big players and a great history. It is an honour for me to play here.

    “When I came here with Ajax a few months ago, I was attracted by the philosophy of the club, with several young players from the academy, and the magnificent Parc OL.

    “With Ajax, we had a bit of a similar style of play and that enticed me to come here.

    “I am coming to bring something extra to OL and I hope to continue progressing and to learn with the coach and my new team-mates.”
    Lyon president Jean Michel Aulas also said Chelsea will earn 15 percent of any profit from a future sale of the player and the Premier League champions will have first refusal should Traore eventually move on.

    Traore joined the Blues in 2014 and scored four goals in 16 appearances, including goals in three consecutive matches in 2016.
    He never established himself in the first team and, after his recent loan moves, is looking to carve out a long-term role for himself.

    He said: “I have been looking to have stability and, in signing a contract with OL, I could not ask for more. I have the time to show everyone what I can do.”

    The 21-year-old striker spent last season on loan at Ajax, scoring nine goals in 24 Eredivisie appearances as the club finished runners-up to Feyenoord.

    He featured in the 2-0 Europa League final defeat to Manchester United in May, having scored two goals against Lyon in the semi-final.

    The Ligue 1 club finished fourth in the table last season, securing qualification for the Europa League.
    Aulas also said a deal for Real Madrid striker Mariano Diaz is close to completion.

    Jose Mourinho pays tribute to late father Felix, 79

    ​Jose Mourinho has paid tribute to his late father, Jose Manuel Mourinho Felix, with a photograph of the pair together posted on the Manchester United manager’s Instagram account.

    The former goalkeeper and coach died on Sunday at the age of 79.

    His club, Os Belenenses, announced in a statement: “Os Belenenses CF have been made aware of the passing of Jose Manuel Mourinho Felix, club goalkeeper from 1968 until 1974, team coach in the 1970-71 and 1982-83 campaigns, and a much loved figure at the club.

    “During this difficult time, the Belenense family and Os Belenenses CF sends its warmest condolences to his family, especially his wife and son, Jose Mourinho.”

    Felix Mourinho made over 250 appearances for Vitoria Setubal and Belenenses, and also played once for the Portugal national team. He enjoyed a 20-year coaching career.

    As a player, Mourinho Felix won the Taca de Portugal in the 1964-65 season while on the books of Vitoria Setubal.

    They also paid their respect with a club statement that said: “Vitoria FC laments the passing of their former player, coach and executive, Jose Manuel Mourinho Felix, and offers its deepest condolences to his family.”