Belfast Telegraph

Home Sport Football

Football rumours from the media

Could Chelsea midfielder Willian be heading for Manchester United this summer?

Chelsea midfielder Willian could be heading to Manchester United this summer, The Sun reports. It is thought the 29-year-old could replace Juan Mata, whose contract at Old Trafford comes to an end in 2019. Jose Mourinho has shown interest in the Brazilian before, and now seems confident of landing the player for £30million, the paper says.

What the papers say

While a number of names have been circulating regarding possible replacements for Alan Pardew at West Brom, Mick McCarthy does not appear to be one manager being considered for a move to the Hawthorns. According to the Express and Star, the Baggies are not looking to the former Wolves boss for the role and will not make a final decision until the summer. McCarthy is currently at the helm at Ipswich, but will be leaving after six years at the end of the season.

Swansea City manager Carlos Carvalhal (Anthony Devlin/PA)

Carlos Carvalhal’s future at Swansea looks uncertain, with the manager non-committal on a long-term deal, the Mirror reports. Swans bosses appear keen to keep the Portuguese in Wales for some time yet after leading the side away from the bottom of the Premier league table, but the 52-year-old reportedly has said he is happy to never sign more than a one-year-contract. Carvalhal joined Swansea in December on a deal that runs until the end of the season.

Richarlison may not have to worry about his place at Watford, the Mirror says, despite being left out of the starting XI last weekend against Bournemouth. The youngster impressed during his opening few games at Vicarage Road, scoring five times in 11 appearances, but a dip in form has left a question mark over the 20-year-old. Head coach Javi Gracia, however, told the paper there was no “special meaning” for leaving the forward out of the team, though it remains to be seen whether Watford could be tempted by reported interest from Chelsea for their £11.2million signing.

Social media round-up

Ones to watch

Derby County v Sunderland – Sky Bet Championship – Pride Park

While relegation is looming, Sunderland manager Chris Coleman does not appear deterred from continuing his tenure with the Sky Bet Championship club. According to the Daily Mail, the Black Cats boss is happy to stay in place even if they find themselves in League One next season. Sunderland are eight points adrift of safety with six games remaining.

Manager Luiz Felipe Scolari could be heading back to England, the Mirror reports. The World Cup winner spent time at Chelsea between 2008 and 2009 and has now reportedly said he has an offer to manage another Premier League side – though one that is heading for the “second division”, according to the paper.


From Belfast Telegraph