Newspaper Gossip: Man United Had £145m Offer for Neymar


Manchester United are the club who offered £145m for Barcelona star Neymar last summer. The 23-year-old Brazil forward’s father said on Wednesday an unnamed club had made the huge offer and has now revealed it is the Red Devils. (Daily Mail – via COPE)

newspapersChelsea have turned down a £57m offer from Chinese side Jiangsu Suning for Brazil midfielder Oscar, 24. (Sun)

Liverpool forward Daniel Sturridge, 26, will leave Anfield in the summer after growing fed up with the public criticism of his desire to play. (Daily Mirror)

Atletico Madrid want to sign Chelsea striker Diego Costa, 27, this summer to ensure manager Diego Simeone stays at the club and does not consider a move to Stamford Bridge. (London Evening Standard)

The back page of Friday’s Sun says Chelsea’s Oscar and Manchester City’s Yaya Toure are targets for Chinese side Jiangsu SuningHowever, Inter Milan will move for Simeone at the end of the season if Roberto Mancini fails to lead the Nerazzurri to the Italian Serie A title. (AS via Quotidiano Sportivo)

Former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho, 53, has signed an agreement with Manchester United to become their next boss. (Daily Express via El Confidencial)

Gary Neville, 40, will see out the season in charge of Valencia but the Spanish club have sounded out their former boss Rafael Benitez, 55, for the 2016-17 season.(AS)

New York City want to sign 34-year-old goalkeeper Iker Casillas, a World Cup winner and three-time Champions League winner, from Porto this summer.(ESPN)

Arsenal should sign former England defender John Terry, 35, if Chelsea let him go, says former Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp. (London Evening Standard)

Tottenham’s lack of “winners in their team” could cost them the chance of winning the Premier League this season, according to former captain Sol Campbell, 41. Spurs are third in the table, five points behind leaders Leicester with 14 games remaining. (Independent)

Leeds United manager Steve Evans, 53, says he will resign if the club do not mount a promotion challenge next season. (Yorkshire Post)

The back page of Friday’s Times features a picture of Barcelona forward Neymar, who was subject of a £145m offer from Manchester United, according to the player’s fatherManchester City defender Vincent Kompany, 29, returned to training on Thursday after a calf strain. City’s captain has played just nine minutes of football in the last three months. (Daily Mail)

Tottenham’s 19-year-old England midfielder Dele Alli is to have tests after he was forced off a half-time on Tuesday against Norwich because he was feeling “dizzy”. (Guardian)

On-loan Sunderland midfielder Yann M’Vila, 25, has hinted he would like to extend his stay on Wearside from Russia’s Rubin Kazan at the end of the season. (Sunderland Echo)

Manchester United are set to close an entire tier of Old Trafford due to lack of interest in the club’s Europa League tie with Midtjylland on 25 February. (Daily Mirror)

Former Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers says he offered Jurgen Klopp “any help he needed” when he met his successor for the first time. (Liverpool Echo via beIN Sports)

Watford captain Troy Deeney, 27, says he will have a word with Ecuador international Juan Carlos Paredes, 28, over the full-back’s “pathetic” squabble with Chelsea’s Diego Costa on Wednesday. (Talksport)

Brighton goalkeeper Christian Walton, 20, and 21-year-old defender Glen Rea – a target for League Two Luton Town – are both set to go back out on loan during the emergency window which opens next week. (Argus)

Bournemouth forward Benik Afobe, 22, says he has “nothing to prove” to Arsenal when he lines up against his old club on Sunday. Afobe left the Gunners without making a senior appearance. (Bournemouth Echo)

Stoke City’s Spanish defender Marc Muniesa, 23, has changed his diet and footwear to avoid becoming the latest player at the club to get injured.(Sentinel)

Best of social media

Alexis Sanchez warms up for Arsenal’s game at Bournemouth on Sunday by taking to the pianoWhile his Arsenal team-mate Petr Cech opts for the drum kit and Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp prefers ‘heavy metal football’, Gunners forward Alexis Sanchez enjoys relaxing at home playing the piano. The Chile international posted this photo of him on Thursday on his Instagram page. Will Bournemouth be dancing to Arsenal’s tune on Sunday?

On 4 February 2006 Alan Shearer broke Jackie Milburn’s all-time Newcastle scoring record with his 201st goal. Former England striker Shearer used the hashtag #dreamscometrue as he marked the 10th anniversary on Thursday with a message on Twitter.

Sunderland’s relegation fight takes them to Liverpool on Saturday – four days after hosting title hopefuls Manchester City. “Big games coming thick and fast! Time for the boys to rest & recover ahead of our trip to Anfield this weekend,”tweeted Black Cats boss Sam Allardyce.

And finally

Southern League Division One South and West club Bridgwater Town sacked manager Paul West – before reinstating him two hours later.(Western Daily Press)

A Rochdale fan travelled 10,000 miles from Australia to watch a match at Spotland – only for it to be postponed because of a frozen pitch. (Manchester Evening News)

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