Sports Briefing: Valencia Set To Appoint Jose Mourinho, As Balotelli Heads To China


Valencia want to make former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho, 53, their next boss after sacking Gary Neville, 41. (Sun)

Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli, 25, has received an offer to play in China for Jiangsu Suning.(Il Milanista via Daily Star)

Arsenal will attempt to sign Borussia Dortmund attacking midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan, 27, in the summer. (Guardian)

Arsenal have sent a representative to see Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Granit Xhaka, 23, play 30 times this season as they look to make a major signing this summer. (Daily Mirror)

England manager Roy Hodgson is considering a surprise recall for Chelsea defender John Terry, 35, ahead of Euro 2016. Terry announced his retirement from international football in 2012. (Daily Mail)

England captain Wayne Rooney, 30, wants to play for Manchester United’s reserve team to find his fitness before the finals in France as he recovers from injury. (Daily Star)

West Ham will turn to Manchester City striker Wilfried Bony, 27, if they fail to sign Michy Batshuayi, 22, from Marseille.(Daily Telegraph)

Tottenham, who are chasing the Premier League title, will agree a deal to play European ties at Wembley while their new stadium is built. (Sun)

Manchester City are on the verge of signing Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen, 23, for £20m. (Daily Telegraph)

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal, 64, is wanted by the Netherlands to become technical director, overseeing the country’s football centre of excellence. (Independent)

Aston Villa may not appoint a new manager until the end of the summer – and they want someone with Premier League experience. (Guardian)

Gary Neville, who has been offered his old job as a TV pundit, remains in Spain considering his options after being sacked as Valencia boss. (Daily Mail)

West Ham are set to sign 18-year-old Valencia striker Toni Martinez in a deal starting at £750,000. (Daily Mirror)

Watford have signed former Dundee United striker Ola Adeyemo, 21, after a trial. (Watford Observer)

Arsenal could miss out on being crowned Premier League champions even if they win all eight remaining games, says Spain full-back Nacho Monreal, 30. The Gunners are 11 points behind leaders Leicester City with one game in hand. (

Newcastle United are set to rely on third-choice goalkeeper Karl Darlow, 25, to help keep them in the Premier League – even though he only has 90 minutes of top-flight experience. The Magpies are without the injured Tim Krul and Rob Elliot for the rest of the season. (Newcastle Chronicle)

Watford forward Troy Deeney, 27, deserves a chance to prove his worth at international level with England, according to the club’s former striker Luther Blissett. (London Evening Standard)

Bournemouth midfielder Harry Arter, 26, says he will only remember the club’s maiden Premier League campaign as ”the worst season of my life off the pitch” after the death of his daughter. (Bournemouth Daily Echo)

Southend United manager Phil Brown, 56, remains favourite to take over at Bolton Wanderers although the Championship’s bottom club are in no hurry to make an appointment. (Bolton News)

Blackburn Rovers, who are facing a fifth successive season outside the Premier League, are more than £100m in debt despite cutting their annual losses by more than half. (Lancashire Telegraph)

Goalkeeper Shay Given will become Stoke City’s oldest-ever league debutant at the age of 39 years and 348 days if he plays against Swansea City on Saturday. First-choice Jack Butland is out for the rest of the season after fracturing his ankle. (Stoke Sentinel)

Striker Nicklas Bendtner, 28, had a ‘crisis summit’ with Wolfsburg, with the Dane no longer getting near the first-team squad. (Bild – in German)


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