09 Mar Football rumours from the media
What the papers say
Harry Kane has vowed to stay at Tottenham for another season, The Sun reports, amid speculation Real Madrid had wanted to target the 24-year-old for a move abroad. The paper says the England striker is holding off making a decision on his long-term future and for the time being is happy to lead Spurs into their new stadium. Negotiations to keep Kane at the club are thought to be under way and could see him become one of the best-paid players in the Premier League.
Meanwhile, The Sun also claims manager Mauricio Pochettino could face a battle to keep Toby Alderweireld and Danny Rose at Stamford Bridge – with Manchester United said to be poised to target the players this summer as Jose Mourinho looks to bolster his defensive options at Old Trafford. It comes as Pochettino looks to rally his squad after their Champions League exit.
Chelsea appear to be leading the race to sign Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly, according to the Star. The 26-year-old has long been a target for the Blues, making them favourites to land the star this summer. It is reported Arsenal and Manchester United are also interested in the Senegal international, but Chelsea look set to win a possible bidding war, the paper reports.
Slavisa Jokanovic has been linked with the Chelsea manager’s job should Antonio Conte depart this summer, the Daily Mail says. The club’s hierarchy are said to be considering the Fulham boss, who played for Chelsea between 2002 and 2002. The Serb has impressed at Fulham, with the club on a winning streak since December, but it remains to be seen whether the 49-year-old will overtake former Barcelona boss Luis Enrique as favourite for the position.
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Malcom: Arsenal and Tottenham look to be facing a fight from Bayern Munich in the bid to sign the winger at the end of the season, the London Evening Standard says. The 21-year-old is set to depart Bordeaux in the summer, and the Premier League clubs are said to want to revisit a move for the player after missing out in January. But now, Bayern have decided to join the race, the paper says, after being impressed with the Brazilian’s performance in Ligue 1.
Mohamed Elyounoussi: The 23-year-old appears to be in high demand with Arsenal, Leicester and Southampton all considering moves for the forward, according to ESPN. Elyounoussi appears to have caught the eye of the Premier League teams after Basel defeated Manchester City in the Champions League this week, and Basel are said to be preparing themselves for a number of offers in the summer transfer window.