Klopp joins race to sign £20m youngster

Jurgen Klopp has joined a number of Premier League and European clubs in an increasingly heated battle to sign 19-year-old forward Leon Bailey from Belgian club Genk.

Bids are expected from Roma and Bayern Leverkusen this January, with Lyon and Nice also reported by the Daily Mail to be interested in making an approach.

Competition for the Jamaican wingers signature in the Premier League comes from Chelsea, Everton and Bournemouth who may be prompted to make bids of their own in response to the increased interest of European clubs.

Bailey has scored six goals in twenty-four appearances for his club so far this season and  is expected to attract bids of around £20 million.

It has been reported that the Jamaican would prefer a move to the Premier League, meaning that it could come down to a head to head battle between Chelsea and Liverpool.

Mourinho v Wenger: Who will finish on top this season

Last weekend's battle between Jose Mourinho and Arsene Wenger ended in stalemate, with their respective teams drawing 1-1 at Old Trafford.

The rivalry goes back a long way and historically Mourinho has always come out on top, however twelve games into the Premier League season it is Wenger with a six point advantage over his old foe.

Mourinho stoked the flames of the rivalry following the weekend's draw, highlighting Wenger's lengthy period since last winning the Premier League crown.

Speaking to ESPN Brasil, Mourinho stated 'I said yesterday at the press conference, the Arsenal manager hasn't won a championship in 14 years. I haven't won a championship in 18 months.'

'He, in 14 years, failed to build a team to be champion. I've been here for four months. And the demand is only for me and not for others.'

'It must be because of the career I've made. Because I got to the clubs and always won right away.'

'And Manchester United is a more difficult reality, because it is an extremely difficult competition, with teams being prepared for a lot longer, with excellent players, with excellent coaches.'

'Manchester really live in a period that needs stability. A stability that the club wants to give me, a stability that the club gives me, a stability that the fans give me, but that the press does not accept very well.'

Artwork by Tasha Lockyer.

Mourinho reveals Rooney situation

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It was reported yesterday by Sky Sports that Jose Mourinho was set to recall captain Wayne Rooney to the starting line up for Manchester Untied's Europa League game against Zorya Luhansk on Thursday, with the intention of dropping him once again to the bench for Sunday's Premier League game against Stoke City.

Further information has been revealed today by Mourinho, who has stated that Rooney could now be missing from action for both games this week due to the occurrence of a back injury. Rooney was unable to train with the rest of the squad on Monday and Tuesday of this week and Mourinho has stated he does not want to chance playing him if he is only half fit.

'Rooney is selected. He didn’t train on Tuesday,' stated Mourinho. 'He did a little bit of a session on Monday. He had a back problem. Wednesday was the first time he had a training session with the other players.'

'The training session’s intensity and complexity was reduced because we have a game.'

'I was completely convinced from playing him tomorrow from the beginning with his situation in the last couple of games, but I’m not sure I will do that because of the situation you create to him.'

'I think he really can’t afford to have a performance that is not really good.'

'I’m here to protect him and not to put him in different situations. I have to analyse the best thing for him is to start the game.'

'I’m going to discuss that with him and the medical staff and decide if he starts or is on the bench.'

Cellino to splash out £3.6 million on fans favourite?

Swedish loan signing Pontus Jansson is quickly becoming a fans favourite at Elland Road following impressive displays in Leeds' four match unbeaten streak. The 25-year-old centre-back has signed on a season-long loan deal from Torino, with an option for a permanent move should he play 20 games this season.

Following his signing on the 18th of August Jansson told leedsunited.com.

"I need to play football regularly and I know that Leeds are a big club with big ambitions"

"I want to help take Leeds back to the Premier League as soon as possible. I'm an aggressive defender and I always give more than 100% for the team that I play for."

Following Saturday's 1-0 win against Ipswich Jansson stated his love for playing for the whites on his Instagram account.

"I can't describe how happy I am to be here and play for Leeds United. You give me the love for football back again, thank you!"

It is believed the fee Leeds will have to pay for Jansson's permanent signing is around £3.6 million. Leeds fans will be hoping owner Massimo Cellino is willing to splash out on the 6 foot 5 Swede once he meets the 20-match limit, which on his current form seems a certainty this season.

A worry for Leeds fans is that Cellino has recently frozen out players such as Mirco Antenucci to avoid costly contractual obligations based on performances on the pitch. Hopefully the same fate won't await Jansson.

Mourinho signals beginning of the end for United captain

Jose Mourinho has attempted to play down the significance of his decision to drop Wayne Rooney to the subs bench in Manchester United's game against Leicester on Saturday. However actions spoke louder than words at the weekend as United we able to score four goals in the first half against the Premier League Champions, while their captain watched on the sidelines.

Speaking after the game, Mourinho stated: 'He's my man, I trust him completely. He's as happy as I am at this moment and that's the team.'

'He's a big player for me, for United, a big player for this country. If I don't play Rashford you ask me why, if I don't play Jesse Lingard you ask me why and you prefer always to ask why somebody is not playing.'

'Sometimes when I read you, I feel I know nothing about football. But there is one thing I know and that is the rules of the game and I can only start with 11. Until somebody tells me there is a change to that I can only start with 11.'

United's next game is in the Europa League on Thursday against Ukrainian side Zorya Luhansk. Should Rooney be selected to start in this game or if he is given the night off will give a big clue as to if he is in consideration to start in Sunday's Premier League game against Stoke. The odds are currently at 6/4 that Rooney will return to the starting line up against the Potters.

Mourinho readying £42M bid for Real Madrid legend

The transfer window may have only just shut, but that doesn't stop the transfer rumour mill. According to Calciomercato Jose Mourinho wants to land himself a Galactico with a £42 million bid for Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos.

Ramos turned down the opportunity to join United last year, instead opting to sign a new 5 year deal with Real. This hasn't deterred Mourinho, who is reported to be set to try to convince Ramos to reconsider making a move to Old Trafford.

Speaking after United's previous attempt to sign him Ramos spoke of his loyalty to Madrid, stating: 'There was an offer from United.'

'I considered changing for a while, but Real Madrid was always my priority and there were no economic reasons.'

'Did I feel cheated by Madrid? No, but I did feel disappointed for a while. There were some troubles that came to an end.'

If the chance to play for Mourinho again is enough to alter the Spaniard's mind is yet to be seen. Also the £42 million price tag for a player reaching the latter stages of his career could also be problematic.

How to keep Zlatan quiet revealed by Watford defender

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Defender Miguel Britos has revealed his theory for preventing prolific goalscorer Zlatan Ibrahimovic finding the net after having done so last weekend in Watford's 3-1 win over Manchester United.

Ibrahimovic went into last Sunday's game having scored four goals in four games, but was unable to add to his tally as United succumbed to a shock defeat.

Following the game Britos revealed Zlat's striking weakness which he had discovered in previous games against the Swede whilst playing for other clubs, he doesn't like to be touched during games.

Speaking to Uruguayan radio station, Britos stated: 'It wasn’t the first time I played against him.'

'I did so when he was at Inter and AC Milan. We were able to control him, as well as Rooney.'

'He's a bit arrogant and gets annoyed easily. He really doesn’t like being touched.'

'But he's still a phenomenon. He’s a very complete player and a great.'

Success or sack for Jose as chop odds drop

It's still very early days in Jose Mourinho's Manchester United managerial tenure, but this hasn't stopped speculation about his future at the club arising just four Premier League games into the season.

It was a very promising beginning for Mourinho which saw him win his opening three Premier League games, however this has soured with a defeat against title rivals Manchester City to last Saturday in the Premier League followed by a Europa League loss against Dutch side Feyenoord.

These consecutive defeats have seen bookmakers slice Mourinho's odds of being sacked from 25/1 down to 12/1. I has also been reported by Manchester Evening news that United will drop from second to third favourites to win the Premier league title if Chelsea win their game against Liverpool tonight.

One statistic that has arisen following his defeats against City and Feyenoord for Mourinho is that he has lost 13 of his last 31 games as a manager. The stat makes use of the poor run of results for Mourinho in the second season of his second spell managing Chelsea which saw him heading out of the Stamford Bridge exit door for a second time.

Mourinho will be aiming to return to winning ways in United away game fixture against Watford on Sunday.

Wenger: Zlat's more than a player

Arsene Wenger has paid tribute to Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, stating that he serves as 'more than a player' for the clubs that he plays for.

Zlat joined United this summer on a free transfer from Paris Saint-Germain and has made an instant impact at Old Trafford, netting four goals in his first four Premier League goals for the club.

Wenger had the chance to sign Ibrahimovic early on in his career, when he offered 16-year old Zlat the chance to have a trial with the Gunners. This offer was famously met with the response 'Zlatan doesn't do trails' and the rest as they say is history.

Despite this knock back, Wenger still holds the Swedish star in high regards. Wenger has spoken to arsenal.com and told of the great loss PSG have suffered with the departure of Ibrahimovic.

'They will be continue to be the dominant team in France but they lost more than a player with Ibrahimovic,' stated Wenger.

'He was the leader, the captain, a charismatic carrier of the ambition of the club and it’s always difficult to measure when you lose a player of that stature, how big the damage is.'

'At the moment they have also changed managers so they are trying to find their feet at the moment.'

Klopp to complete deadline day deal for 16M valued winger

Liverpool winger Lazar Markovic is set to make a deadline day move away from Anfield according to reports by the Liverpool Echo. The 22-year-old Serbian has failed to make an impact since his £20 million transfer to Liverpool back in 2014 and is now set for a return to Portugal.

Portuguese side Sporting Lisbon have been in talks with Markovic, who would be allowed to leave the Reds for a figure of around £16 million. Kop boss Jurgen Klopp is understood also to be open to letting Markovic leave on a season long loan as a way to allow him to play regular first team football.

Markovic spent an injury strewn loan spell at Fenerbahce last season and has been unable to make his way into Klopp's plans for this season which means that despite initially wanting to stay at Anfield, Markovic is having to consider other options as the summer transfer window comes to a close.