Gossip column: Mourinho, Guardiola, Lukaku, Koeman, Gundogan

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Jose Mourinho gossip

Jose Mourinho has signed his contract to become the new manager of Manchester United after concluding talks at a central London hotel with executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward. (Sky Sports)external-link

The Portuguese boss has been given a three-year contract worth £10m a year to replace Dutchman Louis van Gaal at Old Trafford. (Daily Mirror)external-link

Alternatively, the former Chelsea and Real Madrid boss, whose first news conference will take place after Euro 2016, will earn £15m a year. (Daily Mail)external-link

Mourinho will receive a bonus of £5m if he guides the club to a Champions League win and £2.5m for a league title. (Independent)external-link

'The Special One' will be "eternally respected" by Chelsea fans for his time at the club, says the chairman of Chelsea Supporters' Trust. (Evening Standard)external-link

The 53-year-old wants to sign at least four players during his first transfer window, including a centre-back, a right midfielder, a central midfielder and a centre forward. (Manchester Evening News)external-link

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Despite being seen in London, Mourinho travelled to Manchester on Thursday to take official photographs for his announcement on Friday. (Guardian)external-link

Assistant manager Ryan Giggs' future at United looks increasingly precarious with Mourinho insistent on bringing in his own staff. The Welshman is "very unhappy" about the idea of a lesser role. (Times - subscription required)external-link

Chelsea will block any attempts by Mourinho to sign Brazilian midfielder Willian, 27, who has been linked with a £60m move to the Red Devils. (Evening Standard)external-link

Sporting Lisbon midfielder Joao Mario, 23, says he is focused on playing for Portugal at Euro 2016 after reported interest from Manchester United and Chelsea. (Daily Express)external-link

United remain eager to re-sign Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo, 31, who still owns a house in Cheshire which he rents out. (Daily Telegraph)external-link

The club are considering triggering a £54m release clause to sign Atletico Madrid's 21-year-old midfielder Saul Niguez. (Independent)external-link

Van Gaal was so sure he would see out his contract as United manager that he gave players and staff a programme outlining plans for the summer on Sunday - before being sacked the next day. (Daily Mail)external-link

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Pep Guardiola is poised to make his first signing as Manchester City manager, with Borussia Dortmund's 25-year-old midfielder Ilkay Gundogan nearing a £17.8m move. (Manchester Evening News)external-link

Guardiola has told City chiefs the squad needs a £200m investment with eight new starting players required for a Premier League title challenge. (Daily Mirror)external-link

City midfielder Yaya Toure, 33, has rejected offers of £30m from two Chinese Super League clubs and is also not interested in joining Serie A side Inter Milan. (Guardian)external-link

Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil has postponed contract talks for a second time and the 27-year-old says he is unwilling to discuss signing a new deal until after Euro 2016. (Times - subscription required)external-link

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Chelsea are confident of re-signing Everton striker Romelu Lukaku, 23, for £65m, having sold him to the Toffees for £28m two years ago. (Daily Mirror)external-link

Belgian striker Lukaku says he is ready to leave Goodison Park because he "wants to win titles". (Daily Star)external-link

Everton would have to make Ronald Koeman one of the highest paid bosses in the Premier League to have any chance of persuading him to become their next manager. The 53-year-old Dutchman is in the running to succeed Arsene Wenger at Arsenal in the next 18 months. (Liverpool Echo)external-link

The Toffees are considering appointing former Arsenal winger Marc Overmars as a director of football, the same role the Dutchman currently holds with Ajax. (Daily Mirror)external-link

Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, 24, says he will remain at Stamford Bridge next season, despite interest from Real Madrid and Paris St-Germain.(Daily Express)external-link

Incoming Blues manager Antonio Conte will attempt to break up the Brazilian clique in Chelsea's squad, and could sell 24-year-old midfielder Oscar. (Daily Telegraph)external-link

Premier League champions Leicester City look like making Sporting Gijon centre-back Luis Hernandez, 27, their first signing of the summer on a free transfer.(Leicester Mercury)external-link

Liverpool have turned their attentions to Southampton's £25m-rated winger Sadio Mane, 24, after Mario Gotze said he would prefer to stay at Bayern Munich.(Daily Star)external-link

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Liverpool and Wales midfielder Joe Allen, 26, who has been linked with Swansea, says if any interested clubs want to talk to him, he is "not going to pie them".(Sun)external-link

The agent of Martin Skrtel says the 31-year-old defender is "90% sure to leave Liverpool" this summer with Turkish side Besiktas a possible destination. (ESPN)external-link

Swansea have made a move for AZ Alkmaar's attacking midfielder Markus Henriksen, 23, who is valued at £6m by the Dutch club. (South Wales Evening Post)external-link

Barcelona full-back Dani Alves, 33, is expected to announce he is joining Serie A champions Juventus on a free transfer signing three-year deal. (Daily Mirror)external-link

Tottenham have opened negotiations with Basel forward Breel Embolo, 19, after he scored 21 goals in 61 leagues appearances. (Daily Express)external-link

Georginio Wijnaldum's agent admits the Dutchman is considering his Newcastle future and could leave the club this summer. The 25-year-old has been linked with a £12m move to Roma. (Chronicle)external-link

Roberto di Matteo is close to becoming the new Aston Villa manager after holding talks with chairman Steve Hollis and is expected to be offered the job in the coming days. (Birmingham Mail)external-link

Bournemouth are leading the race to sign 18-year-old striker Mikael Ndjoli, who has not offered a professional contract by Millwall. (Bournemouth Echo)external-link

Derby County have interviewed former Leicester City boss Nigel Pearson about becoming the club's new manager.(Times - subscription required)external-link

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And finally

Middlesbrough striker Jordan Rhodes will be fulfilling a lifelong dream by making his debut in the Premier League next season, but his first task will be to find his picture and stick it in the Panini sticker book. (Gazette Live)external-link

Manchester United fans looking to buy a shirt with Zlatan Ibrahimovic's name on the back are set to be disappointed because you can only have 10 letters on it. (Sun)external-link

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