ANCELOTTI WOULD CONSIDER CHELSEA RETURNCarlo Ancelotti would consider a return to Chelsea if Jose Mourinho is sacked – but not as an interim manager.
That is according to the Daily Mirror, which says the Italian has told friends he would only go back to Stamford Bridge if he was offered a permanent contract. ‘It is known he would relish the chance to manage in England again,’ the newspaper adds.
However, Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola is widely reported to be Roman Abramovich’s top choice to replace Mourinho if he wields the axe, meaning the Blues owner is likely to look for a stand-in until the end of the season when Guardiola’s contract expires.
The Mirror, however, says there are ‘currently no indications’ that Guardiola would even be willing to take the Chelsea job.
BARCA TO TIE DOWN MESSI AND NEYMARBarcelona are set to offer Lionel Messi a new contract to see out his career at the Nou Camp, according to Spanish newspaper Sport.
The four-time FIFA Ballon d’Or winner is already the highest-paid player at the club, with an annual salary believed to be €20million, and is currently contracted until the end of the 2017-18 season, but there has been speculation that the 28-year-old could leave Spain amid allegations of tax fraud.
Sport, however, say Messi is happy to stay in Catalonia after receiving the full support of Barca during the investigation.
The newspaper also claims that, before turning their attention to a new contract for Messi, Barca will first arrange a new deal for Neymar, who has also been tenuously been linked with moves away from the Nou Camp in recent times.
PATO COULD YET JOIN WEST HAMAlexandre Pato could sign for West Ham, according to the Daily Mail, with Corinthians president Roberto de Andrade apparently looking to offload the 26-year-old forward.
It was first reported in the summer that Pato could move to the Premier League, with the Brazilian said to have been offered to several clubs after expressing a desire to play in one of the big cities in England.
West Ham were linked then and are still ‘currently the likeliest suitors’, according to the Mail.
Pato, who has been on loan at Sao Paolo since February 2014 after falling out of favour at Corinthians, scored 51 goals in 117 appearances in Serie A for AC Milan between 2007 and 2012 before moving back to his homeland.
AND THE RESTEverton, Swansea and Sunderland all want Bordeaux midfielder Wahbi Khazri (The Sun)
Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce has joined the race for Sion’s Swiss centre-half Leo Lacroix (The Sun)