MOURINHO TO RETURN FOR ROONEY
Jose Mourinho is confident he can finally complete a deal for Wayne Rooney in the summer, report The Telegraph.
Chelsea had two bids for the England striker rejected last year, but Mourinho has been encouraged by United's failure to sign Rooney to a new contract.
The striker has just 18 months remaining on his current deal and it's thought that he remains open to a move as United dawdle over an extension.
'Jose Mourinho has rejected a host of strikers already offered to him as January signings because he is convinced he can land Wayne Rooney at the end of the season,' report The Telegraph.
'Manchester United's crisis has only strengthened Mourinho's belief that he can eventually land Rooney for a reasonable fee, with the 28-year-old's contract running down.
'United are confident that Rooney will sign a new contract if the club finish in the top four of the Premier League and are insistent they will reject bids for him even if they do not.'
The Telegraph also add the interesting line that Rooney could attempt to buy out the last year of his contract under FIFA regulations if United say no dice to Chelsea's offer.
RAKITIC TO REJECT PREM INTEREST
Ivan Rakitic has snubbed interest from Manchester United and Liverpool to remain at Sevilla.
The midfielder has been in dazzling form this season, claiming eight goals and six assists in 16 La Liga matches, leading to speculation that he could move to the Premier League in a £15million deal.
However, here's what he had to say: "For the time being, I only think about Sevilla.
"I have important matches ahead of me and additional responsibilities as captain of the team, so leaving is not something I'm considering now."
Booooooo. We want transfers.
ARSENAL TOLD MORATA PRICE
According to the Daily Mirror, Arsenal have been quoted a fee of £1.7million to loan Alvaro Morata until the end of the season.
It was initially thought that Real Madrid would reject any interest in the striker, but it seems they have since warmed to the idea of a temporary switch.
'It comes after the Spain Under-21 international admitted he is open to a loan move in search of more regular first-team action,' report the Mirror.
'Both Wenger's Gunners and title rivals Liverpool are admirers of the talented 21-year-old.'
LIVERPOOL SWITCH SIGHTS TO YARMOLENKO
Liverpool are eyeing a move for Dinamo Kiev winger Andriy Yarmolenko, according to the Daily Mail.
The 24-year-old Ukraine international has scored 14 goals in 38 matches for his country and will reportedly cost around £15million.
Yarmolenko is apparently seen as an alternative to Basle's Mohamed Salah after the Swiss club increased their asking price for the winger.
AND THE REST
Chelsea midfielder Kevin De Bruyne is heading to German side Wolfsburg for a staggering £18million...Roberto Martinez has confirmed Everton are close to completing the transfer of Aiden McGeady, but he won't join until the summer...Yohan Cabaye may quit Newcastle for as little as £6million in the summer - and the club are taking a big financial risk by keeping him for the remainder of the season...Liverpool defender Daniel Agger has insisted he's going nowhere, despite interest from Napoli...QPR boss Harry Redknapp is keen on a loan move for Jermain Defoe before the Tottenham striker moves to Toronto...
Alvaro Negredo has told how he turned his back on the chance to team up with David Moyes at Everton 12 months ago...Newcastle boss Alan Pardew has been told to place French youngsters Gueida Fofana and Cedric Bakambu at the top of his wanted list...Paolo Di Canio is in the running to take over at Northampton...Hull manager Steve Bruce has joined the race for Everton striker Nikica Jelavic, 28, after growing frustrated in his pursuit of West Brom forward Shane Long and Sunderland striker Steven Fletcher...
Thibaut Courtois has revealed that he will talk to Jose Mourinho about his future and inform the Chelsea manager he will not sit on the bench...Inter Milan will try once more to prise Pablo Osvaldo away from Southampton, offering Fredy Guarin as part of the deal...Everton will aim to reward Seamus Coleman with an improved contract following the dazzling progress the defender has made this season...
Sunderland manager Gus Poyet wants to sign three Argentine players. Estudiantes defender Santiago Vergini, 25, is close to joining the Black Cats and he could be followed by Catania goalkeeper Mariano Andujar, 30, and Internacional midfielder Ignacio Scocco, 28...West Ham could miss out on a loan deal for Inter Milan striker Ishak Belfodil after Fiorentina moved for the 21-year-old Algerian...Billy Davies is the shock name in the frame to take over at West Ham if co-owners David Sullivan and David Gold finally bow to growing pressure and sack Sam Allardyce.
"Mourinho confident he can sign Rooney"? I don't intend to sound mean but surely considering how life is at the red half of Manchester nowadays surely at least 20 other clubs around Europe will be more confident of nabbing Shrek than Manure are confident of keeping him- peeyugo