FOOTBALL RUMOURS: Manchester United eye up Bournemouth winger, Lewandowski for Liverpool? Valencia out for five months?
Today’s rumours from the world of football . . .
Manchester United are eyeing a shock swoop for Bournemouth wide man Matt Ritchie. (The Sun).
Robert Lewandowski’s agent has confirmed there is interest from the Premier League for the Bayern Munich striker, as a link to Liverpool re-emerges (Daily Express).
Manchester United’s Antonio Valencia could be out of action for five months as he recovers from a foot injury, according to reports. The Ecuador winger had surgery on his foot this week following an injury sustained in last month’s goalless Manchester derby. (The Guardian).
Paris Saint-Germain are set to go head-to-head with Real Madrid in the £80m fight to sign Chelsea and Belgium midfielder Eden Hazard (Daily Mail).
Former Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti says he would be open to a return to Stamford Bridge - but believes Jose Mourinho will not be sacked, despite the club’s current plight. The Italian also confirmed he had no contact with Liverpool with regards to their managerial position prior to the appointment of Jurgen Klopp last month. (Sky Sports).
Liberia’s Musa Bility has been ruled out as a candidate for the Fifa presidency following integrity checks. Football’s world governing body has approved five of the presidential candidates, with suspended UEFA boss Michel Platini also not included. The Frenchman could be added should his ban end before February’s election. (BBC Sport).