Premier League - Papers: Ancelotti to West Ham?
Chelsea coach Carlo Ancelotti’s stellar career could about to take an interesting twist, after the two-times Champions League-winning coach admitted a desire to take the reins at relegated West Ham.
Ancelotti is ‘certain to be axed’ by Chelsea after the club’s final match of a trophy-less season this afternoon, and the Italian would reportedly be prepared to take a massive pay-cut – as well as dropping down to the Championship - to stay in English football.
“I would coach West Ham - why not?” Ancelotti is quoted as saying in the News of the World.
“The atmosphere at West Ham is amazing, and I can say the same about football in the Championship.”
The same paper reports that Ancelotti was informed of his impending exit less than 48 hours after Chelsea’s decisive defeat to Manchester United at Old Trafford, in a hastily-called meeting with club chairman Bruce Buck.
After another trophy-less year at the Emirates, manager Arsene Wenger is finally going to cash in on his prized asset, freeing up as much as £50million to revamp his current squad.
Nicklas Bendtner, Emmanuel Eboue, Denilson, and Carlos Vela are also facing the chop, with Real Madrid misfit Karim Benzema heading a long list of the Gunners’ transfer targets – which also includes West Ham captain Scott Parker, Blackburn defender Phil Jones, and Borussia Dortmund youngster Mario Goetze. (Sunday Mirror)
With the summer transfer window fast approaching, Manchester City’s real and imagined transfer intentions have careered firmly back into the red tops’ focus.
Ajax’s Belgian centre-half Jan Vertonghen is set to snub Arsenal and AC Milan to join City’s Champions League-bound squad for £8million this week, but Roberto Mancini’s attempts to sign Udinese’s Alexis Sanchez have hit a stumbling block after Serie A giants Inter Milan entered the race for the 22-year-old striker’s signature. (News of the World)
On the other side of Manchester, Alex Ferguson is set to continue his search for the next Gary Neville by luring Ajax’s highly-rated right-back Gregory van der Wiel to Old Trafford.
Liverpool and Chelsea have both been linked with moves for the 23-year-old in recent months, but the Premier League champions will offer £12million to keep the fullback out of their rivals' clutches. (NOTW)
United midfielder Owen Hargreaves, meanwhile, is expected to have played his last game for the Champions League finalists, with Ferguson opting not to renew the Canadian-born midfielder’s contract.
Hargreaves has played just 39 appearances in four injury-ravaged seasons at Old Trafford since his £17million transfer from Bayern Munich in 2007, and Ferguson is finally ready to cut his losses and axe the former England international. (Mail)
With Ashley Young reportedly intent on a summer move to Manchester United, and Aston Villa team-mate Stewart Downing keen to stay at Villa Park, Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish has entered the race to sign want-away Wigan midfielder Charles N’Zogbia.
The Frenchman is intent on leaving the DW Stadium regardless of whether Wigan retain their Premier League status this afternoon. (NOTW)
Norwich are set to offer journeyman winger David Bentley a loan move to back to Carrow Road as the Canaries prepare for their first Premier League campaign in six years.
Bentley spent the 2004/05 season on loan at the East Anglian club, and may be tempted by a return to revive a stuttering career.
The 26-year-old has played his last game for Birmingham – after failing to impress during a five-month loan spell at St. Andrews – and parent club Tottenham have no intention of bringing the former ‘next David Beckham’ back to White Hart Lane. (Daily Star on Sunday)