Premier League - Papers: Chelsea eye Redknapp

Sun, 17 Apr 08:55:00 2011

Roman Abramovich is considering making Harry Redknapp Chelsea's first English manager since 1996, according to the News of the World.

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With Carlo Ancelotti's future the subject of much doubt as Chelsea are all but assured a trophy-free end to the season, speculation is rife as to who will succeed the Italian.

Tottenham's Redknapp has been marked down as a future England boss, but the paper says he is cool on the prospect of international management - and that leaves the way clear for 'Arry to move across London.

Mind you, on another back page, it's a different story. Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola is Chelsea's number one choice to replace Ancelotti, according to the Sunday Mirror this morning.

The red top suggests that the club's billionaire owner Roman Abramovich has 'finally run out of patience' with Ancelotti.

Guardiola is contracted to Barcelona for another year but, quoting an unsurprisingly anonymous source, the Mirror states that Abramovich will swoop for the Catalonia-born manager at the first sign of interest.

That's not the end of the Mirror's Chelsea speculation, however - not by a long shot.

Columnist Michael Calvin has his own ideas about who should take over the reins - none other than current Chelsea and England midfielder Frank Lampard.

According to the erstwhile Calvin, Lampard has all the right ingredients to become 'Chelsea's answer to Kenny Dalglish', and - with uncle Redknapp flying high at Tottenham and father Frank a fixture in the West Ham coaching staff - the 32-year-old has football management in his DNA.

Over to Arsenal, and French midfielder Samir Nasri is reportedly set to leave the Emirates in the summer as talks to extend his contract continue to fail.

Arsene Wenger is reluctant to sell one of his top performers this year, but the club doesn't want to risk the player leaving on a free in 2012.

Champions League holders Inter are one of a throng of potential suitors for Nasri, with president Massimo Moratti also keen to bring Carlos Tevez and Cesc Fabregas to the San Siro.

Maicon, Wesley Sneijder, and Diego Milito would reportedly be used as makeweights in any deal for Nasri or Fabregas. (The Mirror)

One thing Arsenal fans shouldn't be expecting, however, is an Abramovich-style spending spree from new owner Stan Kroenke.

The US businessman is reluctant to change the strategy already in place for Wenger's spending this summer, which means that one major signing is the most Gunners fans can expect when the transfer window reopens. (Daily Mail)

Manchester United fans might still be licking their wounds after Saturday's FA Cup semi-final defeat to bitter rivals Manchester City, but the red half of Manchester might have something to cheer about in the summer - one of their former heroes might be making a return!

Diego Forlan - a 'seven-million-pound flop' in his three years at United - has reportedly fallen out with the Atletico Madrid hierarchy, and could be set for a shock return to the Premier League. (Mirror)

Meanwhile, Forlan's team-mate in Madrid David De Gea is also reportedly heading to Old Trafford - in an £18million move.

The Spanish goalkeeper has been earmarked by manager Alex Ferguson as a suitable replacement for retiring veteran Edwin van der Sar, and will reportedly sign a five-year deal. (Daily Star)

Liverpool are in the market for Manchester City reserve goalkeeper Shay Given.

Kenny Dalglish is resigned to losing his current stopper Pepe Reina in the summer and the 34-year-old Irishman could be the ideal replacement (NotW)

And finally, if you want advance notice of who will win today's PFA Player of the Year award tonight, the News of the World reckons that Tottenham star Gareth Bale has got the nod.


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