World Football Gossip Roundup: Javier Hernandez, Jose Mourinho, Frank De Boer
Javier Hernandez might be behind two or three other forwards in the Manchester United strikeforce, but he isn't going anywhere this summer. At least, that's what Sir Alex Ferguson is saying.
Chicharito's summer plans (or lack thereof) lead this Sunday edition of the B/R World Football Gossip Roundup. Inside we also have updates on Liverpool's summer overhaul, Arsenal's (admittedly far-fetched) reported interest in three Bundesliga stars and an update on the managerial merry-go-round.
Keep reading for all the details.
Manchester United Won't Sell Javier Hernandez?
Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson says the club will not sell Mexican international forward Javier Hernandez (via Daily Telegraph).
Hernandez, 24, joined United from Chivas in 2010. He has scored eight Premier League goals in 15 appearances this season.
Real Madrid are thought to be among "several leading European clubs" interested in signing Hernandez.
“He’s on a long contract for starters and we won’t be entertaining any interest. He’s a really important player for us. You see that all the time," Ferguson said. “He does something every game; he changes it. He does something different to the other strikers.”
Liverpool Planning Summer Overhaul and New Deal for Steven Gerrard?
Liverpool intend to make as many as five signings this summer, including Swansea goalkeeper Michel Vorm, in a bid to return to the Premier League's top four, according to the Daily Telegraph.
Meanwhile, the Sunday Mirror reports that Liverpool will offer a new two-year contract to midfielder Steven Gerrard, who turns 33 in May. According to the report, the Reds will also try to re-sign midfielder Xabi Alonso from Real Madrid for £8.5 million.
Alonso, 31, played for Liverpool from 2004-09. Gerrard, who serves as Liverpool captain, turned professional with the club in 1998.
Arsenal After £70 Million Bundesliga Trio?
According to the Sunday Mirror, Arsenal hope to spend £70 million this summer on Borussia Dortmund's Mario Gotze and Robert Lewandowski and Bayer Leverkusen's Lars Bender.
Gotze, a 20-year-old German international midfielder, has scored eight Bundesliga goals in 25 appearances this season. In 2011, BVB warned Arsenal that he is not for sale (per Daily Mail).
Lewandowski, a 24-year-old Polish international forward, is reportedly valued around £25 million. He is expected to leave Dortmund this summer, and Manchester United are also thought to be interested.
Bender (pictured), a 23-year-old German international midfielder, joined Leverkusen from 1860 Munich in 2009.
Real Madrid's Jose Mourinho and Everton's David Moyes are the leading contenders to become Chelsea's next manager, according to the Mail on Sunday.
According to the report, the club's board is discussing candidates. The shortlist also includes Malaga's Manuel Pellegrini.
Owner Roman Abramovich will make the final decision, according to the report.
Rafa Benitez currently serves as interim manager. Benitez has said he will leave the club this summer.
Meanwhile, the Sunday Mirror reports that Ajax's Frank De Boer is the favorite to succeed Roberto Mancini as Manchester City's manager this summer. De Boer, 42, has led Ajax to three league titles.
Any decision would depend on whether Mancini quits or is sacked this summer.
Manchester City are interested in Chilean winger Alexis Sanchez (pictured), with Barcelona possibly willing to sell for £25 million (Sunday People via Sunday Mirror).
Dutch winger Arjen Robben has denied "insane" reports that he could leave Bayern Munich this summer (via Goal.com).
Manchester United next month will offer veteran defender Rio Ferdinand, 34, a one-year contract extension (via Mail on Sunday).
The agent of Christian Benteke says he is "99 percent certain" Benteke will start next season with Aston Villa (via ESPN FC).
Neymar will only join Barcelona if he leaves Brazil, according to widespread media reports (via Football España).