Summer Transfer Window Gossip: Jose Mourinho, Isco, Wayne Rooney
The Special One is returning to a Bridge near you.
Jose Mourinho, the once and former manager of Chelsea, is heading back to Stamford Bridge this summer, at least according to a report in the English press.
When is the big day? How much will Chelsea pay him? That story leads this Thursday edition of the B/R Summer Transfer Window Gossip roundup. Inside, we also have updates on Isco, Wayne Rooney, Thiago Alcantara and more.
Keep reading for all the details.
Manager Jose Mourinho has agreed to a four-year deal with Chelsea, according to a Daily Star exclusive.
Mourinho will reportedly fly to London on June 2 and sign a contract worth £250,000 per week. Mourinho currently manages Real Madrid. The team's final match is scheduled for June 1.
Mourinho, 50, previously managed Chelsea from 2004 to 2007, winning two league titles and one FA Cup. He won the Champions League with Porto and Inter Milan.
He has agreed to leave Real Madrid by mutual consent, meaning Chelsea will not need to compensate Real financially.
Real Madrid have begun talks with Malaga over the transfer of attacking midfielder Isco, according to Spanish reports.
According to Diario AS, Real are discussing Isco with Malaga sporting director Mario Husillos and general manager Vicente Casado, as well as the player's lawyer and father. Malaga director Francisco Martin Aguilar said: “Madrid are very interested in him. But so far there is nothing official.”
Manchester City and Monaco are also interested, according to AS.
Meanwhile, Marca quotes Aguilar as saying: "It fills us with pride that a lad that has come through at Málaga to become the player he has. If he goes it will be to a big club and it will be to the benefit of the coffers at the club."
Isco's contract has a release clause of €35 million, according to Marca. AS reports that Real Madrid want to include players in the deal to lower the price.
Isco, 21, has scored eight goals in 35 La Liga appearances this season. He joined Malaga from Valencia in 2011.
Wayne Rooney is open to a move to Paris Saint-Germain this summer, according to an ESPN FC source. According to the report, the potential move could lead to United moving for Borussia Dortmund forward Robert Lewandowski.
L'Equipe first reported the story on Wednesday.
PSG first contacted United over Rooney in February, according to the ESPN FC report. The relationship between Rooney and now-retired manager Sir Alex Ferguson reportedly soured this season. PSG would pay Rooney more than £250,000 per week.
Meanwhile the Daily Mirror reports that PSG are willing to pay up to £40 million for the transfer fee.
Rooney, 27, joined United from Everton in 2004. He scored 12 goals and added 10 assists in 27 Premier League appearances this season.
Manchester United are interested in Barcelona midfielder Thiago Alcantara, according to Marca.
Thiago, 22, signed a new contract with Barcelona two years ago, when his release clause was set at €90 million. That figure has dropped to €18 million based on appearances.
Thiago has played in 25 La Liga matches this season, 11 as a substitute.
The report also links Thiago to Bayern Munich and incoming manager Pep Guardiola, who reportedly supported Thiago at Barca.
Rafael Benitez, Fernando Torres
Manager Walter Mazzarri recently announced his departure from Napoli and has been linked with Inter Milan (Football Italia). Striker Edinson Cavani has been linked with a move to Manchester City (The Guardian).
Benitez, 53, led Chelsea to the Europa League title as interim manager this season after replacing the dismissed Roberto Di Matteo in November. He has also managed Liverpool and Inter Milan among other clubs.
Torres, 29, scored eight league goals in 36 Premier League appearances this season. He added six in the Europa League.
Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke has hinted at a move away from the club, according to Nieuwsblad (English version at ESPN FC). Arsenal, AC Milan, Tottenham and Borussia Dortmund are thought to be interested.
Midfielder Frank Lampard has hinted he wants to remain with Chelsea for "the next few years" after his new one-year contract, according to the London Evening Standard.
Chelsea have inquired about Galatasaray striker Burak Yilmaz, according to the Guardian. Yilmaz is rated around £20 million.
Arsenal will listen to bids of £5 million for defender Thomas Vermaelen, according to The Sun.
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has hinted he could sell striker Luis Suarez for the right price, according to the Metro.
Bayer Leverkusen right-back Dani Carvajal (pictured) wants to return to Real Madrid this summer, according to ESPN FC.