Manchester United set to appoint new director

Peter Cowgill
Peter Cowgill

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The Daily Mail claims Antonio Conte met Roman Abramovich in Monaco earlier this month as Chelsea close in on their search for Jose Mourinho's long-term replacement. The Italy manager's contract expires at the end of Euro 2016.

In the Lancashire Evening Post former Manchester United midfielder David Beckham has backed under-fire manager Louis van Gaal.

Meanwhile, the Daily Express says Conte has told Chelsea he would like to bring Roma sporting director Walter Sabatini with him if he moves to Stamford Bridge in the summer.

According to Eurosport Arsenal midfielder Mikel Arteta could be offered a coaching role by Pep Guardiola at Manchester City if the 33-year-old Spaniard decides to retire at the end of the season.

The Sun says Manchester United are ready to appoint a new director to help under-fire chief Ed Woodward. The name in the frame is Peter Cowgill, the man behind the revival of the JD Sports empire and a lifelong United fan with strong connections in football.

Sunderland are showing an interest in Lille defender Adama Soumaoro according to the Daily Mail, as Black Cats boss Sam Allardyce looks to boost an ageing backline.

Incoming Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has wished Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba a long career - and hinted he would like to coach the most sought-after player in Europe, says the Daily Mirror.

The MEN has reported that Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero has agreed a new deal with the club until 2019 extending his current contract.

The Times says referee Mark Clattenburg has been forced to sever ties with a football agency which also represents players amid concerns about a potential conflict of interest.

A Leicester City fan has convinced his girlfriend to let him name their daughter after Jamie Vardy according to the Sun - but only if 5,000 supporters sign a petition.