Football rumours from the media – 2nd February, 2018

What the papers say:

Antonio Conte could be offered a way out of Chelsea in the summer to once more take charge of the Italian national team, the Sun reports. Conte’s future at Stamford Bridge has come under increasing scrutiny in recent weeks and that intensified following the shock 3-0 home defeat to Bournemouth this week. Conte led Italy to the quarter-finals at Euro 2016 and is apparently being sounded out to return after the Azzurri failed to qualify for this summer’s World Cup.

Arsenal could swoop for Bordeaux’s Malcom in the summer transfer window, the Evening Standard reports. The Brazilian starlet, 20, was thought to be on the Gunners’ radar in January but the vacancy for a forward was ultimately filled by £56million record signing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. With the Gabonese’s arrival at the Emirates and a new contract for Mesut Ozil, Arsene Wenger‘s attacking options are looking promising, although the addition of Malcom would bolster them further still. However, Arsenal may have to fight off interest from Tottenham.

Jose Mourinho’s future at Manchester United looks to be secure after signing a deal until 2020 last week although the club’s hierarchy are said to be eyeing Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino as his eventual replacement. The Manchester Evening News reports United bosses have long admired Pochettino and Spurs’ 2-0 victory over the Red Devils on Wednesday may have strengthened the view that the Argentinian is the long-term successor to Mourinho.

Crystal Palace made an 11th hour enquiry for Celtic striker Moussa Dembele, the Scottish Sun reports. The Hoops did not receive a formal bid for the 21-year-old, who signed a four-year contract at Celtic Park in 2016 after spending three years at Fulham. The France Under-21s striker was recently reported to be valued at £18 million.

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Players to watch:

Leander Dendoncker: West Ham made a deadline-day bid for the Anderlecht midfielder, 22, but their £4.4million offer was too low, talkSPORT reports.

Ryan Sessegnon: According to the Evening Standard, Spurs are monitoring Fulham’s 17-year-old left-back.

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