Friday, 17 October 2014

Hummels to Arsenal FC? Guardiola keen on Man Utd job? Khedira to Chelsea FC?

Pep Guardiola (credit: KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP/Getty Images)
- Pep Guardiola would like to manage Manchester United at some point during his career, according to a new book about the Bayern Munich coach.

In the book Pep Confidental, written by journalist Marti Perarnau, a close friend to Guardiola, the coach recalls watching United beat Schalke in the Champions League.

"[Guardiola] was impressed [by Bayern's training facilities, Sabener Strasse] and told [assistant] Manuel Estiarte privately: 'I like this. I could see myself coaching here one day', Perarnau wrote.

"Pep had said something very similar a few months before, at Manchester United. The day after beating Real Madrid in the Champions League semi-final, Guardiola and Estiarte travelled to Manchester to watch their next opponents in action.

"It was May 4, 2011, and the pair sat together in the stands of Old Trafford watching Sir Alex Ferguson's team beat Schalke 4-1.

"Once again Pep had turned to his friend and said: 'I like this atmosphere. I could see myself coaching here one day.'"

- Arsenal are preparing to launch a £32million bid for Borussia Dortmund star and Manchester United target Mats Hummels, according to the Daily Express.

- Chelsea are hopeful of signing Sami Khedira on a free transfer at the end of the season with talks set to begin over a lucrative move to Stamford Bridge, according to Metro.

- Lukas Podolski has hinted at a January move away from Arsenal, saying that his status at Emirates Stadium "has to change".

"I have assessed my position in the team, and it has to change now," he told reporters.

"Let's see what happens in the winter. The fact is that I'm not happy with it, that's clear."

- Sunderland have made a bold request to take Barcelona starlet Alen Halilovic on loan, according to the Daily Mail.

- Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers will beg Lille to cut short Divock Origi's loan spell so that the striker can return to Anfield in January, according to the Daily Express.

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