sport news AHEAD OF THE GAME: Jose Mourinho wants to return to Chelsea trends now
Jose Mourinho is eager to return to England next season amid frustration at a lack of financial backing from Roma.
An extraordinary third spell at Chelsea would be his ideal scenario and his representatives have let it be known that he would be interested in any vacancy at Stamford Bridge, but the club have made it clear they intend to stand by Graham Potter.
Mourinho’s wife and children still live in London and he has always preferred working in the Premier League to elsewhere.
Jose Mourinho has grown frustrated over the lack of financial backing he receives at Roma
The manager would like a third stint at heavy spenders Chelsea should he return to England
The Portuguese won the Europa Conference League at Roma last season and they are currently fifth in Serie A, but lack the resources to fight for the title. The West Ham job could also be available soon given David Moyes’ struggles, although Mourinho would not leave Roma during the middle of the season.
UNITED HOLD DOUBTS OVER RATCLIFFE
Manchester United officials have been privately scathing about Sir Jim Ratcliffe’s plans to bid for the club, as they are convinced the INEOS owner has no intention of meeting the Glazer family’s demand for offers in excess of £6billion.
Ratcliffe became the first potential bidder to publicly declare his hand last week with an INEOS spokesperson confirming: ‘We have formally put ourselves into the process.’
However, United are convinced the company’s main concern is securing positive publicity. Ratcliffe went public with his desire to buy Chelsea last year, but only after the deadline for tabling bids had passed.
Manchester United hold doubts over how serious Sir Jim Ratcliffe's takeover bid actually is
ITALY MAY DELAY EUROS BID
Italy are considering pulling out of the race to host the 2032 European Championship if they can secure the right to stage the 2036 tournament unopposed.
Euro 2032 bidding rights are currently being contested by Italy and Turkey, who are also