Manchester United lining up move for £55m-rated European midfield star

Manchester United's executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward
Manchester United's executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward

Manchester United are reportedly lining up a bid for 23-year-old Sporting Lisbon Joao Mario, who has a £55million release clause in his contract.

According to Portuguese media outlet A Bola, the Old Trafford outfit are preparing a bid for the highly-rated Portugal international.

The club also expect Jose Mourinho to make a decision on his future this week after sought reassurances from United, says the Telegraph.

Meanwhile, Louis van Gaal has stressed that he will be present at Old Trafford at the start of next season.

The Daily Mail reports that former Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers would be interested in the Celtic job as he looks to get back into management this summer.

Wolfsburg are looking to replace hare-brained Dane Nicklas Bendtner with another Arsenal forward in the form of Olivier Giroud, according to the Sun, which says that the German club will make a big-money contract offer to the France striker.

Manchester City have agreed to pay the £39million release clause to sign Athletic Bilbao defender Aymeric Laporte, according to Basque newspaper EITB.

Nigerian winger Samuel Chukwueze's move to Arsenal is close to collapsing, All Nigeria Soccer reports.

The South Wales Evening Post claims Swansea boss Francesco Guidolin is being strongly tipped to become the next manager of Watford.

The Newcastle Chronicle says Magpies midfielder Florian Thauvin, 23, currently on loan at Marseille, has been linked with a move to Inter Milan.

Meanwhile, Aston Villa supporters are planning a march in protest against owner Randy Lerner before this weekend's final Premier League home game against Newcastle, plus "a mass release of energy" in the 74th minute, claims the Birmingham Mail.