Jose Mourinho says Zlatan Ibrahimovic will leave Man United at the end of the season

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Jose Mourinho expects Zlatan Ibrahimovic to leave Manchester United at the end of the season.

The 36-year-old striker has been the subject of constant speculation about his future this season, with links to the Los Angeles Galaxy of Major League soccer continuing to bubble along.

Ibrahimovic was released in the summer after suffering a serious knee injury, but impressive rehabilitation saw him re-signed in August.

The Swedish veteran managed seven appearances before his knee complaint flared up in December and Mourinho expects the striker to move onto pastures new in the summer.

“For Zlatan we all think it’s his last season at Manchester United,” Mourinho said.

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Liverpool dealt blow in Marco Reus pursuit as German is set for Borussia Dortmund extension

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Liverpool’s reported pursuit of Borussia Dortmund star Marco Reus could be in jeopardy as the German club look to tie their player to a new deal, the Daily Star says. The Germany international has 18 months left on his current contract, but has yet sign an extension. The forward has recently returned from injury and the Bundesliga club hope talks can now resume – despite recent hints of a transfer to Liverpool.

Speculation is mounting over Arsene Wenger‘s future at Arsenal amid reports of further question marks over the manager’s position. The Daily Mirror says doubts are emerging among the squad and the club’s board, with bosses set to review his role at the end of the season.

Wenger has faced a torrid time since Arsenal’s Carabao Cup final defeat by Manchester City, but the manager has refused to be drawn on his future, saying his focus is on qualifying for the Champions League, the paper reports.

Jack Wilshere’s time at Arsenal could be coming to an end if the player and club cannot agree on new contract terms, The Sun says. It is thought the 26-year-old wants the club to improve their offer before committing to a new deal at the Emirates, with pay seemingly being the main sticking point.

It has previously been reported the Gunners had tabled a pay cut to the midfielder’s £120,000-a-week salary, but with team-mates such as Mesut Ozil receiving a wage boost, progress in the talks looks to have stalled for the moment.

Declan Rice

West Ham want to keep defender Declan Rice at the club long term according to the Daily Mail. The 19-year-old’s current contract runs until 2020, but he Hammers are said to be hopeful they can keep the Republic of Ireland Under-21 international at London Stadium beyond that.

His recent form as both a centre back and defensive midfielder in 23 appearances this season has impressed the hierarchy, with a new deal potentially worth £25,000 a week, the paper says.

Players to watch

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Jonny Evans: The defender is likely to be in high demand come the end of the season should West Brom get relegated. With a £3million release clause in his contract should the Baggies drop to the Championship, West Ham are said to be poised to make a move for the 30-year-old, according to the Mirror. The Hammers could face competition from Leicester and Everton, who are also said to be interested in the player.

Willian: The Chelsea winger could leave the club this summer, the Daily Star reports, with Manchester United and AC Milan said to be leading the race to land the Brazil international. It comes as the 29-year-old has had sporadic starts at Stamford Bridge despite a run of good form.

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Lautaro Martinez stars in our rumour mill as Arsenal and Inter Milan battle for Argentine

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Hot prospect: Lautaro Martinez.

The January transfer window may be shut but there’s still plenty of news from the rumour mill with several moves being put off until the summer.

Here, we round-up the transfer tales that have got everyone talking on Friday.

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LAUTARO MARTINEZ

LAUTARO MARTINEZ

Next big thing in Argentine football: Lautaro Martinez.

Arsenal could still yet move for the striking ace this summer after the 20-year-old denied he is closing in on a transfer to Inter Milan.

Martinez, who is valued at €30m (Dh135m), has risen to prominence at Racing Club in his homeland and could be handed a call-up to Argentina’s World Cup squad for Russia.

According to TNT Sports, Martinez has revealed he will make a call on his long-term future at the end of the season and is not prepared to talk to other clubs before that, in a show of loyalty for the team that provided him with his first chance in the game.

The Gunners, meanwhile, have scouted the forward this term and could be ready to rival the Nerazzurri for his signature once the window reopens.

VICTOR WANYAMA

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 04: Victor Wanyama of Tottenham Hotspur celebrates after scoring his sides first goal during the Premier League match between Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur at Anfield on February 4, 2018 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Midfield powerhouse: Victor Wanyama.

Manchester United and Liverpool are monitoring the totemic midfielder’s ongoing contract renewal talks at Tottenham, the Daily Mirror reports.

The 26-year-old Kenyan is an integral part of Mauricio Pochettino’s efficient Spurs outfit but currently appears no closer to agreeing fresh terms with the north London club.

Although the former Southampton man has three years left on his current contract, the Whites are keen to tie him and several other players to the club long-term to avoid a smattering of Europe’s other top clubs from raiding their squad.

Both the Red Devils and Kop giants have made no secret of the fact they are looking to bolster their midfield options in the summer and a man of Wanyama’s pedigree certainly fits the bill.

SERGEJ MILINKOVIC-SAVIC

REGGIO NELL'EMILIA, ITALY - FEBRUARY 25: Sergej Milinkovic Savic of SS Lazio in action during the serie A match between US Sassuolo and SS Lazio at Mapei Stadium - Citta' del Tricolore on February 25, 2018 in Reggio nell'Emilia, Italy. (Photo by Marco Rosi/Getty Images)

Top midfield talent: Sergej Milinkovic-Savic.

The coveted Manchester United summer target is a better player than current central midfield star Paul Pogba, according to former PSV and Chelsea forward Mateja Kezman.

Lazio man Milinkovic-Savic is widely billed as one of the next big stars of European football, with the Red Devils apparently set to launch a huge-money bid in the near future.

The Daily Mirror has reported that United are well set in the race to snap up the 23-year-old while Real Madrid and Barcelona are also in the reckoning.

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