Dortmund reject Manchester United bid for Henrikh Mkhitaryan

Borussia Dortmund reject Manchester United’s £19m bid for Henrikh Mkhitaryan

News reaching Transfer Talk is that:

Borussia Dortmund have been fending off bids from a host of European giants attempting to prize away some of their best players like vultures, and Manchester United are the latest club to make an enquiry.

The Red Devils have tabled a £19 million bid for Henrikh Mkhitaryan, according to the Mirror. The Germans have reportedly rejected the bid and will continue to turn down offers for their star players after already sanctioning the sales of Mats Hummels and Ilkay Gundogan this summer.

The 27-year-old has just one year left on his current deal, and Dortmund risk losing the player for free next year. That does not appear to be a concern for the Bundesliga runners-up, and Jose Mourinho will have to look elsewhere for a playmaker.


Jose Mourinho confirmed for Old Trafford

Jose Mourinho confirmed for Old Trafford.

Jose Mourinho will be in the Old Trafford dugout as early as June 5.

The Portuguese boss will replace Louis van Gaal as Manchester United boss with an announcement expected in the coming days.

But United fans needn’t get too excited, Mourinho won’t be managing the Red Devils when he steps foot in the Theatre of Dreams just next weekend.

Instead, he’ll be in charge of an all-star England line-up against the Rest of the World for Soccer Aid 2016.

Football legends will join stars from the world of music of TV for the Old Trafford encounter, all in aid of UNICEF.

Mourinho will link up with Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce and Robbie Williams to take on Leicester title-winner Claudio Ranieri – who will be flanked by One Direction’s Niall Horan.

And the big names don’t stop there with the likes of Robbie Fowler, Jamie Carragher and Jermain Defoe donning the Three Lions shirt.

They won’t have it easy though with Ranieri calling upon the services of Ronaldinho, Fabio Cannavaro and Samuel Eto’o at Old Trafford.

Tickets are available for the all-star clash, priced at £20 for adults and £5 for Under 16s.




Jose Mourinho

Sam Allardyce

Robbie Williams


David Seaman

Jamie Carragher

Phil Neville

Sol Campbell

Robbie Fowler

Jermain Defoe

Danny Murphy

Kieron Dyer

Ben Shephard

Danny Jones

Jack Whitehall

Jamie Theakston

John Bishop

Damian Lewis

Jonathan Wilkes

Louis Tomlinson

Mark Wright

Marvin Humes

Olly Murs

Paddy McGuinness

Rest of the World


Claudio Ranieri

Niall Horan



Dimitar Berbatov

Edgar Davids

Jaap Stam

Samuel Eto’o


Fabio Cannavaro


Sir AP McCoy

Patrick Kielty

Gordon Ramsay

Mathew Morrison

Michael Sheen

Nicky Byrne

Rickie Haywood-Williams

Sergio Pizzorno

Shayne Ward

Iwan Rheon

Sean Fletcher

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Jose Mourinho won’t stay at Man United for long – Phil Neville

Jose Mourinho will last only two or three years at Manchester United but can bring success back to Old Trafford, according to former Red Devils defender Phil Neville.

Mourinho has agreed a deal to become United’s next manager, sources close to the deal have told ESPN FC, and is expected to be officially confirmed by the club early next week.

This season, United finished fifth in the Premier League and missed out on the Champions League under current boss Louis van Gaal.

United beat Crystal Palace at Wembley on Saturday to win the FA Cup but the victory is not expected to save Van Gaal, who has failed to produce either a Premier League title challenge or brand of football in line with the club’s traditions.

Mourinho was sacked by Chelsea in December after a miserable start to the season. Despite widespread success in his career, the Portuguese has never managed a club for longer than the three years and three months he spent at Chelsea in his first spell.

“I can’t see him staying too long at Man United, maybe two or three years, that seems to be his shelf life at a football club,” Neville told BBC Five Live’s Sportsweek programme.

“When Jose finishes at a club it tends to be a pattern where he falls out with a few players, he gets disgruntled and the team dips.

“It happened at Chelsea, it certainly happened at Real Madrid where there were rumours he fell out with a few players.

“It’s a pattern with Jose, he comes into a club, he gets success but he doesn’t stay for too long.”

United have now failed to finish higher than fourth in any of the three seasons since Sir Alex Ferguson retired.

Mourinho has a proven track record in England, having won the title three times with Chelsea, and Neville believes the former Madrid boss will already have a plan to achieve success again.

“He’s a proven winner, a proven champion. United fans want a team that will challenge for the league title, not a team that finishes seventh or fifth, and Jose is probably the man for the job,” Neville said.

“Knowing Jose as I do, I think he will have done his homework and he’s meticulous in his planning.

“Don’t be surprised if United in the next month, and particularly before the Euros, sign three or four players and when he gets to pre-season he has his squad already in place.

“He knows who he wants and at the start he will demand United sign those players for United to become championship challengers again.”