Clock ticking on Mourinho's Chelsea switch

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Reports of Jose Mourinho's potential move to Chelsea are gathering momentum, with the British press claiming a deal is imminent.

The Daily Mirror claims Mourinho is eager to put pen to paper within the next ten days, following Real's midweek Champions League exit at the hands of Borussia Dortmund. An announcement about the move is unlikely to come before the end of the season, but it is said that the Portuguese has struck a deal with president Florentino Perez which will see a £10 million release clause waived.

The Sun, meanwhile, states July 1 is the date the deal will be publicly unveiled. Mourinho is said to have met with Roman Abramovich at La Famiglia restaurant in Chelsea, where a move back to Stamford Bridge was agreed upon.

Still in the managerial realm, Jurgen Klopp has found himself another keen admirer, with the Daily Mirror reporting he has emerged as Manchester United's preferred candidate to take over from Sir Alex Ferguson. Klopp's Dortmund side will face Bayern Munich in the Champions League final later this month, and his ability to guide his side to European success has caught the eye at Old Trafford.

Ferguson, though, has made it clear he has no immediate plans to retire, but a succession plan involving Klopp may see the decision taken out of his hands.

Finally, Arsenal have set Lyon's Max Gonalons as a transfer target for the coming summer, the Sun writes. The defensive midfielder has been watched by Arsene Wenger with interest for some time, and scouts are set to deliver their final verdict on Gonalons when Lyon travel to Nancy this Sunday.

The France international has another three years to run on his current contract, but the Gunners are understood to be willing to part with a portion of their £70 million transfer budget for him.

An offer of around £10 million may be too much for Lyon to turn down, while Fiorentina forward Stevan Jovetic remains another top priority for Wenger.

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