Guardiola ‘wants a face-to-face meeting with Roman Abramovich’

The Sun say Pep Guardiola wants a face-to-face meeting with Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich before deciding whether to take over as manager at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea officials are said to have offered the ex-Barcelona boss £11m-a-year and an assurance that there will be no pressure on him to win major trophies in his first two years in charge.

But it is claimed that Guardiola has demanded talks with Abramovich himself, so he can hear the offer from the horse’s mouth.

A Chelsea source is quoted as saying: “If it takes a big meeting with Abramovich to get the deal done, that’s what must happen.”

The Daily Express say Chelsea have made a £30m offer for Hulk, while The Daily Telegraph suggest the Blues are on the verge of signing the Porto striker for £40m.

QPR want Newcastle defender Danny Simpson and are willing to pay West Ham keeper Robert Green £50,000-a-week, The Sun report.

Magpies full-back Simpson has so far not agreed a new deal at St James’ Park, while Green’s contract expires this summer.

It’s suggested that Rangers’ willingness to match Green’s wage demands are scuppering West Ham’s attempts to keep the England international.

Arsenal are rivalling QPR for the signing of Manchester City midfielder Nigel De Jong, according to the Daily Mirror.

Rangers boss Mark Hughes has been linked with the Dutchman, who played under him at Eastlands.

And it is claimed that Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is also keen to capture De Jong after failing to land Rennes’ Yann M’Vila.

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