The Premier League has been rocked by the resignations of five of the top six clubs in the league’s top division as they prepare to move into a new, higher league with a new manager.
The latest to depart is Leeds United’s owner Massimo Cellino, who announced his resignation on Thursday after a 15-year reign.
Cellino has led the Elland Road club to a top four finish in the Championship and, while his new employers will be aiming to challenge for the Premier League title this season, they are likely to lose out on the Champions League and the FA Cup as well.
Leeds have already been linked with a move to Manchester United in the past, with the Red Devils reportedly interested in a move for Leeds’ striker Jonjo Shelvey, who is out of contract in the summer.
The Italian also has interest in Arsenal’s Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, and it is understood that both the Gunners and Manchester City are among the clubs interested in the 26-year-old, who scored 21 goals in just 22 games last season.
Meanwhile, Arsenal and Chelsea are also in talks with former Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal, according to the Sunday Mirror, which said that the Dutchman has made it clear he is interested in joining Chelsea and would be willing to pay as much as £60million to bring the former Ajax coach to Stamford Bridge.
The Mirror added that the deal is believed to be worth around £40m and could be completed by the end of the month.
Chelsea, who have already paid a staggering £75million to sign the Dutch coach, have already signed former United and Liverpool boss Jose Mourinho, but the Blues are now in talks about a move of their own.
In a move that could make the Premier the most expensive in the history of English football, Chelsea are set to sign former United striker Ruud van Nistelrooy, who has a contract with the Premier until 2019.
He was released by United earlier this week after spending a year in exile in France and was set to join Real Madrid.
He is understood to be interested in leaving Stamford Bridge, but is still willing to negotiate a new deal with the Blues, which could see him earning a new five-year contract in 2019.