Insider: Manchester City want to buy Everton

Txiki Begiristain is monitoring the 17-year-old Brazilian striker, while Jose Mourinho indulges in a bit of product placement and Rene Meulensteen sweats on his future
Manchester City are chasing 17-year-old Brazilian striker Everton, The Insider understands.

The Gremio forward, who scored 20 goals for the club's youth team last year, is very highly-rated in Brazil and has been previously scouted by City director of football Txiki Begiristain and his South American contacts.

Everton can't sign a pro deal until he is 18 later this year and a work permit could still be a problem, with City exploring the possibility of establishing links with Portuguese side Boavista.

A further complication is the fact that Gremio only own 90 per cent of Everton's sporting rights and thus City would need to come to an agreement with the relevant third party.

- Paul Clennam

Jose Mourinho's choice of word to describe Manchester City on Saturday - 'a Jaguar' - looked to be the Special One at his metaphorical best.

"Manchester City is a Jaguar. You cannot put an 'L' plate on a Jaguar," he told the BBC following Chelsea's 3-0 win over Newcastle, insisting that his side weren't title favourites despite moving top.

It was therefore interesting to see Mourinho's name appear on Jaguar's official Facebook page in a post from January 28, where he is described as a 'F-TYPE Ambassador' for the car company, despite not being listed in the Patrons & Ambassadors section of their website alongside, among others, Rio Ferdinand.

Does a career as a car salesman beckon for the Chelsea boss once his time at Stamford Bridge comes to an end?

- Jonathan Birchall

Rene Meulensteen, Alan Curbishley and Ray Wilkins have three months to save their Fulham careers.

The Cottagers' new-look management team are only expected to be given contract extensions beyond this season if the club maintain their top-flight status.

Fulham visit Manchester United, where Meulensteen spent the best part of a decade in various coaching roles, on Sunday languishing at the bottom of the Premier League table.

First-team manager Meulensteen was promoted on December 1 to replace former boss Martin Jol and, during the Christmas period, Wilkins was hired to be his No.2 and Curbishley was recruited in a technical director role.

Goal understands that all three signed short-term deals that initially run until the end of the season, and extensions will be triggered only if the club remain in the Premier League.

Fulham sources say Meulensteen has improved the atmosphere in the dressing room since replacing Jol even though his league record is almost identical this season to that of his predecessor.

Curbishley was brought in because he has the experience of working at a club embroiled in a relegation battle that Meulensteen lacks. The former long-serving Charlton manager is said to be an observer on the training ground nearly every day, while on match days he is the 'man in the stand' detailed with aiding the coaching team.

- Wayne Veysey