Daily Express

Guidolin stays with Swansea


BAYERN MUNICH have beaten Manchester United to the signing of two of Europe’s biggest stars.

First the German champions sealed a £27.5 million deal for 18-year-old Benfica midfielder Renato Sanches, right.

They then landed Borussia Dortmund captain Mats Hummels, 27, for £30m. Both signed five-year contracts. SWANSEA have rejected the chance to reappoint Brendan Rodgers after the club’s board performed a U-turn and offered a new deal to Francesco Guidolin.

Former Liverpool manager Rodgers had been Swansea’s first choice to take over this summer after talks between chairman Huw Jenkins and the Northern Irishman.

It is understood those negotiatio­ns had included identifyin­g potential transfer targets, including re-signing Liverpool midfielder Joe Allen and Manchester City striker Wilfried Bony.

A deal to bring Rodgers back to the Liberty Stadium was thought to be close to being agreed. But it appears Italian coach Guidolin, 60, will be the man at the helm next term after an unexpected change of heart from bosses at the Welsh club.

Guidolin helped the Swans secure top-flight safety after being brought in on a short-term contract in January. Back-to-back wins against Liverpool and West Ham look to have turned the tide in his side’s favour. STOKE midfielder Stephen Ireland, left, is facing a long spell on the sidelines after breaking a leg in training yesterday. Ireland’s season has been curtailed by a hamstring problem that has restricted him to just 16 appearance­s. Now the 29-year-old will almost certainly miss the start of next term, when he enters the final year of his contract. ¬MARK CLATTENBUR­G will referee the Champions League final between Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid in Milan on May 28.

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