Transfer Rumors: Jose Mourinho 'one Game from the Sack', Real Madrid Target Man City Star

Jose Mourinho's future at Manchester United continues to be the dominant narrative in the Premier League, amid contrasting reports.

The Daily Mail claims the Portuguese will be sacked if United lose to Burnley on Sunday, which would be their third defeat in a row. Mourinho saw his side thrashed 3-0 at home by Tottenham Hotspur on August 27, the second game in a row they had conceded three goals after a 3-2 defeat away at Brighton a week earlier.

United's worst start to a league campaign in 26 years and a turgid brand of soccer have piled pressure on Mourinho and the Mail suggests some of his players have openly discussed the prospect of him being sacked.

"They are saying Jose will be gone soon," a source is quoted as saying. "Some think he'll be out if they lose at Burnley. Others can't see him lasting beyond September.

"We've seen this before and it just feels the same. The club will say it's supporting Jose but we all saw what happened with Louis [Van Gaal, who was sacked after winning the FA Cup in 2016]. The players are already talking about the possibility of [former Real Madrid coach Zinedine] Zidane coming in."

However, while Mourinho is under immense pressure, his days at United might not be numbered just yet. The Guardian, The Telegraph and The Independent all carry reports suggesting the Portuguese retains the support of the board, with United's executive vice chairman Ed Woodward encouraged by what he saw in the first half against Spurs and willing to give Mourinho time.

GettyImages-1024786070
Jose Mourinho, during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur at Old Trafford on August 27. Clive Mason/Getty Images

Things are far rosier on the other side of Manchester but Pep Guardiola could soon have a fight on his hands to keep hold of Raheem Sterling. The Daily Mirror believes Real Madrid have made the England international their number one target for next summer as they plan a spending spree.

The 13-time European Cup winners haven't replaced Cristiano Ronaldo after selling him to Juventus last month and, despite being linked with a move for Eden Hazard throughout the summer, they are prepared to wait for next year to plot a move for Sterling.

The 23-year-old has two years left on his deal and earlier this month Guardiola urged the club to meet Sterling's financial demands and get him to sign a new contract.

Meanwhile, the agent of former Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure tweeted the Ivorian has passed a medical with a London club, which is not West Ham or Crystal Palace.

Toure, one of City's modern greats, left the Etihad as a free agent earlier in the summer after winning seven trophies in eight seasons with City.

Elsewhere, the Daily Mirror reports Liverpool winger Sheyi Ojo is on the verge of joining French club Reims on loan for the season, while Spurs look set to hold on to Moussa Sissoko.

The Frenchman became the club's joint-record signing in 2016 but he has failed to establish himself as a regular starter and was linked with a loan move to Fenerbache. However, according to the London Evening Standard, the Turkish club has denied any interest in the midfielder, while The Sun claims Spurs are now refusing to sanction Sissoko's departure after Fenerbache ruled out a move.

Transfer Rumors: Jose Mourinho 'one Game from the Sack', Real Madrid Target Man City Star | Sports