On this day: Wenger's £70m transfer plans and Mourinho's return a risk?

Arsene Wenger Pre FA Cup Press Conference 2

Stories about Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool all feature.

The World Cup looms ever closer and Real Madrid are preparing to try and stop local rivals Atletico from completing an historic double with the Champions League final this weekend.

There is also the small matter of the play-offs with several teams looking to go up a division to greater riches and more opportunities over the next few years.

We’ve taken a look back to see what fans were talking about on this day last year.

‘Arsenal’s £70 million transfer budget’

The Mirror ran a report which suggest Arsene Wenger had roughly £70 million to use in the transfer market.

That amount was related purely to transfer fees, with a surplus for personal packages, add-ons and bonuses.

The boss was cagey for most of the transfer window before committing to the big money purchase of Mesut Ozil on the final day.

‘Mourino’s return could be a risk’

As Jose Mourinho was being lined up for a second spell in charge at Stamford Bridge, the BBC’s chief football writer said it would be a huge risk on the part of the West London club.

Phil McNulty cited the Portuguese’s relationship with Roman Abramovich as the main risk, with the possibility that it could start to turn sour again.

“The dynamic of any rekindled relationship between Abramovich and Mourinho would be full of intrigue. It is hardly a case of "can't live with, can't live without" but the intervening years may just have convinced both they are best for each other,” he wrote.

“Their relationship fractured badly before his departure and while there has been a repair, the true test of its recovery would only come when they work closely together again.”

‘Rodgers lines up Carragher replacement’

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers was unable to get Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher to go back on his decision to retire at the end of last season.

That left the Reds’ back line without a great deal of experience but the boss moved quickly to snap up Kolo Toure, freshly released from his contract at Manchester City.

Toure featured fairly prominently in Liverpool’s back four last season, alongside Martin Skrtel, Daniel Agger and Mamadou Sakho.

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