Paper Talk: Barca eye RvP, Mourinho facing mutiny

Date published: Friday 16th October 2015 8:14

Robin van Persie Fenerbahce

Robin van Persie has been linked with a move to Barcelona and Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has a mutiny on his hands.

BARCA SET TO LAND VAN PERSIE

Former Manchester United striker Robin van Persie could move to Barcelona in January, according to reports in Spain.

Mundo Deportivo reports that the Holland international, who is reportedly unhappy at Fenerbahce after being left on the bench, is  wanted at the Nou Camp as back-up for Neymar, Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi.

The 32-year-0ld moved from Manchester United to Turkey on a three-year deal in the summer for a fee of £3.84million and if Barca come up with a similar fee then Van Persie could well be heading to Catalonia.

MOURINHO FACING CHELSEA MUTINY

The London Evening Standard has an exclusive claiming Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho is struggling to stay in control of the Stamford Bridge dressing room.

The public criticism that Mourinho has offered to the media in recent weeks has upset some of the club’s senior players and the Standard says ‘one senior player at the club has a derogatory one-word nickname for Mourinho also used in secret by some of his most disaffected team-mates’.

It certainly doesn’t come any worse than that for the Portuguese boss, cover your ears.

WATFORD TO KEEP HOLD OF IGHALO

Watford striker Odion Ighalo will not be sold to a bigger club in the January transfer window despite his good start to the season, says boss Quique Sanchez Flores.

Flores is adamant that his 26-year-old five-goal leading scorer will not be leaving Vicarage Road.

AND THE REST

Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood’s future at the club is in doubt after he angered club owner Randy Lerner by criticising Villa’s transfer business in the summer (Sun).

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger, 65, has suggested he will step down as manager in 2017 – 21 years after taking over (Daily Mirror).

Manager Steve McClaren is confident Newcastle United’s directors will remain loyal to him as he attempts to recover from an appalling start to the season (Guardian).

Newcastle will not make an emergency goalkeeper signing until January despite losing Tim Krul, 27, to injury until the end of the season (Newcastle Chronicle).

Alan Pardew, 54, says he is fully focused on his job as Crystal Palace boss but admits the thought of taking charge of England one day is enticing (Guardian).

Manchester United look set to be miss out on Athletic Bilbao’s France Under-21 defender Aymeric Laporte who is ready to join Barcelona next summer. (Daily Mirror)

Both United boss Louis van Gaal and Pochettino are watching Newcastle forward Ayoze Perez, 22 (Newcastle Chronicle).

Walsall manager Dean Smith, 44, has opened talks about extending his contract after steering the Saddlers to the top of League One. (Express & Star)

Former Peterborough United boss Darren Ferguson, 43, is set to be named new manager of League One Doncaster Rovers on Friday. (Yorkshire Post)

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