Paper Talk: Man Utd eye midfield reinforcements; £25m Sakho

Date published: Monday 3rd April 2017 10:02

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho is keen on two defensive midfield stars, while Crystal Palace are hoping to sign a Liverpool defender on a permanent deal, according to Monday’s papers.

 

MOURINHO STEPS UP HUNT FOR DEFENSIVE MIDFIELDER

Jose Mourinho will reportedly step up his pursuit of £40m-rated Eric Dier and Tiemoue Bakayoko, who has been valued at £50m, after deciding signing a holding midfield player is his main priority at Manchester United.

The Sun claims that the United chief believes that the lack of a top class defensive midfielder has been one of the major concerns with his side this season.

Monaco star Bakayoko is a more realistic target and would give United the power they require in their engine room, while a bid for Dier would mean more dealings with Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy and that could mean a protracted summer of bids and counter bids.

Dier, however, would provide Premier League experience and an ability to play at the back, although a fee of £40m is being reported.

PALACE HOPING FOR PERMANENT SAKHO DEAL

Crystal Palace will attempt to sign defender Mamadou Sakho from Liverpool during the summer.

The 27-year-old has been outstanding since arriving on loan from the Reds in January and Eagles boss Sam Allardyce is hoping that a deal can be made.

Speaking after the win over Chelsea, Allardyce admitted: “Securing our Premier League status is our priority, and then we’ll see what Mamadou’s aspirations are, to be with us or anywhere else.

“His future doesn’t look as if it is at Liverpool. He’s enjoying his football and his life here. He’s brought that resilience to the team by leading by example.”

Interest from Southampton and Italian clubs could push the asking price for the in-form central defender towards £25million, according to The Independent.

AND THE REST

Real Madrid are determined to sign Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea and Chelsea playmaker Eden Hazard this summer and are willing to throw Spain striker Alvaro Morata into any deal for Hazard (Daily Mirror)

Reports from Spain say Real Madrid have their eye on Arsene Wenger – either as a potential new manager if Zinedine Zidane does not deliver the title this season, or as a sporting director (Daily Mirror)

Sam Allardyce has warned Tottenham it will take a huge offer to prise winger Wilfried Zaha away from Crystal Palace this summer (Daily Mirror)

Bournemouth are ready to battle West Ham for Arsenal loanee Jack Wilshere this summer (Daily Mirror)

Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Marco Verratti will hold talks over his future at the end of the season, putting a host of Europe’s biggest clubs on red alert (Daily Mirror)

Tottenham are waiting to see whether Harry Winks will play again this season after a scan revealed he has suffered ankle ligament damage (The Sun)

Barcelona are reportedly mulling over the signing of either Philippe Coutinho or Marco Verratti (Daily Star)

Crystal Palace will offer Wilfried Zaha up to £110,000-per-week, amid interest from fellow London clubs Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham (The Guardian)

Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren has criticised Everton’s Ross Barkley for refusing to apologise for a heavy challenge in Saturday’s Merseyside derby The Guardian)

Mauricio Pochettino has challenged Tottenham to draw on the lessons from last season and battle to the end of the Premier League season (The Daily Telegraph)

Jose Mourinho says Manchester United may have to focus their attentions on the Europa League after another draw on Saturday (The Daily Telegraph)

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola says he rates Arsenal striker Alexis Sanchez as one of the best in the world in the wake of the sides’ 2-2 at the Emirates on Sunday (Daily Express)

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe is keen to try and sign Arsenal loanee Jack Wilshere on a permanent deal, despite the midfielder struggling to hold down a regular place (Daily Express)

Crystal Palace will attempt to sign defender Mamadou Sakho from Liverpool during the summer. The 27-year-old has been on loan at Selhurst Park since January (Independent)

Manchester United are reportedly closing in on a shirt-sleeve sponsorship deal worth £20m a season – four times more than rivals City’s new sleeve deal (Manchester Evening News)

Liverpool pair Jordan Henderson and Adam Lallana have flown to Miami for treatment on their respective injuries (Liverpool Echo)

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