Paper Talk: Prem giants see value in Laporte; Inter’s Conte plot

Date published: Monday 6th February 2017 7:40

Anthony Martial will pressure Manchester United into selling him this summer while Manchester City are ready to return for a familiar name – according to Monday’s papers.

MARTIAL TO LAY DOWN THE LAW

Frustrated Manchester United forward Anthony Martial is ready to engineer a move to Paris Saint-Germain this summer, according to The Sun.

The world’s most expensive teenager’s relationship with United boss Jose Mourinho is said to be at an all-time low as he believes he has become ‘scapegoated’ at Old Trafford.

As a result, Martial is reportedly ready to head back home and wants his representatives to work on a deal to join the current Ligue One champions at the end of the season.

Mourinho began the weekend by accusing his players of “lacking a winning mentality” and Martial believes that the comments were directly aimed at him.

Martial has fallen way down the pecking order after an encouraging first season and, while he continues to receive strong support from Manchester United fans, Mourinho is unconvinced that he has what it takes to play for Manchester United.

PEP READY TO FLASH CASH

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has ‘revived’ his interest in Athletic Bilbao defender Aymeric Laporte, according to the Daily Mirror.

The Spaniard’s main transfer priority in the summer is to find a new long-term defensive partner for John Stones as he attempts to fix City’s leaky back-line.

Man City saw a £39million bid rejected for the French international last summer, but his increased £55million buy-out clause are not going to put them off from trying to sign him again at the end of the season.

The report states that Guardiola still sees Laporte as the best value for money in the current market and will press ahead with this potential signing, rather than pursue interest in the £50million-rated Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk.

AND THE REST

Inter Milan’s new Chinese owners are ready to offer Chelsea boss Antonio Conte a £13m-a-year salary and a £350m transfer kitty to rebuild the Italian giants (Daily Mirror)

The formation of a European Super League could have moved a step closer with the postponement of Real Madrid’s fixture this weekend (Daily Mirror)

Manchester United are in line to lose a massive £85m if they fail to qualify for next season’s Champions League (Daily Mirror)

Douglas Costa: Has impressed since signing for Bayern Munich

Bayern Munich star Douglas Costa has put Premier League clubs on alert after revealing his desire to play in England (Daily Mirror)

David Moyes is taking his Sunderland strugglers on a four-night team-bonding trip to New York (The Sun)

Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Hakan Calhanoglu hopes to join Premier League leaders Chelsea this summer (Daily Mail)

Crystal Palace chairman Steve Parish tore into the players after their 4-0 home defeat to Sunderland (Daily Mail)

Mauricio Pochettino says his Tottenham team are on the path to becoming one of the best sides in the world (Daily Mail)

Watford are already eyeing a permanent deal for on-loan Milan striker M’Baye Niang (Daily Mail

Arsenal are leading the race for Sheffield Wednesday ace George Hirst (Daily Star)

City say Argentina striker Sergio Aguero, 28, will not be leaving the club this summer (Manchester Evening News)

Uruguay defender and free agent Martin Caceres, 29, has turned down a move to AC Milan and is considering a move to Crystal Palace or Southampton (Calciomercato)

Pundit Gary Neville has criticised Arsenal fans after they called for Arsene Wenger to be sacked following their loss to Chelsea on Saturday (Daily Express)

Aston Villa owner Dr Tony Xia has criticised rumours that manager Steve Bruce’s job is at stake (Birmingham Mail)

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