Euro Paper Talk: Doubts remain over £65m Man Utd forward

Date published: Friday 31st August 2018 4:35

There are still question marks over Anthony Martial, while Napoli will attempt to fend off Liverpool and Chelsea by offering new deals to two stars, according to Friday’s European papers.



Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho remained coy when asked about Anthony Martial’s new contract at Old Trafford.

It has been a turbulent summer for Martial at Old Trafford with the Frenchman continually linked with a move away from the club, while Mourinho was unhappy after he failed to return to their US tour after he was given leave to witness the birth of his second child.

However, Martial has been reportedly been offered a new long-term contract at United, despite considerable doubts over his time at Old Trafford under Jose Mourinho.

Some reports suggest the French international feels he can ‘outlast’ the manager, and could therefore commit his future to the club.

Mourinho was understood to have been keen to sell Martial this summer to generate funds that he could use to further strengthen his squad, with a £65m move to Spurs touted.

The Portuguese has addressed speculation of a new deal, as quoted by the MEN:”With Martial, you have to wait for that to be official because in this moment is not official.”



Serie A giants Napoli have hatched a plan to fend off interest in two of their star players, according to the latest reports.

Italian outlet Tuttosport (via Calciomercato) claims that last year’s Serie A runners-up are poised offer new deals to both midfielder Piotr Zielinski – linked with Liverpool – and defender Kalidou Koulibaly.

GENOA, ITALY - OCTOBER 25: Amadou Diawara, Marek Hamsik, Kalidou Koulibaly, Faouzi Ghoulam, Piotr Zielinski and Dries Mertens of SSC Napoli celebrate the 1-1 goal scored by Dries Mertens during the Serie A match between Genoa CFC and SSC Napoli at Stadio Luigi Ferraris on October 25, 2017 in Genoa, Italy. (Photo by Francesco Pecoraro/Getty Images)

In addition, the report states that Napoli will try to insert a €200m release clause in the contracts of both players in order to ward off interest from Chelsea.

Both Koulibaly and Zielinski are currently on deals running until 2021, but president Aurelio de Laurentiis has already approved the renewal.

Tuttosport do state though that the clauses could be a potential sticking point, as the salary of the two players would have to correspond.



Barcelona have launched a bid to sign a 14-year-old Atletico Madrid goalkeeper dubbed ‘the next Jan Oblak’ (Marca)

Nigeria international goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama has been released by Lille

Roma are hoping to remove the release clause in Manchester United target Lorenzo Pellegrini’s contract (Mundo Deportivo)

Bayern Munich boss Niko Kovac has said Jerome Boateng – linked with a €50m Man Utd move – will not leave the club this summer


Paris Saint-Germain will refuse to sanction a loan for ​striker Timothy Weah (L’Equipe)

Sporting Lisbon, Porto and Zenit St. Petersburg are hoping to sign former Juventus midfielder Claudio Marchisio (Calciomercato)

PSG are expected to announce Eric Choupo-Moting and Juan Bernat in the hours ahead, but they’ve confirmed they have tied down youngster Kays Ruiz-Atil to a professional deal

Bayern Munich's Spanish defender Juan Bernat dressed in traditional Bavarian is pictured during the German first division Bundesliga football club Bayern Munich's annual visit at the Oktoberfest beer festival in Munich, southern Germany, on September 30, 2015. AFP PHOTO / POOL / ALEXANDER HASSENSTEIN (Photo credit should read ALEXANDER HASSENSTEIN/AFP/Getty Images)

Real Betis are nearing a deal that will see Giovani Lo Celso move to the club from PSG

Chelsea striker Tammy  Abraham is a deadline day target for Bordeaux (L’Equipe)

Antoine Griezmann’s decision to stay at Atletico Madrid could now lead to Jan Oblak leaving the Rojiblancos (Mundo Deportivo)

Porto are not chasing Celtic midfielder Olivier Ntcham (O Jogo)

Reported Liverpool target Quincy Promes is closing in on his move to Sevilla from Spartak Moscow. It wouldn’t be deadline day without a picture like this.

Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone is ready to sign his son, Giovanni (AS)

Giovanni Simeone Fiorentina

After spending the summer as a free agent, Hatem Ben Arfa is nearing a move to Rennes (L’Equipe)

Real Betis and Benfica are both chasing Barcelona midfielder Rafinha (Marca)

Celtic have rejected a bid of €18 million (£16m/€21m) for striker Moussa Dembele from Lyon (L’Equipe)

Real Madrid are eying ​Espanyol defender Mario Hermoso as a replacement for Jesus Vallejo (AS)


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