Euro Paper Talk: Mourinho calls Real Madrid star to seal sensational deal

Jose Mourinho TEAMtalk

Jose Mourinho has called a Real Madrid star to dicuss an incredible move to Tottenham, while Juventus have lined up two players who can join Man Utd in a swap deal for Paul Pogba, all in Friday’s Euro Paper Talk.


Jose Mourinho has reportedly phoned Tottenham legend Luka Modric about a sensational return to north London.

The midfielder spent four years at Spurs before joining up with Mourinho at Real Madrid.

The Croatian playmaker has won four Champions League trophies in a glistening eight-year spell at the Bernabeu.

Modric is regarded as one the best midfielders in Real’s history, but it was Mourinho who played a big part in that success.

The 35-year-old labelled talks between the two clubs in 2012 as “torture”, after refusing to travel on Spurs’ pre-season tour when he handed in a transfer request.

Spurs chief Daniel Levy was desperate to keep hold of Modric, but he finally caved in following the intervention of his current manager Mourinho.

“Mourinho played a vital role; he was determined to bring me to Real, insisting on the transfer even when the Real officials lost their patience with Levy,” Modric revealed in his Autobiography.

“Mourinho himself called the Tottenham chairman and tried to persuade him to accept the offer, ‘otherwise Real could back out of it.”‘

However, Mourinho is now trying to get the player back to Spurs in a strange twist of fate.

According to Spanish outlet El Chiringuito TV, the Portuguese has phoned Modric to discuss an incredible return to the Premier League.

The Croatian’s current deal with Real is due to expire at the end for the season, meaning he will be free to speak with other clubs from January.

And it looks like Mourinho has made an early move to potentially reunite Modric with Gareth Bale.

Bale is currently on loan from Real, but there is talk of a permanent deal in the summer if the Welshman proves his fitness.

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Federico Bernadeschi

Juventus are prepared to use Paulo Dybala and Federico Bernardeschi as makeweights in their bid to prise Paul Pogba from Manchester United. (ESPN)

Liverpool and PSG have both shown an interest in Real Madrid’s Marco Asensio. (Todofichajes)

Manchester United are in talks with Celta Vigo defender Stefan Bajcetic. (La Voz de Galicia)

Inter Milan are plotting a summer free transfer move for Newcastle centre-back Fabian Schar. (Tuttosport)

Arsenal are in the market for ‘new Thierry Henry’ Abdallah Sima. (Calciomercato)

Joao Felix is frustrated with his role at Atletico Madrid and could push for a move in 2021. (Calciomercato)


Toni Kroos, Isco Alarcon

Arsenal have joined the list of clubs considering a January move for Isco. Juventus, Sevilla, AC Milan and Everton are also keen. (Sport)

Napoli will demand at least £14m if they are to sell Poland striker Arkadiusz Milik in January amid interest from Tottenham, Everton, Juventus and Atletico Madrid.

AC Milan have agreed personal terms with defender Mohamed Simakan and are now working on a deal with Strasbourg. (SempreMilan)

Anderlecht want to extend Lukas Nmecha’s loan from Manchester City for another season. (Nieuwsblad)

Roma have tabled an offer of €7.5million for FC Dallas full-back Bryan Reynolds. (

Ajax are preparing for Mexico star Edson Alvarez to leave the club in January. (Voetbal)

Schalke will announce the dismissal of Manuel Baum and the reappointment of Huub Stevens as boss. (Goal Germany)

Atalanta will not let Papu Gomez leave on a free in the January transfer window. (La Gazzetta dello Sport)