Euro Paper Talk: Mourinho effect pushes Portugal star closer to Tottenham

Jonny Whitfield

Tottenham’s advantage in the race to sign a Portugal international is revealed, while Liverpool are ahead of rival clubs in the hunt for a Brazil youngster – all in the latest Euro Paper Talk.



Jose Mourinho’s “persuasiveness” is edging Real Betis midfielder William Carvalho closer to a move to Tottenham, according to reports.

Carvalho progressed through the Sporting Lisbon youth ranks and became an important figure for the club before making a move to LaLiga with Real Betis.

Having made 43 appearances in his debut season for Betis, however, a muscle injury has kept him sidelined this term and he has been linked with a move elsewhere in recent weeks.

Leicester have previously been credited with interest but, according to Record (via Sport Witness), Tottenham are also keen.

The newspaper says that Portuguese boss Mourinho is at the forefront of the thinking of compatriot Carvalho, who has 59 caps for his country.

It is claimed that Carvalho is interested by the project being put together by Mourinho, who rarely finishes a season without a trophy.

Wolves could also have an advantage in the battle to sign the 28-year-old, given their unique connection with signing Portuguese players.



Liverpool are ahead of clubs from Italy and Spain in the race to sign Brazilian youngster Talles Magno, who could be sold by Vasco da Gama amid the sport’s period of financial uncertainty (Donos da Bola)

Everton and Napoli have submitted bids to sign Sporting Lisbon midfielder Wendel, with the Italian side offering more money (Esporte News Mundo)

Tottenham have made a players-plus-cash proposal to Napoli in their efforts to sign Napoli striker Arkadiusz Milik (Tuttosport)


RB Leipzig sporting director Markus Krosche has said that his side will look to “find a solution” after admitting that they may not be able to afford to keep loanees Angelino and Patrik Schick at the club after the end of the season (Bild)

Arsenal have made an initial enquiry into the availability of Paris Saint-Germain winger Julian Draxler (Fussball Transfers)

Southampton captain Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg has made his ambitions about winning the Premier League and Champions League clear (Sport 1)

Newcastle are keen on bolstering their youth ranks by signing Aston Villa’s young talent, Carney Chukwuemeka (Soccer Link)

The manager of Luxembourg-based F91 Dudelange has revealed his excitement at seeing Danel Sinani fight for a spot in the Premier League once his move to Norwich becomes a reality (Le Quotidien)

Chelsea have set a €35million (£31million) asking price for clubs interested in midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko, who is on loan for the season at Monaco (Le10 Sport)

Lazio are eyeing up a move for Wolves midfielder Leander Dendoncker, who is seen as an ideal signing for the Serie A side (La Lazio Siamo Noi)

Lazio are also interested in signing Watford striker Luis Suarez, who is on loan at Real Zaragoza this season and has scored 17 goals in all competitions (La Lazio Siamo Noi)


Besiktas manager Sergen Yalcin is keen to keep Arsenal loanee Mohamed Elneny at the club next season (Posta)

Barcelona midfielder Arthur Melo has taken to Twitter to reiterate his love for the club, following reports linking him with an exit from the Spanish giants (Football Espana)

Inter Milan striker Lautaro Martinez is only interested in signing for Barca if he leaves the Serie A (Mundo Deportivo)