Paper Talk: Juventus plotting shock free-transfer raid on Man Utd

Rob McCarthy

Juventus are plotting a free-transfer move for a Manchester United playmaker, while Tottenham are set to seal another star’s long-term future, according to Thursday’s papers.



Juventus are reportedly ready to make a move for Manchester United’s Spanish midfielder Juan Mata in January.

The 30-year-old, who was linked with a move to Arsenal on Wednesday, will be available on a free transfer next summer and can speak to foreign clubs about a move in the new year, penning a pre-contract agreement if he so wishes.

The reigning Serie A champions have a history of landing high-profile free agents, with Patrice Evra, Sami Khedira, Dani Alves and Emre Can all heading to Turin in recent times.

Red Devils boss Jose Mourinho is said to be keen on keeping the former Chelsea playmaker, along with fellow midfielder Ander Herrera, but any new terms are yet to have been agreed.

Sources close to the player told the report in the Evening Standard that Mata considers himself too young to head to the MLS or the riches on offer in China, and that there is possibility of a return to his homeland or the opportunity of a new adventure in Italy.

United left it late to trigger a 12-month option on Mata’s contract last season, which bought them time to consider his long-term future, but the clock in now ticking on a new deal.

Juve are said to be watching the player’s situation very closely and are ready to pounce if United continue to stall over new contract discussions.


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FA chiefs are considering appealing after Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho was cleared of swearing into a TV camera (The Sun)

Chelsea are on red alert over Declan Rice’s contract saga at West Ham (Daily Star)


Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has reportedly identified his two preferred targets to fill Philippe Coutinho’s long-term shoes at Anfield.


Brighton’s Pascal Gross faces a further three weeks on the sidelines after a setback in his recovery from an ankle injury (Daily Star)

Denmark midfielder Christian Eriksen, 26, is set to sign a contract extension at Tottenham (Evening Standard)

Manchester City forward Raheem Sterling, 23, will sign a new contract to stay at the club beyond the summer, when his existing deal expires (Manchester Evening News)

Borussia Dortmund are leading the pursuit of Manchester City midfielder Phil Foden (Daily Mail)

The FA is considering an appeal after losing its landmark case against Jose Mourinho (Daily Mail)

Malcom has dismissed claims he is seeking a move away from Barcelona in January (Daily Express)

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Jack Wilshere hopes to return at the end of November after having minor ankle surgery (Daily Mail)

Real Madrid want to hold talks with Roberto Martinez at the earliest opportunity, with the Belgium coach the front-runner to take over at the Bernabeu (Daily Telegraph)

Brahim Diaz is refusing to sign a contract extension at Manchester City and could leave for Real Madrid on a free transfer next summer (The Times)

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Former Rangers boss Mark Warburton and former Manchester City technical director Mike Rigg are among four leading candidates to take over as FA technical director (The Times)

Wolves have again been linked with Liverpool striker Divock Origi, 23, after originally bidding for the Belgian in the summer (Birmingham Mail)

Rangers and Leeds are monitoring Lewis Macleod after he rejected a new deal at Brentford (Scottish Sun)

Oleg Kononov is set to be announced as Spartak Moscow’s new manager in time to debut in their Europa League clash with Rangers (Daily Record)