Manchester United have renewed their interest in an outstanding La Liga centre-back, while Chelsea and Arsenal have joined the race for a Brazilian full-back, according to Friday’s papers.
UNITED BACK IN FOR ‘WORLD’S BEST CENTRE-BACK’
Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho is reportedly lining up a £20m deal for Diego Godin after renewing his interest in the Atletico Madrid star.
Mourinho wanted Godin last summer but ended up getting nowhere as the 32-year-old eventually committed his future to the La Liga giants, although reports that he actually signed a new deal in Madrid are said to be wide of the mark.
However, it would appear that the Red Devils are back in for a player who is regarded as the world’s best in his position and are hoping to take advantage of the fact that Godin did not actually put pen to paper.
The report in the Daily Mirror also claims that Mourinho could turn to a player he coached during his second stint at Chelsea, as he looks to strengthen United’s shaky back line.
Gary Cahill is the player in question, and it would appear that a potential loan switch to Old Trafford could be on the cards – if United fail to agree a deal for Uruguay star Godin.
The England international has become frustrated with a lack of game time under Maurizio Sarri, having made just six appearances this season as the Blues boss has opted to pair up David Luiz and Antonio Rudiger instead.
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AND THE REST
Argentina striker Paulo Dybala wants to stay at Juventus amid reported interest from Manchester United (Daily Mirror)
Bayern Munich have sounded out Zinedine Zidane as their new boss to replace Niko Kovac in a major blow to Manchester United (The Sun)
Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku has received specialist treatment in Belgium for his hamstring injury (The Sun)
Manchester United have been told they need to dig deeper to land Inter Milan defender Milan Skriniar, having had a £53m offer rejected (The Sun)
Manchester City are keen on Real Betis left-back Junior Firpo (The Sun)
Manchester United’s Chile forward Alexis Sanchez is the lowest he has been since joining the club, after starting Sunday’s derby as a substitute (The Sun)
Brighton’s Dutch striker Jurgen Locadia is ready to quit the Seagulls because he is frustrated over a lack of game time (The Sun)
Bayern Munich are confident they will sign Arsenal and Wales midfielder Aaron Ramsey (The Independent)
Everton have opened talks with Manchester United over a potential deal for Argentina defender Marcos Rojo (Daily Mirror)
Juventus have been offered the chance to sign Real Madrid’s 31-year-old Costa Rica goalkeeper Keylor Navas (Daily Mirror)
Alexis Sanchez’s arrival at Manchester United has contributed to a 10 per cent rise in the club’s wage bill (The Times)
Newcastle’s English striker Dwight Gayle is considering staying at West Brom when his loan deal expires (Daily Mirror)
Gordon Taylor has ignited a civil war at the Professional Footballers’ Association after trying to oust his own chairman in a bitter power struggle (Daily Mail)
Striker Leigh Griffiths has given Celtic a massive boost by returning to training (Daily Express)
Rangers youngster Aidan McAdams insists he had no problems crossing the Old Firm divide, having joined from Celtic last year (Scottish Sun)
Ricky Sbragia has tipped Scott McTominay to be Scotland’s midfield enforcer for the next decade (Scottish Sun)
Kilmarnock boss Steve Clarke has revealed the first conversation he had with Kris Boyd was to convince him not to quit football (Scottish Sun)
Former Aberdeen midfielder Nicky Low is training with Greenock Morton (Scottish Sun)
Rangers are refusing to back down in their battle with the SFA over the Daniel Candeias red card saga (Daily Record)
Former Celtic winger Patrick Roberts has revealed he plans to stay with Girona despite speculation linking him with a return to parent club Manchester City (Daily Record)
Aberdeen director Dave Cormack has revealed his ambitious blueprint to help make the Dons a smash-hit in the USA (Daily Record)