Paper Talk: Atletico powerhouse back on Mourinho’s radar

Date published: Tuesday 7th August 2018 8:20

Manchester United are set to make a beat-the-deadline bid to sign an Atletico Madrid defender, while Nabil Fekir is said to be on the brink of a move to Liverpool’s top-four rivals, according to Tuesday’s newspapers.



Manchester United have made a late attempt to try tempt Atletico Madrid into selling Jose Gimenez, according to reports.

Jose Mourinho is frantically trying to sign a new centre-half before the transfer window shuts, though the club has rejected a swap proposal from Barcelona that meant they could have landed Yerry Mina.

Efforts to land Tottenham’s Toby Alderweireld continue to drag on – the latest claim is that United have offered Spurs a take-it-or-leave-it offer of £40m for the Belgian – and now the Independent claim the club have turned their attentions back towards Gimenez.

The Uruguay defender has emerged as one of Europe’s best defenders at Atletico, and underlined his growing reputation with a solid showing at the World Cup this summer.

However, despite claims United are readying a £55million offer, it seems unlikely the LaLiga giants will be tempted to cash in on a man, who only committed to a new deal earlier this summer.


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Nabil Fekir has been left out of Lyon’s squad to face Chelsea on Tuesday amid reports that he is about to complete a move to Stamford Bridge (The Sun)

Mateo Kovacic is refusing to train with, or play for, Real Madrid again as he tries to force a move to Chelsea before the summer window closes (The Sun)

Reiss Nelson is set to sign a bumper new contract to commit his long-term future to Arsenal (The Sun)

Aston Villa have opened talks with Hibs over a deal for Celtic target John McGinn (The Sun)

Juventus midfielder Stefano Sturaro is keen on a move to West Ham, and is reported to be available for a fee of around £18m (The Sun)

Stefano Sturaro: Linked with Sunderland and Southampton

Fraser Forster is set to quit Southampton, with Turkish sides Besiktas and Fenerbahce reportedly interested in the England goalkeeper (The Sun)

Burnley remain keen to sign Stoke’s 37-year-old former England striker Peter Crouch (The Sun)

Tottenham and Kenya midfielder Victor Wanyama is a target for Roma (Daily Mirror)

Manchester United have made a “take it or leave it” £40m offer to Tottenham for Toby Alderweireld (Daily Mirror)

Carlos Sanchez: A big blow for Aston Villa

West Ham are interested in Fiorentina’s Colombia midfielder Carlos Sanchez, who used to play for Aston Villa (Daily Mirror)

Yannick Bolasie could be heading back to Crystal Palace after he was told he can leave Everton (Daily Mirror)

West Ham are hoping a midfield transfer merry-go-round involving Luka Modric and Matias Vecino will see them able to sign Chelsea’s Danny Drinkwater (Daily Mirror)

Lyon believe they are in position to hijack Everton’s move for Barcelona centre-back Yerry Mina (Daily Mirror)

Leicester City have told Manchester United centre-back Harry Maguire is not for sale at any price (Daily Star)

Chelsea will look to Leicester’s Kasper Schmeichel, AC Milan’s Pepe Reina and Sevilla’s Sergio Rico as possible replacements for AWOL goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, along with £25m-rated Jack Butland (Daily Star)

Everton are set to sign Brazil winger Bernard on a free transfer (Daily Mail)

Leicester City are closing on a £13m deal to sign Dinamo Zagreb defender Filip Benkovic (Daily Mail)

Manager Gary Bowyer walked out on Blackpool just one game into the season after losing patience with the club’s controversial owner Owen Oyston (Daily Mail)

Newcastle owner Mike Ashley has sent an angry letter to the secretary of state for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, Jeremy Wright, claiming he has been turned into a “pantomime villain” by Newcastle MP Chi Onwurah’s petition against him (Daily Mail)

Fulham are preparing a big money offer for Celtic defender Dedryck Boyata (Daily Mail)


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