Paper Talk: Mourinho sets ultimatum to £53m midfield target

Jose Mourinho has set a deadline for a major Manchester United midfield target to join the club, while a key Arsenal duo are set for talks with new boss Unai Emery, according to Thursday’s papers.



Jose Mourinho has reportedly given top Manchester United midfield target Fred a deadline if he wants to join the club.

The Shakhtar Donetsk star has been tracked by United for some time, with Mourinho’s men moving ahead of rivals of Man City in the race to land the 25-year-old.

The Red Devils boss is keen to land at least one central midfielder this summer, given that Michael Carrick has retired and Marouane Fellaini’s long-term future at Old Trafford remains uncertain.

Recent reports have suggested that Fred is close to completing a £53million switch to United, but The Sun claims that Mourinho has told the club’s hierarchy that he wants the deal to be done by next week or not at all.

United, meanwhile, appear to have recruited a helping hand in their bid to land another midfield target – Lazio star Sergej Milinkovic-Savic.


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Jorginho could seal his move to Manchester City from Napoli after Italy’s Monday clash with Holland (The Sun)

Unai Emery is planning personal talks with Aaron Ramsey and Jack Wilshere next week to convince both players to commit their futures to Arsenal (The Sun)

Arsene Wenger has begged Europe’s best to give him a “test” to cure his boredom (The Sun)

Manchester City are frustrated and baffled that nobody has been punished for the attack on their team bus at Anfield last month (The Sun)

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Arsenal are set to sign Yacine Adli from Paris Saint-Germain (Daily Mirror)

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Joe Hart is likely to reject the opportunity to resurrect his career in Portugal with Sporting Lisbon (Daily Mail)

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