Jose Mourinho has three midfielders in mind as a replacement for Paul Pogba in the Manchester United midfield, while Chelsea and Tottenham face a battle to sign a PSG left-back, according to Thursday’s newspapers.
MOURINHO TARGETS THREE NAMES AS POSSIBLE POGBA REPLACEMENT
Jose Mourinho has three midfield targets in mind when it comes to replacing Paul Pogba at Manchester United, according to multiple reports on Thursday morning.
Despite defending the midfielder and praising the performance of the France star in Wednesday’s 2-0 win at Bournemouth, that has not stopped the morning papers from going big on claims with whom United will replace him with.
According to the Independent, Mourinho’s dream signing would be Real Madrid star Toni Kroos.
However, such is the German’s value to Real Madrid, Mourinho knows a move for the former Bayern Munich man will be difficult to pull off, so instead has two alternatives in mind.
And Napoli midfielder Jorginho looks to have become one of Mourinho’s main targets. The Brazil-born Italy midfielder is rated in the £50million bracket by the Serie A side and has also been strongly linked with Liverpool.
And finally, the Daily Mirror has an alternative take, following on from our story on Wednesday suggesting Mourinho intends to gazump rivals Manchester City and sign £50m-rated Fred from Shakhtar Donetsk.
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Layvin Kurzawa is a transfer target for Chelsea, Tottenham and Manchester United after the left-back was told he could leave PSG, who need to raise funds to meet FFP requirements (Daily Mirror)
Former Bournemouth manager Harry Redknapp has warned Lewis Cook to reject a move amidst interest from Manchester United (Daily Mirror)
Wolves are ready to make a bid for Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere this summer (Daily Mirror)
Chelsea are set to demand £50m for Michy Batshuayi, with loan side Borussia Dortmund keen on signing the striker permanently (Daily Mirror)
Arsenal are hoping to strike it rich with Adidas and Nike bidding to replace Puma as the club’s kit manufacturer (Daily Mirror)
Manchester United say they will need at least £28m for Luke Shaw if they are to sell him this summer following his bust-up with Jose Mourinho (The Sun)
Lyon will join Juventus, Bayern Munich and a host of English sides wanting to sign Manchester United’s France forward Anthony Martial this summer (The Sun)
Adam Lallana is ready to undergo a seven-day boot camp in South Africa to try and get fit ahead of this summer’s World Cup (The Sun)
Everton are considering a fresh bid for Porto winger Yacine Brahimi in the summer after having a £35m offer rejected last year (The Sun)
Arsenal are eyeing a move for Fulham right-back Ryan Fredericks, who is available on a free transfer in the summer (The Sun)
Celtic striker Moussa Dembele is a transfer target for Villarreal, who are planning a £15m summer move after pocketing £35m by selling Cedric Bakambu to Beijing Guoan in January (Daily Express)
Chelsea have stepped up their interest in Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri as a replacement for Antonio Conte after the 59-year-old said he wanted to leave the Serie A side (Daily Star)
Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea and midfielder Michael Carrick have spoken to Paul Pogba to try to help the France midfielder resolve his difficulties with manager Jose Mourinho (Daily Star)
Patrick Vieira has been lined up as a serious contender to replace Arsene Wenger at Arsenal, who may step down at the end of the season (Daily Mail)
Gareth Southgate is set to fast-track Fulham sensation Ryan Sessegnon into the England squad – but only after the World Cup has taken place (Daily Mail)
Crystal Palace will look to sell club-record signing Christian Benteke this summer as Roy Hodgson has become frustrated with his lack of goals (Daily Mail)
West Ham have abandoned plans to appoint a director of football with the club willing to back David Moyes’ judgement on transfers (The Times)
Premier League clubs have promised FA councillors that the winter break will not be used for lucrative overseas tours (The Times)
Roman Abramovich is being urged to consider a change of direction and appoint a promising young manager as Antonio Conte’s replacement, rather than a well-known name (Daily Telegraph)
Arsenal officials are split on who they want to replace Arsene Wenger, who is expected to leave the club at the end of the season (Daily Telegraph)
Kieran Tierney says he is only focused on winning more silverware with Celtic, despite Manchester United sending scouts to watch the left-back (Daily Record)