Paper Talk: Mourinho wants £30m Atletico man; Liverpool eye Lopez

Date published: Saturday 5th November 2016 10:08

Diego Godin: Wanted by United

Jose Mourinho wants Atletico Madrid star Diego Godin to lead his Manchester United revolution and Arsenal and Liverpool are tracking a Marseille midfield starlet.


Manchester United will bid £30million for Diego Godin in January, according to a report on Saturday.

The Uruguay centre-back is the man that Jose Mourinho wants to become the leader at the back as he bids to shape a defence which will be able to be the launch pad for a tilt at the Premier League title.

Mourinho has identified that he needs a leader at the heart of his back four and he will ship out at least eight of his squad in the next two windows to make way for the Atletico Madrid defender and several other new recruits.

The Sun report that Mourinho will be given the green light to bid for the 30-year-old in January and they will hand him a huge rise on his £70,000 a week wages.

The highly-rated defender, who has over 100 caps for Uruguay, has a £28million release clause in his contract and Mourinho is keen to trigger that with Eric Bailly injured.

Godin, who signed for Atletico from Villarreal in 2010,will  be difficult to lure away from the Vincente Calderon though after building up a tight bond with Diego Simeone in the five years the pair have been together.



Maxime Lopez

Young Marseille midfielder Maxime Lopez is attracting interest from Liverpool and Arsenal, according to a report in France.

Dubbed ‘the new Samir Nasri’ by the French media, Arsenal have been alerted by the 18-year-old’s form after he broke into the first-team this season.

And Liverpool, who have known about the attacking midfielder since he was 16, are now set to step up their interest.

According to Le Parisien, the two clubs have had scouts at the Stade Vélodrome watching Lopez in action

The Frenchman is also reportedly being monitored by Crystal Palace and several sides in Spain are keeping tabs on him, and with his contract set to expire next summer there is likely to be plenty of competition for the player who has one assist in five Ligue 1 games this term.



Jurgen Klopp will enter the transfer market in January after Danny Ings’ season-ending injury dramatically altered his plans. (Mail)

Manchester United forward Anthony Martial was ‘surprised and disappointed’ to lose his No 9 shirt to Zlatan Ibrahimovic, his agent has revealed. (Mail)

Memphis Depay, who cost Manchester United £31m in May 2015, recognises his career at the club may be over. The 22-year-old is open to a loan move to Fenerbahce in January. (Guardian)

MLS side LA Galaxy are considering making a move for 35-year-old Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic when his contract runs out at the end of the season. (Daily Mirror)

Sunderland manager David Moyes believes that the problems experienced by Jose Mourinho shows the criticism of his time at Manchester United was unfair. (Daily Mail)

Mourinho plans to sell at least eight of his Manchester United players over the next two transfer windows. (Daily Telegraph)

Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin, 21, has said he is flattered by interest from Manchester City and Barcelona but is happy with the Gunners. (London Evening Standard)

Barcelona are keen to extend former Liverpool striker Luis Suarez’s contract to deter a rumoured £135m world-record bid from Manchester United for the 29-year-old. (Independent)

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger was reportedly eyed as a potential candidate for the Real Madrid post last season. (Express)

PAPER TALK ITALIA: Mikel link; Zaza latest

Liverpool and Tottenham are both tracking 25-year-old striker Moussa Marega – who is on loan at Vitoria Guimaraes from Porto and has a release clause of £35.5m. (L’Equipe,)

Interim England manager Gareth Southgate says he might reject the chance to take the job on a full-time basis. (Guardian)

Marseille have already taken up the option to sign on-loan 23-year-old winger Florian Thauvin from Newcastle. (La Provence)

West Brom have sent 23-year-old striker Saido Berahino to a fitness centre in the south of France. (Birmingham Mail)

Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha is considering switching international allegiance from England to Ivory Coast. (Sun)

Wilfried Zaha

Liverpool are prepared to subsidise up to half of out-of-favour defender Mamadou Sakho’s £100,000-a-week wage to ensure the 26-year-old leaves on loan in January. Stoke and Lille are interested. (Squawka)

Everton striker Oumar Niasse, 26, could move to Turkey in January after failing to make an impression at Goodison since his switch from Lokomotiv Moscow. (Liverpool Echo)

Simone Zaza’s agent – his father Antonio – will travel to London for talks about his son’s future at West Ham. He says he cannot guarantee the 25-year-old Italian striker will still be with the Hammers come January. (Calciomercato)

Middlesbrough are close to signing 19-year-old Ghanaian midfielder William Opoku Asiedu from Okyeman Planners. (Ghana Soccernet)

Fiorentina midfielder Milan Badelj, 27, is a possible January target for Chelsea as he nears the final 18 months of his current contract with the Viola. (Gazzetta dello Sport)

Former Manchester United and Chelsea midfielder Juan Sebastian Veron will come out of retirement at the age of 41 to play for Argentine club Estudiantes. (La Nacion)

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has urged midfielder Mesut Ozil, 28, to commit his future to the club by signing a new contract. (Various)

Wenger believes Ozil has reinvented himself as the new Dennis Bergkamp and can become an Arsenal legend. (Daily Express)

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