Paper Talk: United wanted Muller, Debuchy to go

Date published: Friday 2nd October 2015 8:28

Thomas Muller (r): Wanted at United

Manchester United were desperate to sign Bayern Munich ace Thomas Muller in the summer, Aston Villa are chasing Gokhan Tore and Mathieu Debuchy could quit Arsenal.

United wanted Muller ‘at all costs’

Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal wanted Thomas Muller ‘at all costs’ this summer, according to so-called super agent Giovanni Branchini.

Branchini, who has represented some of the game’s biggest stars, including Cristiano Ronaldo, told a Q&A with that United were desperate to get the Germany international on board and would have paid ridiculous money to land him.

The 26-year-old forward remained in Bavaria, despite reports of a summer bid of around £70million, but Branchini claims he told Van Gaal from day one that Bayern would not let Muller leave.

“Manchester United wanted Thomas Muller at all costs,” said Branchini. “I’ve spent days trying to explain Bayern Munich would never let him leave – so in the end they changed their mind.”

Villa linked with Besiktas winger Tore

Calciomercato have gone transfer crazy today with reports of Aston Villa targeting a January transfer move for Turkey winger Gokhan Tore.

The Italian site, who also cite Turkish news outlet Milliyet, claim Tim Sherwood is chasing the 23-year-old wideman after  watching the player in a recent Besiktas v Fenerbahce derby.

Tore, who was shot in a random nightclub attack in April 2014, was previously with Chelsea in his youth days, but failed to make the grade and Villa are hoping to land the speedy Besiktas star in the next window.

Debuchy to consider Arsenal future

Mathieu Debuchy is expected to review his situation at Arsenal in January, according to the Telegraph.

It’s not a great surprise the 30-year-old will consider his future after losing his place in the Arsenal and France teams and with the European Championships just around the corner.

Debuchy claimed he almost left The Emirates in the summer after the emergence of Hector Bellerin and it would not come as a shock if he moved on with the aim of winning back his Les Bleus place.

Debuchy, was started against Olympiakos on Tuesday, struggled with ankle and shoulder problems last season and youngter Bellerin quickly asserted himself as Arsene Wenger’s first-choice right-back.

And the rest

Everton striker Romelu Lukaku has admitted he would love to play for Jose Mourinho, Arsene Wenger and Pep Guardiola – in that order (Mirror).

Jack Grealish has been banned from training with the England squad this week because Tim Sherwood wants him to have a ‘mini pre-season’ with Aston Villa (Mail).

Marco Amelia is expected to sign for Chelsea today until the end of the season as cover for Asmir Bergovic with Thibaut Courtois out until November (Mail).

Harry Redknapp may come out of retirement for one last go at management with Sunderland (Mail).

Arsenal and Liverpool may be forced to cross Jurgen Klopp off their list of potential managerial candidates because he wants to join Bayern Munich (Star).

Ikechi Anya has signed a new contract at Watford (Star).

Turkish prodigy Enes Unal has revealed he snubbed Premier League champions Chelsea in favour of Manchester City (Star).

Mathieu Debuchy is expected to review his situation at Arsenal in January after losing his place on Thursday in the France national squad ahead of next summer’s home European Championship (Telegraph).

Brendan Rodgers has dismissed suggestions that Divock Origi could go on loan in January and has insisted that it will be only a matter of time before the forward demonstrates the “excellent qualities” that prompted Liverpool to pay £10m for him in July last year (Times).

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