Paper Talk: Tottenham join race for top Man Utd target despite Mourinho snub

Date published: Thursday 26th March 2020 8:30

Tottenham have joined Man Utd in the race to sign a veteran defensive star, while Arsenal have been given a lift in their hope of keeping Dani Ceballos, according to Thursday’s Paper Talk.



Tottenham have reportedly joined the race to sign Inter Milan defender Diego Godin in the summer transfer window.

Jose Mourinho tried to sign Godin when he was in charge of Manchester United, but the 34-year-old snubbed an offer to join him at Old Trafford.

However, the Daily Mirror claims that the Spurs chief is looking to make another attempt to sign the veteran defender, although the north London side will face strong competition from United – who have retained an interest in the player.

Godin joined the Serie A giants from Atletico Madrid last summer on a free transfer but he could be available again at the end of the season.

And with Jan Vertonghen expected to leave on a free this summer, Mourinho is said to be ready to turn to Godin as an experienced alternative.

Red Devils boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is also looking to add some experience to his defensive line, and has earmarked the 135-times capped Uruguayan international as an ideal fit.



The Red Devils are likely to offload Chris Smalling in the summer and are looking to sign a veteran star in his place.

Godin has made only 12 starts in the Serie A this season, and has failed to impress at the San Siro. His contract runs till 2022, but it is unlikely he will see out the deal.



Manchester United are leading the race to sign Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund for £120m this summer (Daily Mail)

Manchester United are reportedly ready to allow Chris Smalling to make his loan to Roma permanent, provided they can sign Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly (Daily Mail)

The EFL is negotiating with its clubs and the PFA over a scheme that would see lower-league players put on sabbatical for the remainder of the lockdown (Daily Mail)

Leeds United owner Andrea Radrizzani has revealed he tried to sign both Paris St-Germain and Uruguay forward Edinson Cavani and Sweden forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who is now at AC Milan, in the January transfer window (Daily Mail)

West Brom are interested in completing a permanent deal for midfielder Filip Krovinovic if they win promotion to the Premier League (Daily Mail)

A document created before the Premier League season got underway in August predicted Liverpool would win the title with Manchester United finishing fourth (Daily Mirror)

Arsenal are growing ‘confident’ that they can keep hold of Real Madrid loanee Dani Ceballos should the Premier League season continue on into July (Daily Mail)

Manchester City are understood to be surprised at Liverpool’s involvement in the group action to query the details of their Champions League ban appeal (Daily Express)

Manchester United are ready to pay out £6m to season ticket holders if their final four Premier League games are cancelled or played behind closed doors (The Sun)

Aston Villa attacker Trezeguet is a transfer target for Turkish Super Lig side Besiktas just a year after he moved to Villa Park (Daily Mail)

Newcastle fans are angry with the club for not halting season-ticket payments (The Guardian)

Leicester City have been linked with a move for Atalanta and Belgium defender Timothy Castagne (Leicester Mercury)

The head of Serie A has hinted that UEFA is considering extending domestic seasons into July and August (Daily Record)

Hearts players are ready to tell Tynecastle chief Ann Budge they don’t want to take a 50 per cent wage cut (Scottish Sun)



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