Mauricio Pochettino could return to Tottenham in a stunning development, while Frank Lampard makes a big managerial call – both in all the latest Paper Talk.
POCHETTINO EYES TOTTENHAM RETURN
Mauricio Pochettino is ‘seriously considering’ a return to the Tottenham dugout, according to a report.
The Argentine got the sack from Spurs in November 2019 after a sour start to the season, moving to Paris Saint-Germain in January this year.
However, after losing in the Champions League semi-finals to Manchester City, PSG also lost out on the Ligue 1 title to Lille on Sunday’s final day.
As a result, The Sun claims that Pochettino has become ‘unhappy’ in Paris and has told friends that he wants to return to north London.
Meanwhile, Spurs chairman Daniel Levy has jumped on the development and is considering trying to persuade his former colleague to leave PSG.
Levy reportedly told friends that sacking Pochettino was the ‘worst’ mistake of his career and wants to redress the balance.
May 24 Transfer Chatter: Griezmann to Liverpool and James to leave Man Utd
Liverpool are being linked with a £43m move for Antoine Griezmann, while Man Utd look set to part ways with David James.
The manager took Tottenham to the Champions League final in 2019 and he believes that he has ‘unfinished business’ in north London.
What’s more, he feels that making a return would be ‘incredibly popular’ with the fans.
In fact, Pochettino’s return could be the gateway for Tottenham keeping Harry Kane; the striker has reportedly told the club that he wants to leave and seek another Premier League move.
Tottenham get manager setbacks
Spurs have had several managerial setbacks in their hunt to replace Jose Mourinho, who took control from Pochettino but was himself sacked in April.
Ajax boss Erik Ten Hag has extended his contract, while Julian Nagelsmann is moving to Bayern Munich from RB Leipzig.
The Sun adds that Brighton’s Graham Potter remains a potential candidate, but that Levy feels appointing the Englishman would be a ‘gamble’.
Meanwhile, Nuno Espirito Santo is available after deciding to leave Wolves at the end of the season.
AND THE REST FROM PAPER TALK
Frank Lampard will not work with Jody Morris in his next job after the pair decided to part ways. The duo have a long-standing association, working together at Chelsea. (Daily Mail)
West Ham fear Manchester United will block their attempts to sign Jesse Lingard. Instead, the Hammers believe United could keep and play him next season. (The Sun)
ARSENAL GOALKEEPER HINTS AT NEW DEAL
Arsenal’s on-loan Brighton goalkeeper Mat Ryan has suggested that he could extend his stay at The Emirates. (Daily Mail)
Meanwhile, Gunners January loan exit William Saliba says that he has enjoyed a season of “learning” at Nice. (Daily Mirror)
But Arsenal could still lose Joe Willock, with Newcastle boss Steve Bruce preparing to knock on the door for summer transfer funds. (Newcastle Chronicle)
SOUTHGATE DITCHES ENGLAND PLAN
England boss Gareth Southgate will name over 30 players in a provisional squad on Tuesday afternoon. Indeed, he has delayed his Euro 2020 squad announcement until next Tuesday. (The Athletic)
Furthermore, he will offer Liverpool star Trent Alexander-Arnold a chance to reclaim his place in the final 26-man team. (The Telegraph)
Southgate will also name Jordan Henderson and Harry Maguire in his provisional squad, despite their injury concerns. (Daily Mirror)
Marcus Rashford insists that the level of “talent and ability” in England is the “highest I’ve seen it”. Indeed, the striker believes that the Three Lions can win Euro 2020. (Daily Telegraph)
SHAW MAKES MAN UTD ADMISSION
Luke Shaw has revealed how close he came to leaving Man Utd. However, he is now reaping the rewards of staying put. (Daily Telegraph)
Bruno Lage has flown into England for talks with the Wolves board as they step up plans to replace departing manager Nuno Espirito Santo. (The Telegraph)
Liverpool have taken exciting Hibernian youngster Ethan Laidlaw on trial. (Daily Record)
Blackburn ace Ben Brereton has received a shock call-up to Chile’s national team. (The Sun)