Paper Talk: Klopp ‘bewitched’ by £40.9m Man Utd target

Date published: Monday 20th July 2020 8:43 - Matthew Briggs

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Jurgen Klopp is very fond of a left-back wanted by Manchester United this summer, while Chelsea are closing in on a mega £80m deal for Kai Havertz, all in the papers.



Manchester United remain keen on signing Sporting Lisbon star Nuno Mendes, according to a report in Italy.

Last month the Daily Express, via Portuguese publication Record, claimed United could sign the 18-year-old “with help from Bruno Fernandes’ agent”.

Miguel Pinho represents the duo, and Man Utd were described as ‘hopeful’ the link can bring about another deal.

Now Calciomercato say Nani has give United a glowing reference, but there is rival interest from Liverpool and Juventus.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is said to have been left “bewitched” by the teenager’s ability, while Juventus want Mendes as a long-term successor to Alex Sandro.

And Cristiano Ronaldo’s “bond” with the Portugal under-19 star could help lure him to Turin.

Whatever happens Sporting will make a huge profit on the left-back. The club paid just £680k to sign the player for their Academy, while his release clause is believed to be £40.9m.



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Man Utd’s Alexis Sanchez will likely be an Inter Milan player next season (Corriere della Sera)

Galatasaray are making progress in their attempts to sign Aston Villa midfielder Trezeguet (Fanatik)

Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil has offers from five different countries on the table and will strongly consider a move to Turkish side Fenerbahce (DHA)

Borussia Dortmund’s England winger Jadon Sancho, 20, may have to instigate a move to Manchester United by making it clear he wants to leave the German club. (Mirror)

Juventus are encouraging a bidding war between Manchester City and Paris St-Germain for £45m-rated Brazil forward Douglas Costa, 29, and want to replace him with Wolves and Mexico forward Raul Jimenez, 29. (Tuttosport)



Unai Emery will become Villarreal’s new permanent head coach ahead of the 2020-21 campaign (Marca)

Arsenal’s Spanish midfielder Dani Ceballos, 23, is ready to ask Real Madrid president Florentino Perez to extend his loan with the Gunners for another season. (El Confidencial)

Newly-promoted Leeds United have confirmed Manchester City’s English winger Jack Harrison, 23, will remain at the club for another loan spell next season. (Manchester Evening News)

West Ham has joined the list of suitors for Wigan full-back Antonee Robinson (Daily Mail)

Zinedine Zidane said Gareth Bale’s absence from Real Madrid’s squad for their draw with Leganes was a “technical decision” (Goal)

Juventus are looking to complement Cristiano Ronaldo in attack with the signing of either Wolves striker Raul Jimenez or Napoli forward Arkadiusz Milik (Tuttosport)


Chelsea are closing in on the signing of Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Kai Havertz  (The Athletic)

West Ham’s 16-year-old midfielder Benicio Baker-Boaitey is set to join Bayern Munich and will travel to Germany for talks, having rejected the chance to sign professional terms at the Hammers when he turns 17 in January. (Sun)

Mario Gotze could join Niko Kovac at Monaco after the Croatian was appointed the new boss of the Ligue 1 club (Bild)

Brazilian midfielder Willian, 31 – linked with Tottenham, Arsenal and Manchester United – has revealed he is playing a waiting game with Chelsea over a new contract, having requested a three-year deal and been offered two. (De Sola)

Newcastle boss Steve Bruce fears his summer transfer budget will be cut because club income of £170m last year will fall due to broadcast payment reductions and season ticket refunds. (Mirror)



The improved recent performances of Brazilian defender David Luiz, 33, could change Mikel Arteta’s focus as the Arsenal boss prepares for this summer’s transfer window. (Star)

Manchester United gave Jude Bellingham and his parents a tour of the training ground, with Sir Alex Ferguson present, in an attempt to convince the 17-year-old Birmingham midfielder to sign for them, but he opted for Borussia Dortmund. (Mail)


Former Leicester City boss Claude Puel is one of the candidates being lined up by Watford to take over at the club at the end of the season. (Daily Mail)

Nuno Espirito Santo is committed to Wolves and does not plan on leaving the club any time soon.(Daily Mail)

Napoli have registered interest in Crystal Palace striker Alexander Sorloth who has enjoyed an outstanding season on loan with Trabzonspor.(Daily Mail)

Liverpool’s Adam Lallana is rumoured to be at the heart of a transfer tug-of-war between Brighton, Burnley, Everton, and Leicester. (The Sun)

Andy Carroll has offered to play centre-back for Newcastle when they face Brighton on Monday. (The Sun)

Watford caretaker boss Hayden Mullins will use skipper Troy Deeney to pull the squad together as he fights to save them from the drop. (The Sun)

Danny Cowley was sacked just two days after he rescued Huddersfield from relegation after rows over recruitment. (The Sun)


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Liverpool may have hit the jackpot by signing Dutch star Sepp van den Berg last year, according to ‘Moneyball’ star Billy Beane. (Daily Express)

John Terry is being considered by Bristol City to become their next manager after the Championship club were turned down by first-choice Steven Gerrard. (Daily Express)

Newcastle boss Steve Bruce fears his summer transfer budget will be cut as he tries to build for next season. (Daily Mirror)

Kai Havertz is reportedly “very interested” in a move to Chelsea – but Frank Lampard’s side must secure Champions League football to land the attacker. (Daily Mirror)

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