Paper Talk: Mourinho locks on to long-term target, swap deal on cards

Date published: Wednesday 29th July 2020 9:01 - Matthew Briggs

Tottenham are watching Ivan Perisic’s situation closely and there may well be a swap deal on the cards, while Ben Chilwell will tell Leicester he wants to quit for Chelsea, all in the papers.



Jose Mourinho could rekindle his interest in Ivan Perisic, according to Calciomercato.

Mourinho tried hard to land the Croatian winger while he was at Manchester United and now Spurs could make a move for the 31-year-old.

Perisic has spent the season on loan at Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich, but the Bavarians look increasingly unlikely to trigger the €20m option to buy the player permanently.

Inter Milan boss Antonio Conte does not want Perisic either and the experienced attacker is looking for a way out.

Apparently Mourinho is keeping an eye on the situation with a a cut-price deal for Perisic in Spurs’ thinking.

Meanwhile, the same Italian source suggest that Tanguy Ndombele is of interest to Conte.

The former Chelsea boss is potentially looking for a replacement for Marcelo Brozovic – another Croatian he is trying to bomb out.

Brozovic is not looking to move on, but he hasn’t convinced his manager, and Conte has “identified” Ndombele as the “ideal profile” for Inter long-term.

A player-exchange deal may well suit both parties.



Roma are yet to hammer out a deal that would see Chris Smalling stay with the Serie A side (Corriere dello Sport)

Luis Alberto, Ciro Immobile

Carlo Ancelotti has demanded Everton back him in the transfer market and made Lazio striker Ciro Immobile one of his top targets (90min)

AC Milan are hoping to sign Fiorentina defender Nikola Milenkovic (Gazzetta dello Sport)

Hernan Crespo says he wants to return to England as a manager, possibly following in Marcelo Bielsa’s footsteps by cutting his teeth in the Championship (Goal)

Wolverhampton Wanderers have reportedly set Raul Jimenez’s price tag at £72.5m amid rumoured interest from Manchester United and Arsenal (Corriere dello Sport)

Jan Oblak

Atletico Madrid have a three-man shortlist for a new back-up goalkeeper to Jan Oblak with West Ham United’s Roberto Jimenez included (Diaro AS)

Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder is preparing a bid to bring  Aaron Ramsdale back to Bramall Lane from relegated Bournemouth (The Sun)

AEK Athens goalkeeper Vasilios Barkas has arrived in Glasgow for a medical at Scottish Premiership championships Celtic (Daily Record)

Manchester City have made Valencia’s Spanish winger Ferran Torres, 20, their top transfer target this season. (ESPN)

Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg Southampton

Tottenham are edging closer to a deal to sign Denmark midfielder Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, 24, from Southampton. (Sky Sports)

Arsenal, Tottenham and Leicester are all options for Barcelona and Brazil midfielder Philipe Coutinho, 28, who is currently on loan at Bayern Munich. (Sport)



Roma loanee Patrik Schick is keen to remain at RB Leipzig next season after enjoying life under Julian Nagelsmann (Bild)

Atletico Madrid president Enrique Cerezo has dismissed speculation linking Slovenia goalkeeper Jan Oblak, 27, with a move away from the club. (Marca)

West Ham have stepped up their pursuit of QPR’s 22-year-old forward Eberechi Eze, with the England Under-21 international valued at £20m. (Guardian)

Leeds United are lining up a £15m bid for Tottenham and Argentina defender Juan Foyth, 22. (Sun)

Lazio are in negotiations to sign Manchester City’s outgoing Spanish playmaker David Silva, 34. (AS)

Chelsea and Brazil midfielder Willian, 31, who is out of contract this summer, has two “concrete offers” from Premier League clubs, says his agent. (Talksport)

A potential Sunderland buyer has promised the signing of four Premier League players for up to £50m. (Sun)

Everton want to sign Serbian former Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic, 36, from Zenit Saint Petersburg. (Vecernjih Novosti)

Belgium defender Jan Vertonghen, 33, says he has an option in his head as to where he wants to move next after leaving Tottenham. (Talksport)

Fulham are leading the race to sign Tottenham’s 19-year-old English midfielder Oliver Skipp on a season-long loan. (Evening Standard)

Greek defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos, 32, is not part of Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta’s plans. (Football London)

Real Madrid are monitoring the progress of Sevilla’s 21-year-old French centre-back Jules Kounde. (ESPN)

Ben Chilwell

Ben Chilwell plans to tell Leicester this week he wants to quit for Chelsea, where Frank Lampard is ready to make him his first choice left-back. (Daily Mirror)

Fernandinho admits Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has considered taking charge of the Brazil national side. (Daily Mirror)

Bournemouth could be forced to accept a cut-price fee for star man Nathan Ake after it emerged the central defender does not have a relegation clause in his contract. (Telegraph)


Liverpool have decided to extend their stay at Melwood when training resumes ahead of next season, delaying their move to a £50m site in Kirkby due to the knock-on effects of the coronavirus pandemic. (Telegraph)

N’Golo Kante is hoping to give Chelsea head coach Frank Lampard an FA Cup final boost by declaring himself fit to face Arsenal on Saturday and keep up his stunning run of trophy success. (Telegraph)

Crystal Palace will consider putting Ryan Fraser on their list of summer targets following his departure from Bournemouth. (Telegraph)

Inter Milan chief Giuseppe Marotta has confirmed he wants to sign Alexis Sanchez from Manchester United but the Chile forward’s wages are a major obstacle (Daily Mail)

Arsenal have suffered a blow in their pursuit of Dayot Upamecano with reports claiming the Frenchman has agreed to extend his contract at RB Leipzig. (Daily Mail)

Txiki Begiristain, the Manchester City director of football, says the club will move fast to secure their transfer targets as they close in on the signing of Ferran Torres from Valencia (The Times)


Dean Henderson Sheffield United

Tottenham may try to hijack a potential move from Chelsea for Manchester United’s Dean Henderson. (Daily Express)

Leeds have joined the growing list of clubs interested in prising wantaway Nicolas Gonzalez away from Stuttgart. (Daily Express)

Chelsea chief Marina Granovskaia has opened talks with Jan Oblak’s agent over a transfer. (Daily Star)

Manchester United may have dropped a transfer hint over where they plan to strengthen this summer by advertising a new scouting role on their website. (Daily Star)

Peterborough have thrown out a £5m bid from Celtic for Ivan Toney (Daily Record)

Celtic’s bid to sign a new striker has stalled, with West Ham forward Albian Ajeti understood to have asked for more time to consider the switch. (Scottish Sun)

Rangers will decide whether to move for Bongani Zungu in the next 48 hours. (Scottish Sun)

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