Paper Talk: Mourinho eyes sensational Real Madrid transfer; Liverpool pull interest in pricey centre-back

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Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho has his eye on two deals, while Liverpool have pulled their interest in a central defender, all in the papers.



Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos is being tracked by Spurs boss Jose Mourinho, according to the Evening Standard.

Ramos, 34, is yet to sign a new contract with Real, with his current deal set to expire next summer.

Spanish reports claim the Spain international is keen to extend his time with Los Blancos, but there is no agreement as yet,


That has left former Real boss Mourinho looking on from afar.

Meanwhile, Spurs are also interested in signing Austria midfielder Marcel Sabitzer, 26, in January.

According to Turkish journalist Ekrem Konur, Sabitzer has asked to join Mourinho’s side next month.

Any prospective deal will though depend on Dele Alli leaving the club on loan or permanently.

RB Leipzig sporting director Markus Krosche has addressed the talk.


He told Bild: “As I said, he has made a great development. It goes without saying that other clubs also notice this.

“I don’t like singling out anyone individually. But Marcel Sabitzer has really developed well.

“I also deal with him outside of the field. He accepts the role of captain extremely well and has matured even further as an individual.”



Borussia Dortmund are looking to repeat the transfer coup achieved with Jadon Sancho, by signing 18-year-old Jayden Braaf from Man City (Bild)

Georginio Wijnaldum is desperate to secure a new contract with Liverpool, with his existing deal expiring at the end of the season (Liverpool Echo)

Liverpool have joined Man Utd in the race to sign Jaydon Sancho (Que Golazo Podcast)

Manchester United defender Timothy Fosu-Mensah could leave the club during the January transfer window (Football Insider)

Barcelona are reportedly looking to ship out Samuel Umtiti, Riqui Puig, Carles Alena and Junior Firpo in the January transfer window (Sport)

Atletico Madrid have turned their attention to Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud as a replacement for the outgoing Diego Costa in the January transfer window. (Rai Sport)



Aston Villa are preparing to send Frederic Guilbert out on loan in January (Football Insider)


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Arsenal have made Real Madrid’s Spain forward Isco, 28, their number one target when the transfer window opens in January. The Gunners, who want to sign the player on loan, face competition from Sevilla. (AS)

Netherlands midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum, 30, will decide this week whether to sign a new Liverpool contract as Ronald Koeman remains hopeful of persuading the midfielder to join him at Barcelona. (Sky Sports)

Manchester City remain hopeful of signing Barcelona’s Argentina forward Lionel Messi, 33, in 2021, despite the Barca captain saying recently he hopes to one day play in the United States. (Telegraph)

Mauricio Pochettino is expected to try to sign a number of Tottenham players, including England midfielder Dele Alli, 24, and 34-year-old France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, if the Argentine is confirmed as Paris-St Germain’s boss. (Eurosport)

Wolves could turn to Diego Costa, 32, as a replacement for injured Mexico forward Raul Jimenez, 29, after the Spain forward agreed to end his contract at Atletico Madrid and become a free agent from January. (Times)

Arsenal are currently unlikely to rekindle interest in Lyon’s 22-year-old France midfielder Houssem Aouar when the transfer window reopens at the start of January. (The Athletic)


Milan Skriniar Inter Milan

Liverpool have ended interest in Inter Milan centre-back Milan Skriniar, 25, having been put off by the Serie A side’s £54m asking price. (Calciomercato)


Former England and Juventus boss Fabio Capello says he would only swap Juve’s Argentina forward Paulo Dybala, 27, for Tottenham’s England striker Harry Kane, 27. (Gazzetta dello Sport)

Shamrock Rovers’ Republic of Ireland midfielder Jack Byrne, 24, who has been linked with Stoke City, Preston and Nottingham Forest, is expected to move to Cyprus rather than England. (Sentinel)

Allan Saint-Maximin, the Newcastle United winger, is still struggling to recover from coronavirus and is a number of weeks away from returning to full fitness, according to Steve Bruce. (The Times)

Newcastle manager Steve Bruce has set his sights on bringing in Manchester United left-back Brandon Williams in January. (Daily Mail)

Inter Milan boss Antonio Conte will reportedly attempt to help push through a potential swap deal between Christian Eriksen and PSG star Leandro Paredes at a meeting with club chiefs on Wednesday. (Daily Mail)

Joel Matip had a scan on Tuesday to determine the severity of the groin issue that once again leaves Liverpool facing a defensive injury crisis. (Daily Mail)

Premier League clubs have discussed a two-week “cooling-off” break in the season next month over fears of Covid-19 outbreaks causing chaos. (Daily Telegraph)


Marcos Alonso, Jorginho

Chelsea’s Spanish full-back Marcos Alonso, 30, is set to return to Spain and join Atletico Madrid on loan in the January transfer window. Alonso has not played for the Blues since 26 September. (Independent)

An agreement is close between Alonso and Atletico ahead of a move next month (Marca)

Doncaster midfielder Ben Whiteman has Queens Park Rangers and Preston North End among the clubs looking to sign him in January. (Daily Telegraph)

Grimsby centre-back Matty Pollock has been watched by clubs in the Premier League and Championship after his displays in League Two this season.(Daily Telegraph)

Crystal Palace are bracing themselves for another big Euro swoop for Wilfried Zaha if Mauricio Pochettino becomes Paris Saint-Germain boss. (The Sun)

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Milan are considering a January move for Crystal Palace ace Wilfried Zaha (Daily Mirror)

Wolves reportedly face competition from AC Milan for Real Madrid striker Luka Jovic. (The Sun)

Arsenal are looking to land Sevilla star Joan Jordan in the January transfer window to alleviate Mikel Arteta’s woes. (Daily Star)

Marcelo Bielsa has reportedly urged Leeds United chiefs to secure a double deal for Fiorentina duo Erick Pulgar and Christian Kouame next month. (Daily Star)

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