Mourinho £91m Man Utd Bid for Serie A Defender?

​Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has refused to discuss rumours linking him with a move for Napoli star Kalidou Koulibaly, neither confirming nor denying reports of a £91m bid.

United were heavily linked with a number of centre-backs during the summer, with the likes of Jerome Boateng, Diego Godin and Harry Maguire all reportedly targeted by the Red Devils. The club failed to strengthen in the position, but Mourinho has made no secret of his desire to sign a new defender in the immediate future.

Speaking after ​United's 2-2 draw with ​Southampton on Saturday, Mourinho refused to discuss the rumours of a £91m bid for the Senegalese defender. He is quoted by the ​Manchester Evening News as saying: "I cannot answer to your question.

"If is true, if is not true, I cannot answer to your question. Maybe your question is the first one about the market and maybe the next press conference I have two more questions, and maybe the next press conference I have three more. The only thing I can tell you is Koulibaly is a ​Napoli player. And I don't speak about players from other clubs."

In October. reports from Italy emerged suggesting that ​Napoli have rejected an offer of around £80m for Koulibaly, with the club said to be holding out for an offer of at least twice that value. ​Real Madrid and ​Barcelona were both linked with the defender, and the likes of ​Chelsea and ​Arsenal have also been touted as potential suitors for Koulibaly in the past.

Since joining Napoli in a £7m deal in 2014, Koulibaly has developed into one of the world's finest defenders. He was a key player under former manager Maurizio Sarri, using his unique blend of physicality and technical ability to assert himself as an elite defender. During the summer, there were rumours that Koulibaly would follow Sarri to Chelsea, but he remained in Naples.


SSC Napoli v AC Milan - Serie A


He has played every minute of Carlo Ancelotti's young reign at Napoli, helping the Partenopei to second in ​Serie A. Koulibaly has also been a vital player for the side in the Champions League, guiding Napoli to positive results against both ​Liverpool and Paris Saint-Germain.


Where might Jose Mourinho end up when his time at Manchester United is over?

Jose Mourinho has indicated he wants at least one more job in management before he retires.

The Manchester United boss is committed to the Red Devils until 2019 and there has been no suggestion he plans to depart even then, having secured the job he has long desired.

United are flying high and the Mourinho era at Old Trafford still appears to be in its early stages, with reports suggesting he will be offered a new long-term contract. But further down the line Portuguese boss Mourinho will seek another challenge. Here are four possibilities he may fancy later on in his career.


Mourinho has previously said he was close to accepting the England job in late 2007, after Steve McClaren’s team failed to qualify for the World Cup. It would have been a major coup for the Football Association at the time, although FA chiefs presumably thought landing Fabio Capello instead was a similarly impressive appointment. He has cited the stop-start life of an international manager as a reason he did not take the position, preferring the day-to-day life of club management.

Paris St Germain

French giants PSG were praised by Mourinho in his interview with French television channel TF1, saying there was “something special” happening at the Ligue 1 club. With Qatari owners for whom money may be little object, a manager in Mourinho’s league might be considered attainable in the future. The job might be considered a step down from United and all their history, though. And even in five or 10 years’ time, or whenever Mourinho is next seeking employment, that may remain the case.


This might be the job above all others that Mourinho has his eye on in the long term. He told Yahoo three years ago that it was the role in which he hoped “to end my career”. Considering that at 54 years old he looks settled at United, it might be that Mourinho makes that his final job in club football before returning home at a suitable stage to lead his country’s national team.


Mourinho has enjoyed spectacular success in the Premier League, Serie A and LaLiga, as well as in Portugal with Porto. Peers such as Carlo Ancelotti and Pep Guardiola have stopped off at Bayern Munich during their illustrious careers, and the German game is in a strong place. If that remains the case, then further down the line perhaps the Bundesliga may hold some appeal. There would certainly be no rush in terms of Mourinho’s age. After all, 72-year-old Jupp Heynckes is currently bossing Bayern.

Source: By PA Sport Staff


United in pole position to sign Ozil, Chelsea to make fresh Sandro bid

What the paper say

Chelsea are ready to make a fresh bid for £60 million Juventus wing-back Alex Sandro in the hope of keeping boss Antonio Conte happy, the Daily Mirror reports. Rumours the Italian manager could move to AC Milan may see the London club splash out on a big signing after missing out on some of his experienced targets over the summer, according to the newspaper. The 26-year-old Brazilian international is said to be in their sights.

Manchester United are primed to snap up the Gunners’ attacking midfielder Mesut Ozil when his contract is up at the end of the season, The Independent reports. Jose Mourinho is said to be highly confident he will be able to woo him by playing on their previous working relationship at Real Madrid. The newspaper says talks to keep the German international, 28, with the Gunners are at an impasse and he has shown no real willingness to remain at the club.

Jurgen Klopp vetoed centre-backs Davinson Sanchez and Kalidou Koulibaly as he focused on an ultimately doomed bid to take on Virgil van Dijk over the summer, says The Sun reporting claims in Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf. Sanchez, Tottenham’s £42 million Colombian international, was the first to be snubbed, while Napoli’s Koulibaly, who plays for Senegal, was offered to the Kop for £57m – less than the German manager wanted to pay for Van Dijk. Southampton rejected a deal for their £65million-rated centre-back.

Former Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal is tipped to return to Bayern Munich to replace Carlo Ancelotti, the Daily Mirror reports. The Dutchman, who was dropped by United days after they won the 2015-16 FA Cup, could take over at the Bundesliga club until the end of the season when Hoffenheim coach Julian Nagelsmann would take over. Van Gaal managed Bayern between 2009 and 2011 before a stint as Holland boss.

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal acknowledges the support from the fans
Could Louis van Gaal be returning to one of his former clubs? (Mike Egerton/PA)

Cristiano Ronaldo has explained why he left Manchester United for Real Madrid. In an interview with former team mate Rio Ferdinand for Nike, the Portuguese star said: “I just thought in my mind ‘I want to go there to show my level, to show that I’m a different player’ and this is what I did.” Now 32, Ronaldo was 18 years old when he joined the Red Devils in 2003. He transferred to Real in 2009 for £80 million, a world record fee at the time.

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Players to watch

Wales' Ben Woodburn scores his side's first goal during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying, Group D match at the Cardiff City Stadium
Liverpool winger Ben Woodburn scored on his international debut for Wales (David Davies/PA)

Ben Woodburn: The 17-year-old Liverpool starlet had five Spanish sides pursue him while he was still at school, his old PE teacher has told the Daily Mirror.Danny Ings: Leeds United have earmarked the Liverpool striker, 25, for a January deal, according to ESPN.

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Morata to Man Utd claim; Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool latest

Wednesday 5 July

11:35: Manchester United have seen a £70.2million transfer bid for Real Madrid star Alvaro Morata rejected.

Express Sport understands the Red Devils failed with a bid worth £60m last month.

And Goal now claim that, despite increasing their offer to £70m, Real Madrid have rejected their latest proposal.

11:00: IT'S OFFICIAL! Lionel Messi has signed a new four-year deal with Barcelona.

Barca released an official statement on their website that read: " FC Barcelona and Leo Messi have agreed on a contract renewal that will keep the Argentinian at the Club until June 30th, 2021.

"The deal will be signed in the coming weeks, when Messi returns to the team for pre-season training."

Reports suggest the Argentine superstar will pocket £500,000 a week at the Nou Camp.

10:44: Tiemoue Bakayoko has ‘liked’ two tweets from a Monaco fan criticisng his move to Chelsea.

Bakayoko is set to become a Chelsea player when he completes his £35million move this summer, which has been held up by negotiations over his wages.

However, Chelsea fans may be feeling relieved after Bakayoko ‘liked’ tweets saying he could end up like Inter Milan flop Geoffrey Kondogbia and calling his decision to quit Monaco “disgusting”.

While the 22-year-old is expected to complete his transfer soon, the move has had a knock-on effect on Nemanja Matic’s proposed switch to Manchester United.

10:05: Ivan Perisic has reportedly agreed personal terms with Manchester United.

Italian outlet Premium Sport claim Inter Milan winger Perisic has already settled on the terms of his contract at United.

The report suggests he will pocket £6.2million [€7m] a season with the Red Devils and his heart is set on a move to Old Trafford.

However, Inter and United still need to agree a fee with the Serie A side demanding around £44m [€55m] for his services.

09:50: Alexandre Lacazette is unlikely to be with the Arsenal squad when they jet out to Australia for their pre-season tour on Sunday.

Lacazette is set to become the club’s record signing in a deal worth up to £52million.

He has agreed a five-year deal and could be announced as Arsenal’s second summer signing today after undergoing a medical.

Arsenal players returned to training at London Colney yesterday and are due to fly out to Australia on Sunday for their pre-season tour.

They play two games in Sydney before moving on to China where they face Bayern Munich and Chelsea in Shanghai and then Beijing.

Arsenal then return to London for the Emirates Cup on July 29.

But the club are hopeful Lacazette will join them for part of the tour and, according to Football London, could fly him out to Australia separately after he has his affairs in order.

09:28: West Ham forward Enner Valenica is reportedly closing in on a move to Mexican side Tigres.

That is according to Sky Sports, who claim the fee will be between £6million and £7m for the Ecuador international.

Valencia was limited to just eight starts in the Premier League last season.

09:20: Jose Mourinho has reportedly set a deadline of TOMORROW in his bid to sign Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata.

Spanish newspaper Sport claim Mourinho is taking matters into his own hands in a bid to get the deal done.

United's players are due to return to training at Carrington this weekend and Mourinho wants to integrate his new signings into the team before they jet off to the USA for their pre-season tour.

Their first pre-season friendly sees them take on LA Galaxy on July 16 and Mourinho is hopeful Morata can join them in the States.

08:45: Bookies have SUSPENDED betting on Wayne Rooney joining Everton.

The Sun say Rooney has been withdrawn from Manchester United’s tour of the US and will complete a free transfer back to Everton by the end of the week - who are also looking to sign Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud for £20m.

A host of bets had seen Rooney’s homecoming odds plummet into 1/20, before Ladbrokes traders pulled the plug early this morning.

A Ladbrokes spokesperson said: "Everton fans must be wondering what the club are putting in their breakfast this summer. Having spent over £70m already, the Toffees are now set to bring home arguably their most famous son."

07:46: Finally, some good news for Rangers fans.

Last night the Gers crashed out of the Europa League - to PART-TIME minnows Progres Niederkorn.

Apparently they are only the FOURTH best team in Luxembourg.

Well, anyway on the glass-half-full side of life this morning Rangers are about to complete their latest summer signing.

The Scottish Sun Norwich forward Graham Dorrans has sealed his move to Ibrox and signed a three-year contract.

No backing out now, Graham…

06:50: Loic Remy has reached an agreement with Besiktas over a transfer away from Chelsea, according to reports.

Remy, 30, signed for the Blues in a £10.5million deal from Queens Park Rangers in 2014, but he has failed to make his mark at Stamford Bridge.

The France international has entered the final 12 months of his contract at Chelsea and Antonio Conte deems him surplus to requirements.

And Turkish outlet Sporx claim Besiktas have swooped for him with the club and the player striking a deal over a four-year contract.

It is said he will sign an initial three-year deal with an option to extend his stay by a further year.

Sporx also say a £1.8m offer has been tabled by the Turkish champions.

05:50: Liverpool have made a £14.9million bid to sign Lyon centre-back Emanuel Mammna.

Jurgen Klopp has pinpointed the defence as a priority area for improvement and has earmarked Mammana as a possible target to replace Mamadou Sakho, who looks destined to leave Anfield.

And Sport Review claim the Kop boss has made an approach for the Lyon centre-back.

It is said a £14.9m bid has been tabled for the Argentina international this week.

And the Reds are ready to offer him a five-year contract worth £2.8m-a-season, which will see him earn around £54,000-a-week.

But Mammana will not discuss personal terms with the Reds until an agreement has been reached between the two clubs.

05:10: Antonio Rudiger had his Chelsea medical in Los Angeles yesterday.

Blues boss Antonio Conte has pinpointed his defence as a priority area for improvement.

And Sky Italia say he will finally move one step closer to bolstering his ranks in this department after Rudiger underwent his medical yesterday.

It is said he will now be announced as a Chelsea player today with a £34.2million deal being agreed upon between the Blues and Roma.

04:30: Arsenal are edging closer to landing Riyad Mahrez from Leicester.

That is according to Italian journalist Tancredi Palmeri, who claims talks are ongoing and positive over a move to the Emirates.

The Gunners tried to sign the Algeria international last summer, but failed in their pursuit.

However, they have a much greater chance of securing his signature this summer with the player himself wanting to leave the King Power Stadium.

The Foxes wanting in excess of £40million for Mahrez.

04:00: Real Madrid are waiting patiently to sign David De Gea from Manchester United.

De Gea, 26, has been constantly linked with a move to Real in recent seasons as Zinedine Zidane looks to bring in a new No 1 keeper.

They tried to sign the Spain international in 2015, but an administrative error scuppered their move.

And Spanish outlet Diario Madridsta claim Real still harbour hopes of signing De Gea, but are in no rush to get a deal over the line.

It is said the Spanish giants are prepared to drag out the transfer saga and wait for the right moment to sign the keeper.

This is because Real reportedly do not want United to increase their transfer demands any further.

Source: Daily Express

Could Mata's Move To United Serve All Involved?

Chelsea outcast Juan Mata sensationally today became the biggest story of the transfer window as a range of sources suggested that Manchester United were ready to bid for the creative midfielder.

Mata, 25, looks to be surplus to requirements for an extremely competitive Chelsea midfield that favours the undoubted talents of Eden Hazard, Oscar, Willian and Andre Schurrle. The Spanish international has won the club’s Player of the Season award for the past two years running but Jose Mourinho’s return as manager has left Mata rarely appearing for the club, his last action coming on New Year’s Day as the Blues beat Southampton at St. Mary’s.

The player’s exclusion from the side has been one of the most talked about stories of the football season, and the focus is set to be highlighted further with the news that United are interested in luring Mata to Old Trafford. It follows Samuel Eto’o inspiring Chelsea to a seemingly comfortable 3-1 victory over United at the weekend, and many argue that this damaging defeat was enough to spell the realistic end of David Moyes’ side trying to defend the title they won last season. A rebuilding job is required; could Mata be the first piece of the puzzle?

Figures of over £35million have been talked about regarding the sale of the player, and it is likely that Mourinho will not take notice of anything lower than this. The Portuguese boss holds all the cards. The club clearly do not need to sell the player for financial reasons, and he is such a talented individual that any Premier League manager would love to call on his qualities including Mourinho himself, who is quoted as saying that he does not want the playmaker to leave. With this in mind Mourinho can name his price, and if United feel that the rate card is too high they will look elsewhere. Mata will of course be aware of the speculation and it is down to the player to consider his options as January goes on. It may take a transfer request from him, following concrete interest from United, to push through a deal which the cynic in me suggests will happen late, late on in the transfer window. If Mata does swap blue for red then it would be a transfer that would suit all concerned. Chelsea would have their money for a player who didn’t want to stay. Mata himself would be inclined to think that a change of scenery and a change of club could do wonders for his international career with the World Cup in Brazil just five months away. United and Moyes would surely be galvanized by the arrival of a world class footballer.

As is normally the case in football there is a stumbling block that could prove problematic. The tactics that the former Everton manager Moyes would have to employ in order to let the new arrival fit in are up for huge discussion. Clearly favouring the number 10 role in behind the striker, Mata faces intensive competition from Wayne Rooney, thriving in his withdrawn position until his most recent injury. Would Mata be happy to play wide left or right for United when it was clear that his unhappiness at Stamford Bridge stemmed from him losing his preferred berth to Oscar, thus being asked to play wide? Would Rooney, himself no stranger to speculation surrounding him leaving the club, want to play wide left? Rooney will not replace Robin Van Persie in the main striker’s role once the Dutchman returns from his own injury, and a Mata/Rooney swap deal is entirely out of the question. With all of this to consider Moyes will have extensive work to do if Mata does become the first part of the plan, but the signing might just be enough to shift the Red Devils back into gear and allow them to attempt a springtime assault on the teams above them, even though the Premiership title may already be gone.

Daily Football Round-Up 12th February

Jose Mourinho has revealed he will return to England when he leaves Real Madrid but refused to comment on whether that would be at the end of the season or not. He also said he is very unlikely to take the helm at Manchester United, joking that him and Sir Alex Ferguson would probably retire at the same time.


Lewis Holtby has insisted that Tottenham are not a one man team, and feels this claim is a discredit to a team full of players giving 100% every game to bring in positive results. Meanwhile at White Hart Lane, Jermain Defoe has said he hopes to return from injury in time to face Arsenal on March 3rd.


With racism once again the key subject today, Reading striker Jason Roberts said action must be taken and if that falls on the players then so be it. “If the players need to walk off the pitch then that’s what it takes,” he told Sky Sports.


After completing his loan move to Gremio yesterday, Andre Santos has insisted that Arsenal have not seen the last of him, stating that the move will restore his confidence and ensure he returns to London stronger next season.


Davide Santon insists even the lure of playing with close friend Mario Balotelli at AC Milan wouldn’t persuade him to leave his ‘beloved’ Newcastle United.


West Brom manager Steve Clarke has said that Peter Odemwingie still has a role to play at the club this season. He has insisted that the players are behind the Nigerian despite his transfer deadline day antics.


York City have completed the loan signings of John McGrath and Michael Rankine from Burton Albion and Aldershot respectively. McGrath has signed a one-month deal and Rankine will stay at the club for the remainder of the season.


Jordan Henderson said Liverpool were rightly punished by West Brom last night for allowing their performances to slip. Manager Brendan Rodgers has said he expects his players to bounce back quickly, and wants a much better showing in Russia on Thursday as the team face Zenit St. Petersburg in the Europa League.