Transfer Talk: Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho 'would have quit' at any other club
The English transfer window is closed, but the rest of Europe (except Italy) is still open for business, and Transfer Talk has the latest rumours making the rounds. Follow along with our daily blog throughout the summer.
Mourinho 'would have quit' at any other club
As things stand, Jose Mourinho says would have resigned were he in charge of any other club than Manchester United.
According to the Mirror and their anonymous insider source at Old Trafford, Mourinho has privately confided in friends that he would have quit by now were he in "any other job at any other club."
The Portuguese is said to be at loggerheads with vice-chairman Ed Woodward and several other key members of the United hierarchy over a supposed lack of backing in the transfer market. Mourinho identified Harry Maguire and Toby Alderweireld as key summer signings, but United failed to deliver either -- instead spending £75 million on Fred and Diogo Dalot.
As he begins his third season at the club, the 55-year-old manager reportedly feels that Woodward has "undermined his chances" of challenging Man City for the Premier League title by refusing to splurge on a vastly expensive centre-back.
Meantime, Zinedine Zidane has told friends that he expects to be offered the United job if Mourinho is sacked, and "would be very interested," according to the Mail.
Martial off on loan to Sevilla?
One player who looks set to finally escape the doldrums at United is Anthony Martial who stands on the brink of a move to Sevilla, says the Express.
The French forward is apparently hoping to "resurrect his career" far away from Old Trafford after falling further in Mourinho's estimations by skipping United's preseason tour to attend the birth of his baby son in June.
As per the Express, talks are progressing nicely, with Sevilla hoping to complete a "lifeline" loan deal for Martial before the Spanish transfer window closes next week.
Or could Draxler scupper Martial move?
However, the Sun throw a potential spanner into the machinations of Martial's proposed move to Sevilla with a report that the La Liga side are also working on a loan deal for Julian Draxler.
Reduced to just 19 appearances last season, the German winger has struggled to make any headway since joining Paris Saint-Germain for £40m in January 2017, and Los Rojiblancos are hoping to offer the 24-year-old a new start in a new league.
New Sevilla coach Pablo Machin is "desperate" for wide players to improve his attacking options, and talks with Draxler are ongoing, though the latter's hefty wages may prove to be a problematic aspect of the negotiations.
Rose free to leave Spurs
With PSG and Schalke said to be interested, Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has now sanctioned Danny Rose's departure before the European transfer deadline passes on Aug. 31, knowing full well Spurs won't be able to source any reinforcements at left-back before then, the Mail reports.
Formerly an ever-present, injury woes and a propensity for criticising the club in public have seen Rose drop out of contention at White Hart Lane over the past 18 months in rather dramatic fashion.
- Real Madrid now feel it is "almost impossible" to sign one of the Premier League's top strikers with just a week remaining in this transfer window, and are turning their attention to Valencia's Rodrigo and PSG's Kylian Mbappe, according to the Independent.
- Everton fans will be forced to wait at least another few weeks to see £30m Deadline Day signing Yerry Mina in action, as the Colombian international continues his recovery from a "slight foot problem," says the Telegraph.
- The Birmingham Mail reports that Middlesbrough hope to complete a loan deal for Huddersfield winger Rajiv van La Parra after being pipped to the signing of Yannick Bolasie by Championship rivals Aston Villa.