United tell Mourinho to be more like neighbours City in the transfer market
After a Deadline Day which saw no further arrivals at Old Trafford, Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has been told to stop demanding overpriced, older targets and instead be more like neighbours Manchester City in the market, while working to get the best out of the club’s existing stars.
As reported by The Mirror, chief executive Ed Woodward has told Mourinho there will be no more ‘quick fixes’ after United failed to secure deals for the Portuguese manager’s preferred summer targets Toby Alderweireld and Ivan Perisic.
Both 29, with prospective fees of upwards of £50m, Alderweireld and Perisic were deemed unsuitable by Woodward despite Mourinho’s wishes. Instead, money will only be made available for outstanding younger talent.
In addition, Woodward refused to even consider selling French duo Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial despite Mourinho’s reported disputes with the players.
Courtois angers Chelsea fans with Hazard comments
New Real Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has angered Chelsea fans even further after his acrimonious exit from Stamford Bridge, by claiming it would be ‘fantastic’ if the Blues’ talisman Eden Hazard joined him at the Santiago Bernabeu.
In his official Real Madrid unveiling, the £35m stopper also provoked fans of his former clubs Chelsea and Atletico Madrid by kissing his new badge, but it was his comments about Hazard which caught many people’s attention.
Revealing that he received a phone call from his Belgium teammate after the move, Courtois said (via The Daily Mail): “He is happy that I have arrived because he knew it was my dream.
“He is a great player and if he could come here one day it would be fantastic.”
Courtois also deleted a farewell message to Chelsea on social media after it was targeted with abuse from fans.
Pochettino happy with Spurs squad despite no new arrivals
Despite being the only Premier League club not to make a signing in the summer window, Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has insisted he is ‘happy’ with his squad and that star players were not sold.
Spurs were linked with a number of players throughout the summer, with Jack Grealish seemingly the club’s top target before Thursday’s deadline. However, while there have been no new arrivals, there have been no major exits either - something Pochettino is pleased with.
He said (via ESPN): "Of course it's difficult to understand for people that Tottenham didn't sign or sell a player, but sometimes in football you need to behave differently and we're happy with our squad. If we cannot improve our squad it's better to keep our squad all together. We believe in our squad a lot.
"I am happy to keep all the squad together. There's [been] many rumours during the summer about players out. The club made a massive effort to extend contracts like Harry Kane. There are many other examples."
Grealish set to sign new deal after missing out on Spurs switch
With Tottenham missing out on Grealish, the 22-year-old playmaker could be set to put pen to paper on a new contract with Aston Villa, which will make him the highest-paid player at the club.
Villa’s new owners Nassef Sawiris Wes Edens stood firm late in the transfer window, rejecting a £25m offer from Spurs for their star man. However, despite reports to the contrary, The Daily Star claims Grealish is not grieving over his failed move to London and is ready to double his wages to commit long term to Aston Villa.
The report claims Grealish, who was always split on leaving Villa, will now sign a new four-year deal with wages of around £40,000 a week. The deal however, will contain a clause allowing him to move next summer if Aston Villa fail to secure promotion.
Barcelona’s deal for Dutch starlet dependent on Ajax Champions League fate
Barcelona have reached an agreement to sign Ajax starlet Frenkie de Jong, which could go through this month or next year depending on the Dutch club’s Champions League fate.
Barca turned to De Jong as a cheaper alternative to Paul Pogba after having a cash-plus-players offer for the Frenchman turned down and deemed "derisory" by Manchester United.
They have now reached an agreement to sign the 21-year-old Dutchman, but according to Sport it will depend on whether or not Ajax qualify for the group stages of the Champions League.
They drew 2-2 away at Standard Liege in the first leg of their third qualifying round match and will host the Belgian side in the return leg on Tuesday. If they go through, they will then face either Slavia Prague or Dynamo Kiev in the final qualifying round.
If Ajax are eliminated before the group stage, Barcelona will sign De Jong this summer. However, if Ajax do reach the group stage they will make Barca wait until next summer.
It is thought that Ajax will demand a fee in the region of €50m for the 21-year-old De Jong, who Barcelona want to groom as a successor to Sergio Busquets.
Klopp hails Ings as striker seals late Southampton move
The former Burnley forward, who started his career on the south coast at Bournemouth, joined Southampton on a season-long loan with option to buy late on Thursday night, after the Saints were granted a two-hour extension to file the paperwork after submitting a 'deal sheet'.
Klopp hailed Ings’ ‘character’ and ‘spirit’ following the move, saying (via Liverpoolfc.com): “He is such an outstanding boy. Honestly, if you could bottle character and spirit, his would sell worldwide - he is so incredibly positive and full of energy. But we won’t just miss his character because he is a footballer who has all the tools.
“What is clear is that in his time here he had zero luck really, certainly in my time. Before joining I tried to watch as many games on tape as I could from the season so far and Danny Ings stood out as someone I was really looking forward to coaching.
Best of the rest: There is no clause to make Mateo Kovacic’s loan move from Real Madrid to Chelsea permanent (The Times). Danny Rose is holding out for a move to PSG rather than Schalke with the European transfer window still open (The Sun). Luka Modric could ask Florentino Perez to allow him to leave Real Madrid for a new challenge at Inter (Onda Cero). Everton saw a Deadline Day deal for Man Utd Marcos Rojo collapse (Daily Mail). Manchester United made late enquiries for PSG duo Adrien Rabiot and Layvin Kurzawa (Paris United). Manchester City were left disappointed with the FA after failing to get a work permit for Brazilian youngster Douglas Luiz (The Sun). Besiktas are among the sides interested in West Brom’s World Cup star Nacer Chadli (The Mirror). Forgotten Leicester forward Leonardo Ulloa has agreed a move to an unnamed Mexican club (Leicester Mercury). Juventus’ Stefano Sturaro will sign for Sporting CP after a move to Watford fell through (A Bola).