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Euro Paper Talk: Mourinho to pursue five Tottenham targets in three-pronged overhaul; Serie A duo battle for Chelsea star

Tottenham are looking at five targets ahead of an overhaul of three positions, while a Chelsea star is the subject of a Serie A transfer battle – all in the latest Euro Paper Talk.



Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho has five targets in mind – including West Ham defender Issa Diop – as he plans an overhaul of three key positions in his team.

Mourinho’s Spurs tenure started brightly but tailed off before the season was brought to a halt, at which point the club had not won in six games.

The Portuguese boss was busy in January, when he made Giovani Lo Celso’s move from Real Betis permanent and signed Gedson Fernandes and Steven Bergwijn, with Christian Eriksen leaving for Inter Milan.

According to Foot Mercato (via Sport Witness), Mourinho is keen to plough on and his first priority is to “reconstruct” his defence with the signing of Diop from the Hammers.

Spurs have been linked with a move for the Frenchman in recent weeks and the source says that the defender would be open to moving across London.

Mourinho also reportedly wants a new right-back and has Paris Saint-Germain’s Thomas Meunier, Norwich’s Max Aarons and Emerson Junior – of Sevilla – on his radar.

Finally, a new left-back is said to be a priority, with Leicester’s Ben Chilwell claimed to be a top target in that area.



Chelsea full-back Emerson Palmieri is the subject of a transfer tussle between Juventus and Inter (Calciomercato)

The agent of Newcastle midfielder Valentino Lazaro – who is on loan from Inter Milan – has said he is unsure where his client’s future lies when and if the season ends (Inter Dipendenza)

Southampton are willing to lower their asking price for striker Guido Carrillo from US$10million (£8million) to between US$5million (£4million) and US$7million (£5.6million)

Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius – who terminated his loan contract at Beskitas earlier this week– has an agreement in place with Hertha Berlin from next season (Sabah)

RB Leipzig have beaten Manchester City to the signing of exciting Paris Saint-Germain youngster Tanguy Kouassi, who will be brought in to replace Dayot Upamecano (Soccer Link)

City’s owners, The City Group, have completed the €2million takeover of Belgian side Lommel SK (Het Laatste Nieuws)

Young Peruvian talent Kluiverth Aguilar has said that he is “really excited” to be moving to the Etihad Stadium after sealing his transfer (Depor)

PSG will go no further in their attempts to tie full-back Thomas Meunier down to a new contract and the Belgian is being linked with Tottenham (Le Parisien)

Spurs remain interested in signing Trabzonspor goalkeeper Ugurcan Cakir, who is said to have agreed on a move to Liverpool (Fanatik)


Mauricio Pochettino and Rafael Benitez are Newcastle’s most “advanced” targets for a new manager if their takeover gets the green light from the Premier League (Le10 Sport)

Sporting Lisbon president Frederico Varandas has suggested that Manchester United midfielder Bruno Fernandes could be worth less than half of his January transfer fee due to the financial impact of the pandemic (RTP)

Aston Villa and Wolves have been told by Galatasaray that defensive target Christian Luyindama is worth around €15million (Milliyet)


Juventus midfielder Miralem Pjanic has agreed to join Barcelona in a swap deal involving either Arthur, Ivan Rakitic or Arturo Vidal (Gazzetta dello Sport)

Red Bull director Ralf Rangnick has confirmed that he has had contact with AC Milan about becoming the Serie A side’s new head coach (Bild)

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