New Man United contract offer on the table for Jose Mourinho, Barcelona still chasing Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho

In today's edition of 'What the papers say', Red Devils boss Jose Mourinho and Liverpool playmaker Philippe Coutinho are in the headlines.

David Cooper
by David Cooper
12th October 2017

article:12th October 2017

Mourinho is likely to extend his Old Trafford stay.
Mourinho is likely to extend his Old Trafford stay.

WHAT THE PAPERS SAY

JOSE MOURINHO’s time at Manchester United could be extended by another five years, according to The Sun. The manager, who joined United for three years in 2016, looks set to sign a new deal worth £65 million, the paper says. Executives appear to be pleased with United’s performance this season so far, with the club currently sitting level on points with Premier League leaders Manchester City.


Uncertainty surrounds PHILIPPE COUTINHO’s future at Liverpool as Barcelona chief executive Oscar Grau said the Spanish club are poised to make another offer for the midfielder in the January transfer window, according to The Guardian. Barcelona previously made three offers for the 25-year-old in the summer but each was turned down by the Reds. Now Grau has said, “We are ready to sign Coutinho or any other player the technical staff request in the winter window,” the paper reports.

NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 01: Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp and Philippe Coutinho of Liverpool are seen seen during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Liverpool at St. James Park on October 1, 2017 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Close relationship: Coutinho and Klopp.

JUAN MATA seems happy to continue his career at Manchester United after turning down an offer from the Chinese Super League, the Daily Mirror reports. The midfielder rejected a potential £165,000-a-week pay packet to stay in the Premier League. The 29-year-old’s contract will come to an end next year but United have the option to extend his current deal by 12 months.

Rivals Manchester United and Manchester City are both said to be targeting Monaco player FABINHO, The Sun reports. United have shown interest in the Brazilian before but their offers have never come to pass. But he is now said to be on the radar of Pep Guardiola after putting in impressive performances following a switch from right-back to a more central position.

Monaco's Brazilian defender Fabinho (R) vies for the ball against Strasbourg's Ivory Coast's midfielder Jean-Eudes Aholou during the French Ligue 1 football match ASM Monaco against Strasbourg on September 16, 2017 at the Louis II Stadium in Monaco. / AFP PHOTO / YANN COATSALIOU (Photo credit should read YANN COATSALIOU/AFP/Getty Images)

Monaco’s Fabinho is highly-rated.

CALUM CHAMBERS has completed a contract extension deal with Arsenal, The Daily Mirror reports. The defender spent last season on loan at Middlesbrough but is said to have impressed Arsene Wenger since his return in the summer to earn a one-year contract extension, meaning he will remain at the Emirates until 2021.

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PLAYERS TO WATCH

Motherwell under-20 star ADAM LIVINGSTONE has not gone unnoticed by a number of English clubs, the Motherwell Times reports. The 19-year-old, whose contract expires at the end of the season, is said to have caught the attention of Bristol City. His current form has seen him score three goals in eight appearances this season.

JACK WILSHERE is considering his position at Arsenal as he eyes a place in England’s Word Cup squad, The Daily Mirror says. With little game time this season, the 25-year-old is said to be thinking about leaving the club in a bid to make the starting XI elsewhere and improve his chances of going to Russia next year.

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 01: Jack Wilshere of Arsenal warms up during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Brighton and Hove Albion at Emirates Stadium on October 1, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

What lies in store for Wilshere?


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