Willian reveals Man Utd talks and how close Mourinho came to signing him; Real Madrid to rival Barcelona for Philippe Coutinho?; Messi asks Barcelona to bring in this Arsenal star.
Real Madrid to rival Barcelona for Philippe Coutinho?
Real Madrid are prepared to go head-to-head with La Liga rivals Barcelona in a £135m battle to sign Philippe Coutinho from Liverpool, according to a report.
The Brazilian playmaker was keen to join the Catalan club in the summer and handed in a transfer request to push through a move.
Liverpool rejected three offers for the 25-year-old, however; the largest of which totalled £114m with add-ons, as they repeatedly turned down the chance to cash in.
Reports in the Spanish press last month suggested that Paris Saint-Germain have reignited their interest in Coutinho, meanwhile, with Liverpool understood to be more willing to offload next summer when given a chance to bring in attacking replacements.
Mundo Deportivo suggests that Madrid are the latest side to join the race and have already contacted the player’s representatives, but they will not move until the end of the season which could give Barca a head-start.
Lionel Messi has green lighted the arrival of Arsenal ace Mesut Ozil.
Spanish news outlet Don Balon reckon the Argentine superstar is happy for the Gunners ace to join.
Ozil has now entered the final year of his contract in north London and is yet to pen an extension.
He looks destined to leave Arsenal in the summer and his agent has been putting out feelers.
Messi is reportedly enthusiastic about Ozil’s potential arrival given his extensive Champions League experience.
He’s not unfamiliar with La Liga either.
Ozil spent three years at Real Madrid before joining Arsenal in 2013.
Willian admits he has spoken with Manchester United about a potential move; but insists he was not close to leaving Chelsea. The Brazilian was wanted by Jose Mourinho when the Portuguese first joined Old Trafford.
And the United manager made another attempt to sign his former player in the final stages of this summer’s transfer window. Willian started just 15 games in the Premier League last season and admits he gets upset when he is not selected by Antonio Conte. But the 29-year-old insists it is not enough to force him to leave.
‘I had contact with Manchester United but I was not close to leaving,’ said Willian. ‘Of course, sometimes you get upset that you’re not playing. ‘But that doesn’t mean you do not like the club or the people who work there.’