Paper Round: Jose Mourinho fears Cristiano Ronaldo is using Man Utd to get new Real Madrid deal
Jose Mourinho fears Manchester United are merely a pawn in Cristiano Ronaldo’s bid to get a new Real Madrid contract, but other reports suggest he’s edging towards an Old Trafford return. It’s Tuesday’s Paper Round.
Mourinho wary of Ronaldo's motives...
...But Ronaldo won’t hold United to ransom
Paper Round’s view: It’s surely the general consensus that Ronaldo isn’t going anywhere, right? United would do well to avoid the Ronaldo-shaped distraction and remain focused on key targets that were sought long before this saga came to light.
However, if he really is available, then sure, go for him - break the bank in the process - but if United even get a whiff that the deal is dead in the water then they would be wise not to get roped into the media circus.
Alves asks for Juve release
2009 Copa del Rey Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola embraces Dani Alves after they win trophyReuters
Paper Round’s view: What a coup this would be for the Premier League. But one has to ask, why does Alves want to leave the Champions League finalists? He remains one of the best full-backs in the world and looks to be getting better with age given his recent performances. Juve’s loss would be City or Chelsea’s gain. But it looks as though Guardiola is the man who holds the key, and the answer to that question.
Man City NOT chasing Aubameyang
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Borussia DortmundGetty Images
Paper Round’s view: It was startling to see City linked with Aubameyang on Monday. With Gabriel Jesus and Sergio Aguero, what were they to do with Aubameyang too? It would have been a serious overload for a club who have an abundance of attacking players. However, that being said, the pursuit of Alexis Sanchez still makes sense. The Chilean can play a number of roles, and it would be a terrifying prospect to think of Sanchez playing off one of Aguero or Jesus next season. Let alone the thought of Sterling, Silva 1, Silva 2, Sane and De Bruyne helping them out...
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