Mourinho on standby with Zidane’s Real future hinging on Galatasaray match - Paper Round
Jose Mourinho, Zinedine Zidane, Olivier Giroud, Dayot Upamecano and Philippe Coutinho all feature in Tuesday’s Paper Round.
Jose waiting in the wings
Paper Round’s view: Recycling managers is a dangerous game, and if there are indeed regrets, it’s surprising to see that the No 1 option is going back to another old manager. There’s an air of inevitability about Mourinho returning, it’s down to Zidane to waft that away.
Third London club for Giroud?
Olivier Giroud (France)Getty Images
Paper Round’s view: An intriguing one for Giroud, who would see it as a step down, but perhaps one that is vital with Euro 2020 around the corner. That being said, Didier Deschamps is a fan regardless of whether he plays or not at Chelsea, and Giroud could well seek assurances from the France coach before making a decision in January.
Arsenal eye £50m defender
Paper Round’s view: Is there money in the bank for Arsenal to make this move? They sprung a few surprises in the summer but were still quite savvy with their purchases – staggering out payments etc. It would be bold to pay £50m on an unexperienced defender.
Bayern ‘satisfied’ with Coutinho
Paper Round’s view: Why rush? It’s October, it’s a season-long loan, there’s plenty of time for Coutinho to make an impact and for Bayern to weigh up whether it’s a worthwhile move financially.