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Mourinho on standby with Zidane’s Real future hinging on Galatasaray match - Paper Round

Mourinho on standby with Zidane’s Real future hinging on Galatasaray match - Paper Round

21/10/2019 at 23:23Updated 21/10/2019 at 23:37

Jose Mourinho, Zinedine Zidane, Olivier Giroud, Dayot Upamecano and Philippe Coutinho all feature in Tuesday’s Paper Round.

Jose waiting in the wings

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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.

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Third London club for Giroud?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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