Paper Round: Chelsea prefer to sell Morata over Batshuayi as Blues eye Martial

Paper Round: Chelsea prefer to sell Morata over Batshuayi as Blues eye Martial

17/05/2018 at 23:06

Chelsea are more willing to keep Michy Batshuayi over Alvaro Morata and want to sign Anthony Martial. It's Friday's Paper Round.

Chelsea would prefer to keep Batshuayi

We start in The Mirror who report that Borussia Dortmund are looking at Alvaro Morata because they have been blocked in their attempt to sign Michy Batshuayi permanently. The Belgian moved to Dortmund on loan in January and was very successful before his injury. However Chelsea want to keep Batshuayi for their new manager, whomever that may be, and are more willing to cut their losses on Morata.

Paper Round's view: Batshuayi's goal record in Germany speaks for itself and he has done enough to compete for a spot as a starter. It's still hugely surprising to think that Chelsea would prioritise him over their big summer signing Morata though...

Chelsea eye Martial for new manager

In The Mail it is reported that Chelsea are preparing a shortlist of potential signings for their new manager and one of them is Anthony Martial. Jean-Michael Seri is also on that list with Luis Enrique and Maurizio Sarri still the main contenders to replace Antonio Conte.

Paper Round's view: It doesn't really matter who Chelsea appoint as manager it doesn't seem likely that Martial would join them given they are not in the Champions League next season...

City close in on £50m Jorginho

In The Daily Telegraph there is a report which builds on their coverage of Pep Guardiola's new contract by saying that Manchester City are closing in on the signing of Jorginho from Napoli for a fee of £50 million. The midfielder's agent has admitted a deal is close whilst City also want a versatile forward. Riyad Mahrez, Kylian Mbappe, Eden Hazard, Thomas Lemar and Leon Bailey are all mentioned as possible targets.

Paper Round's view: It's all going pretty well for the champions. Jorginho brings a lot to the midfield and if you add one of those forwards to their front line it's pretty hard to look past them for the title next season...

Poch will stay for one more season

And we end in The Sun who have an exclusive that Mauricio Pochettino will stay at Tottenham Hotspur for one more season. Pochettino wants commitment from chairman Daniel Levy before he commits his future to the club as he tries to build a team that can win multiple trophies.

Paper Round's view: Paper Round has discussed Pochettino's importance to Spurs before and getting him to sign on should be priority No. 1. Levy's commitment to keep Spurs financially stable is admirable but now he needs to invest into the playing squad.