Football news - Paper Round: Mauricio Pochettino turns down Real Madrid
Mauricio Pochettino wants to stay at Spurs, Crystal Palace want Danny Welbeck, Chelsea to keep Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Manchester City scout Aaron Wan-Bissaka.
Real turned down by Pochettino
Real Madrid have enjoyed two wins under caretaker boss Santiago Solari following the sacking of Julen Lopetegui, but they remain keen to appoint Mauricio Pochettino. The Spurs manager has turned them down when asked about an immediate appointment, despite the offer of £15 million a year, because of the chaos at the Spanish club. That means that Florentino Perez will come back in the summer for another attempt.
Paper Round’s view: Real Madrid are struggling to find a suitable candidate, but given the lack of replacement for Cristiano Ronaldo and the fact that there is no chance of winning the league, there is no reason to hurry. Pochettino is reportedly frustrated at Spurs, and once they move into the new ground at the end of this year or the beginning of next, the Argentine might be tempted to move on.
Palace ready Welbeck bid
Crystal Palace are preparing a bid for Arsenal striker Danny Welbeck. Welbeck is out of contract at the end of the season but Unai Emery is content for the 27-year-old to remain at the club as cover for Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. However, the club are willing to entertain offers in January as a chance to raise some cash before he leaves for nothing.
Arsenal's English striker Danny Welbeck (C) celebrates with teammatesGetty Images
Paper Round’s view: Welbeck has struggled with inconsistency, as he has since he broke through in his time at Manchester United. He has also been more seriously hamstrung by some extensive problems with his knee, which has kept him out for much of the last few years at the Emirates Stadium. He is not an emphatic goalscorer, but he would be an upgrade on Crystal Palace’s current striking options.
Chelsea refuse to loan Loftus-Cheek
Maurizio Sarri is refusing to countenance an offer for Ruben Loftus-Cheek to leave the club on loan in the January transfer window. West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini wants to take the 22-year-old for the rest of the season, but Chelsea do not want to let him go. That is despite Loftus-Cheek making just three starts this season, in the Carabao Cup and Europa League.
Cesc Fabregas of Chelsea celebrates with teammate Ruben Loftus-Cheek.Getty Images
Paper Round’s view: If Loftus-Cheek is going to end the season with around 10 first team starts, and none of them in the Premier League, then it would be no surprise to see him force his way out of the club in the summer. He is already an England international, so it makes no sense that he should spend his formative years not playing regular first-team domestic football.
City monitor Wan-Bissaka
Manchester City are keen on Crystal Palace defender Aaron Wan-Bissaka. Wan-Bissaka made his debut in February this year, and has emerged as one of the most impressive and promising young English players in the league. There is no rush for City as they have Kyle Walker and Danilo currently available. Everton are also keen on the 20-year-old.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Aaron Wan-Bissaka.Getty Images
Paper Round’s view: Wan-Bissaka would count towards the homegrown requirement in City’s squad, which might become more important should they be punished over recent alleged discrepancies over how they passed Financial Fair Play requirements. For the player, he should consider whether leaving regular Premier League football at this stage of his career is a sensible move.