Paper Talk: Man Utd move hits huge buffer as agreement reached for top defender; Ozil remarks spark Arsenal outrage

Man Utd’s move for a top defender hits the rocks, while Mesut Ozil’s recent comments spark anger from Arsenal – all in the latest Paper Talk.



Napoli have a ‘gentleman’s agreement’ over the signing of defender Gabriel Magalhaes, according to a report.

The latest development is a blow to Manchester United and Arsenal, who are keen on the Lille centre-back, 22. Both United and the Gunners want to add to their defences before the new campaign kicks off next month.

However, Gianluca di Marzio claims Napoli have now entered pole position and are close to landing Gabriel.

Indeed, the source says Lille put the unofficial agreement into action recently by rejecting a £20million bid from Everton, who also want to sign the Brazilian.

Napoli are reportedly close to sealing the signing of Gabriel, with Kalidou Koulibaly’s future the only sticking point. Reports have linked Koulibaly with a big-money move to Manchester City.

Di Marzio adds that, should Napoli sell Koulibaly soon, they can begin to solidify their agreement with Lille over Gabriel further.

United are in the hunt for a centre-back to find a long-term partner to Harry Maguire. Arsenal, meanwhile, require reinforcements after tying Pablo Mari down to a permanent deal.



Arsenal are “furious” at Mesut Ozil after his comments about the club’s pay cut saga (Daily Mail)

Manchester United want clubs keen on Chris Smalling to pay £20million for a permanent deal (The Sun)

Borussia Dortmund are hoping to start a bidding war for Jadon Sancho if they keep him this summer (Daily Mirror)

Dortmund do not believe Sancho will force through a move away from the club this summer (The Telegraph)


Everton, Fulham and Sheffield United all want to sign talented Wigan youngster Antonee Robinson (Sky Sports)

Napoli are ready to talks with the Toffees about a deal to see Allan move to Goodison Park (Daily Express)

Willian will become among Arsenal’s top earners when he confirms his move across London (Daily Mail)

West Ham want £80million from Chelsea if they are to sign Declan Rice (The Times)

Manchester City are eyeing a big-money move for Tottenham midfielder Harry Winks (The Sun)

City, though, have denied making a bid for Napoli centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly (Manchester Evening News)

Manchester United have joined Chelsea in the race to sign Leicester left-back Ben Chilwell (Daily Mirror)

However, United are no closer to resolving goalkeeper Dean Henderson’s future ahead of the new season next month (Daily Mail)

Celtic’s Boli Bolingoli could face a retrospective SPFL charge for his breach of coronavirus quarantine rules (Daily Record)

Stoke have reduced their asking price for goalkeeper Jack Butland to between £8million and £10million (Sky Sports)

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