Mourinho given assurances the United job is his

Jose Mourinho is still the man the boardroom at Old Trafford want, according to the Sun. They reveal that despite worries PSG's manager Laurent Blanc would available to take on the gig at United, there have been reassurances made to Mourinho in the last couple of days that he still in demand by the Red Devils. The report also says negotiations have been at an advanced stage for a while and are close to being completed, ensuring the former Chelsea boss will earn a record £60 million over three years.
Paper Round's view: It's still very hard to tell what exactly is going behind the scenes, but it seems as if other interested managers have an uphill battle to convince United to make them a priority over Mourinho. This should be enough to keep us dreaming of a Pep vs Jose Manchester derby.
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United seek to close £46m deal for teenage sensation Renato Sanches

Benfica's decision makers have arrived in London for talks with United according to the Daily Mail, as the Red Devils seek to finalise the signing of wonderkid Renato Sanches. Sanches is currently under contract at Benfica until 2021 with a buyout clause of nearly £60m, but the Mail are reporting they are willing to sell for £31m upfront with £15m in add-ons. The report says the lively box to box midfielder has a strong chance to head to United, pending on this round of talks.

Renato Sanches in action against Astana's Foxi Kethevoama

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Paper Round's view: £46m plus other handling fees is a lot of money for someone in their first season of football. By all means believe the hype, as Sanches has incredible speed, skill and spatial awareness. But it is a massive risk and no one is guaranteed to become world class. Time to haggle for a less risky price, United.
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Arsenal join Chelsea's chase for Dortmund's Henrikh Mkhitaryan

The Mirror are reporting that Henrikh Mkhitaryan of Borussia Dortmund could be on his way to the Premier League, as Chelsea and Arsenal fight for the services of the Armenia international. Mkhitaryan has reportedly made it clear he wants a move to London, as Dortmund fear they could lose the ace as early as the summer. The Gunners can offer him Champions League football next season whereas Chelsea can't, and it was a significant factor in Mkhitaryan's failed move to Liverpool, opting for Dortmund instead because of the promise of elite European game time.

Tottenham's Eric Dier in action with Borussia Dortmund's Henrikh Mkhitaryan

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Paper Round's view: Mkhitaryan would be interesting in Premier League football, purely to see how his pure pace would work in a more physical league. The promise of Champions League should be the decider on where he goes, depending on if Chelsea can stump up enough cash to make the wait a bit easier.
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Swansea eye Joe Allen reunion

Joe Allen could be heading back to Wales, as Swansea are attempting to get the midfielder back from Liverpool, according to the Daily Mail. Allen left the club in 2012, after coach Brendan Rodgers brought him along to Merseyside and dubbed him the "Welsh Xavi". Allen is in the final year of his contract at Liverpool, with Swansea attempting to haggle the £10m price tag that the Reds have put on him.

Liverpool's Joe Allen in action against Sunderland

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Paper Round's view: Allen has shown a fair bit in the second half of the season, an obvious ploy now he's being made to play for that next Liverpool contract. Whether he's back at Swansea next season is entirely down to how Jurgen Klopp rates him as a player in an end of season review.
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