Gossip: Leeds eye PSG star; Man Utd back for Mourinho favourite

Ian Watson

It seems Leeds, Leeds, Leeds aren’t messing about this summer. The latest name to be linked with the Yorkshire side is a biggie…

According to RMC Sport, Andrea Radrizzani is trying to convince Julian Draxler to swap Paris for Beeston. The PSG attacker has struggled to cement a place in Thomas Tuchel’s first XI and Leeds are among a number of clubs, including Bayer Leverkusen, attempting to convince the 26-year-old to move on.

Unfortunately for Leeds, it is proving a tough sell. Draxler is said to be quite content in Paris, especially as he enters the final year of his contract at the Parc des Princes.

Radrizzani may be getting a little further with 18-year-old Dinamo Zagreb defender Josko Gvardiol


There’s barely a winger in Europe who at some point this summer hasn’t been described as a Jadon Sancho alternative. And that list will continue to grow until Manchester United make a serious, concrete move for the Borussia Dortmund star.

The latest Plan B is a winger who formed a large part of Jose Mourinho’s 2018 masterplan. Ivan Perisic was courted by the former United boss two years ago when it was reportedly decided that the Croatia star was not marketable enough. But Ed Woodward may be more open to signing Perisic as a stop-gap.

Bayern Munich employed a similar tactic when they took the 31-year-old on a season-long loan last year while they waited for Leroy Sane. Now Perisic is back at Inter Milan and while Bayern are said to be willing to do a permanent deal, The Mirror suggests United could make a belated move.


Aston Villa are trying to hurry Arsenal along over Emiliano Martinez…

The Argentinian goalkeeper finally had a taste of being No.1 while Bernd Leno was injured and now the Germany stopper is back, Martinez is reluctant to return to the bench.

Villa have made a couple of offers for Martinez, the second coming in at around £20million, and the Daily Mail says the Villans want the keeper in their goal by the weekend. But The Express suggests they are looking at Man Utd’s Sergio Romero as an alternative.

Arsenal are in no hurry to wave goodbye to Martinez while they don’t have adequate cover. The Mirror says the Gunners have been offered PSG’s Alphonse Areola on a season-long loan, but Fulham and Chelsea are also sniffing around the France international.


Chelsea defender Fikayo Tomori is close to joining Everton on a season-long loan… Leicester are favourites to sign Bournemouth winger David Brooks… Liverpool are considering selling Rhian Brewster as long as they retain a buy-back option… Watford striker Andre Gray is a target for West Brom while Sheffield United forward Callum Robinson is to have a medical at The Hawthorns…  Bournemouth have made a loan bid for Tottenham defender Cameron Carter-Vickers… Bournemouth also want Tyrese Campbell from Stoke.