Paper News and Gossip: Man Utd Bid for Luke Shaw, Mourinho Hits out at Wenger

Ian Rodgers@irodgers66World Football Staff WriterJanuary 25, 2014

Paper News and Gossip: Man Utd Bid for Luke Shaw, Mourinho Hits out at Wenger

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    With the capture of Juan Mata virtually sealed, Manchester United are again the main protagonists in the back-page headlines on Saturday.

    Reports claim David Moyes has made an offer for Southampton full-back Luke Shaw, while the Old Trafford manager could be set for a further transfer foray into European football.

    Elsewhere, Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has hit back at Arsene Wenger over his comments about the sale of Mata to United.

    But who else is making the headlines on Saturday? Read on to find out more.

Luke Shaw Lined Up by Man Utd as David Moyes Reportedly Attends Bayern Game

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    Manchester United have made a £22.5 million offer to Southampton for left-back Shaw, reports Alan Nixon of the Daily Mirror.

    With the deal for Chelsea midfielder Mata almost complete, the article claims Shaw is the next target for Old Trafford boss Moyes.

    Mark Ogden and Matt Law of the Daily Telegraph report that United striker Wayne Rooney is closing in on a new £300,000 per week deal at Old Trafford.

    John Edwards of the Daily Mail also reports that Moyes attended Bayern Munich's win over Borussia Monchengladbach on Friday night.

    Edwards adds that the United boss was in the company of Toni Kroos' agent, Sascha Breese, at the match, where Mario Mandzukic and Patrick Herrmann are also being considered, according to the article.

    Former United manager Sir Alex Ferguson claims sacking Moyes will not happen despite a disappointing start to his reign, reports Martin Blackburn of The Sun (subscription required).

    Meanwhile, United defender Rio Ferdinand has been linked with a move to MLS, according to David McDonnell of the Daily Mirror.

Chelsea Manager Jose Mourinho Laughs off Arsene Wenger Criticism of Mata Sale

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    Chelsea manager Joe Mourinho was less than impressed at the words of his Arsenal counterpart Arsene Wenger, who questioned why midfielder Juan Mata was being sold to Manchester United.

    The Gunners' boss highlighted the fact that Chelsea had already played United twice in the Premier League before the departure of the Spain international.

    But Andrew Dillon of The Sun (subscription required) reported how Mourinho countered Wenger's criticism:

    Wenger complaining is normal because he always does. 

    When a player plays for a club on August 20 and two weeks later plays against  the same club with a different shirt, this is normal. 

    This is the market. We don’t do the market, we don’t do the rules. 

    If Wenger sells Mesut Ozil to United I will be very happy because he’s selling a very important player. 

    He should be very happy Chelsea sold a player like Juan Mata. But I think it’s also a bit of his nature. 

    We have to accept the way he is. But when he says this is not fair, I think what is not fair is that his team always has the best days to play. Always. Always.

    However, in the same article, Wenger insists he was not criticising the sale, he was merely offering an opinion:

    What I said was not a complaint, it was just an opinion. People can think about it and say ‘no, that is right as it is’ and we’ll accept it.

    I was asked a question and gave an honest answer.

    I still am naive enough to think people are sometimes more interested in ideas than about creating conflicts. But no, it’s an illusion.

Arsenal Closing in on Transfer of Schalke Midfielder Julian Draxler

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    Arsenal are nearing a £30 million deal to bring Schalke midfielder Julian Draxler to the club, reports Shaun Custis of The Sun (subscription required).

    However, Wenger played down the move after the FA Cup fourth-round win over Coventry City on Friday night, as Custis highlighted:

    That is an illusion. There’s nothing happening. Honestly, no. 

    We have no need to take players on the flanks. We have Alex-Oxlade Chamberlain coming back, we have 17 players on the flanks. 

    You can ask the same question in a different way... I know this tactic. 

    I sometimes give the same answer in a different way — but the answer is still no.

    Meanwhile, Wenger has been given hope in the chase for Bayern Munich striker Mario Mandzukic after the player was omitted from the squad to face Borussia Monchengladbach on Friday, reports the Daily Mirror.

West Ham United Baulk at Wages for Manchester City Defender Joleon Lescott

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    West Ham United are having second thoughts on the transfer of Joleon Lescott from Manchester City due to the player's wage demands, reports Alex Richards of the Daily Mirror.

    The England international had been considering a £90,000 per week loan to Upton Park, but the East London club are now uncertain of the wage deal, claims the article.

    Lescott, 31, is eager to force his way back into the England squad ahead of the World Cup finals, and Fulham and Aston Villa are also keen on the former Everton man, according to the report.

    Meanwhile, Antony Kastrinakis of The Sun (subscription required) claims that the current controversy surrounding Barcelona could help City in their Champions League tie against the Camp Nou side next month.

Bits and Pieces: Yohan Cabaye, Michael Laudrup, Kenwyne Jones, Ross McCormack

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    Paris Saint-Germain head coach Laurent Blanc has confirmed his interest in signing Newcastle midfielder Yohan Cabaye, reports David Coverdale of The Sun (subscription required).

    The Ligue 1 champions would have to pay more than £20 million for Cabaye, according to the article, but Blanc is quoted as saying he has a fall-back option of Miralem Pjanic at Roma:

    Pjanic could be interesting for Paris Saint-Germain for the winter transfer window.

    He could be a good alternative to Cabaye.

    Their profiles are good and they are both targets for PSG.

    Swansea City manager Michael Laudrup has refused to discuss his future after reports emerged earlier this week that he will leave the club in the summer, reports Matt Lloyd of the Daily Mirror.

    Cardiff City are hoping to complete a deal for Stoke City striker Kenwyne Jones by offering Peter Odemwingie as part of the deal, claims John Cross of the Daily Mirror.

    West Ham have questioned the £5 million price tag placed on Leeds United striker Ross McCormack, reports Andrew Dillon of The Sun.