London Football News

Paper round-up: Mourinho’s budget to be cut

Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho reportedly faces the prospect of having his transfer budget significantly reduced because of the coronavirus crisis.

The Daily Mail reports that Spurs’ projected income is being affected by the suspension of football and doubts over whether naming rights for their stadium – said to be worth up to £300m – can now go ahead as planned.

American football and boxing dates have also been cancelled – Anthony Joshua had been due to fight there – in a further financial blow for the club.

The Mail say Spurs chairman Daniel Levy is set to make cutbacks and that will include a reduction in Mourinho’s budget.

Meanwhile, Arsenal continue to be linked with Gent star Jonathan David.

The Daily Mirror say the Gunners’ hopes of signing him have been boosted because he apparently wants to play in the Premier League.

The Sun, on the other hand, suggest Barcelona are also keen on David and that he would prefer to join them.

Roma could target Pedro if they are unable to agree a deal with Arsenal for Henrikh Mkhitaryan, the Daily Express claim.

Mkhitaryan has been on loan at the Italian club, who are keen to sign him on a permanent deal.

Roma have reportedly had two bids for him rejected by Arsenal.

The Express say they could turn their attention to Pedro, whose Chelsea contract expires this summer.

And Chelsea and Arsenal both want Barcelona defender Samuel Umtiti, the Express also say.