FERNANDES TELLS SPORTING HE WANTS MAN UTD MOVE
Ed Woodward and his record at Manchester United came under more public scrutiny yesterday after the defeat to Liverpool – have you read 16 Conclusions? – but the morning after the morning after is usually the time for the inevitable transfer tittle-tattle to distract everyone from the shambles in the Old Trafford boardroom. So tune in tomorrow.
Today, all we can offer is the latest update on Bruno Fernandes: there is no update. United are still not coming up with the money required to sign the Sporting Lisbon midfielder.
But Sky Sports says Fernandes has told Sporting that he is ‘desperate’ to make the move and ‘there is a willingness’ on all sides to get a deal done. United may be a little more amenable if talks restart today, as they are expected.
UNITED EYE TEMPORARY SOLUTION TO STRIKER PROBLEM
Erling Haaland’s debut hat-trick came at the wrong time for United. The striker who was said to be United’s top target this month bagged three in 23 minutes on Saturday, just while the Red Devils were looking at the X-rays of Marcus Rashford’s back, wondering ‘what the hell are we going to do now?’
The answer to which appears to involve loan signings. United were already looking for loan midfielders, now multiple reports claim they are eyeing a striker on a temporary basis too. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said as much yesterday.
So that will be two players in United’s XI who can’t get into the first XI at what they consider their European rivals.
CAVANI WANTS IMMEDIATE PSG EXIT
United could go and buy Edinson Cavani.
The striker has told PSG he doesn’t want to wait for the expiry of his contract in the summer and he wants to leave this month.
Atletico Madrid have had an £8.5million offer rejected by the Parisians, who were said to be looking for three times that figure.
Here comes Woodward to offer £5million…
SPURS EYE LEICESTER STRIKER
Spurs are also desperately searching for a striker and the Telegraph reckons Jose Mourinho is going on a fox hunt…
Talks with AC Milan over Krzysztof Piatek have gone nowhere so Spurs are looking towards Monaco at Leicester striker Islam Slimani.
The Algeria striker has scored eight in 11 starts while on loan in Ligue 1 and Mourinho is said to be looking at the possibility of making Leicester an offer they can’t refuse to recall the 31-year-old before packing him off to White Hart Lane.
Aston Villa have already registered an interest in Slimani but Brendan Rodgers said last week that a deal with the Villans might be ‘too complicated’.
AND THE REST
PSG left-back Layvin Kurzawa will join Arsenal on a five-year deal in the summer… The Gunners will move for Jerome Boateng on loan before spending big on RB Leipzig centre-back Dayot Upamecano in the summer… Inter Milan want Christian Eriksen signed in time for their match against Cagliari next weekend… Inter are still hoping to sign Victor Moses, Olivier Giroud and Luka Modric… Leicester and Villa are eyeing Amiens striker Serhou Guirassy… Inter have rejected Man City and Barcelona’s bids for Inter centre-back Alessandro Bastoni… Liverpool are considering an offer for Nice’s teenage midfielder Pedro Brazao… Lyon are rivalling Arsenal for Athletico Paranaense defensive midfielder Bruno Guimaraes.
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