Gossip: Antonio, Ibrahimovic, Costa, Vardy

Date published: Tuesday 8th March 2016 9:16

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UNITED WANT ANTONIO… AND ZLATAN?
Well well, we really are being treated this morning. Somebody turned the Manchester United spurious transfer-ometer up to 11.

Firstly, a report in the Daily Star claims that United are interested in signing Michail Antonio from West Ham. Remember the golden rule: Player + 10 decent Premier League games = Rumoured interest from United.

The whole report comes from someone calling themselves ‘Football Insider’. Us neither.

Next up is Le 10 Sport. The French publication believes that Jose Mourinho is so confident of landing the United job in the summer that he has already sounded out Zlatan Ibrahimovic (the best old man in Europe) over a move.

The intention is to provide both support and competition for Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford, which does make sense. It’s also worth pointing out that Zlatan’s love for Jose Mourinho is something very real indeed. He once said he’d die for the Portuguese, which probably won’t be necessary.

 

PSG WANT DIEGO COSTA
‘Chelsea rocked as European giants plot stunning swoop for their star striker,’ reads the Daily Star’s headline. Chief sports writer David Woods has got himself another big transfer scoop. Wonder if this one will happen?

Woods claims that Paris St Germain are aiming to sign Diego Costa this summer. We’re not quite sure how that will ‘rock’ Chelsea; they can just say no.

The Star also claim that PSG could offer money for Costa plus Edinson Cavani, which would be a ballsy shout given that Ezequiel Lavezzi has left and Zlatan Ibrahimovic is leaving.

Chelsea are hosting PSG on the Champions League on Wednesday. This all feels like a well-timed leak.

 

VARDY HAS £30M BUY_OUT CLAUSE
An ‘exclusive’ from the Times now, who reveal that Jamie Vardy’s new contract at Leicester contains a buy-out clause which allows him to move should any club offer £30m for his signature.

Vardy signed a new three-and-a-half year deal in January amid reported interest from Chelsea and Manchester United, increasing his wages to £80,000 a week. While that was a show of loyalty to Leicester, it has now become clear that Vardy still has an escape route.

That said, Vardy is now 29. Any club that offers £30m to sign him can rightly be labelled as fools.

 

AND THE REST
Real Madrid will target David de Gea and Eden Hazard this summer as they look to complete a major shake-up for their squad…Tottenham are prepared to commit £24m to finally land Saido Berahino this summer…Leicester City are keen on £12m Midtjylland striker Pione Sisto who scored twice against Manchester United in the Europa League…Tottenham have opened talks over a new contract with manager Mauricio Pochettino…Leicester’s French midfielder N’Golo Kante, 24, is in line for a new deal to see off interest from big clubs…

…Everton boss Roberto Martinez has an increasingly uncertain future at the club amid rising supporter unrest… Former Arsenal defender Emmanuel Eboue, 32, is thought to have agreed a short-term deal with Sunderland, despite missing out on the Premier League club’s Under-21 game on Monday…Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney has been spotted in Dubai playing with a tiger as he continues his comeback from a knee injury…England defender Luke Shaw hopes to return to training next month and could play for Manchester United before the end of the season.

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