GOOD LUCK, FELLA
To be fair to Jose Mourinho, you or I would probably be ‘mildly annoyed’ if they thought the prospect of Marouane Fellaini joining Liverpool was real. It is not often a former Everton and current Manchester United player would have the option of moving to Anfield, but L’Equipe are pretty insistent that moves have been made.
The French newspaper reports that Liverpool have even drawn up a three-year contract for Fellaini, whose deal at Old Trafford expires this summer. They say it ‘mildly annoys’ Mourinho that Fellaini could leave, never mind to a direct rival.
L’Equipe says Besiktas, Monaco and PSG have also made proposals to Fellaini, as well as Chinese Super League clubs. The Belgian would prefer to stay in Europe.
The last player to transfer between Liverpool and Manchester United was Phil Chisnall in 1964. Only nine players have braved the journey from one of the bitter rivals to the other. We are all on board for number 10.
‘RIGHT,’ SAID FRED
It appears that Manchester United have developed something of a taste for beating Manchester City. Coming from two goals down at half-time to stall their title celebrations on Saturday was not enough; now they want Fred.
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Anyway, the future of Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Fred has been on the agenda for weeks. Both Manchester clubs have targeted him and it was thought that City had already agreed a deal for Brazilian ahead of this summer, but John Cross of the Daily Mirror says United are his ‘most likely option’.
The key could be the asking price. Shakhtar want around £50m for Fred, and those stingy buggers at the Etihad ‘will not pay over what they see as a fair valuation’. Not unless he’s a full-back. They love paying for them.
Arsenal have also been linked but this is a battle they will likely not even enter due to the fees involved. Which leaves United in a queue of one. They will need to replace Fellaini when he’s lining up for Liverpool.
Quite what Aaron Cresswell has done to deserve a £25million price tag is beyond any mere mortal, but The Sun are reporting that Everton are willing to part with such cash to prise him from West Ham.
Justin Allen quotes a source as saying: “Aaron is keen on moving back to Liverpool and Everton would be a great move for him.” Quite why either club would be keen on signing him is another matter, but still. Someone had better let Leighton Baines know.
AND THE REST
West Brom goalkeeper Ben Foster, 35, wants to stay if the Baggies are relegated from the Premier League… Sheffield Wednesday’s 19-year-old forward George Hirst – son of ex-Owls striker David – is set to join Manchester United, with the Championship side due compensation for the move.