MAN UNITED GET ISCO FEVER
While one newspaper tells us that Jose Mourinho will drop Wayne Rooney, another (The Daily Mirror) is telling us that Manchester United could sign a replacement No. 10 in January, with Real Madrid’s Isco apparently top of the list. The Spaniard has only featured from the bench in La Liga this season and is said to be available for about £25m (though ISport claim there will be no money to spend in January).
‘The 24-year-old is out of favour at the Bernabeu and set to be allowed to leave when the transfer window re-opens in the New Year,’ says the Daily Mirror.
Elsewhere, United are being linked once again with William Carvalho, with A Bola claiming that they are once again watching the central midfielder. They just need somebody who can run…
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PHIL JONES FOR SALE
This seems pretty sodding obvious to us but The Sun website are claiming an exclusive that ‘MANCHESTER UNITED flop Phil Jones is set to be dumped by boss Jose Mourinho in January’. What’s not so obvious is that they are claiming interest from both Arsenal and Liverpool. Why would any elite Premier League club want a player who started six league games last season?
The Sun quotes an Old Trafford ‘insider’ as saying: “Jose Mourinho is looking to offload Jones. They have reached the end of the line with him.” They seem to think they will get somebody to pay £10m for Jones, who has missed the start of this season with a knee injury.
BARCA TO GET BELLERIN FOR £30M
That’s the front-page claim in Sport, who put the Arsenal full-back on their front page for the second successive day. On Monday they told us that Barcelona’s technical director Robert Fernandez had been in contact with Bellerin to make it clear that they wanted him back in Spain, and on Tuesday the newspaper names the price they believe will be enough. That doesn’t sound quite like enough to us.
In recent years Gerard Pique, Cesc Fabregas, Jordi Alba and Denis Suarez have all returned to the club having left as youngsters.