Gossip: Utd rival Spurs and Real; Bale, Griezmann

Date published: Saturday 23rd December 2017 7:48

UNITED EYE FULHAM STARLET SESSEGNON
Manchester United are said to be willing to let Luke Shaw leave in January, but they might get his replacement for half the £50million they were supposedly willing to spluff on Danny Rose.

The new-ish name in the frame is Ryan Sessegnon. The Fulham defender doesn’t turn 18 until the end of the season but that hasn’t stopped Tottenham and Real Madrid from tailing him.

Sessegnon has also been on United’s radar for some time too and, according to The Guardian, the Red Devils are said to be ready to start the bidding at £25million.

The England Under-19 starlet operates as a left-back but can also be employed further up the field, as evidenced by his hat-trick in a 5-4 win over Sheffield United last month.

As well as Sessegnon, Tottenham are also tracking his twin brother Steven, who also plies his trade for Fulham as well as England Under-17s, and Shaw too, who appears not to have won over Mourinho.

 

RED DEVILS READY FOR BIG NAME ARRIVAL
Apparently, the United squad are expecting a big name arrival in the summer. Well, yeah…

The Manchester Evening News says the talk among Mourinho’s squad is of a move for either Gareth Bale or Antoine Griezmann. Bale is widely reported to be heading towards the Real Madrid exit, while Griezmann has been told that Atletico will not stand in his way should he express a wish to leave.

France star Greizmann, however, is supposedly Barcelona-bound, despite Atletico’s complaint to FIFA over Barca’s advances on the 24-year-old. Bale, though, is said to have set his heart on a return to the Premier League, specifically with United. But that report comes from Don Balon so treat it with a fistful of salt.

 

LUKAKU’S GRIPE REVEALED
In between debates over whether they would rather play with Bale or Griezmann, some of the United players might want to check on Romelu Lukaku and give him a big cuddle.

The Mirror claim they know the reason why he has refused to celebrate his last two goals for the club: apparently he’s sulking over Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Ibra returned last month from a career-threatening knee injury and despite the player and his manager talking him up as a deep-lying forward, Lukaku is supposedly unhappy with Zlatan coming off the bench and telling him to shuffle off out wide while the big man gets to work through the middle.

Lukaku is also supposedly unhappy with Mourinho and his staff for not pulling up Ibrahimovic, perhaps unaware of where the instruction is likely to have come from in the first place.

According to The Mirror’s story, “Lukaku, 24, feels aggrieved – especially as he showed the older man respect by asking for his blessing to take over the No 9 shirt in July”.

Grown men, apparently…

 

AND THE REST
Sergio Aguero’s future at Manchester City is in doubt as he is unhappy with Pep Guardiola’s failure to play him in the club’s biggest matches…Antonio Conte is desperate to land the Real Madrid job, with current boss Zinedine Zidane under pressure ahead of the Clasico against Barcelona…West Ham have had an £8m bid for Bournemouth midfielder Harry Arter rejected, but are set to return with an improved offer when the January transfer window opens…Lazio president Claudio Lotito says he will not stand in the way of Stefan de Vrij if the Liverpool target chooses to leave the club when his contract expires at the end of the season…Manchester United had to send staff to Paul Pogba’s house to wake him up after he failed to report for a post-match training session.

Manchester City are backing plans to add a 39th game, which would be played abroad, to the Premier League calendar…David Moyes does not want to discuss extending his West Ham contract until the season has finished, despite his current deal expiring in the summer…Crystal Palace are targeting Basel forward Mohamed Elyounoussi and 6ft 9in Gillingham goalkeeper Tomas Holy in the January transfer window…Wayne Rooney will have been heartbroken to have retired from international duty, according to Antonio Conte…Tottenham could loan out Georges-Kevin Nkoudou so as they can give his place in their Champions League squad to the fit-again Erik Lamela.

Gareth Bale has told Real Madrid that he wants to quit the Bernabeu and return to the Premier League with Manchester United…Jose Mourinho is eyeing a move for Monaco winger Thomas Lemar, and has drawn up a shortlist that also contains Justin Kluivert, Christian Pulisic and Malcom…Chelsea are lining up a swap deal that would see David Luiz move to AC Milan and Leonardo Bonucci arrive at Stamford Bridge…Sam Allardyce says he wants to sign a new striker and a new full-back in January, but says he won’t sign Steven N’Zonzi as Everton already have enough midfielders…Arsenal are leading Manchester United in the race to sign Juventus defender Daniele Rugani and will make a £34.5m offer for the him in January…West Ham are set to launch a £20m bid for Swansea defender Alfie Mawson when the transfer window opens.

Jurgen Klopp will battle his old club Borussia Dortmund to sign Basel’s 22-year-old defender Manuel Akanji…Brighton are set to test Celtic’s resolve with a £20m bid for Moussa Dembele, but is valued by the Scottish champions at £30m…Mauricio Pellegrino has told Virgil van Dijk he is no longer guaranteed a place in the Southampton team…Pep Guardiola says he feels sorry for Manchester City’s rivals because his side are so good…Mauricio Pellegrino insists that Dele Alli is still “so important” for Tottenham, despite his dip in form.


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