MARKOVIC TO HULL…
‘Liverpool would allow winger Lazar Markovic to join relegation-threatened Hull City on loan, a source has told ESPN FC,’ claims ESPN, oddly enough. It’s not going well for Markovic at Sporting, where he has started just two league games – the last of which came in October. Should Liverpool and Sporting come to an agreement, the loan could be cancelled and Markovic would be free to join Hull on loan.
According to the Liverpool Echo: ‘Hull boss Marco Silva is keen to secure the 22-year-old’s services on a temporary basis and Klopp is happy to sanction that move. Talks are ongoing between the clubs over a potential deal.’ They go on to claim that there is ‘no way back for him’ at Anfield.
GUEDES NOT JOINING MAN UNITED
There were very strong rumours emanating from Portugal on Sunday that Benfica winger Goncalo Guedes was on his way to Manchester United in a £26m deal. They predicted that he would be left out of Benfica’s line-up for their clash with Tondela; and so it came to pass.
But Benfica manager Rui Vitorio insisted: “The coach is here to make decisions. I decided this was not the game Gonçalo Guedes to play in. I have to make choices, there are more players at Benfica and I chose to play them. End of story. Guedes didn’t play because I choose to pick other players. I have no indication that he will leave.”
Well, we don’t believe you. But we do believe one man when it comes to what is in the mind of Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho…
— Duncan Castles (@DuncanCastles) January 22, 2017
Portuguese reports on Monday suggest that he may well join PSG instead. Or at least that’s what Benfica want us to think…
JOSE HAPPY TO SEE ROONEY MOVE TO CHINA
We bet he is. The Mirror claim that ‘Chinese champions Guangzhou Evergrande and Super League rivals Beijing Guoan are prepared to fork out a staggering £700,000-a-week to lure record-breaking Rooney away from Manchester United’ and the manager will not stand in his way.
“I don’t know, it’s up to him,” said Mourinho. “I don’t like to be critical of players who decide to go to China. It’s their life, it’s their organisation of their life, their organisation of their career. “The money is huge. The experience can also be interesting. I know some of my colleagues think they are more important than they are and think they can interfere in the lives of other people, but I’m not that sort of guy.”
AND THE REST
Everton are targeting Chelsea’s Serbia defender Branislav Ivanovic, 32, to replace their 34-year-old England centre-back Phil Jagielka…Manchester United will make a decision this week on whether to bring forward the £38m signing of Benfica defender Victor Lindelof…Everton’s 22-year-old Spanish winger Gerard Deulofeu will have a medical on Monday before joining Italian side AC Milan on loan…Watford will sign Fiorentina’s Argentine striker Mauro Zarate, 29, on loan for the rest of the season before completing a £2.4m deal in the summer for the former West Ham United player…Brentford striker Scott Hogan is expected to complete a move to West Ham this week…Barnsley midfielder Conor Hourihane has admitted his head has been turned by interest from Championship rivals Aston Villa.