UNITED WANT JAPAN STRIKER
It isn’t a huge surprise that Manchester United would want a new striker in January. Wayne Rooney looks like a man playing with a sack of potatoes around his middle; Anthony Martial desperately needs some support.
The identity of said striker may cause eyebrows to raise, however. The Daily Mirror reckon United are eyeing up a move for FC Mainz striker Yushinori Muto. Muto is a Japan international, but has only scored two goals in 17 games at international level.
Muto has been more prolific at club level, scoring seven times for Mainz this season after joining from FC Tokyo in May. He would cost £10m, apparently. We’re also allowed to say that he would sell a lot of shirts.
ARSENAL TO PAY £33M FOR KRYCHOWIAK
Christmas might be out of the way, but Arsenal supporters still have one request for a wonderful present; a new central midfielder.
The Sun reckon they can bring fans glad tidings of comfort and joy, claiming that Arsenal are set to launch a £33m move for Sevilla midfielder Grzegorz Krychowiak. That’s a fair whack of money. It’s also the value of the Polish midfielder’s minimum fee release clause, so it does make some sense.
The only fly in the ointment is that Arsene Wenger refused to pay the £22m asking price for Krychowiak last summer. Has he really changed his mind to the tune of £11m?
GUARDIOLA WANTS NEYMAR. YAWN
Another day, another spurious story about Neymar leaving Barcelona. Christmas Eve brought claims that Manchester United would sign the Brazilian while Manchester City went after Lionel Messi. Now Spanish newspaper Sport has flip-reversed it.
They claim that Guardiola wants Neymar to be the big signing of his first summer in charge at City. It’s probably worth pointing out that an agreement to even join the club has not yet been announced.
Even this claim is a bit wishy-washy. Sport actually claims that Neymar is one of the players City are looking at. Presumably in the same way Mila Kunis is ‘one of’ the women we’re looking at dating.
VARDY TO DOUBLE HIS MONEY
Jamie Vardy receiving a new contract offer from Leicester City isn’t exactly a shock horror. With supposed interest from Chelsea and Manchester City, among others, Leicester will need to up his wage considerably in order to ward off suitors.
That’s exactly what John Cross in the Daily Mirror is saying. He believes that Vardy will be given a deal worth £80,000 a week, which is double his current wage.
Vardy only signed his £40,000-a-week deal in 2014 and still has two and a half years left. Still, he might as well cash in while the sun is shining.