CITY WANTED NEYMAR AND MESSI
Now we’re not saying that we don’t believe The Sun website’s Sunni Upal has a source in the Manchester City boardroom, but his last big EXCLUSIVE – in July – was that ‘Paul Pogba would rather join Barcelona, Real Madrid or even Manchester City than link up with Jose Mourinho at Manchester United’, and he has barely 400 followers on Twitter. It seems highly unlikely that he has been given the nod by a high-up at City that they are interested in signing two of world football’s biggest stars.
But you clicked on a gossip link because you want gossip so here goes. This is what Upal writes: ‘MANCHESTER CITY had THREE conversations with the representatives of Lionel Messi and Neymar before realising neither was attainable for now.’
Boom. Thanks for that, Sunni.
SANCHEZ AND MANDZUKIC TO SWAP?
On Thursday, Sami Mokbel of the Daily Mail reported that ‘there is not so much optimism’ at Arsenal that Alexis Sanchez will sign a new deal, with the sticking point likely to be a demand for £200,000 a week. It is thought that Italian champions Juventus would have no qualms about matching that figure, with the Chilean happy to return to Italy where he had a very good spell with Udinese.
The good people (well, people) at Calcio Mercato Web claim that Juve could offer Mario Mandzukic as part of the deal because a) Arsenal have shown an interest in him in the past and b) he is surplus to requirements after the signing of Gonzalo Higuain.
FOR WHOM THE BELOTTI TOILS…
It could be either Liverpool or Arsenal, according to Calcio Mercato Web, clearly the only people still providing transfer bullsh*t despite it being September and nothing is actually happening. They claim that Torino striker Andrea Belotti is a target for both Arsenal and Liverpool. They would obviously have been impressed with his hat-trick against Bologna before the international break, though he is now missing through injury.