MANCHESTER UNITED WANT PEP
With most of the German media reporting that Pep Guardiola’s move to Manchester City has already been signed and sealed, Neil Ashton in the Daily Mail has taken a different tact entirely.
‘Manchester United are ready to muscle in on Manchester City and Chelsea’s bid to lure Pep Guardiola to the Barclays Premier League,’ Ashton writes. ‘United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward, who is reluctant to fire Louis van Gaal following a run of six games without a win, has the outgoing Bayern Munich manager in his sights.’
Ashton also says that United have serious reservations about Jose Mourinho, and are prepared to chase Pep instead.
This might all look a bit silly if Guardiola’s move to City is announced in the near future.
CHELSEA TO BID FOR POGBA AND GRIEZMANN
Good luck, is the obvious response to that headline.
To be honest, this looks like the biggest crock of s**t going, courtesy of the Daily Star but taken from BuzzSport. Nope, us neither.
They claim that Chelsea will bid £110m to sign Paul Pogba from Juventus and Antoine Griezmann from Atletico Madrid. Amazingly, £46m is the fee mentioned for Griezmann, which means they think £64m will be enough to sign Pogba. Not on your bloody nelly.
BuzzSport’s latest offering is the claim that Manchester United will offer €190m for Neymar, while City will offer €200m for Lionel Messi. *Closes Buzzsport window*
CHAMBERS BACK TO SOUTHAMPTON
Interesting line from The Sun now, and it’s not their reaction to Van Gaal’s press conference. For people whose job it is to question and analyse, they sure don’t like being questioned or analysed.
They claim that Calum Chambers is on his way back to Southampton on loan from Arsenal until the end of the season, with the Saints wanting to extend that loan until the end of next season. Surely that’s only going to happen if Mathieu Debuchy hangs around, which seems unlikely.
Still, there is no doubt that Chambers needs minutes, and has dropped down the pecking order at Arsenal. He cost £16m, remember.
CURTIS AT SWANSEA UNTIL THE SUMMER?
To the Daily Mirror now, and their line on Swansea City.
In fact, it’s slightly less interesting than first appeared. We thought that Alan Curtis was going to be left in temporary charge until the end of the season, but he’ actually just saying that he would be happy to do that if required.
Things have gone awfully quiet at the Liberty Stadium. After all the talk of Dennis Bergkamp, Ryan Giggs, Marcelo Bielsa et all, things have tailed off. Sheffield Wednesday manager Carlos Carvahal was the last name to be mentioned.