MAN UNITED STILL WANT PERISIC
This is very much a case of 2+2 gossip but it is a Monday in February and beggars cannot be choosers. The Daily Mirror website claim that United still want Inter Milan winger Ivan Perisic, which is pretty much the exact opposite of what Mourinho said after the win over Huddersfield Town.
The Mirror say that ‘a move for Perisic is likely to hinge on whether Inter can offer him Champions League football’. Likely? We suspect it’s likelier to hinge on whether Manchester United decide they need another winger. Reinforcements in central midfield and full-back positions are more ‘likely’ to be high on their agenda.
OR IS IT KOVACIC?
This sounds more likely and comes from Spanish newspaper AS, who claim that Manchester United are one of four teams – along with Juventus, Inter Milan and Tottenham Hotspur – who are interested in Real Madrid midfielder Mateo Kovacic.
But Real Madrid are not interested in selling the 23-year-old, even though he has started only one La Liga game this season; he is seen as the long-term replacement for Luka Modric.
File this under ‘absolutely massive leap’ from The Express, who have taken Manchester United links with Ajax youngster Justin Kluivert, tucked them under their arm and run with them…arriving at an exit for Marcus Rashford.
‘MANCHESTER UNITED star Marcus Rashford could be forced to give up on his Old Trafford career if Jose Mourinho lands Patrick Kluivert in the summer,’ it says, providing your first clue that this has not come from a place of great knowledge.
a) It’s not Patrick.
b) Clubs are allowed more than one young player at any one time.
AND THE REST
West Ham’s Mexican forward Javier Hernandez says he will give “100%” dedication…Leicester winger Marc Albrighton has denied the Foxes players are angry with Algeria winger Riyad Mahrez… Jack Colback says he was “treated more like a number than a human being” and shown no respect at Newcastle…Former England manager Steve McClaren is a contender to become the new Leeds manager.