ZLATAN TO ASK FOR £600,000 A WEEK
Zlatan Ibrahimovic is being touted as the perfect free-transfer signing for every big club in Europe this summer, but there’s one way to reduce how attractive an option he is: Mega wages.
The Daily Mail’s Matt Lawton has spoken to a ‘deal insider’, who reports that Ibrahimovic is looking to be paid £600,000 a week in England. Good luck with that, fella.
Ibrahimovic is already 34, but has been offered £1m per week to play in China. The striker would rather move to England, but is still looking to double his current wages at Paris Saint-Germain.
Still, give him a two-year deal on that money. Why not? It’s only £62.4m. Oh.
UNITED INTERESTED IN POCHETTINO
From yesterday’s Mediawatch:
‘Exclusive: Jose Mourinho holds talks with Manchester United as Louis van Gaal is on his way out of Old Trafford’ – The Sun, December 20.
‘Exclusive: Jose Mourinho to Manchester United all but agreed – the final decision on sacking Louis van Gaal is now down to the Glazers’ – The Sun, December 22.
‘Exclusive: Jose Mourinho’s first move as Man United manager would be to sign Wesley Sneijder’ – The Sun, December 23.
‘Exclusive: Mauricio Pochettino could wreck Jose Mourinho’s dream of becoming Manchester United’s next manager. SunSport understands United chiefs have spoken to representatives of the Tottenham boss about succeeding Louis van Gaal’ – The Sun, February 8.
‘Jose Mourinho could take over Manchester United this month as board lose faith in Louis van Gaal’ – The Sun, February 14.
‘Jose Mourinho agrees three-year deal to become Manchester United manager’ – The Sun, February 24.
‘As SunSport exclusively revealed, the Portuguese has been offered a £60million deal to take over from Louis van Gaal at Old Trafford’ – The Sun, March 26.
‘Exclusive: SunSport understands serious discussions have been ongoing for more than a month about Jose Mourinho becoming the master of the Mestalla [Valencia coach]’ – The Sun, March 31.
So, what is The Sun’s back page the very next day? Manchester United might want Pochettino, of course. The story doesn’t even come from one of their guys in Manchester, but Neil Ashton.
‘Ed Woodward’s interest in Spurs’ Mauricio Pochettino is hotting up as he weighs up the next Manchester United manager,’ the piece begins. But you just said…?
MESSI TO CITY? AGAIN?
Well isn’t that lovely. Just when you thought that rumours of Lionel Messi joining Manchester City had gone away forever, back they come with a bang. Thanks to The Sun, of course.
It’s an ‘exclusive’ from Shaun Custis, who claims that contract talks between Messi and Barcelona have stalled, with the two parties ‘miles apart’ in their expectations. Custis says that increases the chances of City signing Messi on a five-year deal.
You know what, it might well increase the chances, but only from 0.1% to 0.5%. Messi has repeatedly said that he will not leave Barcelona and Barcelona have repeatedly said that they will not let him leave. His current deal ends in 2018.
WEST HAM IN FOR TOURE
With Yaya Toure possibly leaving Manchester City this summer, and the player himself saying that he would prefer to stay in England, the Daily Express have put two and two together and made West Ham.
In fairness, Toure’s desire to stay in England is about the only evidence the Express give of a move. Surely he’s more interested in either a) playing in the Champions League or b) earning an absolutely stupid amount of money.
Neither of those things are likely to be available at West Ham, so we’re not having it. Plus, y’know, the Express.
AND THE REST
Real Madrid, Juventus and Paris St-Germain are all interested in signing Everton striker Romelu Lukaku, 22, according to his agent… Mark Hughes will renew Stoke’s £20m interest in West Brom forward Saido Berahino, 22… Italy boss Antonio Conte, who is reported to be taking over at Chelsea in the summer, wants striker Diego Costa, 27, to stay at Stamford Bridge and be part of his Chelsea revolution.