It always leaves us feeling a little uneasy when we cannot track a transfer trail, and so why we visit the Metro so often is beyond us. Their claim that Manchester City are willing to spend £94million on Kylian Mbappe is fine and dandy, but they attribute it elsewhere.
The Metro point the finger at Le10 Sport, but with no link to the original story we cannot take a look for ourselves.
So we go to Le10 Sport’s website, and do a simple search for the name ‘Mbappe’. Of the ten results, only one pertains to Manchester City. Here it is in all its fully translated glory:
‘As Le 10 Sport recently revealed to you exclusively , AS Monaco would finally be willing to let Kylian Mbappé (18 years old) go on the next summer ‘s mercado, especially since the young striker would be followed by several renowned teams like The PSG , Manchester City , Manchester United and Real Madrid . Wanting to change the air this summer, Mbappé would be more than ever in the sights of Zinedine Zidane as revealed by Marca this Friday.
‘Indeed, the Spanish daily ensures that Kylian Mbappé should be the wallop of Real Madridin the next transfer window summer. Indeed, while the merengue club would focus all its attention on the young French striker of AS Monaco , the latter would have already said ” yes ” to Florentino Pérez for a transfer this summer. Note that the transaction could well exceed the symbolic mark of € 100M on the market … Mbappé could therefore leave AS Monaco this summer.’
We still have no idea as to where the Metro got their initial claim that City were willing to spend £94m on Mbappe from. But hey, it’s a sexy transfer rumour, so who cares? Us, unfortunately. God, we should get outside more.
OBLAK AND WHITE
We are a bit short on transfer gossip this Friday morning, but Miguel Delaney of The Independent is kind enough to treat us with the news that Manchester United have sourced a replacement for David de Gea – if one is necessary, of course.
United do intend to keep De Gea, but if Real Madrid succeed in luring him back to Spain, Jan Oblak of Atletico Madrid would replace him. Samir Handanovic and Gianluigi Donnarumma, of the two Milanese clubs, have also been considered, but Oblak is ‘the prime candidate’.
Oblak has a release clause of £100m, but United would surely try and negotiate down the price of an admittedly excellent keeper.
Delaney adds that Jose Mourinho has a desire to add more ‘warriors’ to his United squad this summer. What’s wrong with Marouane Fellaini?
AND THE REST
Chelsea striker Diego Costa is close to signing a £650,000-a-week deal with Chinese Super League club Tianjin Quanjian, which would make the 28-year-old Spain international the world’s highest-paid player…Tianjin Quanjian owner Shu Yuhui has claimed his club have secured pre-contract agreements over the transfer of three big European names…Tottenham are ready to consider offers for unsettled England defender Kyle Walker, 26…Newcastle and Crystal Palace want to sign Burnley goalkeeper Tom Heaton, 31, but would have to pay up to £15m for the player…Bayern Munich and Brazil right-back Rafinha, 24, is open to a Premier League move, amid reported interest from Arsenal and Liverpool…Chelsea are interested in Celtic forward Michael Johnston, 18, who is yet to make a first-team appearance for the Scottish champions.