ROONEY OFF TO AMERICA
Speak to some people, and they will tell you that Wayne Rooney should have moved to MLS last summer. He has not disgraced himself at Everton, but the move to become a central midfielder meant that he should have been judged in those terms at the time of purchase. And Rooney the 32-year-old central midfielder is not worth £160,000 a week. He would not be missed.
The Washington Post (surely a debut for that media outlet in The Gossip) say that Rooney is close to agreeing a deal to move to DC United after discussions with the club. Go team.
In response, the Liverpool Echo quotes Sam Allardyce saying that there is an awful lot of work to do for a deal to be done. That includes the line that it will take a big offer for Everton to accept. An offer like ‘Can we take this player of your hands and pay all of his wages?’.
YES, ANOTHER MANCHESTER UNITED SWAP DEAL
What on earth is going on at Manchester United? They do one swap deal in January, and suddenly every newspaper going claims that they will do more. They are really rare, guys.
Last week we were told that Anthony Martial and Willian would swap clubs. Now we’re told that Jose Mourinho would be happy to swap the Frenchman for Christian Pulisic in a bid to sign the young Dortmund sensation. This time it’s by the Daily Mirror.
Surely if you’re Pulisic, you think twice about the deal? Mourinho’s lack of faith in youth is sometimes overstated, but given that your arrival at the club is literally replacing a former Golden Boy of European football can you really be confident that you will get minutes and extended patience?
TOURE TO STAY IN THE PREMIER LEAGUE?
There is a reason that Yaya Toure is leaving Manchester City, and it’s not just that he’s not quite as good as Kevin de Bruyne or David Silva. Toure turns 35 next week, and his legs have gone.
He might still be able to help out a team in a slower-paced league, but his time in the Premier League sun should be up. Toure has played exactly 700 senior games for club and country, most of them at the very highest level. It’s okay to be knackered.
So it’s slightly surprising to read in the Daily Mirror that Everton, Wolves and Burnley all want to sign him on a free transfer. Surely Everton have learnt their lesson from last summer?
Also, Burnley? In terms of demanded wages, style of play and manager, we cannot think of many worse fits.
AND THE REST
Newcastle want Craig Dawson for £15m…Brighton want Werder Bremen’s Thomas Delaney, but have had an offer rejected…Arsenal have opened talks with Bayer Leverkusen goalkeeper Bernd Leno…Manchester City are prepared to re-open negotiations for Riyad Mahrez.