Gossip: Coman, Perisic, Goretzka, Ndidi

Daniel Storey

I’ve always liked the idea of a club ‘preparing’ to make a bid three months before a transfer window opens. Surely there is only so many times you can check your bank balance online, make sure you’ve spelled the name of the email’s recipient correctly and not added a zero to the offer by mistake?

Anyway, that all brings us to the Daily Star, who use information from the Gazzetta dello Sport to tell us that Manchester United are preparing a £51m bid for Ivan Perisic. Sure.

Two reasons why that is probably not going to happen:
1) Perisic is already 28.
2) He is not worth £51m.


I’m a little bit sad about Kingsley Coman. Like a few players before him (Adnan Januzaj, Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford to choose from one club only), Coman burst onto the scene as a teenager but has slightly struggled to replicate that impact. That’s precisely why we can’t pile too much pressure on young players.

Still on loan at Bayern Munich from Juventus, Coman has has only started seven Bundesliga games this season after reaching 20 in 2015/16. That’s surely part of the reason why Telefoot in France have linked Arsenal with a move.

Telefoot also say that Chelsea and Manchester City have already submitted bids of £43m for Coman, which we must have missed. Because if there is one thing that City are short of it’s young, quick wingers.


Sticking with Arsenal, and this is a rumour we can far more easily get on board with. Bild are reporting serious interest in Leon Goretzka of Schalke.

Goretzka is a versatile midfielder who has already been capped by Germany at 22. He has been a regular for Schalke for some time, but his contract expires at the end of next season and, like Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez, nothing has yet been signed.

Schalke are reportedly prepared to sell for a fee of around £20m to avoid losing Goretzka for nothing next season, with Arsenal and Juventus the most likely suitors.


Wilfried Ndidi has quickly settled into life in the Premier League. He was slightly sluggish against Sunderland on Tuesday, but has otherwise impressed in Leicester and beyond since joining in January.

Given the success of N’Golo Kante at Chelsea, it’s no surprise that Ndidi is now getting attention from other clubs, and that reportedly includes Manchester United.

What are slightly more surprising are the quotes from Ndidi’s agent Hakeem Bello. Bello recently said that his client wouldn’t leave Leicester this summer, but has changed his tune:

“Ndidi won’t say no to Manchester United. I can proudly tell you that if a bid is launched for him, he will most likely ask Leicester City for a transfer.

“We’re talking Manchester United, the biggest and most successful club in England.”



Liverpool have been offered a lucrative end-of-season friendly in Australia against Sydney FC next month… Chelsea have been handed a major boost in their pursuit of Fiorentina winger Federico Bernardeschi… Tottenham are confident they will keep Dele Alli this summer despite Real Madrid and Manchester City’s interest… Antonio Conte insists he is committed to Chelsea despite Inter Milan’s interest.