NO DE GEA DEAL AS PSG HOVER
Ole’s at the wheel and he’s taking Manchester United first to Swansea and then up to Newcastle. At some point, though, Solskjaer may have to detour to Paris to drop off David De Gea.
Apparently, the Spain goalkeeper has turned down United’s final contract offer and The Sun reports that the club has been told that De Gea has no intention of signing new terms. Ed Woodward has refused to get close to the 28-year-old’s demand for a package worth around £350,000 a week, and with PSG champing at the bit to give De Gea what he wants, the No.1 has presented United with a dilemma.
Do they sell this summer, or risk losing their four-time player of the season for nothing next year? PSG are said to be willing to offer £50million for De Gea before the start of next season. Regardless, whether it is now or in 12 months, De Gea is on his merry way.
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If he sticks around for the time being, De Gea could fulfil his dreams of playing alongside Daniel James and Sean Longstaff.
The Telegraph claims United are hopeful of agreeing a fee for the Swansea winger this week, with reports suggesting that personal terms are already sorted. Then, according to John Percy, the Red Devils will submit their first offer for Newcastle midfielder Longstaff within the next 48 hours.
Longstaff has made only 12 appearances for Newcastle in all competitions but that’s been enough to catch United’s eye. Their interest is said to be genuine and “developments are expected over the next few days”.
The Telegraph also says United will go hard for Harry Maguire, though what the £70million defender will make of United and their new Sancho and Rice tribute act, who knows? Especially when Pep Guardiola is said to want him at Man City…
SPURS WALK AWAY FROM WILF
United also want Aaron Wan-Bisska but they’ll have to cough up £50million for the right-back because Crystal Palace aren’t about to be taken for a ride.
Tottenham seem to have got the message because they’ve backed off another Palace star. Mauricio Pochettino has held a long-standing interest in Wilfried Zaha but, according to the Evening Standard, Spurs won’t be moving for the winger for as long as the Eagles expect around £100million.
Spurs are rather more hopeful over Maxi Gomez. The Celta Vigo striker has a £43million release clause in his contract and though Daniel Levy doesn’t fancy coughing up that amount in full, he his hoping to convince the Spaniards to do a deal for the 22-year-old.
AND THE REST
Petr Cech will return to Chelsea as the club’s new sporting director… Arsenal will move for Dynamo Dresden goalkeeper Markus Schubert on a free transfer to replace Cech… Chelsea will not stand in Maurizio Sarri;s way should he want to return to Italy… Frank Lampard will attempt to sign Gary Cahill for Derby… Newcastle and West Ham are interested in Club Brugge striker Wesley Moraes.