Gossip: De Gea’s Man Utd demands; Juve line up freebies

Date published: Friday 30th November 2018 9:03

Manchester United have tied down David De Gea for next season by exercising the one-year option they had on his contract. But the Spain goalkeeper is prepared to make the club sweat over his future beyond the summer of 2020.

According to The Sun, De Gea wants to know whether Jose Mourinho will be in charge next season before agreeing to a longer extension. Aside from the fact that De Gea is already committed for next year, the story doesn’t suggest which answer the keeper would prefer.

De Gea would also like his terms to match the club’s highest earners and, let’s be honest, it’s hardly unreasonable for the club’s player of the year in four out of the last five seasons to expect the same wages as Alexis Sanchez. That move continues to go swimmingly, by the way…

Juventus are one of the clubs being linked with De Gea and the Serie A champions will wait for a year and a half if need be because they just love a freebie.

In the meantime, the Old Lady has got eyes on a couple of bargains for next summer. Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey is apparently their top target and The Sun reckons they are willing to offer the Wales star £200,000 a week over four years.

If for some reason Ramsey doesn’t fancy that, then Juve will turn to PSG’s Adrien Rabiot. One problem: they are a bit late to the party. The France international is also wanted by Man City and Liverpool but it seems most likely that the 23-year-old will don one of two things: sign a massive new deal to stay at PSG, or move to Barcelona.


Elsewhere in Italy, someone at AC Milan is telling tall stories…

Former sporting director Massimiliano Mirabelli reckons the Rossoneri tried to sign Cristiano Ronaldo last summer but the deal was kiboshed by the former owners. He told SportItalia: “The Chinese owners blocked the deal because it was not sustainable. With the current owners CR7 would have been a Milan player.”

Does anyone actually use the term ‘CR7’ in speech?

Anyway, the new regime apparently is more willing to do a deal for Cesc Fabregas. Calciomercato reckons the Chelsea midfielder has been told he can leave in January and AC Milan have already begun talks. Sarri’s mind is made up, but it seems Roman Abramovich will need more convincing to allow the World Cup winner to leave.


West Ham are only likely to give Samir Nasri a six-month contract if he proves his fitness… Manchester City midfielder Brahim Diaz has reached an informal agreement to join Real Madrid in January… City are favourites to sign Benfica’s teenage midfielder Tiago Dantas… Arsenal and Tottenham are leading the chase to sign Hoffenheim midfielder Nadiem Amiri… Watford are keeping tabs on Nottingham Forest winger Joe Lolley… Philadelphia Union have been linked with Nice striker Mario Balotelli.

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