MAN UNITED AND ALL THOSE DEFENDERS
Let’s start with Yerry Mina and the news – from Spain newspaper Sport – that the Colombian is all set to join Everton for £28.5m after a deal with Manchester United fell through over ‘wage demands’. There are no such problems with the Toffees, with Mina set to sign a three-year deal with the Toffees.
And then there’s Jerome Boateng, with German newspaper Bild saying that Manchester United have opened negotiations with Bayern Munich over the centre-half. He is apparently available for £44.5m. There is talk elsewhere (in Kicker) that Arsenal and PSG are also interested, so this deal is far from set.
Now let’s talk Harry Maguire, and Sky Sports’ claim that the Leicester man remains Jose Mourinho’s first choice. They will apparently make a bid this week, aware that it will take a world-record bid to sign him. That is Harry Maguire, £80m defender, ladies and gentlemen. Jesus.
A reminder – should it be needed – that reports on Saturday night suggested that Toby Alderweireld will become a Manchester United player for £60m.
Will they just play them all?
ARSENAL MAKE LATE MOVES?
It seems a pretty expensive sticking plaster, but the Daily Mail are claiming that Arsenal could make a move for AC Milan’s Swiss left-back Ricardo Rodriguez as they have problems in that position with both Sead Kolasinac and Nacho Monreal both sidelined.
But would Arsenal really pay £30m for Rodriguez when they could just play Ainsley Maitland-Niles in that position? It seems to have worked quite well in pre-season.
Meanwhile, Calum Chambers is expected to join Fulham on a season-long loan.
AND THE REST
Leicester have had a £10m bid rejected for Brentford defender Chris Mepham…Wolves are willing to pay Middlesbrough £22m in instalments for Spanish winger Adama Traore…Crystal Palace are in talks to sign Red Bull Salzburg’s Israel striker Munas Dabbur…West Ham have made a £10m offer for Le Havre’s 20-year-old French centre-back Harold Moukoudi…Aston Villa are close to signing Manchester United’s England youth defender Axel Tuanzebe on a season-long loan deal.