Jose Mourinho has a taste for it now. Not content with hijacking Chelsea’s move for Romelu Lukaku, the Portuguese is now considering jumping ahead of the Blues for another deal.
Chelsea’s move for Tiemoue Bakayoko has been as protracted as they come, with the Monaco midfielder identified as Antonio Conte’s primary target long ago. But negotiations have stalled, and the deal is far from done. United, as a result, could pounce. Sound familiar?
According to The Sun, Mourinho has given United the green light to pursue Bakayoko if a deal for Nemanja Matic cannot be agreed. Chelsea are hardly likely to want to sell one of their players to United after recent events, and so Bakayoko could be following Lukaku soon.
United’s interest in both Matic and Bakayoko could be born out of the fact that Tottenham are intent on keeping Eric Dier.
Both the Independent and the Daily Mail have similar lines on the England international, with Tottenham insistent that Dier is not for sale.
Dier might well remain a target for United, but ‘no further talks are understood to have taken place since the end of the season’. That is transfer speak for ‘move on’.
DANI, ARE YOU OKAY?
We will finish with an update on Dani Alves, whose planned move to Manchester City from Juventus seemed almost certain at one stage this summer.
Not so, according to the Daily Record. Yer man Duncan Castles claims that Paris Saint-Germain ‘have made a successful final-hours intervention,’ and will sign the player instead of him moving to the Etihad Stadium.
The Brazilian ‘has been offered a pivotal role’ in the French capital, and he is now expected to reject advances from Manchester.
It should be added that there are no such reports emanating from France, with L’Equipe largely ignoring the story. Read into that what you will.
AND THE REST
Manager Antonio Conte will return to Chelsea on Monday and immediately seek talks after the club failed to re-sign striker Romelu Lukaku, 24, from Everton… Liverpool have been offered the chance to sign Real Madrid attacking midfielder James Rodriguez, 25, but the Merseyside club are not willing to pay £66m… The Reds will not rush to sign players this summer, after manager Jurgen Klopp told the club that quality must come before quantity… Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez, 28, will be allowed to join Paris St-Germain or Bayern Munich – but not Premier League rivals Manchester City… Newly promoted Newcastle United want Manchester City’s Fabian Delph, 27, but may have to contend with Stoke City for the midfielder’s signature… New Crystal Palace manager Frank de Boer wants to sign out-of-favour Barcelona centre-back Thomas Vermaelen. The 31-year-old Belgium international spent last season on loan at Roma.