EVERYBODY WANTS SALAH. OBVIOUSLY
You have to hand it to The Sun. It is the easiest back page splash in the world to suggest that the three richest non-English clubs (Paris Saint-Germain, Barcelona and Real Madrid) will try and sign Mohamed Salah in the summer. And that’s exactly what they have done.
It is Ken Lawrence’s story, and he apparently has sources at each of those clubs. Those sources tell him that Salah is wanted for a fee of £200m this summer, and that Liverpool might have to accept that they cannot refuse such a deal. The good news is that nobody in Liverpool is reading Lawrence’s story.
Now listen. Of course every major club in the world would want Salah. He’s had a stupendous season in the Premier League. But there’s a whacking great gap between ‘clubs want Salah’ and ‘Salah joins one of those clubs this summer’. And The Sun know that.
MAN UNITED WANT TO SIGN RAMSEY…
To the Daily Star now, and a transfer exclusive from their chief football writer David Woods. Woods claims that Manchester United and Jose Mourinho will test Arsenal’s resolve over Aaron Ramsey, and that Chelsea are also monitoring the situation.
To be honest, you could see why. Ramsey has been excellent this season after the failed experiment of him playing on the right, and may well consider himself a Champions League player. Unless plenty changed at Arsenal, that isn’t going to happen there.
Woods writes that Ramsey is still to decide his future and whether to sign a new contract, and that Mourinho is a huge fan of his box-to-box capabilities. There you go.
…AND ARE EYEING SESSEGNON TOO
Now here is something that we really can’t get on board with. The Sun claim that Manchester United want to make Fulham’s Ryan Sessegnon Luke Shaw’s replacement.
Now Sessegnon might well be an excellent signing, and the price tag mentioned of£40m sounds about right. But he really isn’t a replacement for Shaw. Sessegnon has been excellent for Fulham this season, but only when given licence to play as a left-sided forward rather than a left-back. Defensively, he really isn’t up to much.
All we’re saying is: If you’re going to buy a left-back to replace the £30m left-back you don’t like, don’t by a left winger for £40m and then moan when he doesn’t fit in at left-back.
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