It’s been a whirlwind week for Ross Barkley. The Everton midfielder stuck two fingers up at Kelvin MacKenzie in the best possible way at the weekend, scoring in the Toffees’ 3-1 victory over Burnley.
Perhaps Jose Mourinho was watching? You would have to assume so as, according to the Sunday Mirror, Manchester United are to enter the race for his signature.
Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham have all already been linked, but Mourinho is a long-term fan of the 23-year-old. John Richardson claims that the Portuguese sanctioned a £35million bid for Barkley while Chelsea manager.
Now at Old Trafford, Mourinho is thought to still be monitoring Barkley’s progress, and a bid of a similar amount could be lodged. Any potential move could be made easier with Everton’s interest in Wayne Rooney. As Richardson writes:
‘This could lead to discussions over the coming months over the two players swapping clubs with a big cash adjustment in Everton’s favour.’
Elsewhere in the world of Manchester United transfer gossip, Mourinho is making plans. The Daily Star claim that he wants not one, but two Atletico Madrid players.
The first is obvious. Antoine Griezmann is his primary target, the forward rated at around £85million. I hope you’re excited to hear about the intricacies of that deal every day over the summer.
The second is perhaps less obvious, and is by no means assured to go through. That it depends on the future of David de Gea should tell you that the player in question is one Jan Oblak.
The claim is that Mourinho ‘has ordered regular scouting checks’ on the 24-year-old, just in case Real Madrid swoop for De Gea this summer. De Gea could move for around £65m; Oblak would be available for £40m. And he’s bloody good, so that would be a decent deal for United.
THIRD TIME’S A CHARM
The final news comes from White Hart Lane, where Dele Alli continues to earn admiring glances from afar.
Real Madrid are thought to be one of many clubs interested in the 21-year-old, and so Tottenham have put a contingency plan in place in order to keep their hands on Alli.
The People report that the midfielder is in line for his third new Tottenham contract in the space of 16 months. And what’s more, his current £55,000-a-week wage would be doubled, putting him on a par with Harry Kane and Hugo Lloris.
AND THE REST
Watford have lined up former Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri to take over next season, with Walter Mazzarri set to be sacked…Chelsea are prepared to let striker Diego Costa, 28, move to China at the end of the season and want Real Madrid forward Alvaro Morata, 24, as his replacement…Arsenal are lining up moves for Porto forward Yacine Brahimi, 27, and Schalke midfielder Max Meyer, 21, if forward Alexis Sanchez and midfielder Mesut Ozil, both of whom are 28, leave at the end of the season….Celtic left-back Kieran Tierney, 19, would rather join Manchester United than Arsenal or Tottenham…Eden Hazard has told fellow Chelsea forward Michy Batshuayi, 23, to find another club if his playing time does not increase…Inter Milan are planning to sign three of Monaco’s key men this summer – wingers Kylian Mbappe, 18, and Bernardo Silva, 22, and manager Leonardo Jardim.