It seems that we are consigned to five more months of every Tottenham match being followed by questions about Christian Eriksen’s future, with the same old Jose Mourinho answers. Because Manchester United ‘are ready to wait until the end of the season’ to sign him.
While ‘clubs are aware’ they could sign him for a knockdown price of £40m in January, the prospect of bringing him in for nothing in the summer is particularly tantalising for United.
This all comes from the Sunday Telegraph, who suggest Real Madrid no longer need him because Federico Valverde has emerged as a potential long-term replacement for Luka Modric. Juventus and Inter Milan remain interested; United can probably offer more money than both.
That story contains a few nuggets of information about another United target. Jack Grealish is one more player they are ‘following closely’. He, too, ‘has admirers at Old Trafford’.
It amounts to little more than United realising that Grealish is a) quite good, b) quite young and c) quite English. And that they are exploring whether he ‘would be on the market’ if Aston Villa are relegated.
No valuation is mentioned. It has become rather difficult to put a price of his beautiful, slicked head.
STEAL FROM THE RICH
United seem intent to no look further than the end of their nose for new players. Which makes Richarlison an ideal target over at Everton.
But The Sun say Carlo Ancelotto ‘will BLOCK’ any move for the Brazilian, who is ‘central to his re-building plans on Merseyside.
The story adds that Ancelotti, even with the presence of director of football Marcel Brands and majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri, ‘has ultimate power’. So even a bid of £70m might not be enough.
Indeed, ‘any plans’ for the Toffees ‘will surround different positions than up front’. Centre-half would seem a sensible place to reinforce, as Yerry Mina, Michael Keane and Mason Holgate is hardly a foolproof selection.
Jean-Clair Todibo, the 19-year-old Barcelona centre-half, is a £22m target. And Napoli midfielder Piotr Zielinski is also mentioned in passing.
AND THE REST
David Moyes and Tony Pulis are the leading contenders to take over at West Ham after Manuel Pellegrini was sacked… Juventus boss Maurizio Sarri is keen on signing France striker Olivier Giroud, 33, from his former club Chelsea… Bayern Munich, Juventus and Paris St-Germain are interested in signing Germany goalkeeper Marc-Andre Ter Stegen, 27, from Barcelona… Sheffield United are chasing QPR’s £12m-rated 21-year-old English forward Eberechi Eze… Liverpool are stepping up their interest in Lille and Nigeria forward Victor Osimhen, 20… Fiorentina are keen on signing Manchester United and Argentina defender Marcos Rojo, 29, next summer… Southampton and Denmark defender Jannik Vestergaard, 27, is a target for former club Werder Bremen in January.