PREM TRIO AMONG JAMES’ SUITORS
Jorge Mendes is getting to work on finding James Rodriguez a new club so, of course, the Premier League big-hitters are getting dragged into it.
James is coming to the end of a two-year loan stay at Bayern Munich and though the Bundesliga champions have the option to make him a permanent signing for £37million, it seems neither the club nor the player are too keen on extending their relationship.
So the Colombia star will return to Real Madrid, where he will be immediately shown the door again. The Mirror reckons this has alerted the attention of Liverpool , Manchester United, Arsenal, Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain, which gives the 27-year-old a lot of attractive offers which his form hasn’t really warranted.
SPURS’ ASENSIO ENQUIRY REBUFFED
Real are rather less prepared to let Marco Asensio leave the Bernabeu.
Apparently, Tottenham have been in touch to enquire about the Spain international but AS reports that the answer was abrupt: to sign Asensio, it will cost Spurs €700million to meet his release clause.
The biggest revelation perhaps is that “Mauricio Pochettino is passionately in love with Asensio” but the 23-year-old doesn’t feel the same way. He’s just as keen to stay at Real as Zinedine Zidane is to keep him.
MAN UTD LINKED WITH SEVEN MORE
Let’s check in at Old Trafford. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is keen to get things moving and The Sun reckons he wants four players in sharpish.
But the Daily Mail reckons United have cooled their interest in Aaron Wan-Bissaka after being quoted silly money for the Crystal Palace right-back. Instead, they will go for Thomas Meunier who doesn’t seem too fussed where he plays next season.
Perhaps Meunier could share a lift to Manchester with Adrien Rabiot. The PSG midfielder is out of contract this summer and the Manchester Evening News claims United are “still monitoring” the 24-year-old. That might be tricky given Rabiot hasn’t played since December. And Ed Woodward is leaving it late if he hasn’t already made a firm approach.
Woodward is apparently acting more decisively over Matthijs De Ligt. United apparently offered the Ajax captain £12million a year to join this summer but Sport claims the Red Devils have gone even higher, which is wonderful news for Mino Raiola and his attempt to squeeze more money out of Barcelona.
AND THE REST
Arsenal want to Ryan Fraser but Bournemouth are demanding £30m…Newcastle are eyeing CSKA Moscow right-back Mario Fernandes… Inter Milan will offer £30m plus Ivan Perisic for Romelu Lukaku… Man City want £15m for midfielder Fabian Delph… Leeds are keen to bring Delph back to Elland Road… Napoli are favourites for Kieran Trippier… Arsenal are among the clubs chasing Reading striker Danny Loader… Fulham are looking at Newcastle’s Dwight Gayle and Nottingham Forest striker Britt Assombalonga to replace Aleksandar Mitrovic.