MANCHESTER UNITED AGREE TERMS WITH MINA…
You’ll forgive us for the cynicism, but we’re struggling to take anything at face value that comes out of Spain on Yerry Mina’s move to Manchester United. Barcelona are clearly keen to sell Mina for £35m, and are using regular media leaks to push it on as much as possible.
The Metro run the latest story, but it comes straight from Marca. They claim that United have agreed personal terms with the Colombian, and now only need to agree a fee with Barcelona in order for the move to be completed.
See what you did there guys. Ramp up the pressure on United by saying ‘just pay the £35m and this is all sorted’. Hmmm. We’re still not totally sure Jose Mourinho is convinced.
…AND OFFER MARTIAL FOR LEWANDOWSKI
Oh wow. Now here is a ballsy claim, and it comes from the The Sun. It’s only Daniel Cutts and his bloody sources, still failing to get into the paper’s print copy but still offering what would surely be massive exclusives if someone at his paper trusted them.
Cutts writes that Manchester United will demand Robert Lewandowski as part of any deal that sees Anthony Martial leave for Germany.
And then we get the source’s quotes:
“Bayern are still keen and United have been after Lewandowski for a long time and want him.
“His agent is close to Jose and United and he is keeping them both in the loop along with Real Madrid.
“This is all down to whether he wants to go and Bayern are happy for him to leave. It’s up in the air.”
‘It’s up in the air’ is an excellent get-out clause when this doesn’t happen. We still think that his course is just someone he met down the pub.
SOME CLAIMS ON ZAHA TO CHELSEA
To the Daily Mirror now, and James Nursey’s claim that Wilfried Zaha wants to leave Crystal Palace so much that he has told teammates that he’s off. All we’ll say is that would seem very unusual behaviour for Zaha, and that no journalist close to Palace is reporting the same story.
Nursey’s big claim is that Zaha has his heart set on a move to Chelsea, who have previously made a £30m bid for the winger. Surely given his age and form last season, it’s going to take an awful lot more than £30m to sign him. Try doubling it.
‘He could even consider lodging an official transfer request after Palace told him they would only consider an irresistibly huge offer,’ Nursey writes. This next week will be very interesting.
AND THE REST
Toby Alderweireld is ready to run down his Tottenham contract if he is priced out of a move to Manchester United… Divock Origi is closing in on a move to Fenerbahce… Britt Assombalonga is wanted by Burnley and West Brom… Barcelona have completed the signing of Arturo Vidal from Bayern Munich… Ruben Loftus-Cheek will pursue a loan move abroad if he doesn’t get minute at the start of the season.