A NEW £140M UNITED ATTACK
“Good day, this is your captain speaking. We will soon begin our descent into silly season airport. Please take care to collect all your belongings and avoid slipping in any bulls**t as you leave the plane.”
Our first story of the day comes from the Daily Star. They claim that Manchester United will not only buy Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang this summer, but will add Thomas Muller to their squad too.
The Star say that Jose Mourinho has agreed to the transfer plans, which seems unlikely given that he isn’t even in charge yet.
Only yesterday, Bayern Munich sporting director said that Muller would not be leaving, but the Star seem to use that as evidence that he will be off to Manchester. Easy.
ARTETA TO CITY?
At one point Arsenal were getting pretty sick of players leaving for Manchester City, with Kolo Toure, Gael Clichy, Samir Nasri and Emmanuel Adebayor all making the move. There has been a lull in the conveyor belt, but Pep Guardiola could be about to get things moving again.
There are claims in a few of Tuesday’s papers that Guardiola wishes to recruit Arsenal midfielder Mikel Arteta to his backroom staff after arriving in Manchester.
It must be said that the strongest evidence offered for such a move is that Arteta and Guardiola are good mates, but it is claimed that Guardiola is keen to get the Spaniard on board. One to keep an eye on for sure.
HAZARD WILL ONLY LEAVE FOR MADRID
To the Daily Telegraph now, and their claim that Eden Hazard will not be moving to Paris St Germain this summer.
The story comes from Matt Law, who understands that Hazard is prepared to leave Chelsea, but only if Real Madrid make an approach for him.
‘Since fluttering his eyelids towards PSG, Hazard has told friends that he believes he is likely to play for Chelsea next season unless Real make a push to take him to La Liga,’ the story says.
Law’s piece also contains the following statistic: ‘The FA Cup fifth-round tie against City was the 442nd game Hazard has played in his nine seasons as a professional.’ Sheesh.
PSG WANT FIRMINO
We’re not going to lie, the Daily Mirror headline sure piqued our interest: ‘PSG lining up shock move for Roberto Firmino?’
Unfortunately, the answer to that question is probably ‘No’, given that the Mirror’s story comes straight from Fichajes.net. They really aren’t reliable, but let’s at least report what they say.
‘The Paris Saint-Germain still trying to bolster their attack ahead of next season and it seems that Roberto Firmino, who plays for Liverpool, would be chosen to cover the possible departure of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Edinson Cavani,’ Google Translate reveals.
‘Roberto Firmino, under contract until June 2020, is in his first season in the Premier League, as the Reds signed him for 41 million euros at Hoffenheim. The departure of Brazilian negotiation Anfield will be complicated because Liverpool is not a club that needs to sell due to its loose economy.’
You’re damn right it would be complicated.
PULIS TO LEAVE WEST BROM?
Well here is an interesting nugget from the Daily Express, who say that Tony Pulis will leave West Brom at the end of the season over concerns with the side’s style of play.
We actually wrote a piece a fortnight ago in which we touted that long-term managerial pragmatism may be a dying art, and this would appear to corroborate that. Pulis is an effective firefighter, but with the new money in the Premier League fans want more than bleeding eyes. Leicester’s rise has made supporters dream.
“Let’s get through the season, let’s sit down and see where we go from there,” Pulis said on Monday.
“The most important thing is to try and keep the club in the Premier League. I’ll sit down with Jeremy and we’ll take it from there. I think, not consider my future, but I think I will sit down with Jeremy and we’ll take it from there.”
AND THE REST
John Terry is set to snub any mega-money offers to join the Chinese revolution in favour of a move to MLS… Half of football fans worldwide do not believe FIFA can ever restore its tattered reputation… Newcastle United could dump Fabricio Coloccini and appoint a surprise new captain with Jonjo Shelvey in the running… Dean Holdsworth has saved Bolton and is now ready to turn to old boy Phil Brown as manager.
Lazio president Claudio Lotito said Manchester United have secured a £47m deal for Brazilian midfielder Felipe Anderson, 22, but the club released a statement saying it was untrue… uventus manager Massimiliano Allegri’s agent has ruled out a move away from the Italian club for his client amid interest from Chelsea… Chelsea have offered their Brazilian attacker Willian a four-year deal worth £120,000 a week.