Manchester United really were desperate to sign Muller ‘at all costs’, it says here, Lukaku fancies playing for Wenger (and Mourinho and Guardiola), Klopp-to-Bayern rumours persist…
UNITED’S MULLER DESIRE
Manchester United wanted Thomas Muller ‘at all costs’ this summer, apparently.
‘Super agent’ Giovanni Branchini (who wears a cape, one might imagine) confirmed what we already knew when he revealed that he had to break it to United that there was no chance of signing the Germany striker.
“Manchester United wanted Thomas Muller at all costs,” Branchini told calciomercato.com in a Q&A picked up by most of Friday’s papers. He added: “I’ve spent days trying to explain Bayern Munich would never let him leave – so in the end they changed their mind.”
LUKAKU HOLDS WENGER AMBITION
Romelu Lukaku is an ambitious boy. Ever since he joined Everton for not far off £30million, the striker and his agent have seemed at pains to point out that the Toffees are a mere stepping stone to the very top.
Daniel Storey’s crush has been talking about which bosses he’d like to play for, and Arsene Wenger makes his top three.
“Mourinho is one. Guardiola and Wenger. In this order,” the forward told Le Vif.
Cue ‘Wenger eyes January move for Lukaku’ headlines…
BAYERN-BOUND KLOPP TO DISAPPOINT PL GIANTS
‘Arsenal and Liverpool receive devastating blow in hunt for Jurgen Klopp’ is the Daily Star website’s headline.
When they say ‘Arsenal’, it seems they actually mean ‘Piers Morgan’. But Liverpool might be slightly more irked at more rumours coming out of Germany that Kloppo is indeed waiting around for Pep Guardiola to shuffle off into the sunset next summer.
Guardiola is out of contract at the end of the season and does not seem in a hurry to discuss a renewal.
AND THE REST
Manchester United are keen on Bayer Leverkusen’s Turkish international Hakan Calhanoglu…Jesse Lingard could be set to join Sheffield Wednesday on loan…Tottenham are interested in Lille’s Sofiane Boufal…Aston Villa are targeting a January move for ex-Chelsea midfielder Gokhan Tore…Javier Mascherano will stand trial on charges of tax evasion later this month…Turkish prodigy Enes Unal has revealed he snubbed Chelsea in favour of Manchester City…Mathieu Debuchy is expected to review his situation at Arsenal in January after losing his place on Thursday in the France squad… Brendan Rodgers has dismissed suggestions that Divock Origi could go on loan in January.