EVEN MAN UTD WON’T ENTERTAIN NEYMAR DEAL
Neymar wants to leave PSG; Paul Pogba wants out of Manchester United. But with few clubs able to justify the kind of outlay required to buy either player outright, it seems both are stuck for now. Unless…
PSG and United could just swap? That was the solution proposed by PSG, according to The Independent, which is reporting that the French side tabled the idea of a direct exchange in talks between the two clubs earlier this summer.
United’s objection was two-fold. Firstly, it would cost them a sodding fortune. Neymar is said to earn around £900,000 (NINE-HUNDRED THOUSAND) per week, which Ed Woodward can’t justify. If he thought the Alexis Sanchez deal was causing him grief, just wait until Marcus Rashford knocks on the door and demands half a million a week to stay with his boyhood club.
Secondly, Woodward, still wants to keep Pogba. Apparently, all United’s football staff are open to the idea of a Pogba-free existence but Woodward, for whatever reason, can’t bear to part with his biggest purchase.
It must also have crossed Woodward’s mind that if Neymar can’t be arsed with living in Paris while playing for a Champions League side, it’s unlikely he will suddenly discover motivation while living in north-west England and traipsing off to far-flung corners of Europe in the Europa League. Barcelona makes sense.
UNITED COULD REIGNITE SANCHO INTEREST
If Pogba does eventually leave United, and all the suggestions are that he will try everything to make that happen, then Woodward might look to Jadon Sancho as his new pet.
United have been linked with the England winger for months but the trail seemed to go cold while United’s season ground to an excruciating conclusion.
Their failure to qualify for the Champions League made Sancho reassess his initial enthusiasm to join the Red Devils while the financial cost of their dreadful run-in made the £100million rather less attractive to the money men at Old Trafford.
But Forbes has floated the idea that should Pogba fetch the kind of fee United would expect, then they could resurrect their interest in Sancho (though him being a right-footed right winger might be a problem).
Expect Woodward’s opening offer to Borussia Dortmund to be £10million up front with hefty add-ons for every Ballon d’Or, World Cup, Nobel Peace Prize, General Election and Love Island he wins in a United shirt.
THIRD TIME LUCKY OVER TIERNEY?
Arsenal are having to make even fewer resources stretch even further. Their Champions League failure has left Unai Emery with a budget of £45million, from which he needs to source at least four players.
His primary target is apparently Kieran Tierney, but Arsenal will have to blow half of their kitty on the Celtic left-back. The Telegraph says the Gunners have already had two bids rejected, neither of which exceeded £19million. Celtic, not unreasonably, expect around £25million for the Scotland international, who would happily accept £70,000 a week to move south.
Arsenal are also keen on Yannick Carrasco, but football.london claims they have yet to go as far as making a bid. With Bayern Munich also sniffing around the Belgium winger, Carrasco could be out of reach.
Unless Emery raises extra funds by taking some of his current squad to market. AC Milan would happily take Lucas Torreira, but The Mirror reckons Arsenal are extremely reluctant to see last summer’s recruit leave so soon.
AND THE REST
Man Utd are willing to pay more than City for Harry Maguire but the Leicester defender prefers a move to the Etihad… Real Zaragoza have denied they have agreed a deal with United for 16-year-old winger Mateo Mejia… Newcastle hope to have a new manager in place in time for the Premier League Asia Trophy in China next month…The Magpies are still interested in Salomon Rondon despite Rafa Benitez’s exit.. Real Madrid want €50m (£47.7m) for Tottenham target Dani Ceballos…Spurs are also keen on FC Nordsjaelland’s £15m-ratedAndreas Skov Olsen… Maurizio Sarri wants Kieran Trippier as his first signing for Juventus…Liverpool’s could make FC Zwolle central defender Sepp van den Berg, 17, their first signing of the summer…Southampton are looking to sell at least five first-teamers and recruit a striker, centre-back and wing-back this summer… Aston Villa and Leicester are still battling for Luton full-back James Justin.