Outlets really are struggling to come to terms with Manchester United being inactive on transfer deadline day. Neil Custis could not bear the silence so reported a Willian exclusive, and many others conjured rumours from nowhere in the hope the Old Trafford club would do something. They did not.
Even two days after the deadline has passed, the pretence that United were busy at any point after July remains. And according to Don Balon, they were rejected by a player. Saucy.
They report that Zinedine Zidane wanted to ‘lose sight’ of Gareth Bale this summer, with the Welshman’s struggle with injuries cited as the issue.
Don Balon go on to claim that Jose Mourinho ‘convinced’ Manchester United to make a £90m bid for the forward, Bale ‘did not want to negotiate his exit to a team of risk’.
‘Drop a winning project as Real Madrid by a team under construction as United, does not enter the Plantes of a Gareth who was not willing to miss the years of the glory of Madrid,’ they say. Gotta love Google Translate.
LIVERPOOL’S LEMAR LOVE
The deadline day fallout continues into Saturday, as French newspaper L’Equipe bring us news of Thomas Lemar’s failed move to the Premier League.
The Reds instead pursued a move for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, but L’Equipe claim they also lodged an offer of £82m for Lemar.
Monaco rejected that offer however, but a move could resurface in January. Lemar does ‘only have eyes’ for Liverpool, after all.
The other big story on deadline day concerned Alexis Sanchez, with Arsenal’s failure to sign Lemar meaning the Chilean was forced to stay at the Emirates Stadium, not move to Manchester City.
Sky Sports and their sexy sources report that City will consider a January move for Sanchez, which correlates with many other reports over the last day or so.
Sanchez will be free to discuss his exit with any foreign clubs at the start of 2018, but City hope their previous interest in the forward will play in their favour.
AND THE REST
Brazil team-mates of Liverpool midfielder Philippe Coutinho, 25, reportedly saw him crying before the World Cup qualifying victory over Ecuador, after his move to Barcelona broke down… David Beckham could move for Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo, 32, when he starts his new Major League Soccer team in Miami… Chelsea failed to sign three of manager Antonio Conte’s main transfer targets in Romelu Lukaku, 24, Alex Sandro, 26, and Virgil van Dijk, 26, but the club believe the Italian has a squad capable of challenging for the Premier League and Champions League… Tottenham and Chelsea will hope to sign Everton midfielder Ross Barkley in January when the 23-year-old is set to be cheaper than the £35m agreed by the Blues this summer… Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez, 57, would be tempted to take the West Ham job were Slaven Bilic to leave following a disappointing transfer window… Fulham’s 18-year-old midfielder Dennis Adeniran completed a move to Everton after some late-night negotiations on transfer deadline day.