STONES BID FAILS
According to the MailOnline’s transfer guru Simon Jones, ‘Everton have rejected Chelsea’s latest £25million bid for John Stones’. The England defender was apparently informed of this latest development on Tuesday.
The Toffees themselves want three players – a pacey centre-back like Dinamo Kiev’s Aleksandar Dragovic or Celtic’s Virgil van Dijk, a playmaker and a striker to take some of the pressure off Romelu Lukaku. Not long to go now, fellas…
ARSENAL TO PAY BIG FOR REUS?
Clearly this is nonsense but we are duty-bound to bring you some nonsense just so you don’t have to go on the Metro website and mainline it like crack.
According to SportBild, Arsenal are ready to pay £48m for Marco Reus. That would break the Gunners’ transfer record and Arsene Wenger has repeatedly said he wants no more offensive players but drink it up, people, drink it up.
YOUNG FOR SALE
The Daily Mirror claimed this morning that Tottenham are interested in Ashley Young and now the Manchester Evening News has gone further and claimed that United ‘could let Young leave this summer if they receive a suitable offer’.
They also claim that Aston Villa are also interested in taking Young back to the Midlands.
REAL RETURN FOR DE GEA
Real Madrid have reportedly reopened negotiations with Manchester United over David de Gea and may complete a deal in the coming days. De Gea has long been expected to join Real this summer but started for United against Barcelona over the weekend amid reports the Spanish club would wait to sign him in 12 months’ time.
However, Real have now seemingly renewed their efforts to land the goalkeeper after Sergio Ramos decided to stay at the Bernabeu, ending United’s hopes of insisting on the defender being part of a deal for De Gea.
Marca claims the Red Devils have therefore agreed to sell the 24-year-old providing their asking price of 40million euros (£28.3million) is met.
JUVE TURN TO NASRI
Juventus did appear to be on the verge of signing Julian Draxler from Schalke, but Italian reports suggest that the Old Lady is reluctant to pay the full £22m for a player they value closer to £15m.
So who will they target instead? Manchester City’s Samir Nasri or Real Madrid’s Isco, it says here. Don’t they know that Isco will cost them at least £25m?
BARCELONA WANT XV
We have already seen a ‘Brendan Rodgers braced for second Barcelona raid for Liverpool star’ on the Daily Star website. The star in question? Alberto Moreno. The report in question? Mundo Deportivo’s claim that the left-back is on a
shortlong list of players wanted by the Spanish champions.
The newspaper comes up with a list of 15 names which also includes such Premier League ‘stars’ as Jan Vertonghen and Nacho Monreal. This could keep the Metro’s Jamie Sanderson busy until lunchtime.
“Thomas Muller is my desired player number one,” were the words apparently said by Louis van Gaal to Edward Woodward. That’s according to German publication SportBild, who claim that Manchester United could pay the full £70.7m for Muller.
But what’s this? Bayern Munich CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge says: “I have the feeling that Thomas is at Bayern for life and will never leave. When Thomas one day ends his playing career, we would like to integrate him into the club in another role. He is totally comfortable in Munich. I do not think that our fans have to worry.”
LIVERPOOL MOVE FOR ILLARRAMENDI
According to Marca, Liverpool have made an offer for Real Madrid midfielder Asier Illarramendi. But don’t get excited Liverpool fans, neither club nor player is said to be interested. Yet.
Illarramendi started only ten La Liga games last season but is apparently holding out hope that new boss Rafa Benitez sees him as some kind of Xabi Alonso-type figure who will carry out his detailed instructions to the letter. If that plan fails, he might be available by the end of August.
ARSENAL IN FOR BUSQUETS
Oh hey there Arsenal fans, skipped breakfast this morning? Well then why don’t you come here to feast on some delicious bulls**t?
Spanish newspaper Sport claims that Arsenal have made Barcelona’s Sergio Busquets their No. 1 target this summer, and that the player might even want a move. We’ve stopped laughing for long enough to translate their website story.
‘Arsenal coach Arsene Wenger has already given its directors a list of the reinforcements you need and priorities you have. And here is a player of FC Barcelona,’ it begins. ‘This is Sergio Busquets, where Arsene Wenger has its sights.’ All fine so far.
‘Arsenal are willing to make an economic effort by Sergio Busquets, but now need to know the position of the player, who wants to stay in Barcelona and the club itself is unwilling to miss a piece like Sergio Busquets. However, Sergio Busquets acknowledged a few days ago that he understood the position of Pedro wanting to leave.’
Oh just be quiet.
EVERTON WANT HALILOVIC
The future of Barcelona’s Alen Halilovic has been discussed in detail over the last few days. Barca are clearly prepared to loan out the 19-year-old to get him some meaningful first-team experience, with West Ham thought to be at the front of the queue. The Slaven Bilic connection seemed to make sense.
Mundo Deportivo now report that Everton have joined the race to sign Halilovic, although they mention that it could be a €10m permanent deal rather than a loan. We’d be very surprised if that happened.
The most likely solution would be a season-long loan to Everton. Let’s just hope he can play in central defence.
YOUNG AND HERNANDEZ TO SPURS
Back to England now, and straight to the Daily Mirror. They claim that Crystal Palace’s refusal to budge from a £25m asking price for Yannick Bolasie will force Tottenham to pursue other options. The most obvious alternative seems to be Ashley Young.
Young was excellent last season for Manchester United, but is now 30. It looks like United’s hierarchy aren’t prepared to give him the two-year deal on £120,000 per week that he would like. As we wrote here, that’s fully understandable. If Spurs can offer Young first-team football, why wouldn’t he go?
Spurs’ ferreting around in the Old Trafford cupboard isn’t finished there. The Mirror also report that Emmanuel Adebayor’s exit will allow them to step up their interest in Javier Hernandez. That’s all very well, but Louis van Gaal surely isn’t going to let a striker leave unless one comes in.
AND THE REST
Louis van Gaal has backed defender Luke Shaw to recover from his nightmare first season at Manchester United and prove his worth…Tottenham will open talks with Everton over midfielder James McCarthy…Swansea, Hull and Nottingham Forest are chasing £1m-rated Southend goalkeeper Daniel Bentley…Unsettled Newcastle skipper Fabricio Coloccini is a target for Olympiacos…Baggies striker Saido Berahino is not ready to play for Tottenham, according to ex-West Brom boss Alan Irvine…Villarreal want to sign Tottenham flop Roberto Soldado – but a deal is some way off…Chris Long has joined Burnley in a £1.5m deal.
Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe is on the verge of making St Etienne wide-man Max Gradel his seventh summer signing…Swansea are adamant that Ashley Williams is going nowhere as Crystal Palace have been told not to bother with a £10m bid…West Ham are preparing a £12m move for Fenerbahce striker Moussa Sow…Harry Redknapp is missing coaching, but has no plans to get involved at newly-promoted Bournemouth…Newcastle’s bid for M’Baye Niang has been rejected by AC Milan…Aston Villa defender Nathan Baker is expected to join Burnley for £2m.