Gossip: Dozen out, 10 in for Ten Hag’s Man Utd; City eye Mbappe

Date published: Friday 22nd April 2022 6:43 - News Desk

Erik ten Hag and Antony in discussion during an Ajax game.

The Gossip already knows Erik ten Hag’s transfer plans for this summer, while Man City want to rile Real Madrid again over Kylian Mbappe…


Less than 24 hours after Erik ten Hag’s appointment as Manchester United manager, gossip is rife over what the Dutchman intends to do once he lands in England…

The Sun reckons that no sooner Ten Hag is through the door, he’ll show it to Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Eric Baily, Phil Jones, Alex Telles, Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford. With half a dozen out-of-contract stars on their way too, the new manager will then look to sign seven recruits, with Ajax’s Noussair Mazraoui, PSG’s Presnel Kimpembe, Antonio Rudiger, Declan Rice, Ruben Neves, Harry Kane and Christopher Nkunku on his list of targets.

The Guardian also puts West Ham midfielder Rice high on Ten Hag’s wishlist, while Sky Sports are specific with positions rather than names, with a centre-back, two central midfielders, a winger and a striker all among the new manager’s priorities.

The Telegraph pinpoint some of the attacking players United will target, with Benfica goalscorer Darwin Nunez a prime candidate for the centre-forward role, while wingers Antony of Ajax and Villarreal’s Arnaut Danjuma could offer the supply line.


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Manchester City will spend their summer p*ssing off Real Madrid, apparently…

It seems City have beaten Real to Erling Haaland, and one report suggests they had so much fun that they want to do it all again over Kylian Mbappe.

Mbappe is set to become a free agent when his PSG contract expires this summer. The Parisians have bent over backwards for the France star but it seems the forward is determined to move on. Real have led the race for Mbappe ever since free-agency came into view but Fichajes reckons City are ready to dip their toe in the water with a late proposal.

Sounds like horse sh*t to us, but…


Real Madrid are also casting their eye towards Tyneside, where Bruno Guimaraes is currently winning hearts and minds in Eddie Howe’s midfield.

The Brazilian joined Newcastle in January but has wasted little time in getting the Geordies hot with three goals in 12 games, including a brace last weekend against Leicester.

AS says such form hasn’t gone unnoticed at the Bernabeu, with Real having monitored the 24-year-old during his time at Lyon. A move in unlikely this summer but Real are already making plans for 2023, when Guimaraes could become a target.

Romelu Lukaku has found it rather more difficult to make friends at his new club. Which will happen when you play like a drain and tell the world you wish you were still at your old club.

The feeling is Chelsea would sell their record signing if they could get a decent chunk of the £97.5million they paid Inter last summer. AC Milan certainly couldn’t offer that, but Goal says they believe there is a deal to be done anyway.

Apparently, the Rossoneri hope Chelsea’s incoming new owners will be content to cut their losses on Lukaku and sell for less than what they might expect. And even then, they are pinning their hopes on the Blues funding a percentage of the Belgian’s massive salary.

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