Gossip: Manchester United linked with £200m treble move

Date published: Tuesday 28th April 2020 7:39 - Sarah Winterburn

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Declan Rice is hot property, with Manchester United the latest club to be linked. But then they want everybody…

 

RICE OR NOODLES?
West Ham are willing to sell their most valuable asset Declan Rice, with a £70m fee being mentioned by all parties as the Hammers prepare for what The Sun call a ‘massive squad overhaul’. So who will buy? The Daily Telegraph talk about Chelsea, who let Rice go from their Academy when he was just 14 but have regretted it ever since. But they also add the name of Manchester United, and that theory was backed up by a Hammers insider on Monday night.

We were struggling to work out why Chelsea would spend £70m on Rice last month, and now we are at a loss to understand why United would target Rice at that kind of price. If he is worth £70m then what is Wilfred Ndidi worth? The depressing answer is probably ‘about £30m’ because he is not English.

 

NEW: Net spend league table from last five years: Man United 2nd, Liverpool 29th

 

LIVERPOOL LINKED WITH VICTOR
This should be taken with a massive pinch of salt as the source is French gossip-mongers Le10Sport (who were claiming Liverpool contact with Kylian Mbappe two days ago) but their latest ‘exclusive’ is that Liverpool are leading the race for Lille’s Nigerian striker Victor Osimhen, scorer of 13 Ligue Un goals this season at the age of just 21.

Clearly, they are doing the bidding of either Lille or Osimhen as they basically claim that Manchester United and Chelsea are also interested in Osimhen and that the price would be at least £60-70m. Does everybody cost £70m these days?

 

CHIESA ON TOAST
The third name to be linked with Manchester United is Federico Chiesa, the Fiorentina winger who could be a cheaper alternative to Jadon Sancho at just £61m. The 22-year-old Italian international scored six goals and claimed five assists for Fiorentina before the season was abandoned.

La Gazzetta Dello Sport also credit Chelsea with an interest but it is thought that Chiesa would prefer to stay in Italy, even though the wages on offer at Old Trafford would be much higher.

 

AND THE REST
Moise Kean is being linked with a return to Italy with Napoli…Barcelona have made club record signings Philippe Coutinho and Ousmane Dembele available for swap deals…Luka Jovic is a target for AC Milan…Ajax goalkeeper Andre Onana is a target for Barcelona…Arsenal could lose out to PSG on Thomas Partey…

 

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