Gossip: Manchester United revel in €4m teenage ‘coup’

Matt Stead
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The name of Willy Kambwala might mean approximately nothing to most people, Manchester United fans included. But the Manchester Evening News suggest his deadline day arrival has created something of a buzz at Old Trafford.

The 16-year-old joined from Sochaux for a fee that could reach €4m and was even given the unveiling photo treatment by the club. That, according to a Manchester United source, is indicative of their belief in him.

“Make of that what you will in terms of how happy they are with the coup,” is the quote in question. Kambwala only made his U18 debut for the club at the weekend in a 4-0 victory over Derby but ‘a promotion already feels like a matter of time for the France Under-17 captain’.

Also: ‘The add-ons involved in Kambwala’s transfer fee include first-team clauses.’ That does not feel like a throwaway line when discussing a player in a position Manchester United probably still need to strengthen.



Perhaps Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could be tempted by a move for Shkodran Mustafi? Just imagine him and Harry Maguire paired together.

The German will not be staying at Arsenal any longer than he is contractually obliged to, having rejected the offer of a new deal in the summer. Football.London claim he has ‘informed the club he plans to leave at the end of the season,’ Arsenal having tried to offload him in every window before then.

Mustafi hired a new agent earlier this year and is supposedly ‘keen on a move to Italy’. The 28-year-old expressed his “hurt” at recent criticism but his departure could finally open the door for William Saliba.




International teammate Antonio Rudiger will be staying in London, mind, after holding ‘heart-to-heart talks’ with Frank Lampard.

The centre-half had ‘looked certain to leave’ Stamford Bridge in January after turning down moves to Tottenham and West Ham, his last Chelsea appearance coming in July.

But just as Lampard has established some defensive security, the Daily Mail suggest Rudiger will be ‘reintegrated’ into the first team, with ‘a growing sense that he will be afforded more playing time in the coming weeks’.

So Patrick Bamford got us thinking about absolutely random Premier League hat-trick goalscorers. Justice for “busy” Kevin Lisbie.