Manchester United close in on €50m Fred but balk at Milinkovic-Savic fee

• United hope to finalise deal with Shakhtar Donetsk
• Lazio asking price for Milinkovic-Savic is €100mManchester United are closing in on the signing of Brazil midfielder Fred from Shakhtar Donetsk for €50m (£43.7m) but an attempt to add Sergej Milinkovic-Savic to José Mourinho’s squad have been put on hold for now after Lazio set the 23-year-old’s asking price at €100m (£87.4m). United are in advanced talks with the Ukrainian club and representatives of Fred, who had also interested Manchester City as a potential long-term replacement for Fernandinho, and hope to finalise a deal in the coming days. Predominantly a defensive midfielder who can also play at left-back, the 25-year-old signed a five-year contract in January and was included in Brazil’s squad for next month’s World Cup. Continue reading...

Football transfer rumours: Jamie Vardy to Atlético Madrid?

Today’s fluff is genuinely frightening Defenders in La Liga might want to consider plying their trade elsewhere if Diego Simeone is successful in constructing the most terrifying frontline since the Orcs lined up to do battle in the second Lord of the Rings film. It says here that Atlético Madrid’s evil genius will offer Leicester City a good chunk of the money he expects to receive for Antoine Griezmann from Barcelona this summer in exchange for Jamie Vardy, who he has been tracking since the England striker’s impressive display in the Champions League against his club last year, to partner Diego Costa. Just imagine trying to keep a lid on those two. It would be like marking a couple of werewolves. The Mill’s come out in a cold sweat just thinking about it. Liverpool’s Irish fanbase will be delighted to know that the club is this close Continue reading "Football transfer rumours: Jamie Vardy to Atlético Madrid?"

Nemanja Matic calls for Manchester United to recruit more experience

• Midfielder says United have improved but can be better
• ‘When you don’t win the next year is always more pressure’Nemanja Matic believes Manchester United must make major signings this summer if they are to challenge for the Premier League and Champions League next season. United’s 1-0 defeat by Chelsea in Saturday’s FA Cup final meant they ended the campaign without a trophy. United also finished as runners-up in the Premier League, a record 19 points behind Manchester City. While second is their highest placing since claiming the title five years ago, there was further disappointment in the Champions League, with United knocked out in the last-16 stage by Sevilla. Continue reading...

Leicester agree deal to sign Portugal defender Ricardo Pereira

• Porto player, 24, will join on five-year deal
• Pereira has previously played under Claude Puel on loan at NiceLeicester have agreed a deal for the Porto defender Ricardo Pereira, who will move to the King Power Stadium on a five-year contract once the transfer window opens formally on 9 June. The 24-year-old, who has been named in the Portugal squad for the World Cup this summer, was in Leicester on Saturday to finalise personal terms and complete a medical. He spent time on loan at Nice when Claude Puel was in charge there. Continue reading...

Football transfer rumours: Elseid Hysaj a target for Manchester United?

Today’s whispers are beach-body ready Despite doing everything to show that he is a man for the big occasion in helping his team reach a third successive Champions League final, Real Madrid are continuing their seemingly never-ending search for Keylor Navas’s replacement by switching their sights to Thibaut Courtois. Related: Mauricio Pochettino wants quick decisions on Tottenham departures Continue reading...

Manchester City, Manchester United and Arsenal make offers to Melayro Bogarde

• Teenager is nephew of former Dutch international Winston
• Liverpool and Chelsea are also monitoring Feyenoord defenderManchester City, Manchester United and Arsenal have all offered contracts to Melayro Bogarde, nephew of former Chelsea defender Winston, with the defender free to sign his first professional deal when he turns 16 on 28 May. Liverpool and Chelsea are also monitoring the Feyenoord defender, though neither club has opened negotiations. Continue reading...

Football transfer rumours: Arsène Wenger to replace Sam Allardyce?

Today’s fluff is flying soloEverton have sensationally lined up Arsène Wenger as Sam “11/10” Allardyce’s replacement. One pint of wine for Monsieur Arsène please! Actually, though, the Mill has a better idea: job share. Allardyce and Wenger together at last, working in tandem, just like Gérard Houllier and Roy Evans, only with genuine mutual antipathy. Wenger could sarcastically call himself Big Arsène, while Allardyce could answer every question with: “Look, in today’s society”. The Mill gives it no more than three months, with the end coming when Allardyce refers to Wenger as assistant to the senior manager after a 10-0 defeat to Chelsea, but it would probably be the greatest time of our lives. Related: Mauricio Pochettino says situation is ideal as Spurs face critical run Continue reading...

Football transfer rumours: Ryan Bertrand to Tottenham?

Today’s fluff’s freedom is fragile Tottenham are ready to bid £30m for the Southampton left-back Ryan Bertrand, according to the Star, who forecast a significant shake-up in Mauricio Pochettino’s defence. Danny Rose will leave, they predict, with Manchester United his most likely destination, and Toby Alderweireld, who has started just 11 league games this season because of injury and a subsequent failure to regain his place in the team, will probably go with him. The Star say that Chelsea and Paris St-Germain are both interested in the Belgian, but the Express adds Manchester United and Arsenal to that list. Spurs might then move for Swansea’s Alfie Mawson, even though his club are demanding something between £50m (Star) and £40m (Express) for his services. Meanwhile according to the Express, United, Newcastle and Wolves will all join the scrap for Bertrand should the Saints be relegated. Arsenal will grab Continue reading "Football transfer rumours: Ryan Bertrand to Tottenham?"

Football transfer rumours: Christian Eriksen and N’Golo Kanté to PSG?

Today’s rumours can relax now It’s a relatively quiet day for rumours, which is probably just as well after those Champions League semi-finals wreaked havoc with the heart and nervous system. No great dramas or shocks to report this morning, thankfully. Here follows the relaxing gossip-based equivalent of a freshly drawn bubble bath, mug of herbal tea, a CD containing the atmospheric sounds of the pan pipes, and 14kg of valium. Darren Moore’s Pardew-shaming two-win, two-draw stint at caretaker manager of West Bromwich Albion may not be enough to land him the job full time. The club are thinking about asking Brentford boss Dean Smith to take over, and they’ve got designs on Leicester assistant Michael Appleton as well.
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Football transfer rumours: Juan Mata out, Willian in at Manchester United?

Today’s tell-all didn’t get where it is today without knowing a favourable report when it reads one Juan Mata may be one of the nicest men in football but his fabled geniality and generosity will not be enough to secure his future at Manchester United. A Sun “exclusive” suggests the Spaniard could be moved on to make way for the Chelsea midfielder Willian this summer, with José Mourinho apparently to eager to sign his former charge after an attempt to do so last year came to naught. Contracted to Chelsea until 2020, Willian would cost United at least £30m; the same price Chelsea paid to Shakhtar Donetsk when they signed him five years ago. With Antonio Conte expected to leave Stamford Bridge sooner rather than later, Roman Abramovich’s “people” are busy sounding out potential replacements. Already being touted as a potential successor to Arsène Wenger at Arsenal, Monaco’s Portuguese boss Continue reading "Football transfer rumours: Juan Mata out, Willian in at Manchester United?"

Football transfer rumours: Iker Casillas to leave Porto for Liverpool?

Today’s fluff has nothing to show for it José Mourinho is ready for a summer splurge. The Manchester United manager wants to raid Spurs for the out-of-favour pair of Danny Rose and Toby Alderweireld, and while he’s in north London he’ll bag himself Hector Bellerín from Arsenal. Napoli’s Jorginho, Alex Sandro from Juventus and Celtic youngster Kieran Tierney will complete his £200m trolley dash.
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Football transfer rumours: Cristiano Ronaldo to Manchester United?

Today’s fluff is visualizing the realism of life and actuality The process. Jose Mourinho has been holding forth on it for quite a while now. Yet it has not always been obvious precisely what it is. But details are now emerging. The next step in the meticulous restoration of Manchester United’s football heritage is, according to certain news organs at least, to shovel the entire contents of a fair-size bank into the pockets of Cristiano Ronaldo. Apparently United have offered to give the 33-year-old an annual salary of nearly £27m if he returns to Old Trafford in the summer. Oh, and United will also pick up Gareth Bale. Well, when you’ve only got Marcus Rashford, Alexis Sanchez, Jesse Lingard, Anthony Martial and Juan Mata, you need to splash out to give yourself some attacking options. The good news is that if Bale does join, he should be in top fitness Continue reading "Football transfer rumours: Cristiano Ronaldo to Manchester United?"

Football transfer rumours: Isco to join Manchester City from Real Madrid?

Today’s fluff is aching all over The epochal genius that is Pep Guardiola has deduced his Manchester City squad is short on tricksy little midfielders who can also play wide. As such, he has performed an extensive search spanning the length and breadth of world football, and this has led him to little-known Isco, who plays for a club called Real Madrid. Real are looking to refresh their attack this summer, so may be willing to do business for a bargain £75m. Isco has rejected a move to City before and, while in general, man of principle Guardiola will not allow players who turn him down a second chance at joining – Aymeric Laporte, for example – it appears he will make an exception in this case. Related: Which football clubs or stadiums run university courses? | The Knowledge Continue reading...

Football transfer rumours: Paul Pogba to join Real Madrid or PSG?

Today’s fluff is being used as bait José Mourinho hasn’t upset anyone for the past 48 hours so he plans to put this right by attaching Paul Pogba to a rod and dangling him in front of some of Europe’s biggest fish, in the hope they will gobble up the France midfielder and offer Manchester United some tasty treats in exchange. Apparently, the club have had enough of Pogba appearing to be more enthusiastic about posting pictures of his hair on Instagram than he is about tracking back and are targeting a host of players to rebuild the squad if they can recoup a chunk of the £89m they gave Juventus for him. Toni Kroos and Raphaël Varane are key targets if Real Madrid bite, and pocket-sized Italian trickster Marco Veratti and Brazilian defender Marquinhos would be offered the chance to join Mourinho’s Manchester Fun House if PSG took Pogba Continue reading "Football transfer rumours: Paul Pogba to join Real Madrid or PSG?"

Football transfer rumours: Aaron Ramsey to swap Arsenal for Chelsea?

Today’s fluff is an outlaw once again First they tried to sign Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, an Arsenal player whose contract was coming towards its end, and then they signed Ross Barkley, whose contract was also coming towards its end, and Olivier Giroud, an Arsenal player. Now Chelsea’s next target as they focus their recruitment efforts on domestic players who are approaching out-of-contract status and ideally also play for Arsenal is Aaron Ramsey. The midfielder’s current deal at the Emirates Stadium runs to the end of next season, with talks over a renewal yet to begin, allowing their London rivals to start dreaming of another potential bargain. But perhaps they should worry about their own players’ contracts, with a fog of rumour gradually building around Thibaut Courtois, who will be available for nothing in the summer of 2019 and thus a potential bargain for someone as early Continue reading "Football transfer rumours: Aaron Ramsey to swap Arsenal for Chelsea?"

Football transfer rumours: Jack Wilshere and Phil Jones to Everton?

Today’s fluff is heading for the treatment table Everton are hoping to give Jack Wilshere a pair of tracksuit bottoms with huge pockets so that he can trouser a better weekly wage than he is being offered at Arsenal to come and join the second coming of the Toffees’ revamp next season. And the word is that he’ll be joined by Manchester United’s human wrecking ball, Phil Jones, a player so prone to injuring himself and others that he’ll be sure to wipe out Wilshere in their first training session. But any move for Jones would probably be dependent on Sam Allardyce staying at the club, as the man who gave Jones his professional debut at Blackburn is keen to make the centre-back his key summer signing in a rebuilt spine featuring Jamie Vardy in attack. Related: Mark Hughes the leading candidate to land Southampton manager’s job Continue reading...