Date published: Thursday 29th November 2018 8:09
PICK OF THE BUNCH
Jose Mourinho might believe that David de Gea "Wants to stay" at Manchester United, but Thursday brings conflicting reports over the goalkeeper 's future.
First is a claim from the I newspaper's website, whose exclusive claims that United are the ones that will lose 'the Spaniard. As a result, they have had several targets. That's just good business sense, folks.
Jordan Pickford is one of the 'options' the club is 'exploring', but Everton would 'expect a premium' for a 24-year-old who just signed a new long-term deal in September. They ‘will want a significant increase’ on their initial £ 30m outlay, which seems fair.
Another De Gea alternative can be found at his former club in Jan Oblak. He would likely cost more, with Atletico Madrid trying to increase his current £ 87m release clause. But he’s bloody good, you know.
A third option is Keylor Navas, who was linked to United all those years ago when I faxed De Gea's kept machine away from Real Madrid. But it seems to be pretty much the 28-year-old is leaving this time around, with PSG most likely destination.
SIGN DE TING
As we said, the reports are conflicting. The Evening Standard says I am happy to stay at Old Trafford, providing they offer him £ 300,000 a week. So Pickford and Oblak can go off.
The Daily Mail go even further, saying De Gea is open to staying if he is offered a five-year contract on £ 350,000 a week. Having rejected a £ 275,000 a week deal, he 'is keeping his options open.'
Basically, he wants pay parity with earner's current top Alexis Sanchez. Which is completely fair, seeing as Sanchez isn't playing and De Gea is far more important.
In other news, there are few clubs interested in Dominic Solanke. And Liverpool are not one of them.
Jurgen Klopp discussed the future while striker last week, Liverpool midfielder while on loan Ovie Ejaria has implemented Solanke to join him at Rangers.
He might not have to track so far. Sky Sports say Huddersfield ‘are among the clubs’ that would take the forward on in January. Considering none of their strikers have scored a Premier League goal this season, that's fair.
Crystal Palace and West Ham are also linked. The former we understand, as they have a similar problem to the Terriers. But West Ham ?!
AND THE REST
Juventus and Inter Milan are being linked with signing Tottenham and Belgium midfielder Mousa Dembele, 31, whose contract will expire at the end of the season … Newcastle have stepped up their efforts to sign Atlanta United and Paraguay midfielder Miguel Almiron, 24 … Bayern Munich are Callum Hudson-Odoi, 18 … Southampton have held talks with Paulo Sousa, the former QPR and Leicester manager, about the replacing of Mark Hughes under-fire manager … Huddersfield wants to bring in Liverpool's English striker Dominic Solanke, 21, on loan in January … Everton boss Marco Silva wants to sign Watford's Abdoulaye Doucoure, the 25-year-old French midfielder he worked with at Vicarage Road.