With just two days to go until the transfer window SLAMS SHUT, things are ramping up across Europe with several deals reaching a crucial point in negotiations – but what people on the internet really want to know is whether Gareth Bale is going to sign for Manchester United.
The answer is probably not, but the Express is not willing to give up that easily. The paper reports that the £90m-rated Welshman “might move to Old Trafford this week”. Exciting!
Its source for this eye-catching line ranks among the greatest pieces of barrel scraping journalism you will see all summer – it comes from the “personal blog” of
sacked esteemed Sky Sports monster Richard Keys. Must be true then.
But it gets worse. Keysey writes in his blog that, “Had Real Madrid got Mbappe then United would’ve got Bale. They still might, but it’s less and less likely.”
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So actually, even Keys is saying that Bale probably won’t move to Old Trafford, but the Express still did a big story on it.
It’s hard to decide what’s worse: Keys writing a blog, the Express writing about Keys writing a blog, or Hot Football Transfer Gossip writing about the Express writing about Keys writing a blog.
No one comes out of it well – and in that sense it perfectly sums up what the crazy countdown to deadline day is all about.
From Bayern to Swansea?
There is madness occurring everywhere. Wales Online reports that Swansea City have entered the race to sign Bayern Munich midfielder Renato Sanches – last summer’s Kylian Mbappe – and that Paul Clement’s side are “serious contenders” to get him.
The furious bidding war for Jonny Evans continues, with Manchester City set to make another move for the West Brom centre-back after Leicester had a £21m offer rejected (Mirror).
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Man City ponder Aubameyang and Alexis bids
City are also set to make a late bid for long-time target Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who LeSport10 says is “not pleased” his (former) Borussia Dortmund team-mate Ousmane Dembele was allowed to leave. As if Pep Guardiola didn’t already have enough problems trying to keep Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus happy.
Guardiola hasn’t given up on Alexis Sanchez yet either. Goal reports that City are set to make a “last-ditch bid” to rescue the Chilean from Arsenal, who are also set to lose Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Shkodran Mustafi. Oh, and they’ve offered Mathieu Debuchy to Brighton too (Mirror).
Meanwhile, Liverpool are still trying to add £70m Virgil van Dijk and £75m Thomas Lemar to their capture of Naby Keita in “the most expensive recruitment drive of their history”. Extortionate price tags provided courtesy of the Daily Mail.
Chelsea, Crystal Palace and more Man United deals
Elsewhere, Crystal Palace are set to sign Reds defender Mamadou Sakho for £25m (Mail), Leicester want Paris Saint-Germain’s Grzegorz Krychowiak as a replacement for Chelsea-bound Danny Drinkwater (Sun) and PSG right-back Serge Aurier is set to snub Tottenham because he wants to join Man Utd instead (Express).
Weirdest of all, Luke Shaw is set to sign a new contract at United. The Sun says the Red Devils want to tie the left-back down to an extended deal to prevent him leaving for free at the end of the season. But why would he want to stay at a club where he never plays? Guess they’ll have to give him a pay rise.
Finally, in the greatest story of the transfer window, the Mirror reveals a ridiculous incident that allegedly took place on a helicopter carrying Inter Milan striker Stevan Jovetic and Marseille chairman Jacques-Henri Eyraud from Nice airport to Monaco for a Ligue 1 match on Sunday.
Eyraud reportedly boasted to a passenger on the plane that he was about to sign Jovetic, without realising that the passenger was Jovetic himself, who informed the director that he was actually on his way to Monaco to sign for them! At which point Eyraud got very angry. And to top it all off, the two of them then watched Monaco beat Marseille 6-1.