The emotional response to getting dumped by a hot boyfriend includes several phases. First comes anger, then comes regret, but after that comes the ‘bargaining’ phase – when you seek comfort in a misguided belief that the relationship can still be salvaged and you make one final desperate attempt to win the hot boyfriend back, often with humiliating results.
And this is the phase Manchester United currently appear to find themselves in with Antoine Griezmann.
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Despite the Frenchman pulled the plug on his proposed move to Old Trafford and stating that he is more committed to Atletico Madrid “than ever”, the Mirror reports that the Red Devils may try to revive their bid to sign him. It’s all a bit tragic, really.
Jose Mourinho’s adoption of a ‘plenty more fish in the sea” approach – by switching to other targets including Real Madrid’s Alvaro Morata and Everton’s Romelu Lukaku – has left him “frustrated” as both clubs demand close to £100m for their strikers.
It’s only served to remind the United hierarchy that Griezmann is “the one”. But sadly, they’re not his one. Presumably this phase will end soon and United will move into the next one – depression.
Maybe they should just stick with Wayne Rooney instead. The Mail says the fading club captain is considering seeing out the final year of his Old Trafford because he can’t find anyone else to match his £250,000-a-week wage (except in China, but he seems reluctant to go there).
Everton remain interested in their former teenage prodigy but would need him to take a pay cut. So Wazza has to choose which he considers more important between playing football or increasing his personal wealth. If he voted for Theresa May yesterday, he’ll probably go with the latter.
Meanwhile, Roman Abramovich’s personal wealth has taken a hit from Antonio Conte’s decision to send Diego Costa a snarky text message.
The Mail says Chelsea’s board have been left “stunned” by their manager’s “rogue activities” – as he told his Spanish striker he was no longer wanted at Stamford Bridge – because it is set to “cost the club millions” in the transfer market.
That’s because now that the Blues’ rivals know Costa is unwanted, potential buyers will offer less money for him, while selling clubs will increase the asking price for his potential replacements – i.e. Lukaku.
Bayern Munich are set to offer Alexis Sanchez £350,000 a week to quit Arsenal and move to the Allianz Arena this summer – a salary they hope will “blow Manchester City out of the water” in the race to sign the Chilean (Mirror). They evidently don’t know much money Man City have got.
Elsewhere, Chelsea are interested in Everton midfielder Idrissa Gueye but the Toffees are not interested in selling him (Bleacher Report), Southampton will demand “at least £70m” for their centre-back Virgil van Dijk (Mail) and the Saints are lining up former Dortmund coach Thomas Tuchel as a replacement for Claude Puel (Independent). Although it’s worth pointing out that Puel hasn’t even been sacked yet, so he may yet rise from the flames, Jeremy Corybn-stylee.