Barcelona may be the club in a supposed crisis, but there is also something very unpleasant happening to Real Madrid this summer. With less than two weeks to go until the end of the transfer window, they are currently operating at a £68m net profit on players bought and sold. They’ve become a selling club!
Zinedine Zidane may have signed a couple of promising youngsters in Theo Hernandez and Dani Ceballos, but there has been a distinct lack of new Galacticos pulling up in the Bernabeu car park. The manager put all his eggs in the Kylian Mbappe basket only to see that basket crushed by Paris Saint-Germain.
Ironically, this lack of investment has left the Real squad looking more superior to Barca’s than it has in years. But that’s not the point – the point is that Los Blancos cannot end a summer transfer window in el negro (which is almost certainly not the correct Spanish translation for ‘in the black’).
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And all of this is absolutely terrible news for Manchester United.
The Sun reports that Zidane is set to “return for David de Dea” before the end of the month, like a horribly persistent zombie you thought you’d killed off when you machine gunned him in the abandoned warehouse.
“Just when it appeared their interest in the goalkeeper had died, Los Blancos look set to reignite it,” adds the Mirror. And this is because they have a couple of hundred million quid swilling about that they thought they were going to spend on Mbappe, £46m of which they have now reportedly earmarked for De Gea.
Extremely boring transfer saga
More terrible news for Man Utd is that they still haven’t signed Ivan Perisic, and more terrible news for everyone else is that we have to read yet another boring story about them not still not having signed Ivan Perisic.
The Mirror says United transfer guru Ed Woodward has met the Croatian’s agent in an attempt to “push through a deal” – the hold-up being that Inter Milan are demanding £48m for the winger and the Red Devils have only offered £39m.
Meanwhile, the Express says United scouts have been watching 19-year-old Club Brugge forward Emmanuel Bonaventure Dennis, who is also a target for Manchester City. It’s unclear whether they like him simply because he has a cool name.
In another extremely boring transfer saga, Chelsea have had yet another bid for Juventus left-back Alex Sandro rejected. The Mirror says the Blues’ latest offer of £63m was not to the Italians’ liking, as it seems increasingly clear that no offer will be.
Similarly exorbitant is Jonny Evans, who the Sun says has had a £35m price tag plastered onto his head by West Brom amid interest from Man City. The lesson here for Pep Guardiola is that every player is ridiculously expensive when you’re Man City, even Jonny Evans.
Elsewhere, Barcelona are set to return to Liverpool with an improved offer for Philippe Coutinho after having a £90m knocked back (Telegraph), Everton are considering a shock loan move for unhinged Chelsea striker Diego Costa (Sun) and Southampton are “closing in” on the signing of Lazio’s £15m Dutch centre-back Wesley Hoedt (Mail). This does not mean they are seeking a replacement for Virgil van Dijk though, definitely not.