Having failed to impress against Brighton after being given a rare start on Friday night, Anthony Martial looks headed for the Old Trafford door marked “Do One”. While he didn’t refer to the 22-year-old or his fellow forward Marcus Rashford by name in his post-match moan, José Mourinho was stinging in his criticism of both and is now reported to have given the thumbs-up to a deal that would take Martial out of his sight and off to Juventus this summer. Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham are also believed to be monitoring Martial’s situation with varying degrees of interest. If Chelsea do decide they want him, they may have to offer as much as £80m and Willian in return.
A bucket of icy cold water has poured all over speculation that United have agreed an £80m deal to make a Premier League player of Lazio midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic. Mateja Kezman, the player’s agent, told the Serie A side’s website that “Lazio have three big games to go and nobody has talked about any negotiations at this moment.” So there.
German TV station Sport 1 have reported that Borussia Dortmund are cooling their interest in Chelsea flop Tiémoué Bakayoko as they feel the Premier League club’s valuation of £53m for the player is way too high. Bakayoko has failed to impress since arriving at Stamford Bridge from Monaco last summer, but that hasn’t stopped Chelsea looking for £13m more than they paid for him.
Following Liverpool’s defeat at the hands of Chelsea yesterday, Jürgen Klopp sarcastically dismissed speculation that the club have agreed to take Nabil Fekir (along with his young brother, Yassin, as a sweetener) from Lyon in a £61m transaction. “During the game, we agreed a deal?” said Klopp with faux surprise in his post-match debrief at Stamford Bridge. “I would be surprised about that to be honest. No comment.”
Liverpool are also being linked with Barcelona winger Ousmane Dembélé, who has struggled to make an impression at the Camp Nou since moving from Borussia Dortmund last summer. Wilfried Zaha is another player reported to be on Liverpool’s radar, while Chelsea are also understood to be interested in securing the services of the £50m-rated winger.
Liverpool striker Dominic Solanke has been identified as one of Steven Gerrard’s first targets as he prepares to begin life in the Rangers hot-seat. The 20-year-old will be offered a loan deal that would see him get regular first-team football after starting just four games for Liverpool this season.
And finally, with Leicester’s players going about their business with all the enthusiasm of a dog who knows he’s being taken to the vet, the managerial jig looks up for Claude Puel after just over six months in charge. After losing four of their past five matches and with games against Arsenal and Tottenham to come, the club’s season is ending with a whimper and David Wagner is the latest name being tipped to take over at the King Power Stadium. The Huddersfield manager has not yet secured his side’s Premier League status, but yesterday’s hard-fought point against Manchester City could make all the difference.