Football transfer rumours: Arthur and Jorginho to Manchester United?

Ed Aarons on 21 February 2018

Back in the good old days before the Mill even knew what football was, the name Arthur was pretty commonplace among players in this country. According to our research (thanks Wikipedia), a total of 22 have played for England since records began, although all but three were born in the 19th century.

How times have changed. Not since Arthur Milton won his solitary cap
against Austria in 1951 has one pulled on the Three Lions shirt, while the
arrival of West Ham’s Arthur Masuaku in 2016 was the first player of that
name to feature in the Premier League.

But, fear not Arthur fans, because the drought may soon be over. Well in
Spain anyway. It seems that young Gremio midfielder named after the King of
Camelot has made his choice. Courted by anyone who is anyone in Europe, the
player tipped to be the next Brazilian superstar looks set to shun the delights of Manchester United to sign for Barcelona instead. Honestly the cheek of it.

José Mourinho probably isn’t best pleased yet he can console himself with the knowledge thatNapoli’s Jorginho does fancy a sojourn in Salford. Anyone know a good hotel? United could need all the space they can muster should a proposed move for free agent Stefan De Vrij also join from Lazio. The giant defender has signalled his intention to leave Italy this summer when his contract expires, putting half the Premier League on ‘red alert’.

And, get this, apparently his name translates to Stefan The Free as well. What a bargain. Away from Old Trafford and Chelsea look like they will face fierce competition from Bayern Munich for Borussia Dortmund’s teenage sensation Christian Pulisic. He’s pretty good supposedly.

West Ham are ready to offer David Moyes a two-year deal in the summer if he
keeps them up this season and are ready to back him in the transfer market,
while Crystal Palace’s obsession with almost signing goalkeepers looks to
continue with an approach for former Liverpool and Brazil goalkeeper Diego

Abdoulaye Doucouré has been in impressive form for Watford this season and that has reportedly seen most of the Premier League’s big six flutter their eyelids in his general direction. Arsenal – no sniggering at the back – is the Frenchman’s preferred choice.

Meanwhile, Liverpool like the look of Lyon’s 18-year-old French midfielder
Mohamed Bahlouli and Davinson Sánchez has insisted he has no interest in joining Real Madrid at this stage of his career. “As big as Madrid is, no matter how big a team are, that has won what they have won, if the conditions are not favourable for me, unfortunately I cannot accept,” the Tottenham defender shrugged. Get that Florentino? Good.

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