Why can’t everyone just get along? It’s a question the Rumour Mill ponders on a daily basis, as it surveys the news over its morning mug of bracing custom blend Mountain Morning Organic, to be confronted with one sad story of discord and disharmony, after another, with few being more heart-rending than the apparent frostiness between José Mourinho and Luke Shaw. Previously the world’s most expensive teenager, Shaw is now fourth or fifth choice left-back at Manchester United and suffered his latest humiliation upon being given only four minutes of action in the knockings of a Carabao Cup match his side had already put to bed against Swansea City.
Yesterday the Guardian reported that Mourinho is “understood to be unhappy with Shaw’s attitude”, while today the story has moved on with the Times informing that the pair are no longer on speaking terms and Shaw may seek a move elsewhere in January. A known fan of Danny Rose, who has previous in the field of voicing his dissatisfaction with the miserly stipend on which he is forced to scrape by at Tottenham Hotspur, Mourinho may attempt to orchestrate a swap deal both players could find mutually beneficial in January.
Tottenham Hotspur are also reported to be monitoring Ajax duo Justin Kluivert and Donny van de Beek. Kluivert, 18, the son of goalscoring Dutch nightclub enthusiast Patrick is something of a chip off the old block and scored two goals in 20 appearances for Ajax last season, but has yet to get off the mark in seven outings in the current campaign. Two years his senior, Van de Beek has almost 50 appearances for the famous Dutch club behind him already.
Following on from Wednesday’s big news that Manchester United might be interested in relieving Borussia Dortmund of Marco Reus at the end of the season, Sky Germany have reported that Arsenal are also interested in the midfielder. Reus is currently sidelined with a serious knee injury and is not expected to play again until March.
Philippe Coutinho’s on again, off again, on again, off again, on again to Barcelona is off again, according to reports from Spain, who say Andrés Iniesta and Ivan Rakitic don’t want their club to sign the Liverpool midfielder as it would reduce their playing time. Quite how much influence the two players have on Barcelona recruitment policy is open to question, but at least talk of their disquiet has allowed us to fill 77 words worth of space.
Having been linked with Sampdoria midfielder Dennis Praet during the summer, Newcastle are expected to move for him again in January. The 23-year-old Belgian playmaker has underwhelmed in his season-and-a-bit with the Serie A side, but Caclio Mercato say Samp won’t countenance selling him until the end of the season, when Newcastle would be able to activate the €20m release clause in his contract.