Football transfer rumours: Inter’s Mauro Icardi to Manchester United?

David Hills on 15 February 2018

Ninety-one days until the next window, and Mino Raiola is restless. Eighteen months after he made £41m by giving Paul Pogba’s contract a once over, Raiola’s said to be ready to help out Ed Woodward again – this time by easing through Mauro Icardi’s move from Inter to Manchester United. Icardi could cost Woodward £135m, say reports – but it’ll be worth it for all those social media interactions.

United also want Napoli’s Jorginho but only if Manchester City beat them to Lazio’s Sergej Milinkovic-Savic - while £54m winter target Samuel Umtiti remains a summer option, unless Barcelona match the £100,000-a-week-after-tax that United were offering him last month. Zlatan, meanwhile, has been shopping for houses in Beverly Hills. Who knows where that could lead.

Besides Milinkovic-Savic, City’s plans also include signing Sporting Lisbon’s £23m 18-year-old Rafael Leão, and handing keeper Ederson a rise on his “lowly £70,000-a-week wages”.

Elsewhere, Juventus spent Valentine’s Day flirting with Jack Wilshere, but the 26-year-old fancies a new, reduced Arsenal deal instead – giving up £110,000-a-week for £90,000-a-week plus “big incentives linked to success and appearances”. He could be joined at Arsenal by United’s Luke Shaw, and by Besiktas midfielder Oguzhan Ozyakup, six years after Arsène Wenger sold him for £400,000.

Tottenham are still leading the race for PSV winger Steven Bergwijn. Other plans include buying defender Issa Diop from Toulouse, selling Toby Alderweireld to Real, and handing in-demand Mauricio Pochettino a pay rise, two years after his last one.

Newcastle, still giddy after Martin Dubravka’s debut, want to make his £1.2m loan permanent for £4m, while fellow keeper @JackButland_One’s scorn for rumours that he wants out of Stoke impressed his manager. “I heard Jack has quashed the rumours … he’s a good lad,” says Paul Lambert. “Does it surprise me that rumours fly about? Not really. Rumours fly about all good players.”

And Borussia Mönchengladbach’s Thorgan Hazard isn’t fussed about reports linking him with Chelsea, West Ham or Leicester, so there’s no reason you should be either. “I listen to what is being said about me, but it’s not something I bother myself with,” he sighed. “My father deals with that off-the-pitch stuff.”

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