Scott Murray on 22 March 2018
Everton have plundered many a player from Manchester United over the years: Morgan Schneiderlin, Darron Gibson, Jesper Blomqvist, John O’Kane. Well, you’ve got to keep trying, haven’t you. And to be fair Phil Neville worked out quite well, so they’re now in for Luke Shaw and Phil Jones. Perhaps they should also make a cheeky bid for Alexis Sánchez, who is reportedly having second thoughts about moving to Old Trafford right now, not that you could take a wild guess.
United are thinking Gareth Bale might be a better bet, and his signing from Real Madrid would stop David de Gea walking off in a what’s-the-point-of-it-all huff. They’ll also offer £50m for Raphaël Varane. Those deals may see Anthony Martial on his way to Valencia, along with Marouane Fellani and Matteo Darmian, while Real would compensate for their losses by making off with Harry Kane.
That’s quite the transfer merry-go-round, though this was supposed to be about Everton. So they want Jack Wilshere, though if that falls through they’ll make do with Oguzhan Ozyakup of Besiktas instead. There.
Over the park, Liverpool midfielder Emre Can wants to take his gentle, easy-does-it, no-point-rushing-things, now-let-me-think style to “a very big club” next season. Yes, that quote will go down well, won’t it. Juventus are usually cited here, though Real Madrid have apparently thrown their hat into the ring, according to his corn-earning agent the Mill presumes. Napoli midfielder Jorginho could take Can’s place, providing the Reds make the top four.
More bad news for Spurs, if you take that Kane-to-Madrid rumour seriously: Chelsea are the latest club in for Toby Alderweireld. They join a queue headed by Manchester United, followed by stragglers Liverpool and Arsenal. The Gunners are also looking to bolster their defence with Rúben Dias from Benfica.
Reading will replace Jaap Stam with Paul Clement; Burnley want West Brom’s Craig Dawson; and Mark Hughes wants his old Stoke City mucker Xherdan Shaqiri at Southampton next season. That last one depends on who manages to stay up, of course. Not sure what happens if they both go down. But let’s think positive.