José Mourinho is mad as hell and he’s not gonna take it any more. Manchester United’s pitiful defeat at home to West Brom was the straw that broke the special camel’s back and, according to various gossipmongers, he will be open to offers for almost all his first-team squad this summer.
Only a handful of players are guaranteed to be at United next season. Reports suggest Mourinho might be willing to sell Paul Pogba. Whose hair will certain white middle-class men complain about if he goes? Other players potentially up for grabs include Marcus Rashford, Eric Bailly, Anthony Martial and, most shocking of all, Luke Shaw.
United’s reported list of targets includes Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, Toni Kroos, Samuel Umtiti, Kieran Tierney, Fred, Jorginho, Harry Maguire, Cristiano Ronaldo, Ivan Rakitic, Neymar and a time machine so that they can go back and unbuy half the current first-team squad..
Tottenham are preparing to sell Toby Alderweireld and Mousa Dembélé, it says here, with Barcelona’s André Gomes and Bryan Cristante of Atalanta possible replacements for the latter.
Alderweireld is a target for Manchester City, who plan to spend £200m
on six new full-backs to make their box seat even more comfortable. Other targets include Jorginho, Fred, Julian Weigl, Jean-Michaël Seri, Thomas Lemar and Riyad Mahrez.
Liverpool may lose Emre Can to Real Madrid, with Dani Ceballos moving in the opposite direction. Their hopes of signing the Roma keeper Alisson appear to be receding, however, with the Roma president saying there is “zero” chance of him leaving the club this summer. Experience tells us football presidents should always be taken at their word, so Liverpool will need to find a new goalkeeping target if they decide Loris Karius isn’t up to it.
Jürgen Klopp may have more joy in his pursuit of the Sevilla defender Clement Longlet, though Barcelona are also interested in biting the hand of their feeder club.
Arsenal are going to pip Manchester City to the Barcelona teenager Robert Navarro, who will instead join City for £200m in five years’ time. Newly promoted Wolves want to sign ‘Union’ Jack Wilshere, while Leicester want to nab Jack Grealish from Aston Villa.