Jacob Steinberg on 6 April 2018
The Mill has no doubt about who’ll be getting it in the neck if Manchester City get over their rocky coach ride outside Anfield by wrapping up the title with victory over Manchester United on Saturday evening: step forward Luke Shaw, José Mourinho’s No 1 fall guy! Ee might be witnessing the last knockings of Shaw’s Old Trafford career, however, because it looks as if Mourinho’s favourite whipping boy will be leaving this summer.
Shaw is a target for Tottenham Hotspur and United hope to replace the left-back with Monaco’s Djibril Sidibé. Tottenham’s Danny Rose, Juventus’s Alex Sandro and Celtic’s Kieran Tierney are alternative options, while Mourinho is also mulling over a move for Fabinho, one of Sidibe’s Monaco team-mates.
It seems there are going to be a few changes at United, who only need one more window to get all their ducks in a row, or maybe two, or three, or maybe even four – it really depends on whether their puny football heritage continues to undermine them. Anyway, Juan Mata will be turfed out and replaced by Chelsea’s Willian, while Juventus are monitoring Anthony Martial’s contractual situation. Martial’s contract runs out in the summer of 2019 and the forward has fallen down the pecking order since Alexis Sánchez’s arrival in January.
Juventus are also mulling over a swoop for another French attacker. Atlético Madrid’s Antoine Griezmann could be theirs if they play their cards right, although the 27-year-old is also a target for Barcelona. Paris Saint-Germain plan to replace the disappointing Unai Emery with Thomas Tuchel, but West Brom have made it clear that they have no interest in filling their managerial vacancy with Mick McCarthy this summer.
Arsenal have decided that they need to bolster their defence and will sign Borussia Dortmund’s Sokratis Papastathopoulos, while the plunder of Monaco will go on when Liverpool sign Christian Koffi, who has been dubbed the new Sadio Mané.