MAN UTD FACE BATTLE TO KEEP IGHALO
Shanghai Shenhua expect Odion Ighalo to return from his loan spell at Manchester United in time for the start of the new Chinese Super League season, which is scheduled to begin in July.
Manchester United are keen to extend Ighalo’s loan to cover the end of the Premier League season, the date of which remains unclear amid the coronavirus pandemic.
As it stands, Shanghai Shenhua will only allow Ighalo to remain at Old Trafford if it is on a permanent deal and the Chinese club value him upwards of £20m.
Ighalo revealed last month there is “no offer on the table yet” from Manchester United over extending his stay at the club beyond his current loan spell, despite manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hinting that a deal could be made.
CHELSEA WANT RICE IF KANTE LEAVES
Chelsea will make a move for West Ham midfielder Declan Rice if they lose N’Golo Kante this summer, reports the Daily Mirror.
It’s claimed Real Madrid will revive their interest in Kante when the transfer window re-opens, leaving Chelsea with a huge hole in midfield to fill if the Frenchman moved to the Bernabeu.
But Chelsea have identified long-term target Rice as the ideal replacement were Kante to leave, and it’s claimed the ex-Blues academy player is set to move soon.
ATLETICO WANT PARTEY-OX SWAP
Atletico Madrid want to swap midfielder
Thomas Partey for Liverpool’s Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, reports The Sun .
Partey, wo has been linked heavily with Arsenal, has a £45m release clause in his Atletico contract but the La Liga club are said to have concerns over a move to the Gunners
Instead, Atletico will offer Ghana international Partey to Liverpool in a straight swap for Oxlade-Chamberlain, who they believe is valued around the same price.
BALE TO NEWCASTLE?
Newcastle United’s prospective new owners have earmarked Gareth Bale as their priority summer signing, according to the Daily Mail.
The Saudi-backed consortium want to appoint Mauricio Pochettino as manager at St. James’ Park and want to bring in Bale as their marquee summer signing.
The Real Madrid forward has two years remaining on his contract at the Bernabeu but his fraught relationship with fans could play a role in Bale returning to the Premier League.
REAL SET JUNE 15 AUBA DEADLINE
Real Madrid have set Arsenal a June 15 deadline for a decision over Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, reports the Sunday Mirror .
The 30-year-old Gunners striker has a year remaining on his contract at the Emirates and a host of Europe’s biggest clubs are tracking is situation closely.
Real are keen on bringing Aubameyang to the Bernabeu but will not be made to sweat if Arsenal dithering on a decision and want a resolution to be reached by mid-June.
MOURINHO TO GET MEUNIER?
Tottenham are in position to complete the signing of Paris Saint-Germain defender
Thomas Meunier, according to Le Parisien .
Spurs are keen to secure the services of the Belgium international, who is out of contract at the Parc des Princes this summer.
Meunier is thought to be attracting interest from Manchester United but they are behind their Premier League rivals Spurs in the race to sign him.
PJANIC ON VERGE OF BARCA MOVE
Barcelona are on the brink of wrapping up a deal for Juventus midfielder Miralem Pjanic, according to Sport .
The Bosnia international is close reaching an agreement on a four-year deal at the Camp Nou.
All that remains to be concluded is the terms of the deal between the respective champions of Spain and Italy, Barca and Juve.
POGBA MORE LIKELY TO STAY PUT?
Paul Pogba’s Manchester United future has long been under scrutiny but Gary Neville believes the impact of the coronavirus on rival clubs’ ability to spend big may keep the Frenchman at Old Trafford for the time being.
“The direction all season of Pogba’s career was always facing away from Manchester in the sense that there was so much speculation and his agent was coming out all the time,” Neville has said.
“And now with what’s happened, coronavirus and the economic reset in football, what clubs are going to be able to buy Paul Pogba for the reputed £80m, £100m fees that were being thrown around?
“Which clubs are going to be paying the huge wages he’s on at Manchester United? I’m not diminishing him as a player, I’m just talking about the economic situation the whole world finds itself in.
“Paul Pogba may have to, and may want to, sit at Manchester United for the next 12 to 18 months, and look at the fact he’s at a club he can play with Bruno Fernandes, Fred, (Scott) McTominay, Maguire, Wan-Bissaka, De Gea, Rashford, Greenwood, Rashford.”
Gary Neville ‘more confident’ of Man Utd’s credentials as title challengers.
THE LOANEES IN LIMBO
Premier League clubs will meet on Monday to discuss ‘Project Restart’ plans but, as well as a potential resumption date for football, the issue of player contracts and loan deals remains unclear.
Sky Sports News has looked at all the players both on loan in the Premier League or elsewhere from Premier League clubs, who could play an unlikely part in deciding the outcome of the 2019/20 campaign.
Alexis Sanchez, Odion Ighalo, Pepe Reina and plenty more…
HUGILL TO UNITED?
Football’s financial crisis has not prevented
Manchester United offering a £1,200-a-week contract to 16-year-old Joe Hugill, according to
The Daily Star on Sunday .
SHANGHAI SHENHUA EXPECT IGHALO RETURN
Shanghai Shenhua expect striker Odion Igahlo
to return from his loan spell at Manchester United in time for the start of the new Chinese Super League season.
The Chinese Super League season is scheduled to start by the beginning of July.
Manchester United want to extend Igahlo’s loan to cover the end of the Premier League season – whenever that might be.
As it stands, Shanghai Shenhua will only allow Igahlo to remain at Manchester United if it’s on a permanent deal – and value him upwards of £20m.
It is thought Newcastle United would be interested in Igahlo if the proposed takeover is completed.
TRIPPIER TO COST £20M
Ex-Spurs star Kieran Trippier will cost £20m if Premier League clubs want to bring him back to England, reports The Sun On Sunday .