The thrills and spills of the Frenkie de Jong the sagaTM have stored us invigorated all summer time, and right this moment isn’t any completely different. Word comes from Spain that the participant would solely go away for Barcelona Chelsea, who aren’t ready to pay him as a lot hazard cash as Manchester United, and that he has suggested teammates of his intention to stay on the Camp Nou and swerve Old Trafford. Shortly afterwards, Joan Laporta appeared to be crying softly at his desk, whereas Xavi finalized plans for the subsequent pleasant – by which he plans to attempt De Jong at ballboy.
In different “greater than a cult” information, Barça will not have the option to re-sign Lionel Messi – however not as a result of they’re mortgaging their future to keep alive within the current, spending cash with which they need to pay present gamers on shopping for new ones. Rather, Messi has a contract with Paris Saint-Germain – presumably not not like those Robert Lewandowski had with Bayern Munich and Raphinha with Leeds. “We will see sooner or later. It’s not the time to speak about him,” mentioned Xavi, speaking about him anyway.
Back to Manchester United, in the meantime, Cristiano Ronaldo remains to be frantically making an attempt to escape. It seems that, whereas the disgrace of taking part in within the Europa League is intense, it is not as intense as declaring a want to keep away from it solely to be rejected at each flip. After receiving good “faz-me um limãos” from Chelsea and Bayern, it seemed like Atlético Madrid have been the only real remaining choice, however Enrique Cerezo, the membership president has denied the hyperlink, saying experiences of it are “invented” and that “It’s virtually not possible” for the transfer to occur. Enjoy Shkupi (a) outdated mate!
An affronted Ronaldo is unquestionably precisely the tonic required by United’s dressing room, already much-vaunted for his work ethic and ethical fiber. At which level, Anthony Martial – the chief beneficiary of Ronaldo’s incapacitation, again to his devastating finest now nobody is match – can be focused by Juventusought to they be unable to rescue Álvaro Morata from Atlético.
Talking of strikers who do not rating, Newcastle fancy taking Timo Werner from Chelsea, whose off-the-ball motion ought to create house for the lethal and prolific Chris Wood. And the Toon are additionally pondering a bid for Ludovic Ajorquethe Strasbourg striker who additionally pursuits Crystal Palace and Leicester.
Leicester could, although, be dropping a goalie – Kasper Schmeichel is eager to spend subsequent season dealing with up in France, having agreed to join good. But the transfer hasn’t been permitted as Brendan Rodgers hasn’t discovered a substitute, whereas Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha, the membership chairman, says he has acquired no presents for Youri Tielemans – who Mikel Arteta reckons could be excellent for Arsenal‘s relentless assault on fifth place.
On the opposite aspect of north London, Antonio Conte continues his one-man assault on Daniel Levy’s Klarna. For his subsequent Juventus cast-off, he’d like to signal Weston McKennie for Tottenhamhowever the 23-year-old midfielder could now be required in Turin, following Paul Pogba’s knee harm.
And lastly, Chelsea are nonetheless scrabbling about for defenders. Should Jules Koundé spurn them, as anticipated, for the tall tales and magic beans being supplied by Barça, they’ll attempt to get Denzel Dumfries from Inter and maybe Wesley Fofana from Leicester – each of whom ought to gel nicely with Thiago Silva and Kalidou Koulibaly, if experiences of their glorious kalooki abilities are to be believed.