Date published: Sunday 13th May 2018 8:50
MAN UNITED WILL TRY AND SIGN NEYMAR. COURSE THEY WILL
Now you can‚Äôt say that the Sunday Mirror‚Äôs John Richardson is afraid of making some bold transfer claims. The first report from yer man made us spit out our Coco Pops.
Richardson writes that Manchester United are lining up a ¬£200m-plus move for Neymar this summer. That‚Äôs despite PSG saying that the Brazilian is going nowhere, and just about everyone thinking that if he does move it will be to Real Madrid.
We‚Äôre also told that Manchester United would be happy to pay Neymar the ¬£30m a year that he currently gets in Paris. Well, they‚Äôd have to.
The evidence for the move is that United have a good relationship with Neymar‚Äôs father, who supports Manchester United.
Wonderfully, Richardson ends his piece with the following line:
‚ÄėAny deal to take Neymar to the Bernabeu would cost in excess of the near ¬£200million fee paid by PSG to lure him to the French capital last summer.‚Äô
But you just said‚Ä¶?
AND SOME QUESTIONABLE ZAHA CLAIMS
Part two of John Richardson‚Äôs Sunday gossip drive concerns the future of Wilfried Zaha. He believes that Zaha is set to be announced by Manchester City as a ¬£50m signing.
It will certainly be no surprise if Pep Guardiola adds another wide forward to his squad this summer in a bid to keep competition for places high and complacency low, but there are a couple of issues with Richardson‚Äôs article.
Firstly, the story originally said:
‚ÄėZaha never made the grade at Old Trafford and was involved in a few rows with Ferguson and the United staff.‚Äô
It‚Äôs an odd thing to say, given that Ferguson had retired as manager and become a club ambassador by the time Zaha actually joined United.
By Sunday morning, that now reads:
‚ÄėBut Zaha never made the grade at Old Trafford and was involved in a few rows with Ferguson‚Äôs successor David Moyes and the United staff.‚Äô
Easy mistake to make ‚Äď they both have Scottish accents.
And then comes:
‚ÄėAnd Hodgson is resigned to losing Zaha admitting: ‚ÄúIt‚Äôs inevitable we are going to lose a few good players in the summer.‚ÄĚ‚Äô
Hodgson did say that, but not about Zaha. Here are his quotes in full:
‚ÄúIt depends how well we replace the numerous players we‚Äôre likely to lose. If we‚Äôre going to have a good season next season where we have stability and not being frightened to death every time a match comes that we‚Äôre going to lose it and be back in the relegation zone, I‚Äôll need a good squad of players.
‚ÄúThere is a lot of work to do from Dougie Freedman in particular and our chairman and owners. They‚Äôve got an awful lot to do to ensure that when I come back to pre-season training, there‚Äôs a group of players in front of me that I feel confident will be able to do what these have done, because we‚Äôre going to lose a few good ones.‚ÄĚ
So no mention of Zaha, then.
SOME GUFF ABOUT EMERY AND ARSENAL
At least John Richardson has some semblance of evidence. The same cannot be said of Express Sport and their claim that ‚ÄėUnai Emery favourite to replace Arsene Wenger as Arsenal manager ‚Äď EXCLUSIVE‚Äô.
Now Emery might well take over from Wenger this summer, but the ‚Äėclear favourite‚Äô claim is miles off. Emery is 16/1 with plenty of bookmakers, with Max Allegri, Mikel Arteta, Carlo Ancelotti, Luis Enrique and even Brendan Rodgers widely available at lower odds.
Wonderfully, as an inset to their story Express Sport include a gallery of ‚ÄėNext Arsenal manager odds: Who could replace Arsene Wenger?‚Äô. One name is conspicuous by its absence. You‚Äôll never guess who.
AND THE REST
West Ham are interested in Unai Emery as an option to replace David Moyes‚Ä¶ Manchester City are looking at signing Jorginho and Riyad Mahrez‚Ä¶ Sam Allardyce is expected to leave Everton and be paid up on the remaining year of his contract‚Ä¶ Everton interested in Wigan Athletic forward Callum Lang.