KEANE ON A WINDFALL
Manchester United are set for a windfall if in-form defender Michael Keane leaves Burnley. United are due 25% of any fee Burnley will receive for their center-back. United sold their academy graduate for £2.5m. Teams like Manchester City, Liverpool, Everton and Chelsea are all known admirers of the 24 year old. Burnley are expected to demand a fee upwards of £20m for their man. Keane is under contract with Burnley till 2018 and has rejected a new deal at Turf Moor and Burnley will look to cash in on Keane or lose him a free next year.
SMALLING JOINS JONES
Chris Smalling has joined his club teammate Phil Jones in withdrawing from the England squad because of an injury. This means that Mourinho has lost half of his center-backs in this international break. Smalling played 90 minutes in the 1-0 defeat against Germany and was expected to start against Lithuania in the World Cup qualifier. Middlesbrough’s Ben Gibson has been called up and the same was confirmed the FA in a release on their website.
DERBY VENUE UPDATE
The location for the maiden derby outside of England has not yet been confirmed after a deal to make the Royal-Memorial Stadium the hosts fell through due to scheduling conflicts. Both clubs are keen on keeping the venue in Texas. Earlier the 100,000 capacity stadium was to keep the match on 19th July but travelling issues lead to the match being scheduled for 20th July. This change in date lead to the Royal-Memorial Stadium withdrawing from hosting the march.
WHEELS DOWN IN CROATIA
Manager Jose Mourinho has reportedly flown to Croatia. This week to secure the transfer of Inter Milan forward Ivan Perisic. The boss was photographed touching down in Zagreb ahead of a meeting with super-agent Predrag Mijatovic. United are willing to part with at least £35m in order to secure the services of Perisic. The Croatian plays off the central striker and also down the left.
Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone has revealed that Manchester United target Antoine Griezmann could leave the club at any moment. Asked by Spanish outlet AS whether there was a risk of Griezmann departing, Simeone said: “Yes, because there is a termination clause. There is no security.” With his stock continuously on the rise clubs like PSG, Barcelona and Manchester United have been linked to his name. The Atletico manager added: “That’s what he told me [last year] – if you stay, I’ll stay. And I said yes, why would I not stay? And they began to work with the representatives for everything that had to be signed. And he stayed. “And from now on I do not know what can happen. He would never let me tell him to stay. I did not do it with [Diego] Costa or [Radamel] Falcao. To the players who have given me life I accompany them in the decisions that they make. But it is clear that for as long as he stays, the team and the club will continue to grow.”