Mbappe bid rejected and United in for Fabregas?

Afternoon Bulletin

FABREGAS TUG-OF-WAR

Manchester United and Liverpool may be end up having a bidding war for wantaway Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas. Despite being potential title rivals next season, Chelsea may be willing to sell should the bid be nearer to their valuation of the Spaniard. And despite having about 2 more years to run on his current deal at Stamford Bridge, Fabregas is said to be relaxed about his situation. Fabregas has become a second fiddle player since Antonio Conte’s arrival at Chelsea.

FREE TRANSFER?

While it has been clear for a while that Burnley will lose their star man at the back, it was always expected that they will sell Keane in the summer and avoid losing him for nothing next summer. Sean Dyche has already refused sell on the cheap and a does not mind losing him for nothing. Burnley are holding out for at least £30m for a player thought to be in the £25m range. Whatever decision Burnley take regarding Keane’s future, it is going to be a long summer for them as clubs like Liverpool, Everton and Tottenham are interested.

MBAPPE BID?

Manchester United have reportedly had a £71m rejected by Monaco for the transfer of Kylian Mbappe. Monaco are looking to collect as much as £118m for their teenage sensation. With teams like Manchester United, Manchester City, Real Madrid and Barcelona all in the running for the Frenchman, there is the possibility that the actual fee paid would top that paid by United for Pogba in the summer.

MORATA+VARANE FOR DE GEA

The latest twist to the David de Gea saga is the rumour that United may ask for two players in exchange for their star keeper David de Gea. Striker Alvaro Morata and defender Raphael Varane are the two players United are hoping will come the other way to Old Trafford. Mourinho is prepared to play hardball and get the maximum of what he can by selling de Gea. Madrid are prepared to pay the world-record fee for a goalkeeper to get their man.

EASING OF INJURY CONCERNS

Manchester United players handed Jose Mourinho are HUGE boost on training earlier today. Defenders Eric Bailly, Chris Smalling, Phil Jones and Paul Pogba were all pictured arriving for training ahead of their trip to Spain to face Celta Vigo. This is welcome news for Mourinho who was facing the prospect of travelling to Spain with just one senior centre back in Blind. Top this news with Juan Mata’s impending return to the pitch after making the substitutes shows that the injury situation at Old Trafford is slowly but surely improving.