ROSE ON HIS WAY?
Danny Rose’s public admission of Tottenham being a ‘nearly club’ sparked rumors of a switch to Manchester United. Mauricio Pochettino is braced to lose the left back this summer and is already lining up potential replacements. United are said to be in pole position to sign the English International with Luke Shaw potentially going the other way in a swap deal. Mourinho is a known admirer of the young left-back.
Atletico’s Saul Niguez believes that the club would do well next season with or without Griezmann. He said that the club and the players are prepared to start next season without their star man. Saul said: “If Antoine Griezmann leaves, we have Torres, Gameiro, Correa and Carrasco. He is a very important player for us, we know the quality he has, but most importantly no one player is above the club. In the end, Antoine Griezmann can manage his future as he wishes. He is with us. We are waiting for him in pre-season and finally his future he will decide.”
Manchester United and Ivan Perisic have verbally agreed to personal terms as the Croat inches ever closer to his move to Old Trafford. There is still no official bid from United but the club are confident that the player wants a move. The only thing that could derail the move is the difference in the valuation of the player. Inter are expected to stand firm for at least £44m excluding add ons while United believe that he could be poached for as much as £36m.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan has reflected on his debut season at Old Trafford in a candid interview with Premier League TV. Mkhitaryan said: “I had a good year. Not a bad year. I had a bit of difficulties at the beginning of the season but that’s part of football I was ready for that mentally and physically and I could survive that part and when I got my second chance I just seized the day. I had the opportunity to play more and more and to help the team win the games and to score more goals. When you’re in the game you don’t have too much time to think. But game by game I was trying to feel it and to adapt myself to the Premier League. It wasn’t easy but I think I did it well.”
Manchester United will make a move for Gareth Bale if the Welshman is left out of the starting lineup for the UEFA Champions League Final. He has struggled for fitness this term and has just 9 goals to his name. He has grown frustrated and is eyeing a potential move back to Old Trafford. United are long term admirers of Bale and even attempted a last ditch attempt to sign him before his then-world record switch to Real Madrid. Missing out on his ‘home’ Champions League Final could be the final straw.