Inter/United back negotiating, Spurs’ surprise, Darmian speaks out and United is finally Jose’s team

Afternoon Bulletin

BID REJECTED

Manchester United reportedly rejected a bid from Tottenham Hotspur for Anthony Martial yesterday. While what the offer for Martial is yet to be reported, United rejected the bid without second thoughts. United reportedly rate Martial in the £60-70m plus category and with Spurs, a title rival, bidding for Martial the fee may yet go up. United are unexpected to sell ahead of a crucial season for the Frenchman.

JOSE’S TEAM

Jose Mourinho has signed 7 players in just over a years’ time at Manchester United. Last season, Jose often spoke about how the team was not set up to meet his standards and demands but with the three signings this summer, he feels as if the team is his and are ready for a genuine title challenge. Mourinho said: “In many ways, it is my team. In terms of the squad, this is my second transfer window. I was thinking, three transfer windows, I need that. But after two windows I have a good group and a football club much better equipped. So we will go for it this season. We are going to try to win the title.”

UNITED REOPEN TALKS

Manchester United have reopened talks with Inter Milan for the transfer of Ivan Perisic. The clubs have been at the negotiating table for most of the summer but United could not meet Inter’s demands. But that is set to change as several outlets revealed that United were close to and ‘ready’ to meet the £48m asking price. But United may face competition in their bid to sign the fourth payer on Jose’s list as Barcelona are looking at Perisic should the club fail to land Ousmane Dembele and Philippe Coutinho.

UNITED ‘LOVE’ SHAW

Luke Shaw’s time at Old Trafford has been blighted with injury and the former PFA Team of the Year player has failed to hit the ground running despite three years at the club. Speculation often links United with a new left-back and Shaw with an exit. The latest player ‘coming in’ is Spurs’ full back Danny Rose. But Shaw’s agent Johnathan Barnett dismissed the rumors and claimed that United loved Shaw. He tipped Shaw to become one of the best left-backs in the world once his wretched injury run is over.

DARMIAN SPEAKS OUT

Matteo Darmian spoke out in response to the speculation linking him with a move to Juventus. Darmian revealed that though he had his difficult moments he was not going to leave the club and will fight for his place in the back four. Darmian said: “‘I’m pleased that Manchester United consider me to be off the market, just as I’m pleased by the interest of Italian clubs. In any case, there was never anything concrete, so there’s no point talking about the transfer market. I see myself at Manchester United, I’m happy here.”