An Improbable Signing & Shirt Sale Domination

Afternoon Bulletin

CAN WE SIGN HIM?

United are a possible destination for Liverpool midfielder Emre Can. The German has a year left on his current contract at Anfield and might decide to walk at the end of the season. Can who impressed last campaign and has made a decent start to this one is also being targeted by Chelsea. Reports have indicated that Can demanded a release clause be inserted in any new deal to increase speculation regarding Can’s future.

MATA SENDS OUT WARNING

Juan Mata has sent out a warning to United’s rivals and insisted that the Old Trafford side are ready to launch a sustained title challenge. Mata, who has started all three Premier League games, insisted that the side have what it takes, mentally and physically to challenge rivals. The Spaniard also praised in form Marcus Rashford and believes that the teenager can yet improve. Mata said: “I think he can be even bigger. He has a great mentality and great qualities to become a big, big player.”

SHIRT SELLERS

Manchester United have yet again dominated shirt sales in the Premier League with the club’s players occupying three of the top five spots across the league. Paul Pogba and Romelu Lukaku occupy the top two positions and Marcus Rashford of all people comes in at fifth place behind the Eden Hazard and Alexandre Lacazette. Other United stars like Herrera, Ibrahimovic, Mkhitaryan and David De Gea are also high up on the list.

COLE PRAISES MARCUS

With his sensational displays for England which resulted in £45m winger Raheem Sterling being benched by Gareth Southgate, the eye of the world has been at Marcus Rashford. But many including Andy Cole believe that his best is yet to come. The former United striker has attributed the teenager’s meteoric rise to learning his trade along the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Wayne Rooney. Cole also praised the youngster’s attitude and urged other up and coming stars to follow Rashford’s lead and keep his head down and delivering time and time again.

£100M SAVED?

Jose Mourinho reckons that his side doing early business has saved the club close to £100m in transfer fees. The business end of the window saw clubs splashing unreasonable amounts of cash to get their man. Mourinho said: “I think we were very clever. We thought that something could happen that could change the market forever. Normally the last part of the market is less expensive, but this season, after Neymar [signed for PSG], everything changed — and changed for the worse in terms of prices. I think Lukaku on August 31 would have been £150m. Matic would have been £60m or £70m. Neymar changed everything.”