Man Utd are still intent on moving for Antony, regardless of what happens with Cristiano Ronaldo. And Chelsea want a Bundesliga-based defender…
NO REAL INTEREST IN RONALDO
It has been two and a half weeks since Cristiano Ronaldo failed to report for pre-season with Manchester United. But, still, the only offer on Jorge Mendes’ table is the silly one from Saudi Arabia.
There was talk earlier in the week that Ronaldo would be willing to join Atletico Madrid ‘for a modest amount’. But, according to Spanish radio station Cope, Atletico have turned down the opportunity in a meeting between CEO Miguel Angel Gil Marin Mendes and Mendes.
If that was a ploy to suck Real Madrid into the discussion, it hasn’t worked. Marca says Real have no intention of bringing Ronaldo back to the Bernabeu.
UNITED STILL KEEN ON ANTONY
Even if they can’t shift Ronaldo, United are still keen on bringing Antony to Old Trafford.
It seemed their interest had cooled when Ajax rebuffed an offer worth around £51million for the Brazilian. But Talksport says a move is ‘very much on’.
They add that that United’s interest in the 22-year-old does not hinge on Ronaldo’s future.
Time for Cristiano Ronaldo to dig for humility and consider Manchester United return
CITY LOW-BALL BRIGHTON WITH CUCURELLA BID
Manchester City only need a left-back to complete their work in the transfer window, and Pep Guardiola’s primary target appears to be Marc Cucurella.
But the talk earlier in the week suggested City and Brighton were some way apart in their valuations of the Spaniard. Indeed, David Ornstein says City have made their first offer but it is £20million under the Seagulls’ asking price.
City are said to have offered around £30million. Brighton, not unreasonably want closer to £50million for their player of the season. And City are ready to walk away if Brighton don’t lower their demands.
The Seagulls are making contingency plans in case they lose Cucurella, with O Jogo reporting that they will move for Arsenal’s Nuno Tavares.
CHELSEA TURN TO GVARDIOLA AFTER AGREEING KOUNDE DEAL
At last it seems that Jules Kounde will become a Chelsea player…
The Blues and Sevilla were around £4million apart earlier in the week but The Sun says an agreement has been reached over a deal worth around £55million and the centre-back will undergo a medical in the next 48 hours.
It was thought that Chelsea would follow up Kounde’s arrival by moving for Presnel Kimpembe but the talk is that their primary target is RB Leipzig defender Josko Gvardiol, with Cesar Azpilicueta creeping closer to joining Barcelona.