The back-page exclusive on the Daily Mail reads, "MANCHESTER UNITED hope to raise up to £100million in player sales this summer and are prepared to listen to offers for up to 13 first-team stars."
Four of those players spent the whole 2017–18 season away from Manchester United, one came off the bench for five minutes, and another never came off the bench at all, so calling them "first-team stars" in that statement is a bit of a stretch.
In actuality, none of the "13 first-team stars" were among the 13 Manchester United players who saw the most action last year. Not a single. They ought to be for sale, damn right. Every healthy player over the age of 21 who is not a member of the first team ought to be available for purchase at the correct price.
Although insiders within the football business have dismissed any suggestions of a fire sale, it is understood that there is no likelihood of all 13 of the available United players departing. The club hopes that selling some of the present team will raise at least £50 million and potentially even £100 million to reinvest.
Of course not; there aren't that many phonies in football. Simply said, Everton no longer has that amount of money. Remember that no football player can be sold against their will, too.
We already know what the Mail has exclusively informed us: Manchester United has too many players and would definitely trade a number of the periphery players if the price was right.
Invigorated by the success of their "not a fire sale" report about Manchester United, MailOnline is back with another HUGE number:
Hugo Lloris, Harry Winks, Ivan Perisic, Davinson Sanchez, and Sergio Reguilon are among the ten Tottenham players who will be cut this summer in a ruthless purge.
Two of the five players mentioned in the headline spent the previous season on loan because the situation is so "brutal."
You won't be shocked to discover that among the five others who weren't considered to be significant enough for the headline are three additional loan players, a defender who made two Premier League starts last season, and 18-year-old Alfie Devine, who might follow up his one minute of FA Cup action from last year with a loan stint. Brutal. The TEN-man "brutal clear-out" is really just a football club trying to sell or loan out some deadwood, it turns out once more. With the exception of Lloris and Perisic, none of those TEN players were first-team regulars in the previous year. Manager Antonio Conte acquired them all for a specific system. And not one will even slightly be missed. Making any transfer story into a Manchester United transfer narrative is always a problem because there isn't a transfer story like a Manchester United transfer story.
Diogo Costa was a long-term goal for Chelsea, so it's not surprising that the potential transfer was pitched with a Manchester United perspective. However, it is surprising how the Mirror presented the situation:
After Erik ten Hag's transfer, Chelsea counters Man Utd's bluff with a £64.5 million offer. U-turn
That is an obvious attempt to imply that Chelsea has submitted a £64.5 million offer for a Manchester United player. There is just no other way to interpret the headline; it isn't even subtle.
Despite several rumors suggesting that Diogo Costa would be moving to Manchester United, Chelsea is willing to pay £64.5 million to acquire him.
You mean the knowledge that their competitors had previously expressed interest didn't prevent them from signing Diogo Costa? This is genuinely amazing.
The Red Devils have been keeping tabs on the Porto goalkeeper for several months and are considering making a bid as they try to solve their own No. 1 problem. The future of David de Gea, a Spanish goalkeeper who is soon to become a free agent, is still up in the air.
De Gea, who is not performing as well as he once did, has received a new offer from United, but they have not yet received a response. Costa is a top candidate for replacement should he depart, and they were prepared to meet his price demand, according to the Daily Mail. Erik ten Hag's former coworker at Ajax, Andre Onana of Inter Milan, is also a target, and discussions between the two parties are now being prepared.
About a month ago, we were informed that "they were willing to pay his asking price." Although it appears that United may have subsequently moved on, the Mirror's assertion that Chelsea has "called Man Utd's bluff" shouldn't be disregarded. Because they have undoubtedly "challenged someone to carry out a stated intention, in the expectation of being able to expose it as a pretense" (i.e., challenged someone to do anything). Exactly that is taking place in this situation.
Chelsea was also interested in Onana, but they just withdrew from the competition, giving United the advantage. However, they were negotiating a contract to sign Costa from Porto at the time and, according to the Portuguese publication A Bola, were getting ready to pay his release clause in installments.
If that agreement is reached, United might be left biting their wounds, especially if Inter refuses to part with Onana and De Gea leaves the team, which would be a nightmarish scenario.
Even if it would be a hassle, it doesn't seem likely that Inter would refuse to let a goalie go for more than £40 million after acquiring him for nothing the previous summer. Jordan Pickford would likely be Manchester United's next move if that were to materialize.
We have our doubts that United would unintentionally be without a goalkeeper for the season opener against Wolves. Although Manchester United is owned by the Glazer family.
Of course, Manchester United is getting closer to making their first acquisition of the summer, as the Mirror details elsewhere:
As club officials "make contact," Adrien Rabiot has already responded on a transfer to Manchester United.
Because it was his "Man Utd transfer answer" when he stated in December that "I have always said that I'd like to play in England in my career."
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