Marcus Rashford is in talks with PSG over a shock move to Paris as the Manchester United striker ponders his future. The Independent reported that Rashford, who has one year left in contact with Old Trafford with the option of extending the club for another year, has been in talks with the French champions through his representatives. However, PSG are unwilling to confirm their interest with an offer while it is believed Rashford is still looking to prove himself at United under new manager Erik ten Hag.
United, meanwhile, are looking to sign a defensive midfielder and are close to signing Adrien Rabiot from Juventus. Director John Murtough is in Turin today to discuss personal terms with Rabiot’s mother, Veronique, who is known for being a tough negotiator.
Elsewhere, Man City continue their all-out search for a left-back and a surprising name on the shortlist is Arsenal’s Kieran Tierney. after 90 min – maybe they should have kept Oleksandr Zinchenko.
Follow the latest news, rumors and closed deals below.
Murtough spotted in Turin
Manchester United director of football John Murtough has been spotted in Turin trying to complete a move that will see Adrien Rabiot transferred to Old Trafford.
Murtough has made another trip across the continent and will be hoping for a better result than his unsuccessful trip to Barcelona for Frenkie de Jong earlier in the summer.
It’s believed a £15million transfer fee has already been agreed with Juventus and only personal conditions stand in the way of a forthcoming transfer.
Rabiot’s agent and mother Veronique is famous for her approach to negotiations and earlier this week it was revealed that she had made it clear she would only negotiate with Murtough and not any other intermediary.
Michael JonesAug 12, 2022 11:37 am
Liverpool won’t use the transfer market to tackle midfield injury crisis, confirms Jurgen Klopp
Jurgen Klopp has insisted Liverpool’s midfield injury woes will not force him to return to the transfer market.
The FA Cup winners were without four of their nine midfielders when Thiago Alcantara was substituted off injured against Fulham on Saturday, but Klopp is adamant he is happy with the depth and capability of his options.
Thiago is likely to be out for a month, while Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Curtis Jones are also sidelined, although Naby Keita has recovered from illness and should be available for Monday’s game against Crystal Palace.
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Thiago is expected to be out for a month while Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Curtis Jones are also sidelined
Michael JonesAug 12, 2022 11:30 am
Leicester hold talks with Vardy
Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers has confirmed the club intend to offer veteran striker Jamie Vardy a new deal.
The 35-year-old is a legend at King Power Stadium, having helped the club win the Premier League and FA Cup in recent seasons, and continues to play at the highest level – scoring 17 goals in all last season competitions.
Vardy’s current contract expires next summer, and 90 mins understands that a number of clubs including Chelsea and Manchester United have been monitoring his situation.
Rodgers confirmed that Leicester intends to start negotiations with Vardy’s representatives in the hope that he will extend his stay.
“He looked good preseason and he’s continuing to work,” Rodgers said. “His appetite is still there. We would like to extend his stay here and the club and its representatives will look into that.”
Michael JonesAug 12, 2022 11:22 am
Will Newcastle replace Shelvey?
Newcastle midfielder Jonjo Shelvey was recently ruled out for three months with an injury, leading to concerns the club could try to find a replacement before the September transfer window closes.
When asked about transfers, manager Eddie Howe said: “I’m really sorry to say no. I’m sorry for giving you the same answers over and over again.
“I want to give you a different answer, but I can’t. We’re not that close at the moment. Hopefully the next week or so will be different.”
Howe added: “I think we have enough to cover for his absence at this point. But you know that football can change very quickly. Losing Jonjo is a heavy blow. He was a big player for us last season.
“Jonjo brings unique qualities to this role. Now Bruno [Guimaraes] played that role on Saturday and did very well. We have other players, Sean Longstaff played there preseason and did very well. We have a few options.”
Michael JonesAug 12, 2022 11:13 am
Leicester in talks for Smithies
Leicester City have started negotiations with former Cardiff and Huddersfield goalkeeper Alex Smithies over a potential free transfer.
If he joins the club, he will become Leicester’s first signing of the summer and would expand their goalkeeping options following the departure of No. 1 Kasper Schmeichel.
It remains to be seen if Smithies would get a lot of playing time as Brendan Rodgers has already said Danny Ward will be the first-choice goalkeeper this season.
“He has the number one shirt and I think you saw his presence. He deserves the opportunity to play,” Rodgers said. “In Daniel Iversen we have a young goalkeeper behind us who did very well on loan.
“Ideally it would be number three if we took someone else so I could get our young Polish goalkeeper Jakub [Stolarczyk] borrowed.”
Michael JonesAug 12, 2022 11:04 am
What does Erik ten Hag want in a Manchester United forward?
When Marnix Kolder played in a team managed by Erik ten Hag, his role was fairly straightforward. “I was the ‘escape,'” he said The Independent earlier this year. “If the ball was pressured from behind, the long ball would come to me from the keeper or the central defender. I don’t know the word in English – a clothes rack? That ‘capstok‘. It’s a typical word in Dutch. The big person they can play the balls to, then you play to the midfielders or to the sides.”
In other words, a target man.
Kolder was Ten Hag’s centre-forward at Go Ahead Eagles in the first year of his coaching career in 2012/13, which ended with promotion to the Eredivisie.
Standing at 6ft 2in and despite being on the wrong side of 30, he was scoring every other game in his only year working under future Manchester United manager before Ten Hag got the ‘kick and Rush” the Eerste Divisie left Kolder describing taking over Bayern Munich II and working in Pep Guardiola’s orbit.
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Michael JonesAug 12, 2022 10:55 am
Everton’s Gibson joins Bristol Rovers
Everton youngster Lewis Gibson has joined League One club Bristol Rovers on loan after agreeing a new one-year deal with Everton until the end of June 2023.
He joined Everton from Newcastle United in July 2017 and played a key role in Everton U23’s Premier League 2 and Premier League Cup double in 2018/19.
Last season, Gibson returned to League One for a season with Sheffield Wednesday, although the defender was limited to six appearances through injury.
Michael JonesAug 12, 2022 10:45 am
Lijnders on Darwin’s commitment
Liverpool assistant manager Pep Lijnders explained why Liverpool decided to inject the money and bring Darwin Nunez to the club for £67.5million this summer.
“We followed Darwin for a long time. Our scouting team followed him, made reports, compiled videos and kept a close eye on him,” said the 39-year-old.
“Then there’s a moment where you’re in an interview with Jurgen (Klopp), Julian (Ward) and Mike (Gordon) and it’s like, ‘Okay, let’s go!
“He’s a center forward who likes to drift. He’s not a permanent No9 and that was something we think can be good to open up to other spaces as well, which we think we can improve on.
“Is it a gamble? Maybe, but the most important thing for the player is that he can feel from the players and the staff that football isn’t a perfect game.
“We deal with moments when things aren’t going well and that we don’t lose faith in the player. We don’t judge players by a game or a moment, never.”
Michael JonesAug 12, 2022 10:38 am
No more signings at Liverpool?
Jurgen Klopp has seemingly ruled out Liverpool signing any more players this summer, despite multiple injuries in his squad and a seeming lack of depth in certain areas.
“If there was the right player, we would have done it, we would have done it, but we’ve had a lot of talks and it doesn’t look like it’s going to happen,” said the Reds boss.
“I’m happy with the strength, size and quality of my team – but we have injuries. There are different solutions to this – one of them is the transfer market, but it only makes sense if you can get the right player.
“If there was the right solution for us, we would have done it long ago. We’re not stubborn, it’s just the thing.”
Michael JonesAug 12, 2022 10:30 am
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Michael JonesAug 12, 2022 10:21 am
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