According to reports Don Balon, José Mourinho is going to leverage his relationships at Real Madrid to try to pry away Álvaro Morata from the Spanish giants. With Zlatan Ibrahimović unlikely to play again for several months (or ever again, for United), a new target man has become a higher priority for this summer’s transfer market. Morata has a strike rate this season for club and country of nearly a goal every two games, despite not being a regular starter for either. He is reportedly unhappy with his lack of playing time in Madrid, and may be looking to move in search of regular football. Why he would think that he will get that at United, with the superior Marcus Rashford already here, is anyone’s guess.
In the latest update to what will surely be the summer’s most tedious transfer “saga,” we have yet another Antoine Griezmann update. This time, his agent has confirmed on French TV that United have registered a “concrete interest,” whatever that means.
“We’re at the stage of gathering information from clubs who have a concrete interest. There is an unavoidable €100m clause so that restricts the number of candidates. You have United, [Manchester] City, Chelsea, Barcelona and Real Madrid. United were the first to come and see us and the most concrete in their wishes.”
It appears United are the foremost amongst Griezmann’s many suitors, but that will count for nothing unless we can offer Champions League football, given that the likes of Madrid and City can offer similar wages.
The Daily Star say that United are confident of landing Valencia midfield starlet Carlos Soler. You’ll never guess who his agent is! Hint: it rhymes with Morge Jendes.
Over in Trump’s America, Bastian Schweinsteiger has taken to MLS like a duck to water, scoring two goals in four games, and generally impressing his new fan base with his niceness. In typical diplomatic fashion, he said that he doesn’t regret moving to United from Bayern Munich, despite the move widely being seen as a failure. Well, of course he doesn’t. He got paid a fortune to do nothing.