Manchester United are planning to fund the signing of Harry Maguire with player sales. The Leicester City defender could cost around £65m after an impressive showing at the World Cup in Russia for England. At 25, he’s young enough to improve significantly, but more importantly he is much better than the current crop of abject clowns. In order to afford the transfer fee, some exits are planned. Marcos Rojo has been linked with a £20m move to Wolves, with Jorge Mendes likely be able to facilitate a move. Matteo Darmian could do one back to Italy, with Juventus the likely destination.
Having said that, apparently Jose Mourinho wants Toby Alderweireld from Spurs. He might cost about £50m despite being available for half that next summer. Better to sign Maguire for this season and then pick up the Belgian bloke in a year, maybe. Or run the club properly and buy both, but there is no way Ed Woodward or the Glazers will ever do that!
Another defender who is on his way out, at least temporarily, is Cameron Borthwick-Jackson. He’s on his way to Scunthorpe on loan. For those who haven’t been to Scunthorpe, don’t.
Fred has trained with his United teammates for the first time, as he arrived in America for United’s pre-season tour. They also met someone called Rey Mysterio, who plays as a left-sided central defender in the WWE soccer league. The £52m player didn’t play a single minute at the World Cup with Brazil, but nonetheless had an extended break.
Fans in America are finally losing patience with the International Champions Cup, with poor attendances explained by the ridiculous ticket prices and the second-string teams that turn up for much of the games. Given United and the rest of the Premier League rely on huge sums of money from the US in TV revenue, there are two options. One, they scale back expectations of revenue, or two, we move towards an international Premier League that either plays in America or becomes a kind of super league with teams from elsewhere.
Luke Shaw has bizarrely claimed that he has never been out of shape. Given every single manager he has had, since and including Mauricio Pochettino, have noticed that he has problems with his diet, it’s insulting for Shaw to suggest otherwise. Given the state of United fans these days though, they will probably believe him rather than the fairly obviously photoshopped photo of him with a six pack even though he was bursting out of his United kit when he played San Jose Earthquakes a few days ago.