Only in the completely silly world of football could Bernardo Silva leave this Manchester City for this halfway Barcelona, but here we are. And comedy club Manchester United are inevitably linked with wonder-goal star Ismaila Sarr…
The pursuit, apparently tactical, of Bernardo Silva by Barcelona takes another turn, with the mail reporting that City are understandably bewildered by the apparent news that they have accepted a £46m bid from the absurd Catalans who are determined to spend all the money they don’t have on players they can’t sign.
The only part of the whole thing that makes any sense is that Bernardo wants to move to Spain to be closer to his family. And even if we accept the fact that Pep Guardiola is not opposed to restless players, he is still not about to let go of one of his key men for around half his market value three weeks before the end of the transfer window. to a club that has gone completely insane.
If football were an even vaguely real world, we could safely ignore it because in no sane environment would such a transfer be even remotely feasible. But this is football, so before the week is out we expect to see Bernardo proudly wearing a shirt that he can’t wear in any game.
Inevitable, that. True or not, the tabloids were always going to link Ismaila Sarr with someone after that goal against West Brom the other night, and that someone, in the current climate, was always likely to be Manchester United they have no one to blame for this state of affairs but themselves.
Thirty-six hours after Twitter was abuzz with jokers declaring that United were preparing a £50m bid and laughing at their own brilliant wit via emoji, here we are. The suninevitably picking up some history and angst from the 90 minutes United turned to Sarr after failing in their baffling and exasperating pursuit of Marko Arnautovic.
Now, to be fair, Sarr is a very good footballer and it wouldn’t be surprising to see one of the many Premier League clubs snap him up from Watford in the coming weeks, but the timing of these particular stories seems a bit convenient . It is quite possible that United are genuinely interested, but it is highly unlikely that it will be because of a freak goal against West Brom. We’re also inherently suspicious of any 171-word story that contains one “can,” one “reported,” two “could,” one “hope,” and one “claims.” But it’s not so suspicious that we don’t include it in a gossip collection, because we’re also desperate creatures hungry for clicks.
In other news, according to ESPN, United have also been offered the chance to sign Alvaro Morata because of course they have.
PSG joins FOFANA CHASE
Chelsea are preparing an improved bid of £85m for Leicester’s excellent Wesley Fofana, which would be a huge blow for the Foxes but would be the second world record fee they have received for a centre-back in recent years. Which is something, isn’t it?
The bad news for Chelsea is that PSG are now also interested, according to the Mail via Le Parisien, which could increase the price even further. For Leicester, this is bittersweet news, of course. There may be more money, but it means the chances of hanging on to one of their best players, one who has frustratingly never seen his best on a sustained basis due to injury, is further reduced.
SAID AND DONE
It doesn’t really work, that little headline over there, because that’s not how Said Benrahma’s name is pronounced, but the whole thing. According to the mailWest Ham manager David Moyes is ready to listen to offers for the inconsistent Algerian who has bolstered his attacking ranks with Maxwel Cornet and Gianluca Scamacca.
But clubs looking for a cheeky bargain will be disappointed; Moyes is only prepared to listen to such offers if they involve the Hammers at least recouping the £30m they pushed Brentford to make his initial loan permanent.
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