Man United's De Gea still Real Madrid's No1 target, Liverpool's Sturridge eyes loan move

David Cooper 20/11/2017
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The transfer window may not open again until January 1 2018 but that hasn’t put an end to plenty of speculation throughout Europe.

Here, we take a look at three big stories dominating the headlines on Monday.

Will any of the following deals happen?

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DE GEA REMAINS MADRID’S NO. 1 TARGET

Real Madrid‘s long-standing interest in Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea is set to continue. Cadena SER is reporting that although Madrid have been looking at sealing a deal for Athletic Bilbao’s Kepa Arrizabalaga, but the United keeper is still Madrid’s preferred option.

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This is the transfer saga that may never end. United manager Jose Mourinho will likely never countenance a sale of De Gea, and the club has become clever at retaining options to extend contracts so that they don’t get into the situation of a player being able to leave for free. But Madrid’s interest in De Gea will never go away, and they do have a habit of getting what they want. More importantly, the history between these two clubs regarding De Gea can jeopardise other transfers. It rumouredly happened this summer when Madrid played hardball over Alvaro Morata, and given United’s interest in Gareth Bale, that could happen again. There may be a point where missing out on players to retain De Gea isn’t worth it for United – even though he is now arguably the best goalkeeper in the world.

David de Gea's long-running transfer saga with Real Madrid is back.

David de Gea’s long-running transfer saga with Real Madrid is back.

STURRIDGE LOOKING FOR MOVE AWAY TO REGAIN ENGLAND SPOT

The Daily Mirror says Daniel Sturridge is looking for a move away from Liverpool in search of more playing time as he bids to remain in contention for an England place with the World Cup coming up at the end of the season. Liverpool have refused to sell Sturridge in previous summers despite his stuttering form and numerous injuries, but they may be willing to let him go out on loan in January.

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Sturridge will struggle to get into the England team in current circumstances – chief among them, the fact that he’s struggling to get into the Liverpool team. With a ‘fab four’ attack of Philippe Coutinho, Roberto Firmino, Mohamed Salah, and Sadio Mane, there’s no place for Sturridge in the starting XI, and that’s assuming he’s fit to play. There are also other players who are higher up the England management’s list in the Liverpool squad, such as Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Dominic Solanke. So a move may be best for all parties concerned.

Daniel Sturridge is out of the England reckoning at the moment.

Daniel Sturridge is out of the England reckoning at the moment.

LUKE SHAW

According to the Irish Independent, Tottenham are considering making a bid for Luke Shaw. The Manchester United left-back has been left out in the cold at Old Trafford, rarely getting playing time this season despite ostensibly having recovered from an ankle injury, and a move to Spurs would reunite him with Mauricio Pochettino, who gave Shaw the chance to make an impression at Southampton.

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We may never know what has happened between Mourinho and Shaw until the Englishman is famous enough to release an autobiography. But in any case, it’s becoming increasingly clear that he has no future at United, despite his obvious talent. Whether it’s because his work ethic is truly a problem or that he’s just struggling to adapt to Mourinho’s system and follow the manager’s instructions, Shaw is much further down the pecking order than he should be, and it would be no surprise to anyone if he leaves United soon. If he does, Spurs do look like the likeliest destination given Shaw’s relationship with Pochettino, and the fact that such a deal could see Danny Rose move in the opposite direction.

Luke Shaw could be reunited with old boss Mauricio Pochettino.

Luke Shaw could be reunited with old boss Mauricio Pochettino.

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Real Madrid line up Griezmann as Bale replacement, Man City join chase for Goretzka

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The transfer window may not open again until January 1 2018 but that hasn’t put an end to plenty of speculation throughout Europe.

Here, we take a look at three big stories dominating the headlines on Saturday.

Will any of the following deals happen?

Let us know your thoughts.

Get in touch via Twitter and Facebook.

MADRID WANT GRIEZMANN AS BALE REPLACEMENT

Don Balon are reporting that Real Madrid are looking at Atletico Madrid star Antoine Griezmann as a replacement if they choose to sell Gareth Bale next summer.

Bale’s injury struggles could force Real Madrid to offload him, with Manchester United the prime candidates, and considering Griezmann’s status as one of La Liga‘s best players and his experience in Spain, the Frenchman is a ready-made replacement for the Welshman.

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Griezmann reportedly has a €100million release clause, which in the current market represents incredible value, and clearly Madrid aren’t going to have any issues paying that fee. However, they will definitely face competition.

United nearly signed Griezmann this summer and their long-standing interest in him may give them an advantage. He’s also been linked with Barcelona and Manchester City. That should be quite a fight – and may render the release clause irrelevant, if any of the clubs decide the best way to land Griezmann is to up their offer to Atletico.

Madrid are used to getting the players they want, but given their rivalry with Atletico and the other clubs in the hunt, this one could take quite a struggle.

Antoine Griezmann could cross the Madrid divide.

Antoine Griezmann could cross the Madrid divide.

CITY JOIN RACE FOR GORETZKA

Manchester City have joined the race for Schalke midfielder Leon Goretzka, according to the Sunday MirrorThe 22-year-old has been linked with a move for quite a while, with the Premier League his supposed preferred destination. City will have to beat out interest from domestic rivals Arsenal and Liverpool, as well as the likes of Barcelona, in order to land the German.

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When it comes to transfers, the only thing as exciting as a long-running transfer saga is the potential for a tussle between multiple clubs for one player. Goretza has caught the eye of Europe’s leading clubs, and it was only a matter of time before Manchester City joined the hunt.

The question, as it always is with City, is what Goretzka gets by joining them. A chance to win trophies, earn a lot of money, and play with some of the Premier League’s best players – but, in all likelihood, limited playing time. There is a midfield logjam at the Etihad Stadium and no one could blame Goretzka for thinking he’d be better suited going elsewhere, in order to maximise his minutes on the pitch.

Leon Goretzka could be the subject of a transfer tussle next summer.

Leon Goretzka could be the subject of a transfer tussle next summer.

MOURINHO LOOKING FOR WILLIAN REUNION

The Sunday Express says Jose Mourinho wants his former Chelsea player Willian to join him at Manchester United. Willian has dropped down the pecking order under Antonio Conte, no longer a guaranteed starter, and speculation regarding a move away from Stamford Bridge has been growing.

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Willian has been linked with a Mourinho reunion off and on since the Portuguese took over at Old Trafford, so it’s no surprise for those rumours to emerge again when the chances of a move away from Chelsea are increasing. The Brazilian is still an important member of Conte’s squad, but he’s now more of a rotation player than the larger role he had at Chelsea under Mourinho, as Pedro has become Conte’s preferred option on the wing.

Meanwhile, it’s no secret that Mourinho wanted a winger last summer, and there are few better options than a player he can already trust to follow his instructions and fit well in his system. Whether Chelsea would sell to United, so soon after seeing Nemanja Matic thrive under Mourinho after making the exact same move while Chelsea’s midfield has suffered, is a different question.

Willian and Mourinho - en route to a reunion?

Willian and Mourinho – en route to a reunion?

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