You would not need to be the most insightful football fan to realise that Man. Utd have had problems in keeping clean sheets. Is David De Gea going to pay the price?
By Declan Whooley
The weekend and morning papers reckon David De Gea will pay a heavy price for the leaky defence. The Mirror claim that Fergie is at the end of his tether with the Spaniard – surprising given the fact he keeps playing him – while The Sun suggest Real Madrid are lining up a £22 million pound bid in the summer.
It would be quite the feat if Fergie were to make such a handsome profit on a player that has struggled at times to adapt to the physical element of the Premier League, while Iker Casillas has lost his place at the Bernabeu. United fans wouldn’t be too upset with a swap deal we think, though the name of Pepe Reina is also being floated as an Old Trafford target.
Fergie is also being linked with Borussia Dortmund midfielder Sven Bender (Sunday Times), Wilfried Zaha (Mail on Sunday) and good old Fat Frank (Daily Star), despite the boss saying there would be little business conducted this month. One player on the way out looks like Nani, with Arsenal again linked with the inconsistent winger (Mail on Sunday).
Speaking of the Gunners, Jack Butland is linked with a move to The Emirates to help with their defensive deficiencies (Daily Express), while David Villa’s move could be scuppered by the fact his wife is pregnant (Daily Star Sunday). Arsenal fans will rue the Spaniard’s fertility.
Harry Redknapp is bursting at the seams to start splashing the cash, with a possible £11 million bid for Marseilles striker Loic Remy on the cards (Daily Mail), while the same club is looking to keep Joey Barton after the season-long loan. Could help to improve his grasp of the French language...
The biggest transfer fee we have seen quoted is £45 million for Napoli striker Edison Cavani in The Daily Mirror. Man City are being linked with the frontman and with transfer talk about Falcao and Neymar quiet, he could very well be the major mover.
Chelsea have been rumoured to add to their collection of creative midfielders with an unnamed Real Madrid player linked with a move "back" to London (Sunday Mirror). His dream move to Spain has not been as successful as hoped, but would face huge competition at the Bridge. Start your guessing.... now.
Elsewhere, Fulham are considering a North London raid for Tom Huddlestone and Andrei Arshavin (Daily Mirror); Everton are considering a loan deal for Scott Sinclair; while Liverpool look to be competing with Southampton over the signature of Italian international Davide Aastori (Daily Mirror). Southampton are understood to have offered more money and look to be in pole position.