Arsenal apparently made no move for a striker or midfielder on deadline day, while Tony Pulis was willing to let Saido Berahino join Tottenham.
UNITED ACCUSE REAL OF SABOTAGE
Almost every one of Wednesday’s newspapers quotes Manchester United sources as claiming Real Madrid deliberately sabotaged David de Gea’s proposed transfer to the Bernabeu.
The Daily Express, for example, claim to have been told by senior United sources that Real would not allow Keylor Navas to fly to Manchester for a medical, and also put pressure on the goalkeeper’s agent not to return the Premier League club’s calls.
It is also widely claimed that, while United did file the relevant paperwork for the De Gea deal in time, Real did not, amid suggestions they had gone cold on the idea of replacing Navas with the Spain stopper.
ARSENAL MADE NO CAVANI MOVE
Although Arsene Wenger claimed in the run up to transfer deadline day that Arsenal were “working” on signing a new striker, their reported interest in Paris Saint-Germain striker Edinson Cavani was ‘overstated’ according to The Independent, via a club source.
The likelihood of Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema moving to Emirates Stadium was ‘never a serious possibility, the newspaper adds, while they did not make a move for PSG’s Adrien Rabiot nor Sevilla’s Grzegorz Krychowiak despite scouting both as they considered but decided against signing a new holding midfielder.
It meant Mathieu Flamini stayed at the club on Tuesday despite interest from elsewhere.
PULIS WOULD HAVE LET BERAHINO GO
Saido Berahino is set to be fined by West Brom after his deadline-day attack on chairman Jeremy Peace – and his failure to secure the move he wanted damaged Tony Pulis‘ plans for incoming players, according to the Daily Telegraph.
Pulis ‘feels some sympathy’ for the forward, the newspaper claims, and was happy to let him leave The Hawthorns in order to fund moves for QPR duo Charlie Austin and Matt Phillips.
Tottenham had four bids rejected for Berahino, with Peace said to have been irritated by the north London club’s proposed staggering of payments. Spurs, however, ‘insisted they conducted their business properly and also point out that dialogue was opened with Albion over a possible deal nearly three months ago’.
AND THE REST
– Senior figures at Monaco claim Manchester United have agreed an initial £36million fee for Anthony Martial which could reach £58million depending on bonuses and add-ons (Daily Star)
– Charlie Austin yesterday rejected a deadline-day move to Crystal Palace and is now resigned to staying at QPR for the rest of the season (Daily Express)
– Dimitar Berbatov priced himself out of a move back to the Premier League after Aston Villa refused to meet his wage demands (Daily Mirror)