Wayne Rooney to MLS and a young Spaniard to Liverpool are among the top stories in Sunday’s newspapers.
BECKHAM WANTS ROONEY IN MLS
David Beckham wants Wayne Rooney to join his MLS Miami football franchise, claims the Daily Star Sunday.
The investment team behind Beckham Miami United have already reached an initial agreement for a 25,000-seater arena, next door to the Miami Marlins’ baseball park, with both Beckham and MLS keen for the team to be part of the 2018 season.
Rooney will be 32 by then and is interested in moving to the States with his family, according to the Star, having ‘heard glowing reports from friends about the improving football’.
The MLS are understandably said to be keen on Rooney’s arrival, though commissioner Don Garber refused to confirm the interest earlier this week.
“He’s under contract at Man Utd. I’m personally very friendly with the Glazers,” Garber said.
“To even be talking about it while he’s under contract I guess isn’t the way we operate. We don’t do that. We wouldn’t do it.”
LIVERPOOL LINE UP £4M VILLARREAL STARLET
Liverpool are monitoring Villarreal prospect Moi Gomez, according to the Mail on Sunday.
The 21-year-old left winger has been loaned out to Getafe for the season after falling out with Villarreal coach Marcelino, and is apparently up for sale at around £4million.
Gomez has progressed through the youth ranks at Villarreal and has scored seven goals in 76 La Liga appearances for the first team, although he is yet to feature for Getafe this season.
Gomez also has three Spain Under-21 caps to his name, but Villarreal want to move him on, and Liverpool are waiting in the wings.
DE GEA HAS £30M BUY-OUT CLAUSE
David de Gea has a £30million buy-out clause in his new Manchester United contract, reports The Sun on Sunday.
De Gea put pen to paper earlier this week, fearing for his chances of playing for Spain at Euro 2016 if he was left in the cold at Old Trafford, with the goalkeeper himself initiating the talks, according to the tabloid.
The buy-out figure in the £200,000-a-week contract is said to be one of several clauses inserted into the contract, meaning Real Madrid could still sign De Gea ‘with the minimum of fuss’ next summer should they desire.
AND THE REST
- Louis van Gaal is ready to follow David De Gea in signing a new contract at Manchester United (Daily Star Sunday)
- Steve McClaren is teeing up a £12million swoop for Diafra Sakho (Sun on Sunday)
- Manchester City target Paul Pogba will join Barcelona next summer (Sunday Express)
- Jack Wilshere will discover in the next two weeks if he needs surgery to cure his injury problem (Sunday Mirror)
- Saido Berahino looks certain to reject the offer of a new contract from West Bromwich Albion (Sunday Mirror)
- Bayern Munich are among the clubs watching Birmingham’s England Under-20 international winger Demarai Gray, 19 (Sunday People)
- Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood will renew his interest in Tottenham striker Emmanuel Adebayor, 31, during the January transfer window (Sunday Telegraph)
- Burnley defender Michael Keane, 22, is interesting Newcastle and Everton (Sun on Sunday)
- Kevin Nolan has spoken to Bolton about making an emotional return (Sunday Mirror)