Manchester United are apparently willing to spend £50million on Harry Kane, while Shakhtar Donetsk star Alex Teixeira could join Chelsea.
UNITED WILLING TO BREAK BANK FOR KANE
Manchester United are to make another attempt to sign Tottenham striker Harry Kane.
That is according to The Sun, which claims United’s failure to score against Championship side Middlesbrough in midweek has convinced Louis van Gaal that another striker is needed – despite the £38million arrival of Anthony Martial.
It was speculated that United made a £40million approach for Kane in the summer before landing Martial, but ‘Van Gaal is experienced enough to realise he cannot rely solely on the 19-year-old Frenchman to fire his team to glory’, the report in the tabloid reads.
United are apparently willing to make Kane the most expensive English player of all time with an offer in excess of the £49million Manchester City paid to sign Raheem Sterling from Liverpool, but Spurs do not want to sell their prized asset ‘at any price’, it is claimed.
It is not stated whether United will make their approach in January or wait until next summer.
TEIXEIRA CLAIMS CHELSEA OFFER
Shakhtar Donetsk star Alex Teixeira claims he has an offer to join Chelsea – and hopes to make the move to Stamford Bridge in January.
“I have an offer,” the 25-year-old told reporters in Ukraine, according to the Daily Mail. “It was a pleasure to know that Chelsea wants to sign me.
“It would be great if the transfer already happens in January.”
Teixeira, who has scored 16 goals in 11 games in the Ukrainian Premier League this season, is Brazilian but has never appeared for the senior team and could represent Ukraine instead having played for Shakhtar since 2009.
He has so far failed to win a call-up, but there is a bizarre line in the Mail which reads: ‘Chelsea’s interest in the uncapped Brazilian has been known since Mourinho watched him in Ukraine’s 1-0 home defeat against Spain during the last international break.’
There are slightly conflicting quotes from Teixeira on GloboEsporte.com, incidentally.
“It’s all rumours so far,” he said.
“I’m glad to hear a club as big as Chelsea is interested on me.
“It would be important to play a tournament such as the Premier League, and better yet if it came in January. I’m welcoming a new challenge.”
AND THE REST
Arsenal will have talks with West Bromwich Albion later this year over the future of Serge Gnabry and could recall the winger in January (Daily Telegraph)
Sunderland whizkid Duncan Watmore is being watched by up to 15 clubs (The Sun)
The Premier League has no plans to follow the Football League’s example by implementing a voluntary version of American football’s Rooney rule next season (The Guardian)
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