Alexis Sanchez’s wages at Manchester United could ultimately prove their downfall in their efforts to get two major stars to commit to new contracts at the club, while Man City will battle Arsenal in the race to sign a Lille attacker, according to Tuesday’s newspapers.
ALEXIS DEAL CAUSING ISSUES WITH MARTIAL AND DE GEA
Alexis Sanchez is causing problems with potential new contracts at Manchester United for David De Gea and Anthony Martial because of the Chilean’s exorbitant wages.
That’s according to the Daily Express, who claim the British record £500,000 a week wage the Chilean is on is causing an issue with De Gea and Martial, who are looking for parity in their negotiations over new contracts with the club.
Sanchez was signed on what was effectively a free transfer, meaning United could pay him a bigger wage than if they’d had to pay a transfer fee. But the paper reckons that decision is coming back to bite them firmly on the behind.
Interestingly, the package Sanchez was demanding was also the reason Manchester City decided to withdraw their interest in the player for fear of future recriminations over negotiations with their existing stars.
And the Express report there has been little progress in deals for both De Gea and Martial as a result. Both players are technically out of contract this summer, though United do have clauses which allows them to extend their contracts by one year.
But should neither be able to agree fresh terms, it seems likely they will be moved on to the highest bidder in the summer.
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AND THE REST
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Manchester City are ready to join Arsenal, Man Utd and Bayern Munich in the race to sign Lille forward Nicolas Pepe (The Sun)
Mauricio Pochettino has told Real Madrid to forget it – again – as he is staying at Tottenham (The Sun)
Manchester United will hold talks with Hotel Football in a bid to solve their Champions League home travel woes (The Sun)
Boca Juniors and River Plate have agreed to ban away fans from both legs of the Copa Libertadores final (The Sun)
Everton are leading the chase for former Manchester City striker Godsway Donyoh (The Sun)
Manchester United are still interested in bringing Roma transfer guru Monchi to Old Trafford (Daily Express)
Mark Hughes is fighting for his job at Southampton and could be ousted if his team fail to beat Watford at St Mary’s on Saturday (Daily Express)
Manchester United are among those leading European clubs who have been urging most caution over the potential formation of a new European Super League (Daily Telegraph)
Gareth Southgate is considering whether to risk upsetting Raheem Sterling by allowing Wayne Rooney to wear the England No 10 shirt for the forward’s farewell game against the United States (Daily Telegraph)
FIFA chiefs are set to claim that a revamped Club World Cup would lead to the threat of a breakaway European Super League receding (The Times)
The FA will not pass on any of the gate receipts from Wayne Rooney’s final England appearance to his foundation and nor does it plan to donate any fixed sum despite the match being named after his charity (The Times)
Harry Maguire will undergo a scan on his injured knee upon returning to England from Thailand on Tuesday, with the defender a major doubt for Leicester’s emotional home game against Burnley (Daily Mail)
Alvaro Morata has claimed fame and fortune offered no respite from his mental suffering during his troubled first season at Chelsea (Daily Mirror)
Harry Redknapp has joined the cast expressing reservations about Wayne Rooney’s sentimental encore with England (Daily Mirror)