Two reasons have been given as to why Manchester United decided against a move for Mario Mandzukic, while Everton turned down the chance to sign a Lyon star – according to Friday’s papers.
WHY MAN UTD PULLED PLUG ON MANDZUKIC DEAL
Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward reportedly pulled the plug on a move for Mario Mandzukic because Juventus’ asking price for the striker was too high.
United also decided to back away from a deal because of the veteran Croatian hitman’s high wage demands.
With Romelu Lukaku heading to Inter Milan in a £73.75m deal on Deadline Day, United had been expected to try and sign a replacement – with Mandzukic and Bilbao forward Inaki Williams both being tipped to move to Old Trafford.
Juve are said to have wanted £14m for the 33-year-old, who was also asking for £150,000-a-week to make a switch to the Premier League.
In the end, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer decided that having Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford as central strikers is enough, while youngster Mason Greenwood is expected to play a part too after impressing hugely in pre-season.
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AND THE REST
Wilfried Zaha has reluctantly agreed to stay at Crystal Palace until January, when Chelsea are planning to table an £80m bid for him – if they get their transfer ban overturned (The Sun)
Real Madrid are keeping tabs on Ajax’s Donny van de Beek, who would cost the club around £50m (The Sun)
Manchester United’s Marcos Rojo will get loaned out to a European club after his move to Everton collapsed (The Sun)
United’s decision to sell Romelu Lukaku was taken after the striker had a row with assistant manager Mike Phelan during the club’s pre-season tour (Daily Mirror)
Luka Modric is desperate to stay put at Real Madrid this summer, despite being linked with a move to Paris Saint-Germain (Daily Mirror)
Wilfried Zaha has indicated he is not in the right frame of mind to face Everton in the Premier League on Saturday after Crystal Palace denied him the chance to join the Goodison Park club (The Times)
Manchester City winger Leroy Sane’s cruciate ligament injury has cost him a staggering £20.8m-a-year contract with Bayern Munich (Daily Mail)
Everton opted against entering talks to sign Lyon winger Memphis Depay earlier this summer (Daily Mail)
Manchester United youngster Ethan Hamilton is a target for League One side Southend (Daily Mail)
Mario Balotelli is set to join Brazilian side Flamengo, signing a deal that would see him earn £14m a year (Daily Mail)
Joao Cancelo says working under Pep Guardiola was a big draw factor regarding his reasoning for joining Manchester City (Daily Mail)
Saido Berahino will sign for Belgian club Zulte Waregem as he looks to revive his career after being sacked by Stoke (Daily Mail)
Rangers are poised to sign Brandon Barker from Manchester City on a permanent contract (Daily Record)
West Brom killed their interest in Rangers’ Alfredo Morelos after signing Charlie Austin from Southampton (Daily Record)
Kilmarnock’s Greg Taylor is on Celtic’s transfer radar as the Premiership champions search for Kieran Tierney’s replacement (Daily Record)
Hearts expect to complete the signing of Cardiff’s Loic Damour on a permanent deal in time to face Ross County on Saturday (Daily Record)
Kilmarnock are closing in on a deal to sign former Belgium Under-21 striker Floriano Vanzo (Daily Record)
Kilmarnock have been linked with a loan move for Inter Milan wonderkid Ryan Nolan (Scottish Sun)