Aguero Stays, Griezzman Rumours and Wazza’s Future?
Jimbob’s Manchester Football Round-Up.
Somehow, Manchester’s football clubs have been EVEN busier since the end of the season.
Pep Guardiola wasn’t joking when he said he would be shunning taking a holiday in order to get on with bringing new blood into the Etihad. Monaco midfielder Bernardo Silva was first thought the door for the princely sum of £43million (that’s half a Pogba in modern money) with many fans speculating that he is the long-term replacement for David Silva.
With new arrivals however, comes departures and it's heavily rumoured that Spanish forward Nolito wants to leave the club after just one year in Manchester… maybe its the weather? What about Aguero though? Ever since the arrival of Gabriel Jesus in the summer, the little Argentinian has been linked with a move away from the club. Those links have now been broken by the club's chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak who described the Blues number 10 as “One of the best players in the world” before adding “he is a must”. He did however say in the same interview that finishing 3rd in the Premier League was NOT a disappointment so who knows if you can believe him eh?
As for United… well, its been a little more subdued over at Old Trafford with Jose Mourinho sticking true to his word and disappearing off the face of the earth for a “selfish holiday”. You have to hope that Edward Woodwood has got a laminated copy of Jose’s transfer targets then because United fans won't settle for another 6th place finish next season. Come on, we’re not Arsenal.
As far as United are concerned, the rumour that won't go away is Antonie Griezzman. Paul Pogba’s international teammate has been linked with a move to Manchester since the dawn of time itself and it does appear to be edging closer with the Spanish press reporting he has expressed a desire to leave Athletico Madrid. The question is: Will the Frenchman be a good buy for United because with a transfer fee rumoured to be around £80million there have been a fair few City fans keen to point out that his 16 league goals this season is a record on a par with Bournemouth's Joshua King.
Finally, what about Wayne Rooney? It looks like it's Everton or abroad for the Red’s striker but one thing is certain, he won't be doing those foreign trips with the national team anytime soon. England’s all-time leading goal-scorer has been left out of boss Gareth Southgate's squad (maybe unsurprisingly) for the matches against Scotland and France in June. Southgate says it's because of other players “good form”, and no doubt Wazza’s abysmal form. However, it has since been revealed that Gareth didn’t even call Rooney to break the bad news. Poor old Wayne. What did he expect? A bunch of flowers with a “sorry you’ve been dropped card”?
Southgate also said in his press conference that it was “Impossible to say” if Rooney would play for England again. Personally, I’d say it was pretty easy… He won't.
Jim is XS Manchester’s Football man and you can catch more from him on Twitter at @Mr_Jimbob.