Red Devils to sell £80m star, Solskjaer warning, Reds have ‘no weaknesses’, Zaha message in Man United, Liverpool news
Here is a roundup of the latest Manchester United and Liverpool news and gossip
Reports have claimed Manchester United are listening to offers for powerhouse striker Romelu Lukaku, who has been linked with a move back to Chelsea.
There has been a lot said about the impending transfer ban which Chelsea are fighting right now as it will stop them trying to buy some players during the next two transfer windows, but that has not stopped speculation about whom they could acquire during the summer window.
And there has been a lot of talk about Maurizio Sarri trying to sign a new world class striker, as Gonzalo Higuaín has struggled to make much of an impact since his arrival in January while Olivier Giroud is seen as more of a back-up.
And one name that could be in-line for a move back to Chelsea is that of Lukaku, as the Belgian seems open to a move away from Old Trafford and United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has promised a ‘ruthless’ overhaul in the next transfer window.
Lukaku’s representative Federico Pastorello appeared to be putting the player on the market when admitting in a TV interview earlier this month, saying the striker’s future was ‘very open’.
And according to reports on the Daily Telegraph website, United will listen to offers for Lukaku at the end of the season if the right offer arrives, with reports suggesting United will sell if clubs offer around the £80 million mark.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has warned Alexis Sanchez and the rest of the Manchester United squad that the club will not carry players ahead of the summer transfer window.
Solskjaer is still fighting to be in the Champions League next season and now need results to go their way between now and the end of the season to finish back inside the top four, as the great start the former player endured has now turned in the opposite direction.
A number of poor results over the past few weeks now means that all the hard work that Solskjaer managed to accomplish immediately after replacing Jose Mourinho could all be for nothing, especially as they are also out of the Champions League.
A number of big named players have been very unimpressive for United over the course of the season and there has been much talk that Solskjaer could have a massive clear-out of deadwood.
And the Norwegian has admitted that no players will be carried, not even Alexis Sanchez.
Speaking to theTelegraph, Solskjaer admitted he has a tough job on his hands to rebuild the club, and said: “As a club we cannot carry players.
“Everyone has to take ownership, keep improving, show that hunger that you want to get better individually and as a team.
“I’m not just talking about Alexis (Sanchez). Everyone is under the same demands. But if we are talking about Alexis, he hasn’t been lucky with injuries.
“Since I came in, he’s had two long-term injuries and that hasn’t been beneficial to him. Some other players have had injuries as well. But I see the characters we have. I am looking at who we should keep, who we should move on.
“Alexis has got a fantastic talent when he’s at his best level. Now we want him performing for us.”
Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson has told the likes of Manchester United and Liverpool that Wilfried Zaha is happy at the club, despite his recent Champion League comments.
Zaha has become of the most exciting and creative wingers in the Premier League since his move back to Palace and his performances over the past few seasons have caught the attentions of both Liverpool and United, who are seeking to add some more width to the side in the coming windows.
Zaha last week dropped a heavy hint that he wants to leave Palace and play in the Champions League, saying he “has to experience the Champions League” at some point in his career, alerting a number of clubs to a possible transfer deal.
But when asked about Zaha’s comments, Hodgson replied: “How many players, if the question is put to them, will say they don’t want to play Champions League football?
“Congratulations to the journalist, who has caught him at the right moment.
“He’s certainly happy at Crystal Palace, that wasn’t the performance of a player who wants to get away from the club. He’s got a four-year deal, is one of the highest-paid players and adored by everyone in south London. But life throws things up and we’ll see what happens. I’m looking forward to seeing him in a Crystal Palace shirt for many years to come.”
Graeme Souness has claimed Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool side have no weaknesses as they chase their first Premier League title in 29-years.
Klopp has amassed a world class side during his time at Liverpool and the Reds are now one of the best sides in world football, as he looks to win the Champions League and League title, with only Manchester City and Barcelona their main threats to both titles.
And Souness was impressed with the patience and composure they showed at the Cardiff City at the weekend, claiming that Klopp’s side have no weaknesses.
“If you’re going to be champions you’ve got to deal with the challenges that come along in many different ways,” he told Sky Sports.
“I think today they looked like a composed, polished team. They were patient, they didn’t try and force it. It wasn’t a great pitch to play on, playing under a lot of pressure and I thought they were fabulous.
“OK, they weren’t at their slick passing best but they were still a fabulous team today and I think they showed a maturity as well – ‘we believe in what we’re doing, we’re not going to rush this and eventually someone will come up with something for us’ – and that is how it panned out.
“They were very polished today.
“It was only a matter of time. When you’re that good as a team and you’ve got that many special players, the threat’s not coming from just one area. It could be a set piece with [Virgil] van Dijk, it could be a piece of magic from one of the front three.
“But the threat comes from so many places that they know, ‘keep a clean sheet, keep doing the things that have got us the results over the last nine months and it will come’ and that’s how they played today.
“I think they’ve got over their nervy moments, they certainly had them against Spurs and a couple of games before that. I think they’ve dropped that now, I think they’re playing with a composure and a belief.
“They should be, they are a team without a weakness. If you’re setting up against them, where do you think you can expose them? I think you’re struggling to come up with any weaknesses in their team.”