Transfer Talk: Man United perform Martial U-turn
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Top Story: Man Utd perform Martial U-turn
Manchester United are prepared to “defy” Jose Mourinho and offer Anthony Martial a five-year deal to remain at Old Trafford, according to the Telegraph.
The report states that Martial feels “emboldened” by the club’s resolve in the wake of Mourinho’s attempts to scorn the under-performing French forward over the summer, including a £180,000 fine for dipping out of a preseason tour to attend the birth of his son.
Indeed, Martial is now “considering” United’s renewal offer, a turn of events that will no doubt be construed as the further waning of Mourinho’s influence at the club.
This marks a stark turnaround from July, when the 22-year-old’s agent informed anybody who would listen that his client was desperate to leave and was actively seeking a new club.
Reportedly, the 22-year-old is viewed as a vital part of United’s future by vice chairman Ed Woodward, along with Luke Shaw, Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard, and therefore the club will not consider selling him.
Until something or somebody finally gives way, we can all probably expect this saga to roll on forever.
Lyon agree Dembele deal
Lyon have reportedly reached an agreement with Moussa Dembele over personal terms and are hoping to lure the prodigious youngster from Celtic with the Friday transfer deadline looming, per L’Equipe.
The French outlet reported that Dembele is “close” to Lyon, who will now set about testing the Bhoys’ resolve, having already had their two opening offers rejected.
The 22-year-old striker has scored 51 goals in 94 appearances for Celtic since his arrival from Fulham back in June 2016.
Lyon are in the market for a new centre-forward after allowing Mariano Diaz to rejoin former club Real Madrid in a deal worth around £30 million.
However, while the Ligue 1 side might be in pole position, they could well face stiff competition for Dembele’s signature with rumours that three other clubs — Borussia Dortmund, Schalke and Marseille — are also preparing bids, the Express writes.
— Everton dud Sandro Ramirez is expected to join Real Sociedad on loan for the rest of the season, according to Mundo Deportivo, despite playing 86 minutes of the Toffees’ 3-1 Carabao Cup win over Rotherham the previous night.
— The Mirror writes that Olivier Giroud is happy to stay and fight for his place at Chelsea despite being dropped to the bench in favour of Alvaro Morata in new manager Maurizio Sarri’s first three games in charge of the Blues.
— Rangers are confident of completing a loan move for Nottingham Forest centre-back Joe Worrall before deadline day on Friday, says STV reporter Raman Bhardwaj.