FOOTBALL RUMOURS: Di Maria goes missing, Manchester City join Stones chase, United end Ronaldo chase
Laurent Blanc claims Paris St Germain are close to completing the signing of Manchester United midfielder Angel Di Maria as the player went AWOL. Despite being named in United’s party for the final stage of United’s USA tour, Di Maria was not in the matchday squad and the 27-year-old’s whereabouts remain a mystery to his manager Louis van Gaal. (Sporting Life).
Manchester United have abandoned plans to re-sign 30-year-old forward Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid. United had hoped an offer of £60m would be acceptable, but Real value the Portugal international at £85m. (The Sun).
Liverpool have again been linked with a move for Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette, 31. Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas has said: “Lacazette will remain with us,” and after Liverpool signed Christian Benteke for £32.5 million, it was expected the interest had ended. But Brendan Rodgers is keen to increase the Reds’ firepower. (Liverpool Echo).
Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal admits David De Gea’s transfer saga is causing a problem.
The 24-year-old goalkeeper wants to join Real Madrid but United have said they will not discuss a deal unless Real defender Sergio Ramos is included. However, Real boss Rafael Benitez has said Ramos, 29, is staying at the Bernabeu. (BBC Sport).
Chelsea will return with a fresh bid for John Stones after Everton rejected their second offer of £26 million. But Manchester City are ready to join the chase to land the England defender if Chelsea look like they are close to signing him. (Daily Mirror).
Ashley Young is set to pen a new deal at Manchester United dashing Tottenham’s hopes of signing him (talkSPORT).