Manchester United’s transfer policy since the signing of Robin van Persie has been little short of a disaster. For all the hundreds of millions spent, to fund David Moyes, Louis van Gaal and Jose Mourinho, no player can really claim to have been an unmitigated success. And now, there’s a new problem, as Alexis Sanchez has decided that he has had enough at Old Trafford.
According to the Times, Sanchez is lonely at Carrington, and outside of David de Gea, Romelu Lukaku and Juan Mata, he has few friends, hampered by his lack of English. The Chilean also misses the buzz of London, and now lives in the countryside with his two dogs. He is also frustrated with the tactical instructions he gets from Mourinho, thinking he gets more praise from his manager for defensive discipline than attacking verve.
From the rest of the team’s point of view, some are frustrated with his constant demands for the ball. Sanchez is considering a move to Paris Saint-Germain, where he could be a replacement for Neymar or Kylian Mbappe, if they are sacrificed to meet Financial Fair Play regulations.
United have been rumoured to be ready to cut their losses on Sanchez, and also his enormous wages from the squad, in the hope of strengthening the squad elsewhere. Recent improvement in Sanchez’s form offers a glimmer of hope, but it may be too late to change minds.
Over in the Sun, there’s a story suggesting another exit. Matteo Darmian, who has struggled to find time on the pitch so far this season. Inter Milan and Roma are both interested in bringing him back to Italy in the January transfer window. Mourinho and the club are happy to let him go to further raise funds.
Howe desperate to keep Wilson
After being linked with a £35 million move to Chelsea, Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe has warned other clubs that Callum Wilson is not for sale. Wilson has been called up by Gareth Southgate following an impressive start to the season, bringing more attention to his form.
Howe made clear his position to the Bournemouth Echo on whether he would be willing to sell: “Of course not. From my position, sitting here as the manager, I’m looking to build a team.
It appears that any suitors in January will have to offer plenty of cash to prise Wilson, or any of their other players, away from the south coast.
Vieira wants Mignolet at Nice
Former Arsenal midfielder Patrick Vieira is now in charge of Nice in Ligue 1, and he has identified a target in the Premier League. Having taken control of the side in the summer, his side find themselves in ninth place, and Vieira wants to bring in a new goalkeeper.
The man in he has in mind is Simon Mignolet, Liverpool’s back-up ‘keeper. His inconsistency led to the arrival of Alisson Becker from Roma in the summer, and has little chance of recovering his spot. A move to France could see him back as a regular number one, the Mirror claims.
In other Liverpool news, the club have denied reports that John Henry is willing to entertain bids of $2 billion for the club, report the Mail. That would represent a 300% profit for Fenway Sports Group, and it is worth taking any denials with a pinch of salt. Henry is, after all, a businessman, and would likely sell at the right price – pretending he is definitely not considering a sale is a good way to ensure any bids come in are at the top end.