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15 Mar 2020 20:43:46
Can people honestly see the season finishing?

Be realistic?

The virus will be worse in April and May time and the country will be on lock anytime soon, for how long is anyone's guess.

For the the best course of action is to cancel the season start again August, keep the Champions League and Europa teams the same as this season.

I know it's frustrating situation but it's a serious event happening right now of which isolation is the best way to prevent spreading the virus.

Will players or teams want to continue the season in May/June? Because I very much doubt the season will be back up and running in 3 weeks when the cases are going up higher and higher everyday.


You could say realistically the only premier League teams who would want to finish the season is Liverpool for obvious reasons, Leicester and possibly Sheffield United and Wolves.

Teams at the bottom will not want the season to finish and probably say they refuse as players life's are at risk.

I doubt they'll play the remaining games behind closed doors.

I just hope hope it gets cancelled and have a null and void season.

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15 Mar 2020 22:21:00
End it, stand the tables as they are and promote Leeds and west brom, vote on scousers being champs, or not.

15 Mar 2020 22:47:59
Yes, behind closed doors and next season delayed by 2 months.

16 Mar 2020 06:43:47
There is only two fair ways to go from here in my opinion, neither is ideal but health is most important.
1. Cancel the season and start fresh next year meaning no promotion or relagation, no cup or league champs across the board.

2. Find a way to finish all leagues and cups wether with fans or behind closed doors.

16 Mar 2020 09:15:41
I don't see there being a way to finish the season sadly. China have had this since October (6 months) and are still having to deal with it. To think we will have it under control in less than 6 months is a little optimistic. In 6 months time it will be August and what should be the start of next season.

So for me the idea that the season could be finished is just a pipe dream.

Which actually hits us pretty hard as it means we are almost certainly going to miss out out UCL football next year now.

I don't think there is any chance of having some sort of play off system to decide either relegation or qualification for the UCL. If we can play those games then we can play league games. Likewise the idea that they will have an extra qualifying round and have several extra teams that could have qualified enter at that stage doesn't sound feasible either, those games would need to be played in July which is likely to be an issue.

The most feasible thing is to null and void the season and go off of last year's final table for European places. That means no one gets promotion or relegation, while no one wins the league. It's unfair on everyone. But health has to come first.

16 Mar 2020 09:24:38
Postpone the Euros to allow clubs to finish season and competitions.

Read an interesting idea about resolving current cup competitions in a mini-tournament consisting of last 16 in four tables.

If virus carries on beyond August and ne t season starts in, say, October, play leagues as normal but condense cup competitions and even scrap Euros/ International friendliest to wait for World Cup in 2022.

Awful not having any football but bigger issues out there at the moment.

16 Mar 2020 11:23:37
Also, play offs for fourth CL spot between Chelsea, United, , Sheffield United and Woves?

Keep top 3 the same as now.

16 Mar 2020 13:22:25
Wallace, the more bodies involved the harder it becomes to organise. The FA, plus the FA's of other nations, UEFA, FIFA etc will all have their own interests they will look to protect.

The idea that the UEFA would happily delay the Euro's so that club football could be played seems unlikely.

The same with FIFA and the world cup.

When dealing with bodies such as UEFA with regards to their club competitions (UCL and Europa League) they will have to have dialogue with many different national FA's, some like Italy's will have less flexibility than others due to government interventions.

It's not as simple as just delaying everything, or coming up with some sort of shorter play off tournament.

It will either be play the games or null and void the season. With the latter looking more likely due to the fact that we might be as much as 6 months away from actually being able to play games.

This has the potential to drag out for most of the year, That might make it hard to even start next season on time. That's the reality.

16 Mar 2020 18:47:15
Thought-provoking argument Shappy but perhaps the main reason the Euros etc would dictate the agenda would be financial rather than for the good if the respective leagues which, after all, is the bread and butter of each country’s FA and without which there would be no lucrative International football. In other words, the leagues are the lifeblood of football and must be given priority.

16 Mar 2020 23:47:51
Not going to happen. We are in it for the medium to long haul. No more football 😭.

18 Mar 2020 09:30:27
If the season is voided there are going to be a hell of a lot of court cases to follow .

18 Mar 2020 11:14:55
They will postpone the season. See the effect of the virus and realistically calculate if they can resume the season when the virus has been "controlled".

Until the country knows how long we have this virus for at a higher %. At the moment the % is getting higher and higher so first thing is we need to get the % controlled. (I personally think until late summer)

Then they won't be able to make a decision. Realistically I think you will have to void the season down the line as the season runs until 30 June. I don't think we be allowed to travel aboard until the end of the year.

18 Mar 2020 18:20:50
I think it's just a slow death. The current suggestion is that social distancing measures will need to increase to slow the spread. We could be under lock down like many other countries within days. Parts of China are in the 10th week of a lockdown and it doesn't look like they can lift it any time soon.

The governments predictions that we could see 12 weeks of disruption seems optimistic at best. If we enter a lock down for 10 weeks that will take us until June. The idea that the EPL could fit in 90 fixtures in June is frankly ridiculous.

The likelihood is that even at the start of June that there will be social distancing measures still in place. In which case playing games is unlikely to be viable.

I hope they can finish the season, I want to see United play. I want to see us try and win the FA cup and the Europa League, I want to see us push to get top four. But the reality is that is very unlikely to happen.

My university exams for May have been switched to online tests as they don't expect people to be able to take them in person.

GCSE's and A level exams have been suspended. If kids can't take exams for their futures in May and June then the reality is that football matches won't be happening.

Firstly it's immoral to put players, club staff, TV and media crews, ground staff, as well as medical and police staff needed to play a game even behind closed doors, at risk of catching and spreading an illness that will still be keeping people shut within their houses.

Secondly, they would need to bring in private security and medical personnel to run to safety as the UK government has already said they won't be providing any to mass gatherings and that is unlikely to change unless we are over the crisis.

I believe they are making the right noises about trying to get these games played but are either fully aware they won't be or painfully ignorant of just how big this issue is.

18 Mar 2020 19:49:46
Let's be honest nobody has any idea when "normal" life can resume. The football authorities are just as ignorant as us.

Maybe the best way forward is for there to be a three or four week period of friendlies amongst English clubs as soon as the all clear from the virus is given. This will give teams time to get match fitness.

Then let the leagues resume until final positions are decided. Then depending on how much time is left in what would have been a regular season but with teams playing each other only once. Half of a teams matches woukd be home and half away. Their would be an end of season champion for each division and promotion and relegation decided as normal. No one could complain as the rules would be clear to all from the outset.

18 Mar 2020 20:33:08
There’s no way the current season can’t be resolved first. Too many financial implications across the whole pyramid from Liverpool down to the lower leagues. Maybe it’ll be behind closed doors, where a home crowd can’t influence a game and things won’t feel right. But they’ll be resolved.

There are no fixtures set in stone for next season or what remains of this season. Next season might go down in history as the one that didn’t start in August, and they might have to stagger them over a few seasons before we’re back to normal. But people set the dates, and they have the power to improvise. Forget a new season having to start in August.

21 Mar 2020 09:27:25
They could look at it as an opportunity.

The world cup is in Qatar and would need to be played in the winter months as it is too hot in the summer. therefore by finishing the season when they can and then moving the next season on a few months it would be beneficial to them.

Say they won't be able to play football til july there is 10 premier league games per team, 3 games from the fa cup, 6 from europa league,6 from champions league. 25 games for teams still in the competitions stated.

even if they played 2 games a week your still looking at 3 months which would take you to end of october. You then have the off season so that would effectively move the new season to january or february depending on time they allow for offseason.

Then that off season becomes available for the world cup!

BOOM instant money going to FIFA, UEFA and all the FA's.

13 Mar 2020 08:23:26
It looks as though there is now little to zero chance of the premier league being completed and it's possible no more matches will be played. This can only mean that this years premier league will be voided. Deciding who should play champions league football next year may need a play off system between all clubs who had the mathematical chance of making top 4.

Clearly this situation will not please all fans but there are things more important than football and people need to remember that before bemoaning the situation. The elderly and physically weak will be especially vulnerable to this pandemic and many will sadly not survive it. Prayers to them and all those who they leave behind.

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13 Mar 2020 09:23:38
There are several options they could choose to do.

Either a play off system as you suggest. Yet that might be hard if all matches are postponed.

They could just finish with the table as it is. Which would be a huge relief to Chelsea who are in indifferent form, with us and a couple other breathing down their necks.

They could choose to go back to last season's final table and go with that as that was the last completed season.

Or they could choose to use some sort of coefficient system to pick which teams will represent the EPL in which European competitions.

Currently by the sounds of it we are looking at a 4 week postponement of the league. However, current estimates put the UK as hitting peak infection rate in late April/ early May. In which case it seems unlikely that the league will restart when the risk is greater than it is now.

I think they will go with the approach of postponement to start with, but with the idea that they will cancel it further down the line when people have become more accustomed to the idea and they will face less backlash.

I'm 95% sure that if they just announce a postponement in the next day or so that it will lead to the cancellation of the league in a months time.

13 Mar 2020 09:26:01
yes there is more to life than football and sport in general. what really angers me is the attitude of some that this disease only affects the elderly and therefore just quarantine them and let the rest of us get on with it. As someone in their 30's I might be less likely to have serious symptoms, b ut i don't want it passed on through me to someone who it will have serious affects on. The health and well being of ALL members of the public must be the top priority not entertainment and profits.

13 Mar 2020 09:55:43
I think Ed said likely be that the table will stand as it is with no winner announced, not sure tho if relegation and promotion will happen or will the European places stand as they are? All guesswork atm. Now Everton are in isolation too.

13 Mar 2020 10:15:35
In theory this could stop Liverpool winning the league and stop Leeds getting promotion. However, it would also leave us in 5th place.

13 Mar 2020 10:18:14
In theory this could stop Liverpool winning the league and stop Leeds getting promotion. However, it would also leave us in 5th place.

13 Mar 2020 10:27:16
Imagine that happens, City’s ban is upheld and we get given 4th place and CL qualification 😆.

{Ed002's Note - That is not going to happen.}

13 Mar 2020 10:29:08
5th could be enough for CL with City ban.

13 Mar 2020 11:03:53
unless the games are played at some point then there is no fair way to end the season. however this is an unprecedented situation and as such we just have to accept what happens. If united don't make champions league then we will have to deal with it, the implications on promotion/ relegation are much more pertinent especially with the monetary gains/ losses involved.

13 Mar 2020 16:05:22
Premier league will be cancelled until the start of next season. All results, promotion and relegation will be null and void. The best 12 pictures of Liverpool fans, taken after hearing this news, will be made into a calendar and sold off for charity. 😂😂😂😂.

{Ed047's Note - yeah that would be hilarious 🤦‍♂️

13 Mar 2020 17:03:13
Games will likely begin again just after the peak has hit as by that point we will have a majority of herd immunity to the virus so safe to play.

sounds daft but the fit healthy players should be actively seeking to contract the virus and immediately self isolate until free form spreading it to family members.

this would be the same for the support staff who are not considered "high risk".

At the end of the day the majority of the population is set to get it. the rich young healthy folk are most likely to not have ill recompense form the virus.

Its the older gen and those with high blood pressure and other such underlying health issues. (Like myself with chronic bronchitis and Asthma )

13 Mar 2020 22:32:00
You sure you don't support liverpool, Ed?

{Ed047's Note - no Sepp, just not a great fan of bitterness

13 Mar 2020 23:46:54
Only way to do it is to cancel it all. My concern is civil unrest when we have nothing to pre-occupy us when we are all at home with nothing to do.

14 Mar 2020 07:25:15
Ed047.Bitterness? Really? Behave yourself!
😂😂😂😂.

{Ed047's Note - I know mate, you’re well old enough not to be that! 😉🤣

14 Mar 2020 09:38:23
Indeed Ed047. This isn't the new years honour list. It's a sporting contest that has to be won and not just 'deserved'. Do you think for one moment the scallies wouldn't be all over this if it were us in their present position? The Kop songwriters would be burning the midnight oil composing for next season. Just as will the United and Everton songwriters if LFC are 'awarded' the title because they 'deserve' it. Not bitter. It's life. 😉🤣.

{Ed047's Note - I know Scooby, it all makes for interesting reading on the relevant pages right now. Mighty Reds will never live it down bless him. 🤦‍♂️

I’d be the same with the Spuds! In fact, that they have lumbered themselves with Mourinho is an absolute delight 🤣🤣

14 Mar 2020 11:26:41
😂😂😂😂.

14 Mar 2020 16:31:42
I'd give them the title now, they would always be the team who were given a league, it would be tainted forever and they would have the piss ripped out of them forever.

15 Mar 2020 01:49:52
Not trying to set off the Liverpool supporters but this decision will set a precedent for if this ever happens again in the future.
I think ed002 said Italy were looking at leaving the table the way it is and not declaring a winner.

I'm all for this and I believe if the title race in England was closer then there would be calls for this to happen, I know Liverpool are along way ahead and they fully deserve it but they still haven't mathematically won it.

If they had mathematically won it, I would be all for them being awarded the title as there was no chance of anyone catching them, in saying that, there is no chance of anyone catching them anyway.
I wonder what the premier league rule book says, if they have anything written in there in case of something like this.

21 Mar 2020 08:53:41
I’m surprised nobody has talked about the possibility of cancelling NEXT season instead. It would take the pressure off needing to finish this season quickly, allow players to rest before the euros, allow all competitions to conclude properly, and could even be a good opportunity to align with the unusual break in the 2022 season for the WC. Nulling a season where a ball hasn’t been kicked seems much easier than one where all is technically still to play for.

12 Mar 2020 12:16:17
BBC via marca stating that the champions league and europa league will be suspended because of the coronavirus, announcement imminent. Scare mongering or a possibility only time will tell.

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12 Mar 2020 13:00:40
Tim it's a matter of when not if now. Real possibility that national leagues will be postponed as well.

12 Mar 2020 14:00:38
3 players from a pl team have apparently displayed symptoms, I think pl will have to do the same sooner rather than later.

12 Mar 2020 22:07:22
I don't mind if they have to. Lives matter more than a game. I just hope that all parties to the game get together to agree a sensible way forward and how they will decide what happens later so that titles / promotion / relegation issues and the Euros can be played at some future point.

11 Mar 2020 12:19:17
ED002,

Jude Bellingham reports in the media that the fee will be £35-£50 million. An initial fee with add ons.
The kid is 16 nearly 17, can they get a large amount of money for him at such a young given that he hasn't signed a professional deal yet.

Thanks.

{Ed002's Note - Birmingham will sell him in the summer but there is no financial restriction imposed because of his age. It is very much a matter of what interested sides value him at.}

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11 Mar 2020 13:44:59
Thanks ED002.

{Ed002's Note - You are welcome.}

12 Mar 2020 08:07:11
Don't worry, it's an already agreed fee of 12.5m according to a well placed source on here😂.

12 Mar 2020 08:27:30
You're right it has. Same with gabriel going to Everton.

Is it not a rumour site? Cheers Shappy 👍👍.

12 Mar 2020 14:48:47
I have not seen him play how do people rate him? what kind of player is he?

12 Mar 2020 22:29:29
Take this with a grain of salt as I haven't seen as much of him as I would like. Unlike many players nowadays, he is pretty good with both feet. On the ball it looks like he has good vision - picks passes well. Happy to take players on, good dribbler (did I mention that he uses both feet) and uses his body well to shield the ball. Is fast and strong. Defensively i'm not so sure, Takes up good positions but seems to rely heavily on his pace and long legs. Not so sure about his striking of the ball - tends to scuff it too much for my liking (which means his long passes don't have as much pace as they should) . However everything I've seen suggest that he is a real player and if he continues to work hard on his game then whoever gets him is getting a bargain.

11 Mar 2020 09:58:39
Now reports emerging that pogba wants to stay and extend his contract. maybe the interest isn't really there for him?

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11 Mar 2020 10:32:55
Be interesting if he does want to stay.

11 Mar 2020 10:47:40
I'm not sure what all these reports are about. Pogba has actively sought to leave for 2 years, He wanted to move to Real Madrid last summer, and Barcelona the summer before. It has also been said that if he can't get his move this summer that he intendeds to run down his contract and leave on a free.

Pure speculation here, but maybe he doesn't feel he can get the move he wants this summer, so would rather run his contract down and leave on a free. But is aware United won't want to do this so has changed tact slightly suggesting he would be willing to negotiate a new deal to stop the club forcing him out this summer. If he can keep the club believing he'll sign a new deal until after the window closes then he will be able to see out his final year, then move to the club he wants to AND receive a huge signing on bonus as well.

Personally I think the club need to sell him and stop this ridiculous farce.

11 Mar 2020 11:26:27
Utd have an option of another year. If the Club can't find a buyer that will meet his valuation this summer then he might just stay another season or longer. No need to panic the Club remains in a strong position especially with the emergence of Fernandes and the form of Fred, Matic and Mctominay. Pogba has a real fight for his place now or risk sitting on the bench for two seasons and wasting the best years of his career.

Theoretically Utd are a much better team with a motivated and in form Pogba. If nobody will meet his valuation Pogba will stay but unlike previous seasons we no longer rely on him and he'll have to fight for his place. He's spent this season predominantly injured, he won't want to spend next season on the bench so he'll have to buck his ideas up and with Utd having an option of another year things could be about to get very difficult for him. Ultimately footballers just want to play and maybe Pogba might have to just fall in line, cut out the nonsense and prove he's the superstar he thinks he is!

{Ed002's Note - The club cannot do that. If the club intend to force him not to play he will be able to cancel his contract and walk away.}

11 Mar 2020 11:33:37
I'd rather play Lingard in midfield than give Pogba a new contract, especially with a wage increase, club cannot be that stupid to do so either. Pogba has to go, can count on one hand how much 'world class' performances he's had since he signed 4 seasons ago. Massive circus surrounding him aswell, awful attitude, all talent no application.

11 Mar 2020 11:55:10
Ed002 - I never ever said anything about deliberately not selecting him that would be completely wrong and unnecessary. Pogba will have to fight for his place just like every other player at the Club. The form of other players means that his place in the team in no longer guaranteed and is now under threat. Rather than agitating to move he now needs to prove he's good enough to stay.

Any sensible person would advise Pogba to get fit and let his football do the talking. Whilst he's been out injured others have taken their opportunity and the Club have signed a very good player in Fernandes to replicate and hopefully complement his creativity. If his valuation is not met he will not move and he's no longer in such a strong position to negatively disrupt the squad.

I predict we'll either get a good fee for Pogba in the summer or a more determined and effective player next season if he stays.

{Ed002's Note - The amateurs should let him leave.}

11 Mar 2020 12:25:56
He has maybe changed his mind.

11 Mar 2020 13:50:51
just sell him and get rid of him and his virus agent, take lingard as well and be gone.

11 Mar 2020 14:00:20
My guess is that other clubs have seen his attitude and now have doubts about wanting him.
The club should not even consider extending, get rid ASAP, he's a virus.

11 Mar 2020 14:32:42
I agree shappy. Time to end the circus surrounding him.

11 Mar 2020 14:52:08
we have spent more time over the last 2 years, talking about non footballing issues rather than pogba actually playing on the pitch. i'm tired of it, so are most people so can we just sell him and move on please.

11 Mar 2020 15:31:25
I think you're right Tim. He has been here for nearly 4 years, he has made 150 appearances for the club. How many of those games can you remember a great performance from him? 10, maybe 15 games where you are left thinking wow, Pogba is a great player. Less than 10% of the time he puts in a great performance.

Maybe if he was living up to his potential then the whole circus that surrounds him might be worth enduring. Like how in the final couple of years with Ronaldo we had the whole Real Madrid saga. But Ronaldo was making the difference every game more or less so you deal with it.

Pogba makes the difference once a month at best. Hugely talented player, potentially one of the best in the world. But he just can't turn that talent into performances consistently enough to be worth the hassle.

Time to move on.

12 Mar 2020 07:44:47
Do you think Pogcrap knows how much contempt the fans have for him?

Do you think he is aware how lazy and ineffective he is on the pitch?

Does anyone tell him?

12 Mar 2020 11:26:23
Some naive peoples on here. It's so he doesn't get any crap from the fans when he uses us as a fitness boost for the Euros.

10 Mar 2020 09:24:42
Some interesting comments from Timo Werner today regarding the prospect of joining a team that's already competing or being part of something new. He supposedly name-checks us when talking about the latter.

It's possible that he only mentioned us to drum up interest and improve any potential offers he might receive from Pool, Bayern or City, but if he really does see some value in being a part of a rebuild, it certainly gives the management something to think about.

He looks like a very good player and would certainly add to the team although I expect he's Liverpool bound:

Any interest from United, Ed002?

{Ed002's Note - Timo Werner (S) RBL know of the interest of Chelsea who consider TW as a suitable replacement for Giroud - but they have other preferred options. Manchester United, Bayern Munich and Atletico Madrid remain keen - but this could change quickly depending on other targets clubs have - for example, if by some chance MU were able to sign a particular Free Agent or Ighalo for the summer then interest in TW would go - equally if other clubs were not able to sign their targets, interest in TW might increase. Atletico signing Cavani would likely kill off their interest. There is clearly interest from Klopp, but would Timo Werner be interested in a move to sit on the bench at Liverpool most of the time? If the answer is yes, or if Firmino is leaving then it makes sense. Many of the fans expect Klopp to add all of these players without anyone leaving and then completely change tactics and rotate them - it makes zero sense and the club has to meet Home Grown quotas as well. PSG are concerned about being shunned by Icardi and have looked at TW but have not declared any interest. Mr Mourinho is keen for Spurs to take him but there are concerns about the cost. The interest of Dortmund has gone with the signing of Haarland - but could return in the summer if Real Madrid could prise Haaland away. Bayern Munich were never going to do business in January and played down all transfer talk but there is no doubt that Robert Lewandowski, who will be 32 at the start of next season, is going to need replacing in the next 18 months - and the plan had always been that it would be Timo Werner - they could yet look to do something or perhaps suggest he waits another year at RBL who have offered a new contract. Last summer there was an approach from PSG who wanted Werner as a Cavani replacement - in the end Cavani stayed and they took Icardi on loan. The player has always said he wants to play for Manchester United one day but a move last summer was not possible and then Werner said he wanted tp play for Bayern Munich over all others. Now after a potential illegal approach he clearly wants to join Liverpool - the riot act has been read to him over public statements by both his club and Red Bull who are seeing him become a bigger and bigger jerk - and this constant talking about other sides will remove the interest of clubs like Chelsea who see it as unacceptable as he becomes more and more of a jerk. There was a third party trying to negotiate for a BM move last summer but they were a long way apart on price and RBL looked to extend. As BM were expected to need Werner this coming summer, a release clause was agreed with his new contract that would make him available at a low fee so RBL would keep him another year and then he could move to Bayern Munich next summer.}

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10 Mar 2020 10:36:13
Wow, amazing detail thank you!

10 Mar 2020 11:07:32
Thanks as always, Ed.

Dries Mertens and Ighalo being looked at suggests that the club sees Martial, Rashford and Greenwood as the club’s future strike force and so are only looking for a short term solution while Greenwood grows into his game.

Martial and Rashford’s stats this season have been pretty impressive and Greenwood definitely looks like he could become a very good player. I wouldn’t say no to Werner and think he’d do a better job than Ighalo or Mertens whilst offering a long term solution if it’s decided that Greenwood or Martial aren’t upto scratch in a few years time, but our midfield and RW seem like much higher priorities.

{Ed002's Note - There is also interest in Dembele. You can almost certainly scratch Mertens subject to the issues currently hitting Italy being resolved, although the clubs are assuming it will be with Inter in London yesterday and today working on transfers for a couple of players. If the problems go away Mertens will likely sign a new deal. Ighalo would likely be open to providing cover on a more permanent basis.}

10 Mar 2020 11:11:06
Ed002, if I might ask, is the free agent MU are looking at in the summer Cavani?

{Ed002's Note - No, it is Mertens.}

10 Mar 2020 11:52:45
Thank you for the reply.

{Ed002's Note - You are welcome.}

09 Mar 2020 18:32:48
Chong signs.

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09 Mar 2020 19:46:48
Think he's a real talent, good he has signed but maybe a loan next year would be good for him. A season at another prem team or even the championship would be great. If united get sancho etc can't see him playing a lot of games.

09 Mar 2020 22:28:39
Strange that it's only until 2022 tho. Glad he has signed a deal.

10 Mar 2020 07:41:14
Option for 3rd year, I guess he has two years to prove himself.

10 Mar 2020 08:19:25
I think from his perspective he won't want to be tied down to a long term deal if he isn't getting the game time he needs to develop.

While for United losing a player on a free, especially a young talented one doesn't look good.

The club does have a one year option on the deal. I would imagine he will be loaned out next year then his situation will be assessed. After a year on loan does he look ready to challenge in the first team or not.

10 Mar 2020 08:57:11
think your right shappy, that seems like the best option for everyone.

09 Mar 2020 16:59:39
Few reports flying around that Jude Bellingham was shown around the training ground with his parents today.

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09 Mar 2020 18:54:50
Wouldn't be surprised, we are pushing for him apparently.

09 Mar 2020 19:15:54
Must say shappy I thought he was for Dortmund last week after the outbreak of reports. Would be a good signing if he fulfils the potential. Ed001 have you seen much or head much about Bellingham? Apologies if you’ve been asked before.

{Ed001's Note - not seen much other than highlights, but heard so much about him. He is the most sought-after teenager in European football right now for a reason. Every single report raves about him.}

09 Mar 2020 19:33:22
Phil Jones rocking up in his yellow Lambo behind Bellingham. Maybe he was part of the tour group.

09 Mar 2020 19:42:38
Grim, either that or just highlighting that you don't need to fullfil your potential to drive a Lambo at United 😂.

09 Mar 2020 21:01:03
It's a done deal. Fee agreed,12.5m rising to 28m. He will join in the summer.

09 Mar 2020 21:25:06
why would they sell or 12.5 mill when h is the most sought after youngster in europe.

09 Mar 2020 21:44:15
Pretty sure I read somewhere that they rejected a deal of 25m in January.

10 Mar 2020 04:40:17
It's 12.5m. It's not fifa 20 or footy manager. The value will increase with add ons that are easy to obtain.
The kid, is a kid. He will not be a starter in the premier league, hence the price.

10 Mar 2020 08:28:18
Pabawan what is your source for this?

He's currently one of the most sought after young players in Europe, he is also English which normally bumps the price up as he fulfils the homegrown criteria.

16 years ago we paid 26m for an 18 year old kid from Everton who had just over a year's worth of first team experience.

Admittedly that was EPL experience, and he was a year older than Bellingham will be in the summer.

But prices for players have skyrocketed in the past 16 years. If Gomes leaves on a free transfer, we will only get a compensation fee, which is likely to be somewhere between 5-10m. So to sign a player for an initial fee which is only 2.5m more than a club might expect for a compensation fee seems ludicrous.

10 Mar 2020 10:31:22
what as fifa or footy manager got to do with it. he is one of the most sought after youngsters in europe. as shappy said they turned down more before. you probably do not want to read twitter to mutch.

10 Mar 2020 16:51:46
Did BCFC turn down more than that previously? Where was it reported that we actually bid. on twitter? Ha.

Fifa and FM make transfers simple. It certainly doesn't work like that.
Obviously, we all lack knowledge on transfer dealings and i'm not saying i am privy to any of the workings that go into a transfer.

I can't disagree with what you're saying shappy, i agree it seems mad considering what's been done (deal wise) previously.

I'm just sharing what i know. It will more than likely be reported as more in the 'Press'. But it's 12.5 going to 27.5m in (Easy) add ons.

10 Mar 2020 21:41:31
i would rather wait for edo2 to say its happening.

{Ed002's Note - The family has been shown around and the kid has been to the club shop no doubt.}

 


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