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United risk losing De Gea for free
Manchester United are so hesitant to sell David De Gea this summer at what would be a discount that they’ll risk watching him leave next year for free, says the Sun.
The United keeper is contracted at Old Trafford until the end of next season, but it is understood he is no closer to agreeing a new deal, amid speculation that Real Madrid would happily bring him to Spain.
Should he leave this summer, his contract situation means he would likely do so for around £50 million, whereas if he were on a longer contract he could command in the neighbourhood of £100 million. The risk in United waiting is that De Gea could leave for absolutely nothing if he departs at the end of next season.
One of the reasons contract negotiations are proving difficult is that the Spaniard is asking for £400,000 per week to stay at United, double what he is already on.
Walcott to fall victim of new Everton policy
Theo Walcott may see his time on Merseyside come to an end, as the 30-year-old can’t consider himself a part of the club’s ambitions to focus more on youth, according to the Mirror.
Since the Merseyside derby on March 3, Walcott has seen the field for just 16 minutes, with Bernard, Richarlison, and Ademola Lookman playing in similar positions ahead of him.
Everton’s director of football, Marcel Brands, has added fuel to the fire by saying the club aims to continue a policy of signing players under the age of 25 — a tactic that would require them to offload some ageing talent.
Walcott’s potential destination may be a return to where it all began, with Southampton hopeful of re-signing their academy alumni.
Inter optimistic for future with Icardi
Inter Milan CEO Beppe Marotta has insisted that the club is optimistic to put any ill feeling with Mauro Icardi behind them, after the striker was pulled from the starting XI and stripped of captaincy following a poor run of form, Calciomercato reports.
Commenting on the situation, Marotta said: “Icardi? From the point of view of professionalism, I saw it well, now we have to put everything that happened behind and look to the future with optimism.
“We must be a team and win, without alibis, this is the message we want to give. In society there are tasks, skills and professionalism in all the components, I support the sports area with my experience.”
Schurrle set to return to Dortmund
Andre Schurrle is expected to swap Fulham back for Dortmund thanks to a clause in his contract, the Sun reports.
The Cottagers were relegated from the Premier League following Tuesday night’s 4-1 defeat to Watford. When Schurrle signed from Borussia Dortmund on a two-year loan deal ahead of this season, Fulham insisted on a clause that would allow them to send the winger back to his parent club should they get relegated.
Cutting the contract short would allow the London club to save around £2.5 million in wages. His departure is expected to be the first of many on their way out of Craven Cottage, with highly-thought-of Ryan Sessegnon among them.
– After Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane admitted he’s a big fan of Paul Pogba, reports from the Mirror claim the Manchester United midfielder has a pact with his agent, Mino Raiola, who told him that he would secure a move to Spain within three years of 2016.
– As Manchester United look to strengthen their back-line, both they and Paris Saint-Germain have made initial enquiries for Real Madrid’s Raphael Varane, the Independent understands.