The Telegraph claim that Tottenham could rival Manchester United in their pursuit of Burnley defender Michael Keane, but only because they are expecting the Red Devils to make a bid for their midfielder Eric Dier. Tottenham do not want to sell the England international but are planning for the worst if United make a bid which is too good to refuse.
Dier is expected to cost Jose Mourinho and his club at least £40 million if they do want to bring him to Old Trafford this summer so would likely be one of their top transfer targets, but he could represent a long term replacement for Michael Carrick in central midfield.
Meanwhile, another ageing star who could be on his way out is striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, say the Daily Mail. They claim that new MLS club Los Angeles FC are preparing an offer for the Swede worth £100,000 per week, which would allow him to return to Manchester on loan for the first half of next season before the next MLS season gets under way.
The striker’s future remains unclear but this deal may represent an interesting opportunity for the experienced 35-year-old who does not yet seem ready to give up on playing at an elite level in Europe.
United moved one step closer to reaching the most elite level of competition as they beat Anderlecht to reach the Europa League semi-finals last night after extra time. Jose Mourinho reacted by telling the club website:
“It was a difficult game, a difficult opponent, I am tired, I imagine the players are more tired than me but we are in the draw tomorrow and we still have the dream to win the competition.
“I think we had like 17 shots and 10 on target, something like that but the game was difficult. When you look at these numbers, maybe somebody who didn’t watch the match thinks it was total dominance but it was not like that.”
Henrikh Mkhitaryan opened the scoring in the first half for the home side, but Sofiane Hanni’s equaliser drew the scores level until Marcus Rashford’s extra-time winner proved the difference.
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