SWEET LITTLE LI
Wednesday it was Erling Haaland, with Harry Kane or Romelu Lukaku as reinforcements. Thursday is Haaland and Lionel Messi, so Man City intend to completely smash their salary structure.
The Sun offers nothing particularly new on Haaland’s pursuit, but claim it will be done in conjunction with a move for Messi. They are “still keeping an eye” on the Barcelona mainstay, who “has not yet opened discussions” on the extension of his contract at Camp Nou.
That leaves Messi ‘in limbo’ and Man City, one of the few clubs that can even consider paying his salary, is inevitably part of the conversation. He and Haaland together would likely order around £ 1million per week, so it will be interesting to see that come together.
Again, Messi has apparently promised to sign a new contract if Barça himself signs Sergio Aguero. Oh the drama.
Quite why the Manchester Evening News reportedly the exclusive line on Harry Kane not through either of the Manchester clubs, but Tottenham’s is a mystery. But they say Spurs are ‘confident’ they will keep the striker for at least one more season, with a sale to an unsustainable Premier League club.
They cite “senior executives” at the North London club who said there was “no chance” Kane would move to Manchester, with only enough “crazy money” to bring Daniel Levy to the negotiating table . It would require a nine-figure fee, which Spurs believe is “unlikely” to offer someone who turns 28 at the end of July. How ageist.
The report agrees somewhat with the recent suggestion that Tottenham plan to sell Kane in the summer of 2022 at an initial asking price of £ 150million.
Well done, crying sons
The final line of April Fool’s transfer speculation is that Ian Rush has joined Everton. But also Bayern Munich want Heung-min Son. And why wouldn’t they do it?
Football insider are responsible for it, Bayern saying “ready to wait a year” to sign the Tottenham striker. South Korean was locked in contract negotiations at the start of the season, but those talks “were then put on hold” for reasons they seem reluctant to reveal.
Bayern “have been alerted” to the situation and could therefore wait until next summer, when Son has only one year left on his contract, to act. It seems like an unnecessary risk, but one would assume that they know what they are doing.