PSG’s plan for David De Gea as Liverpool tipped to make Philippe Coutinho offer
The Spaniard, who has uncharacteristically struggled this season, has a single year left on his contract with the Red Devils and there appears to be no agreement on the horizon regarding a new deal.
De Gea is demanding big money to extend his stay in Manchester, with reports suggesting he wants as much as £400,000 a week.
That would put him on par with top earner Alexis Sanchez, something De Gea is said to feel he justifies after making himself one of the most important players in the Old Trafford dressing room.
United, though, aren’t interesting to bowing to said demands and it’s unlikely that De Gea will accept the deal he has been offered.
PSG are one of the sides on the continent interested in De Gea, but they’d rather snap him up for nothing next summer.
Carragher on Coutinho
Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher reckons the Reds should look into a potential deal for Philippe Coutinho – IF the Brazilian was made available by Barcelona.
Coutinho left Anfield for the Camp Nou in January 2018 but in the 18 months he’s been in Catalunia he’s failed to live up to his expectations.
A player who was adored by the Liverpool supporters during his stay on Merseyside, Carragher reckons Coutinho is something Jurgen Klopp is currently missing.
“I wouldn’t say I would be actively going to get him, but if there was a possibility of bringing Coutinho back for decent money, and Barca wanted to cut their losses a little bit because it hasn’t worked out, then I’d do that,” Carragher told the Liverpool Echo.
“We lack that player in the squad. We have it in Lallana and Shaqiri, but this is a different level of player.
“We have great midfield players who are all very similar. We could add something a little bit different, but that would only really be if it was a good price for us.”
A City sacrifice
Manchester City are in pole position to land Atletico Madrid midfielder Rodrigo this summer – but they’ll likely have to send one of their star players in the opposite direction to get the deal done.
City, who completed the domestic treble on Saturday when they hammered Watford 6-0 in the FA Cup final, are on the look-out for a long-term replacement for the ageing Fernandinho.
Rodrigo, 22, fits the bill; the Spanish international is seen as the ideal successor to the Brazilian, who is now 34.
Atleti, though, are expected to ask about the availability of Gabriel Jesus.
Diego Simeone has already been dealt the blow that talisman Antoine Griezmann is leaving the club this summer and is reportedly keen on replacing him with Jesus, who is behind Sergio Aguero in the City pecking order.