Manchester United are up against it in their pursuit of a trio of exciting attacking targets, according to the morning papers and their digital cousins.
In the case of Sevilla’s Colombian international striker Carlos Bacca, now 11/1 to be a United player by the end of the transfer, the almighty himself has intervened.
Bacca, who struck 28 times in 55 games for the Europa League winners last term, is said to favour a move to Roma if he is to leave Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan.
The Daily Mail report that the Eternal City’s religious significance is a massive draw for the 28-year-old sharpshooter, with his agent Sandro Barila telling the Corriere dello Sport:
‘Carlos is deeply religious. And in Rome, there is the pope.’
Another player on Louis van Gaal’s Amazon wishlist who has hinted he expects to be staying in the Italian capital next season is Lazio’s Felipe Anderson, 5/1 to be taking his orders from the Dutchman by deadline day.
The Sun have reported that the Reds are prepared to bid £30m for the attacking midfielder who enjoyed a breakout year at Stadio Olimpico in 2014/15.
However, as recently as last Wednesday, the Brazilian had been fairly unequivocal in pledging his future to the club he has just helped claim an unexpected Champions League spot:
“Next year? All I know is I’ll be playing for Lazio…
“I only recently renewed my contract for another five years. I’m thinking about that shirt, and nothing else. I don’t know of any offers, my future is at Lazio.”
Finally the Manchester club’s interest in Harry Kane (and his Tottenham colleague Hugo Lloris) is unlikely to bear fruit if the Telegraph’s sources are to be believed.
‘White Hart Lane insiders claim Levy has stressed his desire to keep both Kane and Lloris to Pochettino “on several occasions” over the past few months.’
Kane is 3/1 to be a United player by the end of the transfer window, while it’s 1/2 he remains at White Hart Lane.