Transfer news – Friday, December 7
– Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho could be sacked if they lose to Fulham, according to Paul Merson
– Liverpool won’t be recalling Harry Wilson from his loan spell with Derby in January
– Chelsea don’t need to sign a striker in the New Year, claims Dimitar Berbatov
Man Utd agreement
Manchester United have beaten Juventus and PSG to the signing of £10m youngster Noam Emeran, according to reports.
The 16-year-old hotshot has been tearing it up in France for Amiens’ youth side, despite the first-team sitting 19th in Ligue 1.
Emeran has been the subject on major interest from PSG, Juventus and Valencia in recent months.
But according to French outlet RMC, Manchester United have the won the race for the young forward.
The publication claim despite the striker’s age, Amiens are confident they will receive €10m (£8.9m) for the starlet, with €2m (£1.7m) being paid up-front, and the rest in bonuses.
Emeran is said to have agreed terms with the Premier League strugglers and United now must simply agree terms with Amiens.
Chelsea star Ruben Loftus-Cheek should stay and fight for his place at Stamford Bridge, according to Blues legend Dennis Wise.
“I’m sure that many teams would want him,” he told the Metro.
“But as a player you should be asking yourself: ‘What do I want to be?’
“I’d want to fight and get in this team.
“He’s up against good players but do you want to go to Crystal Palace where you’ll play week in week out and constantly battling or do you want to be at a team that can win trophies, competing against quality players?
“I know as a player that I’d want to fight to make that shirt my shirt.
“You want to make your shirt a Chelsea one because that’s where Ruben needs to be.”
Silva on Gomes
Everton boss Marco Silva has revealed his club ‘are working on’ on securing Andre Gomes’ permanent signature but admits it is not entirely in their hands.
Barcelona midfielder Gomes penned a season-long loan deal at Everton over the summer and has impressed during his first few months at the club.
Silva said: “I think at first, I agree, he is doing very well. But what is most important for me is the team and the squad, I think it is not fair just to talk about Andre.
“If Andre is doing well then he is helping our squad. He is getting better every time, taking his responsibility in the squad is important for me as well.
“But if he is doing well it is because his teammates are helping him since the first day.
“He’s enjoyed his first two months but let’s see what we can do. We are working on that, I don’t know if I have answer in one week or two weeks.
“It is not something that it is in our hands. The best scenario to look at is – it is not just in our hands as a club, not just in the hands of Andre, there is a third party as well.
“Barcelona are included, let’s see when we can talk about the situation.”
Mourinho sack claim
Manchester United could sack Jose Mourinho if they fail to beat Fulham this weekend, according to pundit Paul Merson.
“I see a return to winning ways for Manchester United against Fulham at Old Trafford,” Merson told Sky Sports.
“However, if they do not win this game Jose Mourinho will do well to keep his job come Monday.
“If they can’t beat Fulham at home where are they going?
“At the moment we are talking about it being a feat if they get into the top four so this is a must-win game.
“If they don’t win the game I would be shocked if Mourinho was there on Monday.”
Liverpool’s Wilson decision
Liverpool are not planning to recall Harry Wilson from his loan spell at Derby County.
Anfield bosses have an option to bring the 21-year-old winger back in January but that is unlikely to be triggered.
Liverpool are pleased with how Wilson’s time in the Championship is panning out, according to The Telegraph reporter John Percy.
Wilson has hit eight goals and provided two assists in 18 appearances since joining Derby on a season-long loan in July.
Chelsea won’t sign striker
Chelsea are still in the Premier League title race and Maurizio Sarri will not target a new striker in January.
That’s according to former Tottenham and Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov.
Both Alvaro Morata and Olivier Giroud have been used up front but neither is prolific and the west London side have had to rely on goals from midfield.
“There’s been a lot of talk about Chelsea needing a new striker in January, with Alvaro Morata missing chances and Olivier Giroud not scoring.
“But I don’t think they’ll go in to the market.
“These are two good players and, as I’ve said many times in the past, it’s not just up to the centre-forward to score the goals.”
Arsenal’s charm offensive
Arsenal transfer guru Sven Mislintat says Barcelona star Ousmane Dembele is a ‘really special’ player.
There are suggestions that the Catalan giants may be prepared to cut their losses if a big bid was to come in for Dembele.
It has been mooted that Arsenal could offer an escape route in January.
And Mislintat may have fired up the rumour mill even more by hailing Dembele’s talents.
He told Zeit: “When I saw him, he had not even played for Stade Rennes in the first team.
“I bet he did not know which foot he used in certain situations because he just did not think about it.
“I felt this is a really special player.
“Shinji Kagawa was one of those. We were in Japan 10 times, but actually, I was safe after the first 30 minutes of play.
“Nobody could grab it. With one move, he changed the entire direction of the game.”