No Manchester United Moves For Grimaldo, Ghoulam
Manchester United may miss out on Benfica left-back Alejandro Grimaldo, but a move for Napoli’s Faouzi Ghoulam (pictured) could be back on this summer.
Grimaldo has been linked with interest from United, but O Jogo newspaper in Portugal claims Napoli are ready to offer €20million (£17.6million) for the former Barcelona player.
Grimaldo will earn €2million a year after tax over a five-year deal at Napoli. That works out at just over £60,000 a week before tax. Any offer from United would have been for more and it suggests that there was no concrete interest from Old Trafford.
The 22-year-old arrived from Barcelona for just €2.1million in 2016.
Grimaldo’s exit could mean a move for Napoli’s Algeria international Faouzi Ghoulam. However, any such move is unlikely to take place in this transfer window.
It was reported in October that Ghoulam was ready to use interest from overseas clubs as well as from Serie A giants Juventus to get a better deal from Napoli. But he suffered a cruciate knee ligament in November. That has ruled out a January bid from Manchester United.
Ghoulam has a release clause in his contract with Napoli of €60million (£53million). However, the extent of his injury means United won’t be triggering his clause in this transfer window.
Mourinho Coy Over Manchester United Transfer Dealings
Meanwhile, Jose Mourinho is refusing to rule in any new faces at Old Trafford this month.
United defeated Everton 2-0 at Goodison Park on Monday evening. Anthony Martial scored but then limped off and Mourinho admits that he is concerned by the number of injuries at Old Trafford. But it doesn’t necessarily mean a move into the transfer market.
“I don’t know about transfers. In this moment we are in trouble,” he said after the match.
“In two to three weeks time maybe we recover and we breathe in a different way.
Can we improve now or do we wait util the summer? I cannot say.”
United tend to shun the January transfer window on the grounds that there is little value to be had. Juan Mata’s move from Chelsea four years ago was the most significant piece of recent business that the club have done in the winter market.