Manchester United, Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea have all joined in the race to sign $19 million rated West Ham United’s 17-year-old central defender, Reece Oxford. Scouts of all these teams were present to see the player play for the England U-19s against Holland, this Friday.
German club Red Bull Leipzig recently submitted a transfer bid worth $13.23 million for the player which the Hammers rejected. West Ham are extremely interested to tie up a new deal with the player as soon as possible. Oxford’s current contract with the club runs out in two years’ time, according to The Sun.
Meanwhile, Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has set his sights on Real Sociedad goalkeeper Geronimo Rulli as the backup to current first-choice Joe Hart. Rulli is valued at $8.6 million and with the current England No. 1’s poor form, the Argentine will be a perfect backup should Hart falter at any stage of the season.
“If you want to play this type of football – and with that identity – it is also important to train with this mentality.” Guardiola said when asked about Rulli.
Meanwhile, Manchester United are looking to smash the world transfer record by signing Paul Pogba from Juventus for over $139 million. However, Pogba’s former manager at Juventus and current Chelsea supremo, Antonio Conte believes that he doesn’t need to spend this “mad” and “crazy” amount for a player to upgrade his own team.
“We must respect the squad. If we have fantastic wingers – Willian, Kenedy, Cuardrado – you must understand that you can build a team to respect these types of players. For us, if we buy a winger for £100m ($132 million) we are mad. We are crazy. As it is not important for us.” Conte said.
The Italian specifically highlighted that he will be happy to sign a $26 million rated player, who served his team better and was able to adapt to the team’s ideas and playing style.
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