Reports: €62 million star set to reject Chelsea for Manchester United in January
Jose Mourinho is all set to get one over his old side Chelsea and in the process fortify his Manchester United side
What's the story?
Manchester United want a footballer. Chelsea want the same footballer. But the footballer wants Manchester United.
What a merry trip down nostalgia avenue to the happenings of just a few months ago, eh? But wait... we are not talking about Romelu Lukaku and what has already transpired in the transfer market
Oh, no! This is news coming to us from the future!
If the good folk over at the Daily Star are to be believed, both Manchester United and Chelsea looked over to Tottenham, saw Danny Rose sat there brooding on the bench wondering how much money actual big clubs pay their footballers and decided he was their man.
Rose, though, seems to have his heart set on a move north, away from cloudy London and the way over to rainy Manchester.
In case you didn't know
Rose, 27, hasn't played yet this season with an intra-articular ligament crack on his knee (me neither) but is expected back in training later this month. After moving from Sunderland to Spurs for a modest £4.5 million, it's a testament to his talent and performances that he commands a market value that is more than ten times that amount.
Arguably England's best left-back, Rose is comfortable defending and bombing forward in the tradition of all good full-backs and would be a potent addition to either team.
The heart of the matter
While Mourinho is confident of finalising a deal for the left back in the region of €50 million, or £45 million, for the left-back, Daniel Levy - ever the shrewd operator - is believed to what in excess of £55 million... or €62 million, a mite over what Mourinho's great friend Pep Guardiola shelled out for Walker's long-time ex-Spurs 'buddy on the other wing' Kyle Walker.
Knowing the way Levy operates in the market, it'll be mighty tough for ol' Ed Woodward to get him to back down on the price. If he's willing to sell at all.
Rose is quite the player
and United would be a more 'complete' team with a natural left-footed left-back in the team
With both Chelsea and Manchester United struggling for options at left-back (Conte has Alonso, but no back-ups and he prefers using Azpilicueta as one of the three center-backs, while Manchester United have Ashley Young playing at LB at the moment. That should tell you everything you need to know about the Red Devil's lack of depth - Luke Shaw is still not trusted, and Matteo Darmian hasn't really set Mourinho's heart on fire either) Rose would make an excellent addition to the squad.
United for one would love to have him this January itself - especially as his injury layoff this season means he is not cup-tied for European competition!