Man United reject Everton’s bid for Chris Smalling
It’s been widely reported on Wednesday that Man United have rejected a bid from Everton to sign defender Chris Smalling.
Everton are believed to have offered the Red Devils a loan deal.
Smalling, 29, recently signed a contract extension at Old Trafford until 2022.
However, following Harry Maguire’s move from Leicester, Smalling is unlikely to be a regular starter for United.
Maguire is set to join Victor Lindelof at the heart of Man United’s backline.
Everton enquiry about taking Chris Smalling on loan has been turned down by United. Seven centre-backs in the squad but Solskjaer wants to keep him. Rojo most likely to go if there’s a departure.
— Rob Dawson (@RobDawsonESPN) August 7, 2019
It’s worth noting that Man United currently have seven centre-backs in their squad.
Others include the injured Eric Bailly, plus Marcos Rojo and Phil Jones.
Everton: Arsenal’s Alex Iwobi price-tag
It’s also been widely confirmed on Wednesday that Everton offered Arsenal 30 million pounds for winger Alex Iwobi.
According to the BBC’s David Ornstein, Arsenal rejected that offer.
However, Everton could end up signing Iwobi if they meet Arsenal’s price-tag – reportedly set at 40 million pounds, or a little higher.
As per others, Everton £30m bid for Alex Iwobi rejected. Made to Arsenal today & knocked back. Expected to return with improved offer but likely need £40m+ to be accepted. 23yo not agitating but would go if deal agreed. #EFC interest recent & is in addition to Wilfied Zaha #CPFC
— David Ornstein (@bbcsport_david) August 7, 2019
What about Wilfried Zaha?
David Ornstein also confirmed that while Everton are chasing Arsenal’s Iwobi, the Toffees also want to sign Wilfried Zaha from Crystal Palace.
In the Times on Wednesday afternoon, readers are told the following:
Wilfried Zaha is pushing for a move to Everton, leaving Crystal Palace facing a test of nerve over whether to keep the forward.
Palace have been steadfast that the Ivory Coast international is not for sale, but that stance will come under renewed strain in the countdown to tomorrow’s transfer deadline as Zaha’s desire to leave hardens.
— Times Sport (@TimesSport) August 7, 2019