Jose Mourinho has confirmed that Manchester United defender Eric Bailly will be out for up to three months due to an injury to his ankle, which will require surgery. He suffered the injury on International Duty with the Ivory Coast and has been out since November. Mourinho also said that although he is not the biggest fan of the January transfer window, and may or may not (in typical Mourinho style) use the time to add to the team. United are, of course, linked to Antoine Griezmann from Atletico Madrid, as they were in the summer, but Mourinho refused to comment on speculation.
Manchester City are reportedly in the market for a center back in the January transfer window, as Pep Guardiola is concerned he does not have enough depth at the position. City were linked to Jonny Evans of West Brom in the summer, and while they could make another move for him, there are reports that they want Virgil van Dijk from Southampton to ensure they are set at the center of the defense. Both Evans and Van Dijk, in addition to Inigo Martinez of Real Sociedad, would be available to City in the knockout stages of the Champions League.
According to Diego Maradona, Real Madrid wanted to sign Kylian Mbappe over the summer. While this is not a surprise, as there were plenty of rumors that Los Blancos wanted to bring the French wonderkid out of Monaco into Madrid, Maradona also said the presence of Cristiano Ronaldo is what prevented Madrid from moving for Mbappe. Maradona said that he saw Florentino Perez and asked him why Mbappe did not end up in Madrid, and Perez said that he already had Cristiano. While this seems like a pretty minor interaction between two huge parts of the footballing world, we might see more rumors heating up about Mbappe in the future, again.
UEFA has made a statement, rejecting AC Milan’s bid for an agreement to end an investigation into a possible violation of Financial Fair Play laws. Milan spent over €200 million over the summer after being bought by a Chinese consortium, and took a loan from an American Hedge Fund, Elliot, of €300 million. These loans are reportedly due in October, and UEFA has more investigating and digging to do on that topic, and so have rejected a voluntary agreement.
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