Monday 20 November 2017

'Big three' facing player revolt

THE Premier League big three Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea could lose three of their biggest names through divisive rows at each club.

Roberto Mancini will be prepared to offload Nigel De Jong in the summer after his failure to agree a deal worth around £100,000-a-week has seen the Dutch ace slip down the pecking order at Eastlands.

On the other side of Manchester, negotiations between Danny Welbeck and United have stalled over the young striker's wage demands.

Ferguson and United have offered their academy graduate £45,000 but the striker is holding out for £60,000 which has astonished Old Trafford officials.

United, meanwhile, are waiting for an improved bid from Newcastle for tearaway teenager Ravel Morrison.

The Magpies had a £500,000 bid for the midfielder turned down last week, but boss Alan Pardew is set to increase that bid, as United value the player at £1m.

There is also disquiet at Chelsea with England striker Daniel Sturridge growing increasingly frustrated at his lack of opportunities at centre-forward.

The 22-year-old is Chelsea's joint top scorer this season, with nine goals, but has been deployed in a wide-right position with Torres and Drogba preferred up front.

With Edison Cavani, Eden Hazard and Porto's Hulk all linked with moves to the Bridge, contract negotiations between Sturridge and Chelsea look set to be very heated.

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