Tuesday 23 October 2018

Danny Rose no longer prime target for Manchester United as Jose Mourinho turns focus away from Spurs

Danny Rose
Danny Rose

Matt Law

Danny Rose is facing disappointment over his dream move to Manchester United after Jose Mourinho shelved plans to sign another full-back.

Tottenham Hotspur defender Rose had been hoping to clinch a £50 million switch to Old Trafford after the World Cup, which kicks off on Thursday.

Rose travelled out to Russia with the rest of the England squad on Tuesday, but will return to find out he may have to stay at Spurs.

It is understood United manager Mourinho has suspended a move for Rose after adding full-back Diogo Dalot to his list of options at left-back, behind Ashley Young and Luke Shaw.

The Portuguese has told vice chairman Ed Woodward not to pursue Rose at the moment and to focus his attention elsewhere, with a central defender a greater priority.

Interest in Rose could be revisited if Shaw leaves or if United fail in moves for other players, but the 27-year-old, who last season battled with depression, may have to get used to the idea of starting next season with Tottenham.

Everton have shown an interest in Rose, but it would be a surprise if the Goodison Park club matched Tottenham’s £55m valuation of the player. There have also been reports of Juventus and Borussia Dortmund looking at the player.

Keeping Rose for another season would solve a potential problem for Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino, following Fulham’s promotion to the Premier League.

Tottenham had been confident of replacing Rose with Fulham’s Ryan Sessegnon if the Cottagers remained in the Championship, but the 18-year-old is now expected to stay put for another year.

Rose and Pochettino patched up their differences after the former Leeds United youngster expressed a desire to leave Tottenham last summer. He has a contract that runs to 2021.

Southgate is expected to start with Rose, ahead of Young, in England’s first World Cup game against Tunisia next week and a good tournament could spark interest from elsewhere.

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