In Focus: Calendar snub makes Danny Rose move to Man United more likely

According to reports in The Sun, Tottenham Hotspur defender Danny Rose is a £50m January target for Manchester United after being left out of the north London outfit’s 2018 calendar.

What’s the word, then?

Well, Red Devils boss Jose Mourinho is keen to sign the 27-year-old to solve his left-back issue, and The Sun says that he has been given fresh hope that the England international’s Spurs days could be numbered after he was excluded from their calendar for next year.

Rose has only just returned to training having been on the sidelines since January with a knee injury, and he faces a fight to dislodge the impressive Ben Davies at left wing-back when he does get back to full fitness.

The Sun says that Mourinho is looking for a left-back who can also get forward, with Luke Shaw’s slow return from injury meaning the likes of Ashley Young and Daley Blind have featured in the position this term.

With Tottenham looking to win the Premier League title as well as advancing in the Champions League however, United face a tough task in convincing the north London outfit to sell and The Sun adds that they could instead be relying on Rose to try and force a move.

Why was he left out of the calendar?

While many would look at it and think it is because Spurs aren’t sure that their longest-serving player will still be with them in 2018, a club insider told The Sun he was excluded because there weren’t any pictures of him in action this season because of his injury.

A spokesman said: “People will say it doesn’t look good for Danny but the fact he has not played this season means there are no images of him in our new Nike kit that could be used in the calendar.”

While that makes sense, Rose’s explosive interview with The Sun about his future during the summer wouldn’t have been received well, and he is not too popular among Tottenham supporters right now because of it.

What’s the verdict, then?

Well, Spurs won’t want to sell to a direct rival having lost Kyle Walker to Manchester City during the summer, but from the outside it seems as though Rose’s days with Tottenham could be coming to an end.

If they can get £50m for him and reinvest in someone like Fulham’s Ryan Sessegnon, they would probably be quite happy.