Jadon Sancho remains Manchester United’s No 1 target but time is now working against the Red Devils with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer eager to acquire a new winger and left-back before the deadline. Ousmane Dembele could therefore represent an interesting alternative.
Barcelona are in need of cash to boost their own deals elsewhere, with Ronald Koeman keen to revamp his squad at the Nou Camp. Solskjaer wants a new left-back too, with Alex Telles seemingly the first choice.
Here are the latest news, rumours and updates surrounding deals at Old Trafford.
AN ALTERNATIVE FOR SANCHO?
Chelsea have reportedly put N’golo Kante, Tiemoue Bakayoko, Antonio Rudiger and Callum Hudson-Odoi all up for sale, according to various media reports.
The Daily Express claims manager Frank Lampard is keen to sign Declan Rice from West Ham and is willing to sell the quartet to fund the rumoured £80 million transfer.
Hudson-Odoi is a player United have considered in the past, and with moves for Jadon Sancho and Ousmane Dembele looking less likely everyday could Hudson-Odoi be a cheaper, long term alternative?
Michael Jones23 September 2020 10:55
‘WE WANT SMALLING’ SAYS FONSECA
“At the moment, we’ve not had any bids up to the level that we want. That [Smalling’s valuation] is not down to me, is it? I’m not the one negotiating between the clubs, but we haven’t had sufficient bids there and that’s it.”
That’s the view of Manchester United manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, on a potential move for centre-back Chris Smalling.
Smalling spent last season on loan at Roma and the Italian side are keen to sign the 30-year-old permenantly.
A first offer of £11 million was rejected out of hand by United and this is probably the offer that Solskjaer is talking about above.
The Guardian meanwhile are reporting that United want at least £18 million for Smalling and that Roma are preparing a second bid for the defender.
“We’re working to get Smalling here,” said Roma’s manager, Paulo Fonseca, “I’m in contact with him and I spoke to him yesterday. He wants to be here and we want him here. He could join us in the next few days.”
Michael Jones23 September 2020 10:34
LINGARD ‘LOOKING FOR MOVE’
Former Manchester United midfielder, Darren Fletcher, believes Jesse Lingard is actively looking ‘for a move’ away from Old Trafford after appointing a new agent in Mino Raiola.
Lingard has fallen down the pecking order under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and is entering the final year of his current contract at Old Trafford.
United have been tipped to cash in on the out-of-favour midfielder amid reported interest from Everton, Tottenham and West Ham.
Fletcher told Sky Sports:
Michael Jones23 September 2020 10:17
TAGLIAFICO NOW ON THE RADAR
The Sun are reporting that Manchester United have reportedly identified £23million-rated left-back Nicolas Tagliafico as an alternative to Alex Telles.
MEN Sport understands discussions have taken place between United and FC Porto over Telles, but a deal is not quite as close as some outlets have reported.
Tagliafico, 28, could be United’s second signing from Ajax in the same summer, as a former teammate of Donny van de Beek.
Michael Jones23 September 2020 10:07
DEMBELE STAYING IN MADRID
Ousmane Dembele was heavily linked with a move to Manchester United yesterday as the Barcelona winger was seen as an alternative to United’s priority target Jadon Sancho.
A deal for Sancho seems to have cooled and The Mirror report club sources have indicated United won’t be making a move for the Barcelona man, who is set to stay at the Nou Camp this season.
Michael Jones23 September 2020 09:43
ROMA STILL WANT SMALLING
Italian journalist, Fabrizio Romano, says that Roma are still in the hunt for Manchester United’s Chris Smalling after he enjoyed a good loan spell at the Serie A side last season.
Romano says that Roma are preparing a new bid for the centre-back that should come in the next few days:
Michael Jones23 September 2020 09:36
COSTA HEADING TO WOLVES?
Douglas Costa is closing in on a deal to bring him to the Premier League with his agent, Jorge Mendes, trying to secure a move to Wolves.
The Juventus winger had been linked with Manchester United but no formal bid was ever made by the Red Devils.
Italian publication TuttoSport report that Costa is being brought in to replace Diogo Jota, who signed for Liverpool last week.
A deal with Wolves is not yet done, but it is close with reports of a fee varying from £18m-£37m for the 30-year-old.
Certainly it seems likely that Wolves would pay somewhere in the lower end of that price range.
Michael Jones23 September 2020 09:29
SOLSKJAER: GREENWOOD MUST IMPROVE HEADING
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says Mason Greenwood must improve his heading in order to be Manchester United’s long-term No 9, after the teenager scored in yesterday’s 3-0 victory against Luton.
“The goal was important for him and Marcus, always as strikers. To get that confidence and feeling of scoring,” Solskjaer said.
“Mason can play through the middle and also wide. Sometimes, it is nice to be out wide facing forward rather than being the number nine and battering ram. I think he will end up as a number nine.
“But for him to be a number nine, he needs to learn how to head a ball. I keep telling him that. If he wants to do that he is welcome to come and practice with me.”
Tom Kershaw23 September 2020 08:47
LEEDS AGREE LLORENTE DEAL
Leeds United have reached an agreement to sign Spanish defender Diego Llorente from Real Sociedad, the La Liga club have said.
Financial details of the agreement were not disclosed but British media reported Leeds would shell out up to 20 million pounds ($25.44 million) for the 27-year-old centre back.
“Real Sociedad and Leeds United have reached an agreement in principle for the transfer of Diego Llorente. The final agreement is subject to the player’s medical test,” the club said in a statement.
“Real Sociedad wants to express its thanks and affection towards Diego for the three years he has been part of our club and wishes him all the best in this new chapter of his career.”
Jack Rathborn23 September 2020 08:18
UNITED PROGRESS DEMBELE TALKS
Manchester United have progressed talks with Barcelona for Ousmane Dembele, report the Record.
The French winger would represent an alternative to Jadon Sancho, who has proven tricky to acquire from Borussia Dortmund.
Barcelona want €100m for the France international, while United want to take him on an initial loan. A compromise could be struck if there is a right or obligation to buy though.
Jack Rathborn23 September 2020 08:05