Manchester United are pushing for reinforcements in the transfer market with the summer deadline less than two weeks away.
The 3-1 home defeat to Crystal Palace on Saturday has hastened the urgency for new recruits with Jadon Sancho remaining the No 1 target. Borussia Dortmund have been holding out for £108m all summer but Ed Woodward is said to be confident they will drop the asking price before the deadline with personal terms already agreed with the England international. Everton’s Dominic Calvert-Lewin is another said to be of interest although the Toffees’ value the striker, fresh from a hat-trick at the weekend, at upwards of £80m.
Left-back is another priority position to upgrade with Porto’s Alex Telles another to be linked. A five-year deal has been agreed with a fee with the Portuguese club now being haggled over. RB Leipzig’s Dayot Upamecano is a long-term target with suggestions that interest could be revisited before the deadline. There could yet be a number of exits too with Chris Smalling still set for Roma and Jesse Lingard a surprise target for Tottenham Hotspur and former boss Jose Mourinho.
£50M TO GET UPAMECANO
Manchester United’s captain, Harry Maguire, is the only centre-back guaranteed a starting place in the XI.
Victor Lindelof and Eric Bailly have struggled to hold down a place as Maguire’s partner but both have glaring weaknesses that irritate fans and management alike.
Step up Dayot Upamecano.
The RB Leipzig centre-back is one of the quickest defenders in world football and would take the pressure off Maguire who has been criticised for his lack of pace.
Upamecano, has made 115 appearances for Leipzig and can also play right-back if required. It is believed a bid in the region of £50m would be needed to lure him to English football and The Daily Telegraph reports that United will renew their interest in the defender over the coming days.
Michael Jones22 September 2020 12:15
WHISPERS OVER WENDEL MOVE
According to the reports from French outlet L’Equipe, Manchester United could make an unexpected bid for Sporting CP midfielder Marcus Wendel before the transfer window closes.
A bid from United of around €25m for the Brazilian got rejected by Sporting in July but interest in the 23-year-old midfielder has apparently been re-ignited.
AS Monaco are also pushing to sign the midfielder who played in 28 games for Sporting in the 2019/20 Liga NOS, scoring three goals and making two assists.
Michael Jones22 September 2020 11:56
UNITED IN TALKS OVER DEMBELE
Manchester United have reportedly struck up talks with Barcelona over a move for Ousmane Dembele.
United have enquired about a season-long loan deal but the LaLiga giants would prefer a permenant sale of €100million according to Record Sport.
With the Jadon Sancho move as far away as ever Man Utd have begun to look elsewhere for an attacking option and their focus is now on Barca’s Dembele.
The report goes on to state that senior Old Trafford officials, including executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward, have already spoken to Barcelona about the ‘viability’ of a move.
The winger has struggled to maintain a regular place in Barcelona’s first team since arriving from Borussia Dortmund for €105 million in the summer of 2017 and he has been plagued with injuries during his time at the Camp Nou.
The 23-year-old made just nine appearances for the Spanish giants last season after a serious hamstring injury ruled him out for six months.
Which explains why United want a loan deal and Barca prefer to sell, if Dembele comes to Old Trafford there’s a risk he’ll break down before the end of the season.
Michael Jones22 September 2020 11:50
WOODWARD NEEDS TO WIN EUROMILLIONS TO GET SANCHO
German football expert Raphael Honigstein insists Dortmund do not believe Manchester United vice-executive chairman Ed Woodward will return with a package meeting their demands for Jadon Sancho.
Sancho has been United’s No. 1 target during the window but enthusiasm over the move has died down in Germany with Borussia Dortmund repeatedly saying Sancho is staying put.
Honigstein echoed those statements telling The Athletic’s Ornstein and Chapman podcast:
Michael Jones22 September 2020 11:15
‘UTD NEED A STRIKER AND A CENTRE-BACK’
The more we talk about Manchester United the clearer is becomes where they need to strengthn. The latest thoughts come from former Liverpool man Jason McAteer who talked to FreeSuperTips about United’s weaknesses and believes both in central defence and up front they need further strengthening. He said:
Michael Jones22 September 2020 10:48
EVERTON SCARE OFF INTEREST IN CALVERT-LEWIN
The Sun are reporting that Manchester United had Dominic Calvert-Lewin as a possible transfer target for this summer but were blown away by Everton’s valuation of the striker.
Everton slapped an £80 million price tag on Calvert-Lewin.
And that was before the 23-year-old’s hat-trick against West Brom in Saturday’s 5-2 win for Everton.
SunSport revealed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer targeted Calvert-Lewin in this summer’s window but the valuations is too high and the club have ended their interest.
Michael Jones22 September 2020 10:38
DALOT FOR TELLES?
More details, or rumours, are emerging about Manchester United’s pursuit of Porto’s Alex Telles.
The left-back is rumoured to cost somewhere between £18-23 million and United are trying to lower the cash amount by offering Diogo Dalot in a player plus cash deal.
But Porto have confirmed they will only accept an offer from Old Trafford officials if their £23m asking price is met in full.
Michael Jones22 September 2020 10:23
NO FANS FOR FORESEEABLE FUTURE
Premier League fans will NOT return to stadiums on October 1 following a huge Covid-19 surge, Michael Gove has announced.
The Government revealed in August that they hoped to bring back live crowds at a limited capacity by the start of next month.
But the plans were placed under review this month after a rise in coronavirus cases.
The UK’s Covid-19 alert level has now moved to 4, meaning transmission is “high or rising exponentially”.
It blocks the Premier League’s hopes of having fans return to stadiums.
New measures will be set out by Prime Minister Boris Johnson later today.
Michael Jones22 September 2020 09:48
LINGARD TO REPLACE DELE?
Dele Alli has fallen out of favour at Tottenham Hotspur, according to talkSPORT, after he wasn’t featured in Jose Mourinho’s last matchday squad.
With Dele linked with a move away from the London club, Jesse Lingard is being tipped as a possible replacement for the midfielder.
A swap deal has been mooted, but United will likely listen to offers for Lingard.
Michael Jones22 September 2020 09:44
‘SANCHO STAYING’ SAYS KEHL
Borussia Dortmund sport director, Sebastian Kehl, expects Jadon Sancho to remain at the club this season despite the rumoured interest from Manchester United.
United have refused to meet the £108 million asking price for Sancho but the winger remains the club’s priority signing.
Michael Jones22 September 2020 09:37