May 26, 2019
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Manchester United Turn To £60m Portuguese After Koulibaly Disappointment

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Manchester United Turn To £60m Portuguese After Koulibaly Disappointment

Manchester United are in the market for a centre-back and they will not stop until they get their hands on a top player.

Recently, their bid for Napoli ace, Kalidou Koulibaly got rejected as the Serie A outfit putting up a price tag of £150m for the 27-year-old. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been discouraged from going after the Senegal international but he seems to have shifted his attention towards Ruben Dias.

The Benfica defender is one of the hottest transfer targets in Europe and will be close to £90m cheaper than Koulibaly. Dias is also only 22 years old with the potential to break out into a star in the Premier League.

Reports value him at around £60m after the Portuguese outfit rejected Lyon’s £30m bid last summer. Solskjaer is determined to improve the defensive ranks after the woeful final stretch of the 2018/19 campaign which drew in talks of his own sacking.

The Norwegian boss can expect to have around £250m at his disposal this summer but he is unwilling to spend more than on half of it on a single player. United have also been linked with Swansea City speedster, Daniel James, Ajax’s Matthijs de Ligt, Crystal Palace fullback, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Leicester City’s Harry Maguire and Youri Tielemans.

See Also: Best Manchester United defenders ever (best left, centre & right backs)

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Manchester United Initiate Transfer Talks With In-Demand La Liga Superstar

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Manchester United Initiate Transfer Talks With In-Demand La Liga Superstar

Antoine Griezmann could surprisingly end up at Manchester United after reports revealed that Barcelona were hesitant towards signing the Atletico Madrid forward.

Bringing him into the Camp Nou would almost immediately call for Philippe Coutinho’s exit and the Blaugrana are unsure about executing that this summer. Griezmann only announced his plans to leave Atletico last weekend and is now simply waiting for an offer from the La Liga champions.

Instead, he has been met with an offer from the Red Devils who have reportedly contacted him to discuss personal terms. United have been after the World Cup winner for quite some time now, registering their interests in him since they were managed by Jose Mourinho.

The lack of Champions League football obviously places them at a severe disadvantage but the bosses at Old Trafford are hoping to convince Griezmann with mammoth wages.

If Barcelona refuse to make the 28-year-old an offer by end of the summer transfer window, United could easily swoop him up since they are only other serious suitors. Griezmann has very publicly stated his wish to leave the Wanda Metropolitana after yet another season of not winning any trophies.

His release clause is worth €120m which would break Paul Pogba’s record of being the most expensive player in Manchester United’s history but at Barcelona, Griezmann will only be the third-most expensive transfer, behind Coutinho and Ousmane Dembele.

See Also: Manchester United FC transfer players in and out 2019: new players bought/signed!

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Manchester United make bid for Lyon striker

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According to reports in France, Manchester United are interested in signing Lyon striker Moussa Dembele and have also tabled a bid of £35 million for the 22-year old.

Dembele joined Lyon from Celtic last summer on a transfer fee of £19.7 million. Dembele has had a fine first season at the Lyon. In 45 appearances across all competitions, the Frenchman has scored 20 goals and has provided 5  assists.

Manchester United had a disappointing season where their only achievements were beating Juventus and PSG at their own backyards. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is eager to bolster the club’s squad in the upcoming transfer market. The Red Devils have some really good forwards but they need some more reinforcements especially now that Romelu Lukaku is linked to  a move away from the club.

Manchester United legend Eric Cantona is reportedly an admirer of Moussa Dembele and has urged his former club to sign him.

Manchester United have made a bid of £35 million and even though it will be one of the highest amounts Lyon will be pocketing due to a transfer, the club won’t be eager to let go of one of their key players and if they do, they may not be willing to agree on £35 million.

Given how Dembele has done for Lyon, he could be a useful addition to Manchester United’s squad next season.

Also Read: Which players Ole Solskjaer will first sign to improve Manchester United 

 

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Manchester United Make Huge Offer To Ajax Defensive Rock

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Manchester United Make Huge Offer To Ajax Defensive Rock
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Manchester United have put up a lucrative contract to Matthijs de Ligt in a bid to lure the player to the club.

Barcelona looked to have secured the service of the Dutch defender as the player reportedly gave his nod to the move. A deal in the range of £62m was supposed to take place as the 19 year old was expected to join his teammate Frenkie de Jong at the Nou Camp.

But in a last ditch attempt, United have reportedly made a £12 m offer to the player to scupper Barcelona’s chances of making the deal happen. De Ligt’s brilliant performance throughout this season forced United to enter the competition and the Red Devils are ready to splash the big bucks for him.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has targeted young players rather than experienced names and the young defender suits the profile perfectly. Neither Phil Jones nor Chris Smalling managed to provide assurance except Victor Lindelof who stood in the United backline like a one man army.

The need for a solid partner for Lindelof has been felt and United are ready to flex their financial muscles in the summer as they are eyeing a team rebuilding process.

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Dybala’s take on Manchester United move

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Paulo Dybala is set to be hot property on the European market this summer.

His brother had reportedly told Sky Sports Italia a few days back that Dybala was tired of the role he was playing at Turin and wanted to secure a move away, making Manchester United the biggest contenders to bring him in. However, the player sang a different tone and this is what he had to say.

“My brother’s statements? He spoke for himself, I talked to the club and Fabio Paratici and they know what I think. I want to stay at Juventus again next year, I want to continue playing here. It is obvious that Juventus must make their choices, also based on the new manager that will arrive. However, I want to stay here.
“The new coach? Not even the club knows yet, we hope that it will be a strong one so we can win everything. Allegri? We all thanked him for what he did. He was the only coach I had here and I wish him the best.
“Playing with Ronaldo? It is a wonderful experience, I have the pleasure of playing with the two most important phenomenons in football history (Ronaldo at Juventus and Messi in Argentina) Sometimes it is hard to find the words to explain it,” he concluded.

 

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Which Players Ole Solskjaer Will First Sign To Improve Manchester United

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Which Players Ole Solskjaer Will First Sign To Improve Manchester United

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be looking to improve the Manchester United attacking lineup, according to club legend, Andy Cole.

“We don’t score enough goals,” Cole told The Independent. “Manchester United was always built on playing entertaining, galvanising football.

“The centre forwards score goals, the wide men score goals – and you do miss that. You do miss that because that’s what you’re supposed to do. You’ve got to score goals when you’re are Man United.

“So, no doubt Ole will look at that in the summer and say, ‘Right, where can I get more goals from? Where am I looking to strengthen in the summer?’ and just go from there.”

Despite United’s alarming dip in form towards the end of this season, Cole has backed Solskjaer to succeed in the Old Trafford chair.

“Ole is Ole,” Cole said. “For what I know of Ole, Ole has not changed. He looks like he is the same person. I saw him when he first took over as caretaker manager. I spoke to him and Ole spoke to me like Ole. It’s as simple as that.

“He didn’t speak to me like he was the manager of Manchester United. No, we spoke like we were team-mates. That’s what I like because sometimes people get jobs and they believe ‘I am on higher platform to you now’ or whatever. But, no, because we’re all equal.

“But to stand there and to speak to Ole, it was fantastic to look at him and say ‘wow, now your manager of Manchester United and fair play to you – you’ve done so well taking the job’.

“Yeah, towards the back end of the season it tapered off a little bit, but he’s got a big summer ahead of him and a new campaign he can look forward to.”

See Also: Manchester United Transfer Targets list Summer 2019

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Gary Neville Insists Manchester United Should Retain The Homegrown Core

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Gary Neville Insists Manchester United Should Retain The Homegrown Core

The base of Manchester United’s talent pool should be homegrown, according to Gary Neville.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer made some good use of United’s academy products as the likes of Tahith Chong, Angel Gomes and Mason Greenwood got involved pretty heavily in the recently concluded season.

Jose Mourinho promoted Scott McTominay to the first team and Solskjaer reaped the dividend as the youngster went on to play a pivotal role in United’s late resurgence under the Norwegian manager.

The Red Devils academy is known for nurturing and polishing talents and Neville has advised his former colleague to retain the core of the side. “It’s critical for United that we continue to do this

“One of the great things over the last few years, which have been difficult years at the club, is you still see a lot of homegrown representation out on the pitch.

”When I was in Paris [for the Champions League win over PSG], you think about Mason Greenwood, Scott McTominay and Andreas Pereira – players like that. Paul Pogba and Jesse Lingard obviously weren’t playing that day but Marcus Rashford did. All these players have played this season and it is brilliant to see, particularly with the results that have been happening.

“Credit still goes to Jose Mourinho and Louis van Gaal as well, as they gave some of these players opportunities. Even in difficult times, the club continues to try to give opportunities to young players and promote players from the Academy. That isn’t always the case at other clubs.”

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Manchester United Dealt A Major Blow In Pursuit Of Portuguese Wonderkid

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Manchester United Dealt A Major Blow In Pursuit Of Portuguese Wonderkid

Benfica have made it clear they won’t let Joao Felix leave the club if any club refuses to meet his release clause.

The forward has had a sensational season for the Portuguese club and his form hasn’t gone unnoticed as a number of clubs including Manchester United and Manchester City are believed to be interested in the player.

Any interested party needs to splash a whopping £105m to acquire his service but United are not ready to meet the price slapped on the player. The Red Devils are expected to undergo a squad overhaul in the summer and Felix could be one of the many arrivals.

Benfica executive manager Domingos Soares de Oliveira said, “The goal is to keep the squad. If someone hits 100 million for Felix, the intention is not to sell.

“100 million is a lot of money, there has never been a player sold for that amount in Portugal, but the goal is to win on the pitch and we will do everything in that direction. Today, if they do not beat the 120 million, the player stays.”

“I think the president still has the intention of reviewing, but on the other side there is the player, the entrepreneur, the family. What we have is to anticipate, looking at the potential of the player, as long as we can persuade the other party.

“There are talks and rumours, it is true that the biggest European clubs have expectations, but no proposal has come to us.”

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What players do Manchester United need?

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What players do Manchester United need?
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The motto of the club of Manchester United under Sir Alex Ferguson was to buy hard-working team players who would not lie down beaten on the pitch no matter the scoreline or the difference in technical quality.

This is what made his team special. And slowly, with dedication and hard work, these toiling players became superstars for there is no goal determination and effort cannot achieve.

The Gary Nevilles and the Roy Keanes are the prime examples of that. Sure they did get star players in the Eric Cantonas and the David Beckhams but the crust of the team was that superstar or not, you have to work and run harder than your opposition.

Taking a look at the current Manchester United squad, except maybe for Marcus Rashford and a handful of players, the team looks disjointed. The Pogbas and Sanchezes clearly want to dominate the club and that is not how United functions.

So who can possibly make this team better? Well if we look at it domestically, small club players like Daniel James and Ryan Fraser are good options while committed young players like Jonathan Tah would be a good addition to the club as well.

The midfield as unpopular as it may sound, can do better without the individuality of Paul Pogba.

SEE MORE: Manchester United Players Wages 2019 (Salaries Per Week List)

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Former Manchester United Forward Wants To Try His Hand In Management

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Former Manchester United Forward Wants To Try His Hand In Management

Wayne Rooney has expressed his desire to venture into management once he hangs up his boots.

The 33 year old had a decorated career with Manchester United where he laid his hands on all possible major trophies during his 14 year stay at the club. He went on to rejoin his boyhood club Everton but it was short lived as he found himself down in the pecking order.

He decided to try his hand on the US soil as he moved to MLS side DC United and has been a revelation since his arrival. The former English international is still going strong but on being asked about his future ambition he replied, “Management. My whole life I have been involved in football.

“It is something which I love and it is what I know so it would be a shame not to go into management and try it out, and hopefully be successful.

“I have seen so many players that I have played with have so much knowledge of the game and it is a shame not to see them give it a go and see what happens.

So that is what I want to do. I am working on doing my [coaching] badges. Hopefully when I finish playing I will get a chance somewhere and take it.”

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