Manchester United are already in full flow as regards player transfers despite the situation caused by Coronavirus. Football activities have been called off temporarily because of the dreaded virus but that has not stopped the Red Devils from making plans for incomings and outgoings.
Recent reports from the tabloids in the United Kingdom suggest that Manchester United have made a breakthrough in their pursuit of Borussia Dortmund star Jadon Sancho after agreeing on personal terms with the teenager. The Red Devils are in pursuit of the England international as well as a quality midfielder especially if key player Paul Pogba leaves at the end of this season.
Pogba is far from committing his future to the Manchester United cause with the French midfielder said to have made up his mind about leaving Old Trafford. He has two years to go on his present Red Devils contract.
He has hardly featured for Manchester United in the current campaign and that is due to the ankle injury that kept him out of actions for several months. Paul Pogba was restricted to eight games only until the season was suspended at the start of last month.
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With his future in doubt, Manchester United are on the trail of several midfielders to replace Pogba if their Academy graduate leaves the club for the second time. Here are the midfield targets for the Red Devils as they eye a potential cum quality replacement for Pogba:
1. Jack Grealish – The Aston Villa skipper is the prime candidate to replace Paul Pogba at Manchester United. He is rated at £70m and his signing would represent something like a profit for the Red Devils who would bank at least £100m from the sale of Pogba.
2. James Maddison – England international Maddison has been a key player for Leicester City this season and he could make the step up to Manchester United effortlessly due to his quality.
3. Boubakary Soumare – He was strongly linked with Manchester United in January and the club is expected to rekindle their interest in the Lille midfielder if Paul Pogba leaves this summer.
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Man United have been linked with the signature of Bournemouth stars David Brook and Josh King but there is yet to be any development on their interest with few days left to the end of the summer transfer window.
It has been a very long summer transfer window for the Red Devils for failing to secure the services of most of their targets. Ajax star Donny van de Beek is the only major signing made by Man United this summer window despite being linked with a long list of names.
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However, the Manchester Evening News report that it is unlikely for the Red Devils to sign Josh King and David Brooks especially now that they are desperate to conclude a deal before the summer transfer window.
David Brooks scored seven goals in 33 appearances for the Cherries in the first season but spent was out to injury in most part of the last campaign. That might have limited the number of his suitors and might have convinced the Red Devils not to make a move for him.
The need for manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at the moment is a winger and a defender as that has been very difficult to come by especially with the rejection of their bid for Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho.
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English Premier League outfit Man United with few days to the end of the summer transfer window strives to find an alternative to Jadon Sancho as they have failed to reach an agreement with Borussia Dortmund.
Of the several options available, the Red Devils have made an inquiry about the availability of Senegalese star Ismaila Sarr, according to The Telegraph as the player is heavily linked with a move away from Watford this summer transfer window.
The Telegraph has, therefore, claimed that the Red Devils’ attempt was to secure the service of the winger on loan as they hope to land Jadon Sancho in the future.
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However, Man United have been told that the option of a loan deal for Ismaila Sarr will not be accepted as they are only open to part ways with him on a permanent basis for £45 million.
Watford are now relegated from the Premier League but the quality of Ismaila Sarr was never hidden as he gave a good performance in the league to have attracted interest from the Red Devils.
According to Transfermarket, Ismaila Sarr started 23 games for the Hornets and directly contributed to 12 goals (6 goals and 6 assists).
Two reasons why N’Golo Kante would have considered United move
The Red Devils can boast of Donny van de Beek, Bruno Fernandes, and Paul Pogba in their midfield and now have a need for a strong defensive midfielder that will help the flair players moving forward, this is the reason why they are being linked with the signature of Chelsea star N’Golo Kante.
N’Golo Kante is already out of favour at Chelsea and has been linked with a move away and Man United are reported to be considering the option.
A report claims the former Leicester City defensive midfielder would have considered a move to the Old Trafford for two reasons but there seems not to be a concrete offer from the Red Devils.
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It is reported that a move to Man United would have been possible and easy for the World Cup winner because of his desire to remain in the Premier League.
The second reason for why he would have loved a move to United is the fact that he will be happy to link up with his friend Paul Pogba, according to The Athletic’s David Ornstein.
However, it is unlikely that N’Golo Kante will be leaving the Stamford Bridge as Man United did not make any formal move to snap up his signature while manager Frank Lampard is still interested in having him around.
Who should Arsenal sign? Houssem Aouar or Thomas Partey
Arsenal have been heavily linked with the signature of two midfielders in this summer transfer window with the hope that they will conclude at least one of the deals before October 5.
Although it has been difficult for the Gunners as Houssem Aouar and Thomas Partey both have high price tags on their head by French Ligue 1 Lyon and Spanish La Liga outfit Atletico Madrid and it has been difficult for Arsenal to meet.
Atletico Madrid are requesting the sum of £45 million as the release clause for the Ghanaian international while Lyon have also insisted on £50 million for Houssem Aouar and earlier bids have been rejected but the Gunners are believed to be preparing an improved bid for the Ligue 1 player.
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Arsenal legend Nigel Winterburn in his opinion claims that it is a positive thing for Arsenal to be linked with players like Houssem Aouar and Thomas Partey but noted that they must sell some of the existing midfielders in the team to create space.
He, therefore, prefers the signing of Thomas Partey ahead of Houssem Aouar, noting that the Atletico Madrid midfielder is quick, solid, and powerful without the ball as much as on it.
He added that the ability of Partey to take the ball in tight situations and go past the opposing midfield players will open space in and around the opponent’s defence for goals to be scored.
EPL: Manchester United In Talks To Sign Dembele On Loan
Three-time European champions Manchester United are reportedly in talks to sign Barcelona player Ousmane Dembele on loan for the season.
This is according to the report via popular British media outlet Sky Sports.
The Red Devils have turned their attentions to French international Dembele after they failed to convince Borussia Dortmund to sell their prized asset, Jadon Sancho.
The 20-year-old Borussia Dortmund player was the top target for Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer who wants to add a right-wing specialist to his squad.
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Manchester United had to change direction after Borussia Dortmund placed a €120m transfer fee on their player.
The Red Devils were willing to offer €90m for the player who has been on their radar for the better part of the last two years.
Barcelona attacker Ousmane Dembele is the alternative for Jadon Sancho if they can sign him on loan.
Dembele has a poor injury record and that has been the biggest problem during his time at the Nou Camp.
The Frenchman is fit after several months out injured earlier this year.
His arrival at Old Trafford could lead to the exit of right wing specialist Daniel James.
The Welsh international has been linked with both Leeds and Aston Villa.
Luka Jovic Wants Man United Move
Real Madrid striker Luka Jovic has told Premier League giants Manchester United that he wants to join them before the transfer window ends in the coming days.
According to the Daily Star, the player’s agent has encouraged the Red Devils to firm up their interest in the Serbian international.
Manchester United have been strongly linked with two strikers in the past few days and Luka Jovic is one of those two players.
Free agent Edinson Cavani is the other striker linked with the Red Devils after the end of his contract at French club Paris Saint Germain (PSG).
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Luka Jovic is a reported loan target for Manchester United who are hoping to capitalise on his bad first season at Real Madrid.
The Serbian striker was one of the most sought after players in European football last summer and that culminated in a €60m (£55m) transfer to Real Madrid.
Jovic left German Bundesliga side Eintracht Frankfurt for Madrid but he has not been able to show the form that made him one of the hottest strikers in Europe during his stay at the Estadio Santiago Bernebeu.
He scored two goals in 27 appearances in all competitions for Real Madrid last season as he was also disturbed by several injury issues.
Chelsea Midfielder Joins Aston Villa On Loan
Chelsea midfielder Ross Barkley has joined fellow Premier League side Aston Villa on loan for the remainder of this season.
His loan deal to the former European champions was confirmed by the Blues on Wednesday morning.
Ross Barkley has decided to move away from Chelsea after the array of talents signed by the club left him on the fringes.
The 26-year-old would now be hoping to make his mark on an Aston Villa side that has started the season in sparkling form.
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Aston Villa have won two from two league games and are currently in the top four despite playing a game lesser than 16 other teams.
Ross Barkley could make his debut for Aston Villa in the upcoming league game at home to champions Liverpool.
The Carabao Cup fourth round clash at home to Stoke City on Thursday night might come too soon for him.
He scored 11 goals in 86 appearances for Chelsea with the last of his goals coming last week during the Carabao Cup fourth round win over second tier team Barnsley.
Ross Barkley joined Chelsea from Everton in January 2018 in a £15m deal and has struggled to consistently hold a permanent spot in the first team.
He played under three managers namely Antonio Conte, Maurizio Sarri and Frank Lampard.
Arsenal Reach Agreement With Lyon As Houssem Aouar Arrives In London For Medicals
According to sources close to Arsenal Central, the Gunners have reached an agreement with Lyon over their player, Houssem Aouar.
It was also revealed that the player is in London for his medicals.
The latest news would be a welcomed development for Arsenal who have seen several bids turned down by Lyon for Houssem Aouar.
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has targeted the French junior international as his major target in the transfer window having been aware of his quality during his days as the Manchester City assistant manager.
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Arteta was in the dugout in place of the suspended Pep Guardiola when Houssem Aouar and Lyon outclassed Manchester City in a Champions League clash that ended in a 2-1 win for the French team.
Lyon initially placed a €60m price tag on Aouar on the back of his impressive outings in last season’s Champions League but they have been forced to lower their valuation due to the lack of genuine interest in him.
Only the Gunners have followed up their interest with bids for the 22-year-old playmaker.
Others like Juventus, Manchester City and Real Madrid were also interested in him.
Arteta’s team has struggled for creativity in the middle of the park this season and Houssem Aouar could be the man to fix this problem.