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Man United set to agree deal with Portuguese ace

Manchester United are preparing to open contract talks with manager Jose Mourinho, according to reports.

Mourinho succeeded Louis van Gaal after the Dutchman was sacked in May 2016 and the Portuguese coach led the Red Devils to League Cup and Europa League glory in his first campaign.

The 54-year-old has a contract until the summer of 2019 and, according to the Daily Telegraph, United want discussions to begin in November over the possibility of extending his deal.

United are understood to be reluctant to wait until May to renew Mourinho’s contract as that gives them a much shorter time frame to do a deal and less chance of convincing him to stay longer.

On speculation over a new deal, Mourinho recently told the Times: “I don’t think about it.

“I don’t need a new contract to work to my limits. I don’t have a problem to arrive at the end of my contract and be free to decide what I want to do and the club free to decide what they want to do.

“In the past I always wanted to coach in different places. When I came to Chelsea in 2004 I never thought to stay for 20 years. Never. When I went to Italy I always had in mind I had to go to Spain.

“If in this moment now you ask me can I go to France or to Germany, I say, ‘Why not? Why not?’ But I’m in a different moment in my career now. I always had Spain and Italy [as places where he hoped to manage], but England is my passion and at this moment I can say I would like to stay many years.”

World-Class No.11 Reveals Why He Snubbed Summer Move to Man Utd

Gareth Bale has one word for those questioning why he didn’t leave Real Madrid for Manchester United in the summer: Trophies.

The £90m-rated Welsh star has seen his place at the Santiago Bernabeu come under increasing threat over the last few months, with both Isco and Marco Asensio vying for his place in the European champions attack.

Bale’s season has made something of a slow start, and he came in for criticism after Los Blancos’ weekend draw with Levante.

But the 28-year-old is a key part of a Madrid side looking to make it three Champions League triumphs in a row, beginning their quest against Anderlecht on Wednesday night.

The Welsh international could have been wearing red at club level and kicking off his European campaign on Tuesday against Basel, with Jose Mourinho once more keen on taking Bale to United.

But Bale insists that, while Neymar left Barcelona to become the face of Paris Saint-Germain, he was never close to leaving Madrid to become the main star at Old Trafford

“Well there’s an argument for that,’ he told the Daily Mail, when asked whether he could have left Madrid’s Galacticos to become the No.1 man in Manchester.

“But I think the main thing, when you look back on your career, is that you look at your trophies. In the end that’s probably the most important thing.”

Bale. Modric. Trophies. Familiar

Bale isn’t the only Tottenham player eyeing a fourth European Cup since joining Real Madrid, with Luka Modric looking to once more rule Europe also.

And Bale has revealed that the Croatian playmaker was a major factor behind his own move from Spurs to Spain.

“We played very well together at Tottenham,” added Bale. Him being here was a reason why I came to Madrid. I knew what a good player he was.

“I think it helped me settle in a lot quicker. Having someone to help you is massive especially with such a big move abroad.”

The 28-year-old Spaniard Set to Agree £75,000-a-week Deal With Man Utd

According to reports carried out by the Daily Express, Manchester United are looking to tie down midfielder Ander Herrera to a brand new contract at the club.

Herrera has become a cult hero among the Manchester United faithful since his arrival to Old Trafford from Athletic Bilbao back in 2014 due to his committed performances and while the Red Devils have endured lean years over the past few seasons, the Spaniard has been a pillar of consistency for the club.

While Herrera remains a well appreciated figure at Old Trafford, the midfielder has struggled for first team football this season due to the arrival of Nemanja Matic over the summer and there were fears that he could consider leaving the club as a result – especially as his contract expires in 2018.

However, United boss Jose Mourinho is keen on keeping hold of Herrera, who is currently on a £75,000-a-week package. The Portuguese manager is said to have instructed the club to hand the ex-Real Zaragoza star a new contract.

Herrera may not be a certain starter at the moment but he is a quality player and the 28-year-old could go on to play a bigger role for the Red Devils as the season progresses.

Ed Woodward Working on Stunning £184m Double Swoop In the Summer

Man Utd chief Ed Woodward is reportedly hatching a plan to lure both Gareth Bale and Antoine Griezmann to Old Trafford next summer.

Both superstars were linked with a move to United this past summer, but neither eventually arrived with Romelu Lukaku emerging as their marquee signing this year to follow on from Paul Pogba 12 months ago.

According to the Manchester Evening News though, Man Utd’s commercial power has been on full display as nine of their players came in the top 30 most popular replica shirts sold since May 1 with Sports Direct, with Pogba and Lukaku holding number one and two.

Along with other data and figures, the report claims that this has given Woodward the justification needed to convince investors that these are sensible moves and shows that Man Utd can continue to attract the world’s biggest stars.

That’s where Bale and Griezmann come into it, as it’s suggested in the report that the pair will be back on United’s radar next summer, and they intend on flexing their commercial and financial muscle again with more marquee signings.

It’s certainly going to cost them as the Red Devils had reportedly agreed a £92m fee with Real Madrid for Bale this past summer, as reported by The Express, while the Metro note that Griezmann has a £92m release clause which can be exercised next summer, thus leaving it at a total of £184m in transfer fees.

Shirt sales don’t necessarily cater for transfer fees and the costs of bringing the players in, even though that seems to be a popular belief. However, this report seems to suggest that it’s the convincing of United’s owners and investors over the commercial viability of making these big-name signings that will see more game-changing signings be made next year.

Man Utd £200,000 A-Week Star Keen on to Make Switch to La Liga

DAVID DE GEA is still keen to return to Spain.

The Manchester United star has been heavily linked with a move to Real Madrid in recent months.

De Gea, 26, nearly joined the La Liga giants in 2015 but a late fax ended any hope of a deal.

The €47m-rated Spain international instead penned a bumper new contract at Old Trafford.

However, according to Spanish transfer outlet Don Balon, De Gea still has his heart set on a move to Real.

They say the former Atletico Madrid stopper is keen to return to his homeland next summer.

Don Balon add that Real feel they are in debt to De Gea after the goalkeeper’s failed move in 2015.

Real are still keen on De Gea but Don Balon also say the La Liga giants are keeping tabs on other stoppers.

AC Milan sensation Gianluigi Donnarumma, Athletic Bilbao ace Kepa Arrizabalaga and Atletico star Jan Oblak are also being watched.

Man Utd £48m Target Has Signed New Deal With Euro Giants Without Release Clause

Manchester United linked winger Ivan Perisic does not have a buy-out clause in his proposed new contract with Inter Milan.

The Croatian winger agreed personal terms to join Manchester United in the summer but the Premier League giants were left frustrated by Inter’s negotiating tactics.

The Nerazzurri knocked back multiple offers from Jose Mourinho’s men and eventually Manchester United bowed out of the race to sign Perisic after not agreeing to meet Inter’s hefty asking price.

Inter have been in talks with his representatives since last month over a new and improved contract for the Croatian and Perisic is expected to put pen to paper on fresh terms soon.

There were also suggestions that Inter could put in a release clause in his contract but according to Gazzetta dello Sport, the proposed new deal will not be having any such provisions.

The outlines of the contract have been agreed and Perisic is expected to sign a new five-year deal worth €4m to €5m per year soon with the Serie A giants.

Luciano Spalletti was desperate to hold on to the player and feels it is a big win that Inter managed to see off Manchester United’s interest in Perisic.

He has already scored a goal and provided three assists this season for the Nerazzurri.

It remains to be seen if Manchester United will try again for Perisic in January.

€79m-rated Arsenal target talks transfer: Striker open to Premier League switch

TIMO WERNER is desperate to play for a big club and is eyeing a move to the Premier League.

The RB Leipzig ace impressed for the Bundesliga side last time out, netting 21 goals in all competitions.

The €79m-rated striker has carried on where he left off, netting four goals in as many games this season.

Germany international Werner, who is under contract until 2020, is reportedly a target for Real Madrid next summer.

However, the 21-year-old is also open to interest from the Premier League, with the striker namedropping the top six.

“So far, I have progressed very well with Leipzig,” he told Sport Bild.

“That is why I do not think what is ahead in one, two or three years.

“Of course I want to play at a big club. But, we have not yet come to terms with the development at Leipzig. Perhaps RB will be a big club too – I’m quite sure.

“In Spain there are a maximum of three clubs with Barca, Real and Atletico Madrid.

“In England there are a few more: Arsenal, Chelsea, Tottenham, Liverpool, Manchester United and Manchester City.

“FC Bayern is also a big club, but for me it is not a topic that I am concerned with.”

Werner will be back in action for Leipzig tonight as the Bundesliga side face Monaco in the Champions League.

€79m-rated Chelsea target talks transfer: Striker open to Premier League switch

TIMO WERNER is desperate to play for a big club and is eyeing a move to the Premier League.

The RB Leipzig ace impressed for the Bundesliga side last time out, netting 21 goals in all competitions.

The €79m-rated striker has carried on where he left off, netting four goals in as many games this season.

Germany international Werner, who is under contract until 2020, is reportedly a target for Real Madrid next summer.

However, the 21-year-old is also open to interest from the Premier League, with the striker namedropping the top six.

“So far, I have progressed very well with Leipzig,” he told Sport Bild.

“That is why I do not think what is ahead in one, two or three years.

“Of course I want to play at a big club. But, we have not yet come to terms with the development at Leipzig. Perhaps RB will be a big club too – I’m quite sure.

“In Spain there are a maximum of three clubs with Barca, Real and Atletico Madrid.

“In England there are a few more: Arsenal, Chelsea, Tottenham, Liverpool, Manchester United and Manchester City.

“FC Bayern is also a big club, but for me it is not a topic that I am concerned with.”

Werner will be back in action for Leipzig tonight as the Bundesliga side face Monaco in the Champions League.

Mourinho confirms two Man United players to start against Everton

Jose Mourinho has hinted that Phil Jones and Eric Bailly could return to the Manchester United starting XI to face Everton on Sunday.

The centre-back pairing, who have started in every Premier League game this season, were both unavailable to play in last night’s Champions League fixture against FC Basel due to suspension, meaning that summer signing Victor Lindelof was given his first start for United.

Mourinho told reporters: “If you want to anticipate the next weekend I probably play Bailly and Jones because today they didn’t play, because they are fresh, because it makes sense for them to play again, but then two days after we have a League Cup match, so Victor and [Chris] Smalling again.”

The omission of Jones and Bailly from the matchday squad did little to help Basel, as the Swiss side fell to a 3-0 defeat at Old Trafford. Despite Paul Pogba being forced off early in the first half with a hamstring problem, substitute Marouane Fellaini put United ahead, before Romelu Lukaku and Marcus Rashford put the game to bed in the second half.

The weekend’s match will see Wayne Rooney face his former club for the first time since leaving Manchester in the summer on a free transfer to return to his boyhood club.

Man United still chasing Belgian ace valued at €35 million

Manchester United are still interested in pursuing Leander Dendoncker, according to Het Belang Van Limburg.

The Flemish newspaper claims that the Anderlecht star is still on the Red Devils’ radar.

Jose Mourinho is known to be a big admirer of the Diable Rouge, who has appeared regularly in Roberto Martinez’s Belgian side of late.

Things looked like going the Old Trafford side’s way this summer when Anderlecht president Herman van Holsbeek claimed that “if a club is willing to pay between €25m and €35m, we have a problem.”

“Against Man United [in the Europa League] he has shown twice that he has the potential to play at a top European club,” he continued.

“One thing that is certain is that we will no longer let Leander go once we reach the final days of the transfer window.We will do everything we can to get him to stay with us for another year.”

Dendoncker is also liked by Arsenal, PSG and Atletico Madrid, and netted five league goals for the Mauves last season.