Footy Extras

Man Utd set their sights on 17-year-old AFC Wimbledon prospect

Manchester United are keen on AFC Wimbledon goalkeeper Matthew Cox, according to The Telegraph.

Matthew, who is 17 years old, is being tipped for a big future by his club and has already made their bench on a number of occasions.

Mark Robinson’s team could face a battle to keep hold of the player down the line with United already being linked with a move for him.

He joined Chelsea’s academy at the age of eight and spent six years with them before switching to Wimbledon at U15 level.

The Englishman has since progressed up through the Dons’ ranks and has also represented his country at the Under-17 level in the past.

Cox penned his first professional contract in May last year meaning the League One side are not under any risk of losing him for free this summer.

However, it’d be hard to stand in their way if the Red Devils came calling. United are no strangers to delving into the lower divisions to snap up talent.

They signed stopper Nathan Bishop from Southend United a couple of years ago and may see Matthew as someone to be their number at youth levels.

West Ham advised to sign Man Utd loan star on permanent basis

Former Premier League forward Darren Bent has urged West Ham to sign Manchester United’s Jesse Lingard for a ‘bargain’ sum of £30m in the summer.

The 28-year-old star joined the Hammers from the Red Devils on loan in January and has been an absolute revelation for his current team.

In nine Premier League appearances since moving to East London, Jesse has netted eight goals and assisted another three to become one of the division’s most in-form players.

David Moyes has been credited in getting the star his confidence back, and per The Athletic, it is highly likely he’ll be sold in the summer.

For that reason, Darren urged the club to sign him outright. On talkSPORT Breakfast, the ex-England international said:

“I don’t think £30m is that much because you’re now seeing teams buying players from the Championship for that much.

“With him [Lingard] you’re talking about a proven international who’s won big trophies at a big club. I think at that price he’s a bargain.”

Elsewhere, Real Madrid are allegedly planning to offload a host of first-team players, including Manchester United target Raphael Varane, this summer.

His contract at the Bernabeu is due to expire in 2022, and a recent report claimed that the Old Trafford outfit are in advanced discussions to sign the centre-back.

Man Utd can sign former AC Milan ace in bargain deal worth £26m

Manchester United have reportedly been handed a big boost in their pursuit of Andre Silva with the news that the Eintracht Frankfurt forward has a cut-price release clause in his deal.

He has been in remarkable form for the Bundesliga outfit, scoring 24 goals in all competitions for Adi Hutter’s team this season.

That form has attracted the attentions of multiple of Europe’s top clubs, with United one of the sides eyeing a move for the 25-year-old.

With centre-forward Edinson Cavani edging closer to a departure from United after just one season at Old Trafford, the Red Devils are set to make a new number nine one of their summer priorities.

Behind Cavani, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s forward variants are limited, with his potential departure seriously harming their chances of being able to challenge for the PL title.

United are also chasing Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Haaland but will need to explore secondary options in case they can’t complete a move for the Norwegian ace.

With Andre impressing in the German top-flight, he has in fact netted more goals than the high-rated Erling, he makes a prime candidate for a transfer to United.

And they have been handed a big boost in their pursuit of the Portugal star, with reports that he has a relatively small buy-out clause in his contract.

Silva signed a three-year contract with Frankfurt last summer and Sport1 state that the contract contains a £26 million exit clause.

Man Utd begin transfer negotiations for £36.5m PL rivals star

Manchester United have allegedly made contact with fellow Premier League club Leicester City about signing Wesley Fofana.

The 20-year-old French defender has been a revelation for the Foxes this term after signing from the Ligue 1 outfit Saint Etienne for £36.5m last September.

And Wesley’s partnership with Jonny Evans has helped Brendan Rodgers’ men remain in contention for a UEFA Champions League spot.

According to a recent report from French source Foot Mercato, his form has not gone unnoticed by Red Devils boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who would like to partner with the England international Harry Maguire with the highly-rated France U21 star.

The report says that Solskjaer is not convinced that Victor Lindelof and Eric Bailly have the qualities to compliment Harry at the back.

United are understood to have made initial contact with the Foxes ace, but the next step could be complicated.

The King Power Stadium outfit are believed to want a similar fee to the £80 million United paid for Maguire in the summer transfer window of 2019.

That kind of figure might be out of reach for the money counters at the Theatre of Dreams due to the current financial climate because of coronavirus.

In-demand Italian forward emerges as Man Utd summer target

Manchester United and Arsenal reportedly face a transfer fight with Tottenham Hotspur if they want to sign Andrea Belotti.

The 27-year-old Torino forward is wanted by a number of elite clubs around Europe.

But Premier League clubs are leading the chase with the Red Devils, the Gunners and Spurs at the front of the queue.

TuttoSport in Italy state that the Prem trio are keeping tabs on Belotti ahead of a possible summer deal.

Reports earlier in April also claimed West Ham and Everton were keen on the striker, who has scored 12 times this season.

And Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea side could also look to sign the Torino skipper as a slightly cheaper alternative to Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Haaland.

Haaland is understood to have an exit clause which can be activated at the end of next campaign and although it was initially said to be set at £65m it could be closer to £100m.

Belotti has an £85m release clause that only applies to foreign sides, although the player could be available for far less.

His good relationship with the club’s board means it is unlikely any outfits would have to activate the clause.

The striker’s deal expires in 2022 and Torino are understood to be preparing to offer him significantly improved terms to ensure he renews his contract for two years with the option of a third.

MLS emerges as potential destination for Man Utd stopper

Argentine journalist Cesar Luis Merlo provides updates on the situation of Manchester United shot-stopper Sergio Romero.

There is a big debate in Argentina currently underway as the star is being linked to both Boca Juniors and Racing Club, as his deal with the club expires at the end of the term, meaning he can sign for either for nothing very soon.

The main information is about Sergio’s preference should he decide to return to his homeland, and according to Cesar’s sources, that would be his old club Racing Club.

However, the teams still need to sort the future of their shot-stoppers before going after a replacement.

With that in mind, while the aforementioned clubs contact his entourage, neither carried on with negotiations.

The most decisive factor, however, is that the Red Devils man’s wife doesn’t want to return to South America, which is why he will keep evaluating offers he has from other countries.

Cesar Luis Merlo states that for now, the only proposal Sergio has is from the Major League Soccer (MLS).

This transfer is seen as a good option because of the financial conditions on the proposal added to the prospect of living in the United States.

However, nothing concrete at this moment, as there are still a few months left before Romero becomes an actual free agent.

Man Utd keen on securing signature of unhappy Juventus star

The Italian press and media are convinced that a few transfer markets ago, Paulo Dybala almost made the transfer to Manchester United.

A deal was said to have been agreed between the Premier League club and Juventus, with things breaking down when disagreements were thrown up over image rights.

Since then, whenever the attacker’s future is in question, links to the Old Trafford outfit will arise. That is again the case for Tuttosport, with the Turin outlet stating Manchester United ‘warm up’ for the Argentine’s signing.

They are not the only club in the picture, with Manchester City, along with Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain, also name-checked.

Like a couple of the others, the Red Devils aim for a summer deal, at a time when Paulo will only have a year left on his deal with Juventus.

With difficulties about finding a renewal, there is a possibility Bianconeri will be forced into selling for less than they’d have otherwise wanted.

There’s again a problem with Manchester United, as it’s reported Ole Gunnar Solskjaer would not build a team around the 27-year-old, but he would instead be just another player.

A possible swap deal with Paul Pogba is again mentioned, however, the France international is surely worth more than Dybala.

Man Utd renew pursuit of 26-year-old Serie A midfielder

According to Italian outlet Gazzetta Dello Sport, Manchester United are still keen on Serbian international Sergej Milinkovic-Savic.

They were linked with the 26-year-old star heading into last summer’s transfer market. A year on, the Lazio midfielder still continues to capture the club’s fancy.

Seen as a direct replacement for Paul Pogba, the Red Devils’ interest in him is understandable considering the Frenchman’s situation.

His resurgence in form had seen rumours linking the Old Trafford outfit to Milinkovic-Savic go on the down-low.

United do have other positions to bolster but may be forced to look at the midfielder if Paul does leave.

They are however not the only club in the fray for the 26-year-old. Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid are also keeping tabs on the star and could prove to be a hurdle in their efforts to sign him.

Milinkovic-Savic’s deal at Lazio runs until 2024 and the board are in no rush to sell him. Sergej himself recently revealed that his current focus is on staying put at I Biancocelesti.

For now, the interest in the player appears to be far from conclusive. Whether it will change developing on what Paul decides to do remains to be seen.

With seven goals and 10 assists in 35 matches this season, the 26-year-old is surely worth the hype. He has also won 21 caps for Serbia netting three goals.