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Man Utd to begin talks with No.3 centre-back for contract renewal

Manchester United are poised to open negotiations with the central defender Eric Bailly over a new deal, as they don’t want to lose the Ivorian for free when his contract expires next summer.

Following the big-money signing of Harry Maguire from Leicester City, at least one of the Red Devils’ current crop of centre-halfs is expected to depart the club in the near future, and Eric – who is out injured until January – has been claimed as the unlucky casualty.

However, according to The Sun, Manchester ​United remain committed to the Ivory Coast international, in spite of the lengthy injury struggles which have plagued the star’s time at Old Trafford.

As it stands, with 12 months left on his current contract, ​Bailly would be free to negotiate a transfer overseas when Eric returns from his knee injury in the winter, but the management are hoping to avoid that and plan to open talks over a fresh deal.

The Sun claim there’s a clause in Bailly’s £120,000 per week contract which allows manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to automatically extend his current deal, but United would prefer to tie the player down to a fresh one as an indication of their commitment to him.

A Red Devils source is quoted as saying: “The club want Eric to stay and are looking for talks about an extension. We don’t want to lose him on a free transfer next summer. It’s just down to both parties agreeing to everything.

“His injury record isn’t a major concern for us. We just think he has been unlucky with everyone over the last few years. Ole is a fan of the player and we’re going to convince him to stay, at least that is the plan at present.”

Should he remain at Manchester United, Bailly is expected to act as a backup to Harry Maguire and Victor

Man Utd centre-back closing in on move to Fenerbahce

Manchester United centre-back Marcos Rojo is reportedly on the brink of signing for Turkish side Fenerbahce.

The Argentine star joined Manchester United from the Liga NOS outfit Sporting CP in the summer of 2014 for a reported transfer sum of £16 million.

The 29-year-old star has since made 113 matches for the Red Devils, scoring two goals and picking up four assists.

Marcos has struggled to prove himself as a regular for the Premier League heavyweights owing to injuries. Last campaign, he made only 6 appearances in all competitions, starting in only three of them.

The South American centre-back was close to joining Everton but the deal fell through with the Times reporting that the Glazers did not want to sell him to a Premier League side which could challenge for the top 6.

However, Marcos could still depart Old Trafford before the transfer market closes as Fenerbahce are close to landing him on a loan deal according to the Turkish TV show A Spor.

Provided the Super Lig outfit do sign the 29-year-old Rojo, he will be their 10th summer acquisition.

Fenerbahce who finished 6th in the Turkish top-flight last campaign will be eager to do better this time around and have started well with a 5-0 victory over Gazisehir Gaziantep.

With the likes of Victor Lindelof and Harry Maguire in central defence, it seems very unlikely that Marcos will find much playing time this campaign.

Hence, a move to Istanbul could do him well and can also help the star return to the Argentina national team.

The defender is yet to feature for La Albiceleste since the previous summer’s World Cup in Russia where he netted the winner against Nigeria that took his country to the knockout stages.

34-year-old Spanish striker wants to secure move to Man Utd

Former Tottenham Hotspur centre-forward Fernando Llorente is understood to be delaying making a final decision on his future in the hope that he’ll receive an offer from Manchester United.

The 34-year-old star is a free agent after walking away from the Premier League side this summer, and he is said to have attracted interest from a host of sides in both Italy and Spain.

However, according to ​TEAMtalk, the Spaniard is prepared to snub them all as Fernando waits for an offer from ​the Red Devils, who are believed to have made contact with his representatives earlier in the summer.

The club are open to bringing in a new centre-forward on a free transfer to allow for greater rotation as they compete in the Europa League this campaign, and they see Fernando as a potential candidate.

Having lost ​Romelu Lukaku to ​Inter Milan, and with the Chilean ​Alexis Sanchez set to follow suit, the club have just ​Mason Greenwood, Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford as their options at striker.

However, with Rashford and Martial both playing a major role in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s main team, there aren’t too many options for rotation if the EPL giants enjoy deep runs in competitions like the FA Cup and Europa League.

That’s where Fernando comes in. He boasts plenty of experience in both the ​Europa League and Premier League and could be snapped up for nothing if he continues to delay penning a contract somewhere else.

Former Milan forward reveals how close he came to joining Man Utd

Kevin-Prince Boateng claims he was close to joining Manchester United back in 2013 before the legendary manager Sir Alex Ferguson put the brakes on the reported move.

The Ghanaian star has endured something of a nomadic career in the football, and this summer secured a transfer to Fiorentina from La Liga side Barcelona, with La Viola becoming the 11th professional team of his career.

With spells at Schalke, Tottenham Hotspur and Las Palmas also on his CV, the star perhaps enjoyed his best years during a three-year spell at AC Milan between 2010 and 2013.

And now the 15 times-capped Ghana international forward claims his form during his time at Rossoneri almost led to a switch to Manchester United.

Speaking on the episode that almost took him to the Theatre of Dreams, Kevin-Prince is quoted by DAZN as saying:

“Nobody knows that after Milan, I had the opportunity to join Manchester United, but Sir Alex Ferguson asked himself: what position am I meant to play him in?

“I was a jack of all trades in his view and master of none. The transfer was abandoned and I started to focus on being more specific in my approach.”

Meanwhile, the former Tottenham Hotspur striker Fernando Llorente is waiting for a proposal from Manchester United before making a final decision on his future, according to a recent report from a British newspaper The Sun.

The 34-year-old star was released by the North London giants in the summer after scoring 13 goals in 66 matches following his arrival from Swansea City.

Man Utd suffer blow in their pursuit of Lyon No.9 striker

Lyon’s chief Juninho has warned European heavyweights hoping to land Moussa Dembele that the former Celtic forward is not for sale.

The French striker left the Scottish Premiership the previous summer to join the Ligue 1 outfit but his impressive performances have courted interest from across the continent.

Manchester United were heavily connected with a bid for the 23-year-old star this summer but a transfer failed to materialise, with Italian club Juventus also thought to hold an interest in landing him.

Dembele has started the campaign in style, scoring three goals in two matches, and Lyon chief Juninho warned that he’ll be staying with the club.

‘We are satisfied with the players we have,’ the sporting director told Foot Sur 7. ‘We must now build collectively.’

‘We do not need to sell. I would like everyone to stay with us. If Moussa Dembele was to leave it would do us a lot of harm.’

Celtic would be owed between 10 and 15 per cent of any transfer because of a sell-on clause inserted into the agreement that saw him move to Les Gones for £20 million.

While United can not move for Dembele this summer because of the English transfer window being closed, Juventus can attempt and get a deal over the line before the European market slams shut on September 2.

Meantime, Borussia Dortmund have handed Jadon Sancho an improved deal in an attempt to fend off interest from Manchester United, Bild reports.

The young English forward has been rewarded after netting 12 goals and assisting 14 more in his 34 top-flight appearances last season.

Legendary Man United coach opted against signing Kevin-Prince Boateng in 2013

Kevin-Prince Boateng has revealed then-Sir Alex Ferguson’s Manchester United turned down the opportunity to sign him back in 2013.

The 32-year-old star would have been one of the legendary Scottish manager’s final transfer targets before his retirement six years ago.

Boateng reveals Sir Alex Ferguson believed he was ‘a jack of all trades and master of none’ and the Ghanaian ended up joining the German club Schalke after leaving AC Milan.

Boateng, who currently plays for the Serie A outfit Fiorentina, told Goal and DAZN:  “Nobody knows that after Milan, I had the opportunity to join Manchester United, but Sir Alex Ferguson asked himself, ‘what position am I meant to play him in?’

Boss says No.6 midfielder will spend next season at Man Utd

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has dismissed the lack of certainty surrounding Paul Pogba’s long-term future at Old Trafford after the player himself stoked transfer talk last week.

The summer transfer window is closed for Premier League clubs looking to buy, but stars can still be sold until September 2.

Paul insisted after his side’s 4-0 victory over Frank Lampard’s Chelsea there was still a question mark regarding his future, but his boss refuted that claim, saying the Frenchman would be staying at Old Trafford.

‘For me, yeah, he’s going to stay. I’ve got absolutely no concerns on Paul. You always put question marks around Paul,‘ said Ole.

Pogba’s representative Mino Raiola made multiple statements during the summer about his client’s desire to leave, with France international himself admitting he wanted a fresh challenge.

United slapped a massive asking price on Paul amid serious interest from Juventus and Real Madrid, reportedly demanding upwards of £150m for the 26-year-old.

Paul was back in action with Manchester United on Monday night, Ole’s side took on Wolves. The match ended 1-1 as Pogba missed penalty.

While Ole insists Pogba is going nowhere, transfer reports in Spain and Italy claim Real Madrid and Juventus are planning last-minute attempts to sign him.

Man Utd on verge of selling Argentine star to Turkish club

Manchester United centre-back Marcos Rojo is reportedly close to finally departing Old Trafford after the club agreed on a loan deal with Fenerbahce for the South American, but he’s not entirely convinced by a move to Turkey.

The Red Devils have agreed on a deal to loan him to the Super Lig giants for the season, according to Sporun Dibi.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer does not consider him to be in his plans for the future and is planning to offload him before the end of the European transfer market.

But, Rojo does not want the move to Turkey at this stage in his professional career and will need some convincing to agree on the move.

It’s believed that Marcos’ ability to play as a left-back and centre-half was crucial in Fener’s decision to pursue him.

They have been looking for another defender after the arrival of the Danish star Mathias Zanka from Huddersfield Town, and are prepared to take Rojo from United on loan.

The former Sporting CP star almost signed for Marco Silva’s Everton on transfer deadline day, but the transfer fell through at the final hurdle.

Rojo was purchased by former manager Louis van Gaal back in 2014, but he never cemented his place in Manchester United’s squad.

He made just five EPL appearances for United last campaign and featured just once in the UEFA Champions League.

He’s had a host of injury problems since 2014 and struggled to stay fit for long periods of time.

But, he is still got two years left on his current deal, after signing a new contract in March last year.