Footy Extras

Man Utd teen drawing interest from Belgium and Spain

Facundo Pellistri is set to quit Manchester United on loan this week, Goal has reported, with a number of clubs interested in taking the winger.

Pellistri purchased from the Uruguayan outfit Penarol in October for €10 million (£9 million) but, having only managed a handful of matches for the Under-23s side, both the club and the star have agreed that he should go on loan to guarantee more game time and develop his game.

It is understood Club Brugge, who the Red Devils beat in the UEFA Europa League last campaign, are leading the race to land the teenager on loan for the remainder of the campaign, with Alaves also interested.

However, the sticking point from the Spanish side’s perspective is that they are short of time, and have yet to detail what the club can offer to Pellistri.

It is understood Facundo has always wanted the opportunity to prove himself in La Liga but that a move to Brugge appeals to him after they explained to him their need for a right winger.

The Belgian outfit have been in regular contact with the 19-year-old ace and promised him a leading role in a team who are top of the Belgian top-flight, Jupiler Pro League and are still fighting in the UEL, having been knocked out of the UCL.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been impressed with Facundo since he arrived in October and his displays and ability have pleased U23s coach Neil Wood.

Man Utd stopper could be given Premier League lifeline by Brighton

As the Argentine press and media continue covering goalkeeper Sergio Romero’s situation at Manchester United, they seem excited about the possibility of seeing the player at another Premier League side.

Marca is one of the many publications who say the goalkeeper now has the chance to transfer to Brighton & Hove Albion in this transfer window.

Following the exit of Mathew Ryan from the Seagulls, their report says there is now the ‘possibility’ of Sergio moving to replace him.

Even though the 33-year-old Argentine star has been linked with a return to his homeland, Marca now state that the chances are ‘low’.

Racing are understood to be ‘dreaming’ of Romero’s signing, yet the player is not thinking of going home just yet.

Sergio Romero’s contract with the Red Devils expires at the end of the season, but with boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer confirming he does not count on the goalkeeper, then his move this month becomes more likely.

Many South American outlets have been happy to see the former national team shot-stopper linked to Brighton, especially because he would be a teammate of Alexis Mac Allister.

In other news, West Ham United have allegedly touched base with Manchester United regarding a potential loan deal for out-of-favour forward Jesse Lingard.

The 28-year-old star has been on the periphery of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s roster this term and has only made a trio of appearances for his side in cup competitions.

Solskjaer is supposedly content to let Lingard depart on loan for the second half of the campaign, with Real Sociedad and Nice having previously been touted with an interest in the England international, who hasn’t played a single minute of PL football in the 2020-21 term.

According to Sky Sports News, the Irons are now in the hunt for his signature and are keen to seal a loan deal for the player until the end of the season.

Man Utd want to bring 23-year-old French attacker to PL

According to Spanish outlet SPORT, Manchester United and their league rivals Chelsea are interested in Barcelona’s Ousmane Dembele.

The 23-year-old star is out of contract in 2022 and talks regarding an extension at Camp Nou have hit a standstill.

Considering his potential, it is fair to say that the Frenchman has underachieved at the club.

He joined Barcelona 2017 from the Bundesliga giants Borussia Dortmund in a then club-record sum. While Dembele has shown flashes of brilliance, a consistent run of form is yet to be achieved.

Dembele was linked with a move to Manchester United last year but chose to stay and fight for his place in the Barcelona starting eleven instead of switching to Old Trafford.

Inconsistency and Injuries have marred his time in Catalonia, but new Barcelona boss Ronald Koeman seems to have put his trust in the talented Frenchman.

The star’s situation has led to both United and Chelsea keeping a close eye on him. While a move this month appears to be difficult, a summer move appears more realistic.

The winger has only made 93 appearances for his side in three and a half years. During this same time, Dembele has missed an incredible 85 games because of injury.

Barcelona are keen to part ways with Dembele if he does not pen a new contract.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team have a void to fill on the right wing and Dembele could be the perfect solution.

However, Ousmane’s injury record continues to be a major worry.

£40m Man Utd star told he will feature more prominently

Donny van de Beek has allegedly been assured by Manchester United head coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer that he’ll be used more regularly in the second half of the campaign.

The Dutchman has started just two Premier League games since joining United from the Eredivisie side Ajax in a £40 million deal last summer.

The Norwegian revealed at the weekend that Donny is not happy with his current situation, not helped by being hauled off on a rare start versus Liverpool in the FA Cup on Sunday.

However, The Athletic reports that Solskjaer has held face-to-face discussions with the Dutchman and informed him that he’ll now start more regularly.

A host of clubs are said to have made a loan approach for the 23-year-old midfielder, but the 20-time English champions are said to have ruled out a short-term departure.

Van de Beek netted his only goal of the campaign against Crystal Palace on his United debut back in September.

Elsewhere, Manchester United’s outcast shot-stopper Sergio Romero is resisting a move back to his native Argentina and could stay in England, according to Marca.

The keeper has been frozen out by United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after Dean Henderson was brought back to the club to compete with David de Gea for the No.1 jersey.

He was denied a loan deal to Everton in last year’s October and has not been registered as a member of his side’s Premier League squad, with the board seemingly desperate to sell him before his deal expires in June. But paying deals have proven difficult to come by in the current financial climate.

‘Racing [Club] dreams of a return of ‘Chiquito’, however, the probabilities are low since the 33-year-old goalkeeper is not thinking about a possible return to live in Argentina,’ the aforementioned outlet says.

Marca says that Brighton is the most likely destination for the player.

English club accelerate plans to bring in Man Utd midfielder

West Ham have begun talks with midfielder Jesse Lingard after Manchester United confirmed the Englishman was free to go out on loan.

Sportsmail reported the Hammers’ interest at the weekend, but the club must first solve the conundrum of landing either Craig Dawson or Said Benrahma on a permanent deal before the side are allowed to add another domestic loan. Craig would seem the likelier of the two with the star’s option to buy at around £3 million.

United have interest from Newcastle, West Brom and clubs abroad in Lingard. The 28-year-old star, who is eager to kickstart his career and play frequently, is understood to favour West Ham, in spite of not featuring under David Moyes when the Scottish manager was in charge at Old Trafford during the 2013-14 term.

The player’s agents opened talks with a number of outfits in the summer, but nothing materialised.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had wanted to keep Jesse, but after conversations between the duo, the Norwegian chief has agreed to heed his request.

The playmaker has only played for the Red Devils three times this campaign, featuring in EFL Cup victory against Luton and Brighton and this month’s 1-0 win over Watford in the FA Cup.

Lingard has played 210 matches for his boyhood club, netting 33 times, including the winning goal versus Crystal Palace in the 2016 FA Cup Final.

Amad Diallo’s arrival earlier in the transfer market has further weakened Jesse’s position, with the £37 million recruit from Atalanta set to be in senior team contention imminently.

Portugal international saw ‘Leicester game’ turning point for Man Utd

Manchester United star Bruno Fernandes says his team-mates’ reaction to a Boxing Day draw versus Leicester City convinced him that the club could win the title this season.

The Portuguese midfielder looked to have grabbed all three points for his side when he converted an Edinson Cavani pass with ten minutes left in the midlands.

However, Jamie Vardy netted moments later to ensure the match finished all square and meant Red Devils trailed then-leaders Liverpool by four points.

The club have gone eight years without winning the title but Bruno says the reaction from the team to those dropped points at the King Power stadium showed him they are making great strides towards winning silverware.

‘After the Leicester game when we drew in the last minute, I was really happy to see the frustration on the team when I got to the dressing room,’ he said.

‘It was the first time I saw a real frustration after drawing a game. I think we have to build on this and more and more be prepared, when we lose one game, to keep going on the same level.’

Bruno has transformed United’s fortunes since signing for the club from Sporting Lisbon less than one year ago.

The Old Trafford outfit are unbeaten away from home in the English top-flight since the playmaker’s arrival.

In other news, Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly is Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s number one target, according to Marca.

The United manager still has several positions that he wants to reinforce the team when he gets the opportunity.

The Senegal international has long been considered as one of the best centre-backs in the world.

Ole is seeking someone to play alongside the English star Harry Maguire but may have to spend big if he wants the Napoli man.

Norwegian boss keen for Man Utd to land sought-after Leipzig talent

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants Manchester United to land Dayot Upamecano ahead of Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool, according to the latest reports.

The German tactician has identified French centre-half Upamecano as a possible target as he looks to bolster his defensive options following the injury crisis at the club.

But Jurgen has all but ruled out the chances of his side signing a defender during the January transfer market, leaving the door open for Solskjaer to bring Dayot to United this month.

The Red Devils were close to landing Upamecano last summer and remain keen as they look for a long-term partner for club-record recruit Harry Maguire.

The 22-year-old Frenchman is rated as one of the best young central defenders in Europe, having starred for RB Leipzig over the past five seasons and making three appearances for France.

He could be purchased for £38 million in the summer but Manchester United are considering lodging a bid of £55 million to sign him this month’s transfer window, according to The Sun.

Meantime, United have allegedly rejected bids for midfielder Donny van de Beek this month.

He has struggled to get on the pitch since his £40 million switch from Ajax, having made just two top-flight starts.

Donny’s lack of action even led to Dutch media urging the star to seek a move in the January transfer market.

The Red Devils have loan bids on the table, but have rejected all, according to a report by ESPN.

£75,000-a-week Man Utd misfit moves closer to Old Trafford exit

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has reportedly sanctioned a loan move away from Manchester United for midfielder Jesse Lingard during this month’s transfer market, with an exit no depending on the club’s management.

ESPN report that the Norwegian did wish to keep the out-of-favour player at the club for the second-half of the campaign, but has ultimately switched this stance after discussions with Lingard.

It’s claimed that West Brom and Sheffield United are keen on the star with eyes on the 28-year-old Englishman from Tottenham Hotspur, Newcastle and West Ham, as well as interest from abroad.

Jesse suffered a massive decline after the 2018 FIFA World Cup, with the England international now firmly out-of-favour at United and playing a very minimal role for his side.

References from England head coach Gareth Southgate and his assistant Steve Holland sent around management circles per the aforementioned TV channel will surely help Lingard find a team, perhaps making up for the lack of action that could perhaps leave a side reluctant to move for him.

Jesse has made just three appearances in all competitions this campaign, all coming in the domestic cups.

Given that United also strengthened their wide ranks with the additions of Amad Diallo and Facundo Pellistri as well as academy graduate Mason Greenwood an option, it is clear that Lingard has absolutely no chance of becoming a first-team player again.

He saw his contract extended via the activating of a one-year option recently, but that is clearly a measure to try and avoid losing him on a free.