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Rumoured Man Utd target provides clear indication of where his future lies

Having proved himself as a fundamental figure for Inter Milan, Manchester United and Barcelona transfer target Milan Skriniar has dismissed speculation of an exit.

The 23-year-old star joined the Nerazzurri last season and proved to be a vital component for Luciano Spalletti’s side as they secured qualification for the UEFA Champions League.

Considering his important role and ongoing development in Italy, it’s easy to see why Milan would be happy to stay.

But as noted by the daily tabloid newspaper The Daily Express, both Manchester United and Barcelona have been touted with an interest in the Slovakia international star.

However, it becomes visible as though an exit is not in his thinking as Skriniar spoke about his happiness at Inter Milan, as seen in his quotes below.

“It’s always nice that the big teams are looking at you, but I’m good at Inter, the fans can rest easy, as a team we find ourselves well not only on the pitch but also off it too,” Slovak defender is quoted as saying by sports television channel Sky Sport Italia journalist Gianluca Di Marzio.

Man Utd want to strengthen squad and target centre-back with £31.5m exit clause in contract

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is reportedly considering a January swoop for Serie A giants AS Roma central defender Kostas Manolas, according to a report.

The 27-year-old Manolas has been with AS Roma for the last four years, making more than 180 matches for the Italian giants in all competitions.

Chelsea are long-term suitors of the Greece international and have recently been connected with a move, while AS Roma’s rivals Juventus, Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich and Unai Emery’s Arsenal are also said to be interested.

Manolas’s current contract includes a release (buy-out) clause of £31.5 million, and it is understood that AS Roma are in the process of drawing up a new contract for the defender, which would remove the current buy-out figure.

According to an Italian national sports newspaper Corriere dello Sport, Manchester United are closely monitoring situation, and the 20-time English champions could plot their move in the January transfer market.

Kostas Manolas spent two campaigns with the Greek top flight Super League Greece side Olympiacos before joining AS Roma in the summer of 2014 for a reported fee of €15 million.

Man Utd prepared to pay enormous fee for £60,000-a-week star if they lose key man

Manchester United are reportedly preparing a world-record deal for English star Jordan Pickford should David de Gea depart from Old Trafford in the summer, as per the Daily Express.

The report adds that the former Atletico Madrid player is in talks about a contract extension at the Red Devils and wants close to £350,000-a-week.

The star is one of the best goalkeepers in the world, however, Manchester United are keeping their variants open and are putting together an offer which is greater than what EPL rivals Chelsea paid for Kepa Arrizabalaga.

Englishman only joined Everton last campaign but has become England’s No.1 goalkeeper during that time.

The Toffees’ management would only consider offers double than £30 million, the amount they paid for the star when he arrived at Goodison Park, as per the report.

The 24-year-old star isn’t the only ‘keeper that Manchester United have kept an eye on, the Spanish giants Atletico Madrid’s star Jan Oblak is also in the reckoning.

However, the report states that the Slovenia international’s £87 million buy-out (release) clause is unassailable for the Red Devils’ hierarchy.

Jose refuses to comment on talks linking Man Utd with move for Serie A star

Jose Mourinho provided a confusing response when questioned about Manchester United’s interest in Serie A side Napoli central defender Kalidou Koulibaly.

The Senegal international has earned a status as one of the world’s strong centre-backs and while Napoli have stated they want to keep him, chairman Aurelio De Laurentiis has suggested he could sell the star if the price is right.

A recent report stated Manchester United had seen a £77 million offer turned down for the player already, but a report in the British daily tabloid newspaper The Daily Mirror suggests Mourinho could still be successful in his bid to tempt the player to Old Trafford.

Both Chelsea and Liverpool are also thought to be keen on Koulibaly, while Mourinho played questions about United’s interest with a straight bat, refusing to discuss the speculation.

“He is a Napoli player. And I don’t speak about players from other clubs. I cannot answer your question. If is true, if is not true, I cannot answer to your question,” Jose told reporters.

“Maybe your question is the first one about the market and maybe the next press conference I have two more questions, and maybe the next press conference I have three more.”

Man Utd face competition from Chelsea for technically gifted Brazilian star

Premier League giants Chelsea have reportedly entered the hunt to sign Portuguese side Porto central defender Eder Militao, but he would come at a high price.

Chelsea could very well be one of the most active sides in January, having been connected with moves for the likes of Real Madrid star Isco, Genoa striker Krzysztof Piatek and Inter Milan captain Mauro Icardi.

However, the latest reports in the press are suggesting that defensive reinforcements are at the top of Italian boss Maurizio Sarri’s wishlist.

In spite of the fact that Blues kept back-to-back clean sheets versus PAOK and Fulham, reports in Portugal state they are interested in landing Militao to improve their defensive options.

The Brazilian star only joined Porto from Sao Paulo in the summer window but has made an instant impact at the club, making 13 appearances across all competitions which earned Eder a first international cap in September.

The Portuguese sports newspaper Bola – via the Metro – state that Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United are also in the mix to land the 20-year-old talent, who is also capable of operating at right-back.

Man Utd handed boost as Valencia star facing difficulties in relationship with coach

Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United have been handed boost in their long-term pursuit of Valencia star Goncalo Guedes, according to reports in the Spanish media.

The forward has long been on Portuguese manager’s list of targets and hope of tempting him to Old Trafford has been significantly lifted by reports that he has fallen out with Los Che coach Marcelino.

Spanish TV station Movistar picked up on a heated talk between the two during Saturday night’s match at Real Madrid, which Los Blancos won 2-0, a result that leaves the club – who finished fourth last campaign – struggling down in 14th place in La Liga.

The cameras picked up on the under-pressure Valencia manager calling over the Portuguese star over towards him, before claiming “there have been 27 minutes, and you have not yet done anything”.

Suffice to say, the Goncalo reacted unfavourably to his boss’ words.

Marcelino attempted to move himself away from reports he has fallen out with his player, but sections of the Spanish press believe Red Devils could come back in for the one-time PSG man when the transfer market opens next month.

Manchester United could try to sweeten the deal by sanctioning the departures of one of Spanish midfielder Ander Herrera in return, with Goncalo rated at around the €65 million mark by his club.

21-year-old Man Utd star told to quit Red Devils because of Portuguese coach

Manchester United star Marcus Rashford has been advised by BBC Sport pundit Garth Crooks to get out of the Red Devils now after being ‘killed’ by coach Jose Mourinho.

The England international star had a superb game versus Southampton at the weekend, coming away as pretty much the only Manchester United player to emerge with any credit in that match.

Jose Mourinho’s side went two goals down to fellow Premier League side early on before Marcus’ magic helped them draw level before the half-time but was bizarrely subbed off later in the match despite being his team’s biggest threat.

Garth was surprised by this as he named Englishman in his team of the week, praising his displays at the St Mary’s Stadium whilst also slamming Jose’s treatment of him.

‘This really can’t go on. Jose Mourinho is killing Marcus Rashford,’ Crooks said.

‘The lad pulled Manchester United from the jaws of defeat at Southampton and then Jose gave the one man who was desperate to win the game for him the hook? It made no sense.’

‘The kid was on a roll and anyone who has played the game could see that. Rashford must get out of United now before what little confidence he has left is destroyed.’

Man Utd reportedly set to miss out on landing former Inter Milan forward

The Premier League outfit West Ham United’s management will reportedly turn down any offers for their star man and reported Manchester United target Marko Arnautovic during the January transfer market.

Manchester United have been connected with a move for the Austria international star, whose brother and the agent suggested that a January departure could be possible in order to fulfil the striker’s potential.

Arnautovic himself has moved to dismiss rumours that he could depart from the club, though, and the local free daily newspaper The London Evening Standard reports that The Hammers will resist any attempts to prise the star away from the London Stadium.

West Ham United would likely be able to at least double their money from the £23 million they paid to sign Marko in 2017, but the board are not interested in selling their key forward.

Serbian-born striker star has thrived since being played in a central attacking role for his team and has netted five goals in 11 Premier League appearances thus far this season.

Meanwhile, Jose Mourinho’s side are also pursuing other attacking targets and one of them is Gremio forward Everton Soares who has €60 million buy-out clause in his current contract.

UCL giants €19m signing reveals how close he came to Man Utd transfer

Inter Milan star Ivan Perisic revealed he was ‘really close’ to a transfer to Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United but changed his mind at the last moment. The Croatia international star is a long-term target of manager and a deal was close to coming to fruition in 2017. Jose has made no secret of his admiration for the attacker and the 29-year-old was considering putting pen to paper when a £50m bid arrived from the Red Devils. But his coach Luciano Spalletti’s arrival at the San Siro convinced the star to stay, despite being ‘flattered’ by the interest from Jose and the club.

‘It’s true that an offer from Manchester United was on the table – I was really close to leaving Inter,’ the former Wolfsburg player told FourFourTwo.

‘When Luciano Spalletti arrived, he showed tremendous desire to keep me in the team and made it clear he didn’t want to lose me. That was very encouraging, and I haven’t regretted my decision to stay at Inter.’

‘In football, small details in these situations are key. When you’re praised by a guy like Mourinho – the manager of a huge club like Man United – it’s difficult not to think about such an offer.’

Man Utd eye potential deal for UCL giants star with Mourinho personally scouts him

Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United are reportedly interested in landing German top flight Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund versatile midfielder Axel Witsel, according to the latest reports.

Witsel spent the 2017-18 season with Chinese side Tianjin Quanjian before returning to the European game in the summer, and he has a contract with Borussia Dortmund until June of 2022.

Last week, it was stated that Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho had made a personal check on Axel Witsel during Belgium’s recent UEFA Nations League match with Iceland.

According to sports television channel ESPN, Witsel’s impressive form for die Borussen this season has attracted the interest of Red Devils, whose head coach Jose Mourinho is a long-term admirer.

The report adds that Premier League side are unlikely to make a move in the January transfer market but could launch a bid at the end of the campaign and replace contract rebels Ander Herrera or Juan Mata with Belgian star.

This season, in all competitions (Champions League, Bundesliga and DFB-Pokal), former Zenit Saint Peterburg and SL Benfica player has made 20 appearances, scored 3 goals and registered 1 assist for his side so far.