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24-year-old star wants to ‘win games and win trophies’ at Man Utd

Andras Pereira insists he wants to remain at Manchester United and win trophies under manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, in spite of speculation over his future.

Pereira has featured 34 times for his side in all competitions this season but hasn’t played a full 90 minutes in the Premier League this year.

Reports have stated that United chiefs are open to selling the academy graduate along with team-mate Jesse Lingard in the summer so long as they receive decent offers for the duo.

But despite his future is far from secure, he outlined his intention to stay at the club and hopes to repay the faith shown in him by Ole by delivering silverware for the Norwegian.

‘Even when I came to United at such a young age, going to United it’s, of course, a massive club, but I know that they are willing to give youth a chance,‘ Andreas told the club’s official website.

‘That is what happened to me. Ole knows we will always be there for him. The young players give our faith and do everything to protect him, as he gives all his trust to us.

‘I’m very honoured and that’s why, as well, I want to stay at United. I want to fight for him, win games and win trophies.‘

Meantime, The entourage of Juventus defender Matthijs de Ligt has reportedly offered La Liga club Real Madrid the chance to land his client during this summer’s transfer market.

Manchester United are reportedly considering rekindling their interest in the Netherlands international in the summer.

However, according to Sport, the super-agent Mino Raiola has already offered his client to Los Blancos, who are allegedly seeking a long-term replacement for club legend Sergio Ramos.

Man Utd could make renewed efforts to sign ex-Ajax defensive prodigy

Manchester United are willing to offer Matthijs de Ligt an escape route from Sere A side Juventus if the Dutch defender continues to struggle in Turin.

Matthijs was one of the hottest properties in European football the previous summer when he turned down a number of sides to join Bianconeri for £67.5 million after leading Ajax to the semi-finals of the UEFA Champions League.

However, the 20-year centre-half has failed to adapt during a difficult first campaign in Serie A and lost his place to Merih Demiral before the Turkey international was injured in January.

The 20-time English champions are said to be monitoring the situation in case Bianconeri management decide to cut their losses.

They are aware that the star’s agent Mino Raiola has a reputation for moving his clients on quickly and Matthijs could become available next summer or even sooner.

The club have plenty of options in central defence at the moment after spending £80 million on Harry Maguire last summer to play alongside Phil Jones, Eric Bailly, Axel Tuanzebe or Victor Lindelof.

However, with Chris Smalling set to move on after a campaign on loan at Roma, and Jones likely to follow him out of the club in the summer, United could be in the market for another centre-half in the next 12 months.

They are well aware of the defender’s qualities having scouted him extensively as he rose through the ranks at de Joden before making his breakthrough back in 2016.

Attacking-minded Belgian full-back could continue his career at Man Utd

Manchester United are weighing up a swoop for Paris Saint-Germain defender Thomas Meunier, who could be available on a free transfer in the summer.

Reports from Le Quotidien du Foot this week says that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has identified the Belgian right-back as a potential signing.

The 28-year-old star has other admirers – German heavyweights Borussia Dortmund and Italian outfit AC Milan.

It appears unlikely that the Parisians will be extending Meunier’s contract to remain at the club beyond the completion of the 2019-20 season.

But if Thomas joined Solskjaer’s Old Trafford revolution, the star may find the first-team action hard to come by.

One of Ole’s first moves last summer at United was to sign Aaron Wan-Bissaka in a £50m deal from PL rivals Crystal Palace but the possible arrival of Meunier would surely bolster the club’s strength in depth.

Meunier played 25 times for the Paris-based outfit before the 2019-20 season was halted due to coronavirus, netting once.

The same publication says that the Parisians want to sign Juventus right-back Mattia De Sciglio when the next transfer market is open.

Mattia predominantly plays as a right-back but can also play on the left side of the defence.

Meanwhile, Tottenham Hotspur have allegedly dismissed the possibility of striker Harry Kane signing for Manchester United.

Last weekend, Harry suggested that he may consider his future with the North London side should they get no nearer to winning silverware under manager Jose Mourinho.

Those comments naturally led to increased talk regarding an eventual switch to United, who have long been mentioned with the England international.

However, according to the Manchester Evening News, Tottenham have ruled out the possibility of allowing Kane to move to one of their fierce rivals.

Former PSG prodigy Jonathan Ikone reportedly interests Man Utd

Manchester United and league rivals Everton are said to be following Lille ace Jonathan Ikone ‘closely’ – but any deal for the forward won’t come cheap.

The 21-year-old star has been a regular for the Ligue 1 outfit this term, starting all but two of his club’s 28 league games. In this time, Ikone has scored three goals and provided a further six assists.

Ikone made his international debut for his country back in September. And he found the net just eight minutes after coming on to seal the win for France over Albania during a UEFA Euro 2020 qualifier.

The star’s stock has continued to rise throughout the term, and Le Quotidien Du Foot in France now report that he has drawn interest from ​Premier League sides United and Everton. Elsewhere, Sevilla are also understood to be keen.

The report states that Lyon made an approach for Jonathan during the January transfer window, but no deal ever materialised as Les Dogues were searching for €70 million for his services.

The recent decision to postpone UEFA Euro 2020 until 2021 because of the coronavirus pandemic may make the player think twice about moving as he will be keen for regular senior team football ahead of the championships, but Le Foot claim that despite this, a departure during the summer is ‘envisaged’.

But with the star continuing to impress since the close of the winter market, they may hold out for a similar figure to the one Lyon were quoted in January.

​The Red Devils are on the lookout for a right-sided attacker and while Jadon Sancho is the number one target, Ikone does also fit the bill.

£40m Serie A star Nikola Milenkovic back on Man Utd radar

Manchester United could reportedly revive their long-term interest in Nikola Milenkovic with head coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer keen on signing a new central defender ahead of next season.

The Serbian star was closely watched by the Red Devils under former chief Jose Mourinho but Fiorentina’s £54 million asking price put them off from making an official approach.

According to Corriere dello Sport, Ole has expressed the desire to bring in another centre-back during the summer and Nikola is one of the high-profile targets for the club.

The 22-year-old star, who has also been tracked by the likes of Inter Milan, Atletico Madrid and Napoli, could be available for a reduced fee of around £40 million with his contract scheduled to expire in two years’ time.

Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof have been the constant choices under Ole at the heart of the defence but the Norwegian seems keen on adding competition for places.

Axel Tuanzebe and Eric Bailly have impressed with the limited opportunities in the current season but the duo have had injury problems over the past few campaigns.

Meantime, Solskjaer is reportedly content with his options at left-back, leaving the head caoch to focus on other targets during the next transfer market.

With the club having work to do in order to become PL title challengers, it has previously been stated that a replacement for Luke Shaw would be purchased at the earliest opportunity.

However, according to The Sun, Ole is prepared to promote academy product Brandon Williams to the first choice in that position.

During his first senior season at Old Trafford, the 19-year-old has made 19 starts and seven substitute outings across all competitions.

Man Utd desperately wanted to sign Paulo Dybala as entourage speaks out

Manchester United came tantalisingly close to landing Paulo Dybala from Juventus the previous summer, according to the agent of Romelu Lukaku.

After several offers from Inter were rejected, the 26-year-old star appeared destined for a transfer to Turin with United exploring the possibility of a swap deal involving Paulo, who was unsure of a starting place under Maurizio Sarri considering the presence of Cristiano Ronaldo and return of Gonzalo Higuain from his loan stint at Chelsea.

The Argentine star, however, was reported to have demanded a significant wage increase to €10 million per year from €7.5 million, while the MEN claimed his entourage was holding out for an ‘extraordinary’ fee.

The Red Devils were reported to have backed out of the deal considering the financial implications and were concerned about compromising the development of youngster Mason Greenwood, who has enjoyed an eye-catching breakthrough campaign at Old Trafford, scoring 13 goals in all competitions.

Tottenham, meantime, attempted to make a late swoop for Paulo but the player eventually decided to commit to Bianconeri, while Lukaku sealed his dream move to Nerazzurri and teamed up with Antonio Conte, who had been desperate to land him during his second season at Chelsea.

It could have all been very different, however, with Romelu’s agent Federico Pastorello confirming a deal to take Paulo to United was close.

 

‘It’s true. Romelu, however, had always hoped to go to Inter because he was impressed by the affection of the Inter fans.’ he told Tuttosport when quizzed if Dybala was one step away from moving to the PL giants.

Barcelona willing to cash in on 32-year-old star eyed by Man Utd

Barcelona are ready to sell Ivan Rakitic at the end of the season for €20 million (£17.6m) with the Croatian’s contract at the club expiring in 2021.

The 32-year-old Manchester United target has been a consistently impressive performer in his side’s midfield since arriving from Sevilla back in 2014 and remains a regular in the senior team, making 31 appearances so far this term.

Rakitic has made 299 appearances in total for the Catalan giants, winning four La Liga titles and the UCL, making his initial transfer sum of around £16 million very good value for money.

However, at 32-years-old and with just over a year left on his deal, Barcelona are ready to cash in on him this summer rather than lose him for free in 2021 but are still want to make a profit on him, according to Spanish publication Marca.

There will be a number of teams keen on snapping up the experienced schemer, who still has miles on the clock after only turning 32 the previous month.

Manchester United have regularly been mentioned with a move for the Croat over the last year, but a stay in La Liga or switch to Italy looks more likely for the 2018 FIFA World Cup finalist.

Former side Sevilla are interested in bringing him back to Andalusia and are reportedly prepared to offer him a four-year contract, in spite of his advancing years.

This could be especially appealing considering that Rakitic’s wife is from Sevilla, but he would have to take a drastic pay cut to switch back to the south coast of Spain, roughly halving his current salary.

Man Utd not giving up on potential Thomas Meunier transfer

Manchester United are monitoring Belgium international Thomas Meunier’s situation as Paris Saint-Germain as the star’s future remains unsolved, according to the latest reports from France.

The player has been with the club since 2016, and while never a regular first-team player, has proved himself to be a valuable asset to the club and reliable team player.

He has never surpassed 24 Ligue 1 outings in a single campaign, but he remains a regular fixture with his country’s national squad and an important member of Thomas Tuchel’s outfit.

However, his deal is due to expire in the summer and he hasn’t been short of suitors as his future remains uncertain.

Borussia Dortmund have been heavily mentioned of late, with some reports going as far as stating ​’he has signed’ for Die Borussen.

The news coming out of France claims otherwise, though, as ​Le Foot throw the Red Devils into the mix with claims that they’re ‘staying on top’ of the right-back’s situation. The outlet also add that ​Inter have registered interest.

While Thomas would be an adequate – if hardly outstanding – roster addition, since he has free reign of where Thomas could go in the summer, you would imagine some decent wages would need to be parted with to tempt him to the ​Premier League.

Apart from that, the star himself has stressed he would prefer to remain in the French capital. Speaking on a live Q&A with ​RTBF, Meunier revealed his ‘main objective’ is to stay in Paris.