Footy Extras

Man Utd target key German club man who scored 8 goals this season

Manchester United have joined Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool in the race to sign German striker Timo Werner, according to the latest reports.

The RB Leipzig forward player has refused to rule out a move abroad in the future, in spite of only just signing a new contract at the Bundesliga club.

The Germany international forward was long connected with a switch to Bayern Munich, but should Timo opt to leave Germany then the Reds were said to be at the front of the queue to land the 23-year-old.

However, according to the Daily Express, Ole Gunner Solskjaer, the under-pressure Red Devils boss, is believed to be eyeing up the striker to strengthen his own attacking ranks.

It is understood that Ole is keen on Werner as an alternative variant to Mario Mandzukic, who has been linked with a switch to Old Trafford from Juventus.

The Norwegian chief recently conceded that he wants to add to his team, having seen the club endured their worst start to a league term for 30 years.

“Of course, we’re looking at one or two new signings,” Ole told sports TV channel Sky Sports.

“We’re one or two players light, and we’ve said that, but if the right ones are available in January then we might do something.

“If not, these players will give everything. Of course I’m optimistic, and there are young players here who will be given loads of chances.”

Gladbach open to selling Swiss star targeted by Man Utd

Borussia Monchengladbach chief Max Eberl has conceded that the club will consider selling the reported Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur target Denis Zakaria if they receive huge offers.

The Swiss star joined the Bundesliga side from Young Boys back in 2017 and has taken massive strides in the German top-flight in the last two years.

His performances in Bundesliga have caught the eyes of Niko Kovac’s Bayern Munich and their rivals Borussia Dortmund, who are keen on snaring the player away from Gladbach.

Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur are also interested in the holding midfielder, with Inter Milan believed to be keeping a close eye on him as well.

Eberl insisted that the club have a long term plan for the midfielder, however, the sporting director conceded that being a selling club, they would consider letting Denis go if they receive big-money offers for him.

The Bundesliga deal-maker told the German daily Bild: “We are happy with Denis’ development and have a long term plan for him.

“Gladbach are and remain a club who depend on transfer fees. Of course, if there are massive offers, we have to deal with them.”

It has been stated that Gladbach would let the star go next summer transfer market if they receive offers in excess of €50 million.

Meantime, Manchester United are reportedly determined to land Germany international Timo Werner and are ready to wait until next summer to seal a deal for the RB Leipzig forward.

Man Utd on alert as Inter Milan also pursuing €10m-rated Serie A star

Inter Milan are keeping tabs on the current situation of Manchester United target Mario Mandzukic ahead of the January transfer market.

Mario was on Manchester United’s transfer radar last summer, but the Red Devils ran out of time to get a deal over the line to take the star to Old Trafford, with the Premier League transfer market closing early.

The club are tipped to rekindle their interest in the Croatian striker and are hopeful of adding his experience to the Norwegian chief Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s relatively young roster in January.

The veteran centre-forward is likely to leave Juventus after Mario was left out of their UEFA Champions League squad and Mandzukic could even have an option to stay in Italy.

According to an Italian daily La Gazzetta dello Sport, the Nerazzurri are keeping tabs on his situation at the Old Lady ahead of the winter window.

Antonio Conte wants to add one more striker to his team in January and Mandzukic is being closely monitored as a potential option.

The Serie A heavyweights are also considering other options but I Bianconeri hitman is on their radar.

The player is said to be open to a move to Premier League, but it remains to be seen how he reacts if he gets a chance to stay in Italy with top tier club such as Inter Milan.

Meanwhile, according to a recent report by The Express, Manchester United’s manager is desperate to secure a January deal for RB Leipzig’s Timo Werner.

29-year-old German star subject of big-money offer from Man Utd

Manchester United are eyeing a surprise swoop for Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos – in a potential deal which could see France international Paul Pogba head to the Spanish capital.

The 29-year-old star has been wanted by the Red Devils for some time now, with former boss David Moyes coming close to signing the German in 2013.

However the Scotsman inevitably didn’t get his man, and Kroos moved to the Santiago Bernabeu a year later for £20m.

According to the German sports outlet ​Bild, the Red Devils have rekindled their interest in Toni, and are supposedly willing to pay up to £67 million for the 2014 World Cup winner.

Spanish heavyweights Real Madrid are known to be long-term admirers of 26-year-old Paul, and would want the Frenchman in exchange for any possible deal involving Kroos.

It remains to be seen whether Toni would be eager to join the 20-time league champions, as the English giants can no longer offer UEFA Champions League football after finishing sixth in the 2018/19 term.

When asked about the possibility of Paul joining the 13-time European Cup winners, Toni told reporters: “I like this player but nothing changes for me.

“I will continue doing what I’ve done all these years, fighting for my place, playing well, and when I’m at a good level I think I have no problems.

To complicate matters, the ex-Bayern star signed a contract extension in May 2019, keeping the German Footballer of the Year at the club for another four years.

England U20 star on brink of renewing his current Man Utd contract

The talent midfielder Angel Gomes is closing in on a fresh Manchester United deal amid interest from La Liga giants Barcelona, reports say.

The England U20 star is thought to have stepped up contract negotiations after breaking into Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s senior-team plans this term.

Old Trafford fans raved about Angel in pre-season before the 19-year-old ace made his full debut versus Astana in the Europa League last month.

Now, journalist, Fabrizio Romano has claimed the 2017 Under-17 World Cup winner is “close” to agreeing on a new contract.

And last month the Manchester Evening News stated United were keen to tie down talents like Gomes, especially as Spanish club Barcelona are believed to be among his many admirers.

Dutch attacker Tahith Chong, also 19-year-old, is another starlet likely to be involved in contract discussions after also impressing Solskjaer.

And with the Manchester United board publicly insisting they’ll give Solskjaer time to develop his team, Gomes and Chong will hope to earn a decent run in the PL this season.

The Norwegian manager Solskjaer brought in 21-year-olds Daniel James and Aaron Wan-Bissaka over the summer.

And apart from £85 million England centre-half Harry Maguire, Solskjaer has so far prioritised younger stars.

Nonetheless, reports in Italy suggest Napoli star Kalidou Koulibaly will be near the top of the club’s summer list this January.

Solskjaer had a £91 million offer for the 28-year-old Senegal defender turned down in the last transfer window.

European giants linked with swoop for £160,000-a-week Man Utd star

AC Milan are keen on a move for Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata, according to a recent report.

An Italian newspaper il Corriere dello Sport – as cited by Calciomercato.com – reported that new manager Stefano Pioli has been promised some money in January window to reinforce the squad.

Meantime, club director Zvonomir Boban has previously expressed his regret at not bringing in more experience during the summer transfer market.

According to Calciomercatonews.com, the Red Devils playmaker Mata has become an idea to bolster the midfield and add ‘quality and experience’.

The report claims that there is a feeling AC Milan’s locker room is lacking in ‘particularly charismatic figures’, hence why Juan is being targeted.

The Spanish star has been at Old Trafford for almost six years now and could be open to trying a fresh experience, the outlet adds.

However, he has made seven PL appearances so far this campaign and appears to still be firmly in the Norweigan chief Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s plans.

In other news, Manchester United have informed boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer that they are not ready to spend over the odds in January.

With certain zones needing to be strengthened after a poor start to the campaign, United are expected to be active during the January window.

According to ESPN, chief executive Ed Woodward is content to back Solskjaer with a significant amount of funds for the new players.

Why Man Utd opted against bringing £113m Atletico recruit to England

Manchester United discussed the possibility of landing Joao Felix numerous times but reportedly opted not to bring in the youngster because of concerns over Joao’s lack of physicality.

The Portuguese sensation has quickly marked himself out as a star of the future, netting 15 times and laying on nine assists for SL Benfica last campaign before earning a move to Diego Simeone’s Atletico Madrid.

He did not come cheap though, with the Spanish side forced to pay his £113 million buy-out clause – making Felix the fifth most expensive transfer ever, and second most expensive youngster.

A host of European giants had been connected with Felix before he made the move to Los Rojiblancos, including the likes of Bayern Munich, Atletico Madrid’s rivals Real and United.

According to The Athletic, Joao’s transfer was discussed ‘many times’ by Manchester United chiefs prior to his mega-money move to the Wanda Metropolitano outfit.

But they had a few reservations about the attacking prodigy. The primary concern was that Joao lacked the physicality required to cope with the pace and power of the PL.

There was also a feeling that the star might not be able to sustain his electric SL Benfica form – he only has two goals and an assist in eight top-flight starts this season.

The last thing Manchester United wanted to do was break their transfer record for a star who was a one-season wonder and they wanted greater security that Felix could maintain a consistent level of brilliance.

Man Utd in negotiations to land La Liga midfielder in £35m deal

Manchester United are getting prepared to launch a bid for Ivan Rakitic as La Liga giants Barcelona prepare to offload the Croatian star in January.

Reports in Spain state the Red Devils and Antonio Conte’s Inter Milan have already enquired about a potential deal.

A vital part of Blaugrana’s success since arriving in 2014, the 31-year-old star has been withdrawn from regular senior-team action this season.

The next generation of Barcelona midfielder, namely Arthur and Frenkie de Jong, continue to make an impression on coach Ernesto Valverde – relegating Ivan to just two starts all campaign.

According to a recent report by Sport, the Spanish heavyweights want £35 million for the Croatia international.

A January deal is preferred as Ivan’s contract runs out in 2021 and, once Ivan gets to within a year of being a free agent, his stock price will decrease.

Both Manchester United and Inter Milan have discussed a possible transfer with Barcelona board.

The Italian side snatched long-term Old Trafford target Uruguay international Diego Godin in the summer with the star at a similar stage of his professional career as Rakitic.

Last week, Ivan revealed his concerns over his game time at the Camp Nou, suggesting his lack of playing time could draw an end to his stint at the club.

Rakitic told reporters: “I don’t know what will come next. It’s been tough because I want to play and I’ve just not been part of the team”

Man Utd keeping tabs on Poland U17 star Kacper Kozlowski

Manchester United are reportedly closely monitoring the progress of Polish youngster Kacper Kozlowski.

The talented midfielder has already made his senior debut for the Polish top-flight club Pogon Szczecin in spite of being just 15 years of age.

According to Goal.com, the Red Devils are keeping a close eye on the talent’s progress, but the club are likely to face widespread competition from clubs in France, Italy and Germany if they make a move.

The report also states that scouts from the 20-time English champions recently watched Kacper in action for Poland’s Under-17 side versus their England counterparts, where the ace was on the scoresheet.

Pogon Szczecin have the youngster, who spent the majority of last campaign on loan in the fourth division of his country’s football, on a contract until the summer of 2022.

The Old Trafford outfit have seemingly stepped away from landing big-money ageing players to pursue a transfer policy which focuses on bringing promising youngsters to the club.

Meantime, Chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has played down talks that Thomas Muller could depart Bayern Munich during the January market.

Karl-Heinz told Welt am Sonntag: “I can not imagine that. The relationship between Thomas and Bayern is totally intact and will remain an important part of our club.

“If Thomas would sit contentedly on the bench, he would be in the wrong club. That’s the reaction we even want, but he still has to deal with the situation seriously.”