Footy Extras

Not Bailey or Havertz: Bayer Leverkusen talent reportedly targeted by Man Utd

Bundesliga side Bayer Leverkusen defender Jonathan Tah is being connected with a move to Premier League giants Manchester United, according to reports in Italy.

Football news Italian website, Jose Mourinho’s men, are interested in landing Bayer Leverkusen man after missing out on Bayern Munich’s Jerome Boateng.

Tah is under contract until June of 2023, meaning Manchester United are unlikely to get the player on the cheap.

The German talent has been impressing in the Bundesliga in the latest years and has always been highly thought of.

The Red Devils remain desperate to strengthen defensively after missing out on a number of targets throughout the summer window.

The likes of Atletico Madrid South American central defender Diego Godin and Bayern Munich defender and Tah’s compatriot Boateng were linked with a move to Manchester United, but Jose was unable to sign another defender.

The Portuguese manager is expected to push for a defensive signing once more in the upcoming January transfer window.

Bournemouth’s Nathan Ake and Tottenham Hotspur’s Toby Alderweireld (long-term Red Devils target) are also being connected with moves to Old Trafford.

UCL giants identifies Man Utd €60m-rated star as potential transfer target

Manchester United technically gifted forward Anthony Martial has reportedly been shortlisted as a possible transfer target for German club Bayern Munich.

According to Mercato365, the Bundesliga giants are keen to strengthen out wide as the club prepare for the eventual departures of both Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben.

Both stars are coming towards the end of their time at die Roten and Niko Kovac is reportedly interested to put his own stamp on the squad.

The under-pressure Bayern Munich manager is said to be interested in a potential deal for Martial, while the club have also considered Lille’s Nicolas Pepe and Marseille’s Florian Thauvin, with both players impressing in Ligue 1 recently.

Former AS Monaco player has consistently seen his long-term future at er ManchestUnited questioned following a turbulent relationship with Portuguese manager Jose Mourinho.

Regular senior-team football has been hard to come by at Red Devils and he has often been linked with transfers away in the past.

France international is out of contract in the summer as Manchester United’s hierarchy remain in negotiations over extending his stay at the club.

Man United £200,000-a-week key man eyes future Serie A switch

Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku has revealed he hopes to play in Italy in the future, as Belgian casts doubt over his long-term future at Red Devils.

The Belgium international has netted four goals in seven Premier League starts this campaign, but has yet to hit top form amid the struggles of Jose Mourinho’s side.

With Portuguese’s own future up in the air, as well as a number of the Belgian’s team-mates including Paul Pogba, Romelu has expressed his desire to depart from the club, although he didn’t put a time frame on the move.

Romelu’s brother Jordan currently plies his trade with SS Lazio and the 25-year-old star was asked if he would be open to playing his football in Italy.

‘Why Not? I hope it happens,’ he told Italian daily newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport.

Lukaku had bigged up Serie A champions Juventus, naming them as one of the biggest teams in Europe.

‘Without doubt, Juve are one of the two-three best teams in Europe. They’ve got a great coach on the bench and extraordinary players in every area of the team.’ he added.

Man Utd chief told to extend current contracts of midfield duo

Jose Mourinho has told Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward to offer new contracts to Manchester United pair Ander Herrera and Juan Mata, according to reports.

Both Herrara and Mata will be out of contract come the summer and free to depart from the Theatre of Dreams.

Spain midfielder Herrera has been forced to adopt a more limited role under Jose but is nevertheless closing in on 200 appearances for Manchester United.

Herrera, meanwhile, has developed into an all-around player for Red Devils since signing from Athletic Bilbao in 2014.

The London Evening Standard say Mourinho has advised Ed to offer contract extensions to the two players who Jose sees as positive influences on the dressing room.

It is believed both Herrera and Mata are positive and ‘harmonising’ figures at Old Trafford at a time when Jose has been accused of losing the faith of the dressing room.

Former Real Madrid and Chelsea boss Mourinho pushed hard for the club to tie down Belgium international Marouane Fellaini to a new deal the previous season and hopes to do the same with Herrera and Mata.

Man Utd 30-year-old star struggling to be fit for EPL match against Chelsea

Serbia international and Manchester United versatile midfielder Nemanja Matic is in a race against time to be ready to play against Chelsea on Saturday in the Premier League, according to the latest reports.

The Red Devils midfielder has been undergoing treatment on a back injury, having withdrawn from his country’s squad before the international break.

Nemanja, a former Chelsea player, will be an essential figure in midfield for Manchester United with Jose Mourinho considering how to contain the in-form Eden Hazard.

In the past, Jose has man-marked Eden Hazard, who is currently leading the EPL scoring charts with seven goals in eight appearances.

But Nemanja remains a doubt for the crucial fixture after failing to make a swift recovery from the back issue, according to sports television channel Sky Sports.

Luke Shaw is also a doubt for the match at Stamford Bridge and is still recovering from the knock Serbian picked up before the international fixtures.

The left-back played no part in England’s fixtures because of the injury and Mourinho may need to reshuffle his defence if Luke is sidelined.

Man Utd table lucrative offer for International No.15 central defender

Manchester United have submitted a €60 million (£53 million) bid to sign Fiorentina centre-half Nikola Milenkovic, according to reports in Italy.

Jose Mourinho clashed with Red Devils’ hierarchy over the need to land a new defender this summer with his requests to land Toby Alderweireld and Harry Maguire blocked by the club.

The Manchester United boss remains keen to bolster his defence and has taken matters into his own hands throughout the international break as he personally watched Nikola in action during Serbia’s win over Montenegro on Thursday evening.

According to La Nazione, Jose’s desire to sign Milenkovic is so strong that he immediately got in touch with Manchester United’s hierarchy after returning to Manchester.

And Red Devils have now put a €60m (£53m) offer on the table to Viola ahead of the January transfer window.

Jose Mourinho’s have also spoken to the 21-year-old star’s agent, who has indicated that the Serbian star would be willing to move to Old Trafford.

Fiorentina, however, have rejected Manchester United’s bid and are keen to keep the central defender until the end of the summer as his price could increase even further.

Serie A star could leave Serie A giants and sign for Man United already in January

Jose Mourinho wants Manchester United to land Serbia star Sergej Milinkovic-Savic in January, reports say.

Manchester United saw a £80 million swoop for Milinkovic-Savic knocked back by SS Lazio last summer, but Jose wants to revive transfer talks when the winter market opens.

Mourinho watched Milinkovic-Savic in action for his country on Thursday night, with the midfielder admitting the Red Devils boss’ attention was flattering.

The Sun claim SS Lazio are seeking a fee upwards of the £89 million Manchester United paid for Paul Pogba.

Milinkovic-Savic agreed on a new contract with Lazio this month, but Jose believes his side hold a key advantage over their rivals.

Former Blues player Mateja Kezman is Milinkovic-Savic’s representative, and Mourinho is banking on his relationship with the former Chelsea to seal the deal.

Mourinho signed Mateja during his first spell as Chelsea coach and Red Devils believe they are now in pole position to sign Milinkovic-Savic.

The 23-year-old star is viewed as the perfect replacement for Nemanja Matic, who is reaching the end of his peak years.

Sergej is an international team-mate of Nemanja’s and Mourinho is desperate to bring fresh blood into his squad.

Man Utd not giving up hopes of signing €40,000-a-week left winger

Manchester United could make a fresh swoop to sign Croatian star Ante Rebic from Eintracht Frankfurt in January window, according to a report from the Daily Mail.

Following his exploits with his country at the World Cup in the summer, Rebic was connected with a switch to Old Trafford ahead of the 2018/19 season.

However, no transfer came to fruition, and Ante decided to commit his future to Eintracht Frankfurt as he put pen to paper on a new contract, which is due to run until the summer of 2022.

Despite this, though, it looks like Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is unwilling to give up the ghost as he reportedly continues to chase the hard-working attacker’s signature.

Jose is understood to be a known admirer of Ante’s qualities, but according to the Daily Mail’s report, the Red Devils may struggle to push a deal for the star over the line.

It’s stated that although Mourinho would love to add Croatia international to his pool of attacking options, the top brass at Old Trafford may be unwilling to spend sizable transfer sums in the mid-season window.

This has cast doubt over Manchester United’s chances of landing Rebic, who has netted three goals from four Bundesliga appearances this campaign.

UCL giants lining up Man Utd €70m-rated star move amid contract situation

Paris Saint-Germain are monitoring Spanish star David de Gea’s situation at Manchester United with a view to making a swoop for the Spaniard.

De Gea is out of contract at the end of the campaign but Red Devils will trigger a 12-month extension clause in his contract to extend his stay at the club until 2020.

Manchester United had been confident of agreeing on a new long-term deal at the club, especially as Real Madrid decided to land Chelsea stopper Thibaut Courtois.

However, the upheaval at Red Devils has led to a breakdown in talks with De Gea’s representatives over a new contract and the Spaniard is unwilling at this moment in time to commit his future to the club.

According to the Daily Mail, that has increased Paris Saint-Germain’s interest in De Gea and they’re willing to fund a huge swoop for the Spanish no.1.

De Gea is one of 11 Manchester United stars out of contract at the end of the campaign and, though he’ll take priority, the club cannot afford to let negotiation time slip with the likes of Juan Mata and Ander Herrera.

Man Utd boss ready to let promising midfielder leave Red Devils during January window

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is ready to let Scott McTominay depart from the club on loan in January.

The 21-year-old ace has started just twice so far this campaign and one was in an unorthodox centre-half position in a chastening 3-1 defeat against West Ham United.

Mourinho bought Brazil midfielder Fred for £52 million in the summer and McTominay has found his chances limited in the centre of the park.

The Red Devils rejected approaches from Leeds and Aston Villa the previous summer but McTominay doesn’t want his progress to stall at Old Trafford.

Mourinho believes a stint in the EFL Championship would help toughen McTominay up and Manchester United will let him join the right team on loan in January, according to the Sun.

Many feel Jose has been using McTominay in a centre-half position to make a point to Manchester United’s board.

Mourinho was desperate to land a centre-back last summer but the club vetoed swoops for his top targets Jerome Boateng and Toby Alderweireld.

Should McTominay leave, Jose is likely to ask for a centre-back acquisition in the January transfer window.