Footy Extras

Man Utd reportedly in pole position to land promising 13-assists winger

Manchester United have appeared as favourites to land Jadon Sancho, Borussia Dortmund’s teenage sensation.

Sancho has helped fire die Borussen to the top of the Bundesliga this campaign, having netted seven goals and registered 11 assists in his 21 league matches, plus one goal and an assist in the UCL.

And with the Red Devils on the lookout for more creativity from midfield this summer window, 18-year-old winger Jadon certainly fits the bill.

While his club were blown away by Tottenham Hotspur in Spurs’ Champions League last-16 win on Wednesday, Jadon showed why he is so highly rated.

Sancho was involved in almost every attack when German club were on top early on, setting up several chances which the star’s team-mates failed to capitalise on, and almost found Englishman through on goal at one point before the Bundesliga outfit were eventually defeated 3-0.

Sancho has been connected with a move back to his one-time club Manchester City, but bookies now have their rivals Red Devils ahead in the hunt to bring him back to EPL.

Manchester United are 4/1 favourites to land Sancho, while a move to any Spanish side is priced at 6/1.

A switch to France or Italy is 8/1 – the same odds as EPL giants Chelsea, who are second favourites in the EPL to sign the winger.

Oddschecker spokesperson George Elek said:

“It’s no surprise he has plenty of suitors and Manchester United certainly have the financial clout to pay his inevitably massive transfer fee.”

“If his form continues we could end up seeing the Manchester clubs battle it out for his signature.”

Man Utd on alert as South American star subject of mammoth offer from UCL giants

Real Madrid are reportedly weighing up a bid for Juventus forward Paulo Dybala, according to a report.

The Argentina international has netted just two league goals this campaign and has found himself on the bench for Bianconeri’s last two fixtures.

Paulo only played seven minutes in those matches and was an unused substitute for the first game against Parma which ended 3-3. Dybala reacted by leaving the match before the full-time whistle when it was clear the star was not going to be brought on.

According to a Spanish outlet Diario AS, Real Madrid are considering a move for the forward in the summer transfer market.

It is said that the club are preparing a huge €120 million offer for the striker, who has been long connected with a move to the Red Devils as well.

The Sun state Chelsea and Manchester United are in the hunt for Dybala’s signature, yet neither side is aware who will be boss next season, so sanction such a huge signing would be a push at this early stage.

Meanwhile, at Real Madrid, Isco and Gareth Bale have undetermined futures, and that could make the Spanish club extra interested in beating Manchester United and Chelsea to Paulo’s signature.

Bale netted his 100th goal for the club at the weekend against Atletico Madrid, but the Welshman’s still injury prone and hasn’t been able to fill Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo’s void.

Whereas Spanish star Isco seems to be one of those stars liked by certain managers or drastically pushed out of the squad by others.

Spaniard played some of his best football under French coach Zinedine Zidane, who remains out of work after leaving the club after winning a third consecutive UCL.

Man Utd on red alert as UCL giants linked with £70m swoop for 22-year-old midfielder

Lyon defensive midfielder and reported Manchester United target Tanguy Ndombele is Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola’s No.1 choice to replace ageing Brazilian star Fernandinho, according to the latest reports.

The Citizens have been frustrated in their efforts to find an heir for South American player, with Italo-Brazilian Jorginho picking Maurizio Sarri’s Chelsea over the Etihad Stadium and Fred joining fellow Premier League side Manchester United.

Pep suffered another big transfer blow in January window when Ajax prodigy Frenkie De Jong set to become Barcelona officially in the summer, after Blaugrana’s managemenet sealed his trasnfer last month.

But Spaniard believes he has finally found an ideal replacement, but will once more need to battle Manchester United to strike the deal.

A British outlet The Sun state Manchester City are preparing a £70 million offer for Ndombele, who is also wanted by the Serie A champions Juventus.

Tanguy has made a name for himself this campaign, impressing for Les Gones in the UCL as his side finished second in their group behind Pep’s Manchester City.

The 22-year-old star has been ever present for French outfit this campaign, missing just two matches so far this season with 33 matches in total.

The Premier League title chasers are also keen on another Lyon ace, Houssem Aouar, but will focus their attempts on signing his teammate, Tanguy, before rival sides can snap him up.

Ndombele’s current contract with Lyon does not expire until June of 2023 and Manchester City know they must spend big to sign the Frenchman.

Man Utd set to go head-to-head with Arsenal for UCL giants transfer wizard

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Manchester United have reportedly made the decision that they are ready to rival Arsenal for AS Roma sporting director Monchi, according to reports.

Both of the EPL side are in the transfer market for a new figure behind the scenes, with the Red Devils rejigging their technical setup ahead of the summer transfer market and the Gunners needing to replace the head of recruitments Sven Mislintat.

Arsenal have been heavily connected with an approach for Spaniard – who has previously worked with his compatriot Unai Emery – but according to The Mirror, the Old Trafford outfit are considering an offer.

Monchi has a long-term contract at the Italian club, but it has been suggested that Giallorossi have already started to consider the possibility of replacing the 50-year-old chief.

Monchi enjoyed a productive period with Unai at Sevilla, although Manchester United may feel that they can lure him into a switch to the club in the coming months.

In his first campaign Sevilla achieved promotion, and since then the club have never failed to finish outside the top 10 in Spanish top flight, collecting two Copa del Reys and five Europa Leagues along the way.

Monchi’s role in the club’s success has been huge: he’s helped to give new life to their academy as well as establishing one of the most successful transfer styles in European football, based on a buy-low-sell-high policy.

Los Nervionenses’ scouting network branched out far and wide and the Spanish club have gained a wealth of success by tapping into unnoticed markets in smaller European leagues and South America.

Man Utd planning summer raid for Liga NOS rising star valued at £100m

Manchester United are considering a summer swoop for SL Benfica sensation Joao Felix this summer window but the Portuguese outfit are demanding £100 million for the 19-year-old ace.

The Portuguese star has left Red Devils agents dispatched to watch him on several occasions this campaign highly impressed.

Joao Felix is in outstanding form of late, netting three goals and picking up three assists as SL Benfica have won their last three games as they chase leaders FC Porto in the Liga NOS.

According to a British publication The Sun, Old Trafford outfit will launch a bid to land Felix this summer after emissaries reported back to interim coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer with glowing praise.

However, Aguias are reportedly demanding a massive £100m for a player the club believe could become one of the best in the world.

Manchester United source told the newspaper: ‘The club went to see Felix in action and it was all positive. He is seen as a real talent. There looks like there is going to be moves for him.’

The club will almost surely face strong competition from other top European clubs, including Bayern Munich and Real Madrid, for the teenager’s services in the summer.

In total, Portugal U21 international Joao has netted nine goals and contributed five assists in 23 matches this season.

He netted in their recent 5-1 victory over Boavista and in the 4-2 away win at local rivals Sporting CP in front of watching scouts.

Joao also found the net in last weekend’s 10-0 thrashing of Costinha’s Nacional.

Man Utd dealt huge blow in their pursuit of £180,000-a-week Argentine forward

Amid rumours connecting the Juventus and Argentina forward Paulo Dybala to La Liga side Real Madrid, sporting director Fabio Paratici says they have no intention of selling the striker.

The Old LAdy have indicated they have no plans to part ways with Paulo Dybala due to being unable to land either Neymar or Lionel Messi as a replacement.

The Argentine star has recently been connected with a move to Los Blancos, with reports suggesting the club are planning to make offer worth €120 million (£105 million) this summer.

Manchester United are also understood to be keen on Dybala, who scored versus the Red Devils in the Champions League earlier this campaign.

Paulo’s future has come under the scrutiny after being left on the bench versus Sassuolo, previously having stormed off in the draw with another Serie A side Parma.

But chief Fabio Paratici told Gazzetta dello Sport: “Those who leave are those who want to. I repeat, our squad is difficult to improve. ”

“Who do you get that is better than Dybala? It’s difficult to sign Messi. Even with Neymar I’d have doubts.  Dybala is someone who is always there, until the end.”

Another player the Serie A giants have no plans to allow to depart is Moise Kean, with the likes of Italian club Genoa, Bundesliga outfit Schalke, Championship title chasers Leeds United and struggling Premier League side Newcastle all linked with the 18-year-old ace.

The Old Lady see a bright future for the Italy international and feel the player is capable of establishing himself in the senior team.

Chief appears to rule out £290,000-a-week Man Utd star return to UCL giants

Juventus chief Fabio Paratici has confirmed that Manchester United central midfielder Paul Pogba is improbable to return to Turin.

Frenchman has found a fresh lease of life under Norwegian manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at the Red Devils after losing his place in the side in the last days of Jose Mourinho’s time at the Theatre of Dreams.

Netting eight goals and picking up five assists in his last nine EPL appearances, the French star has appeared as one of the most impressive midfielders in world football and has been justifying his billing at the club.

But there have also been claims that Juventus are keen on taking him back to Turin and could launch a move for him in the next summer transfer market.

But the sporting director has poured cold water over the speculations and admitted that it would be a highly unlikely deal at the moment.

Asked if Paul will return to the Old Lady, the club’s sporting director told Italian outlet Gazzetta dello Sport:

“No. In football, you never know but it is going to be difficult.”

Pogba’s future at the Red Devils was under the scanner when his relationship deteriorated with Portuguese manager Jose Mourinho, but the club are now improbable to sell one of their most in form and prized assets.

Bianconeri are also thought to be the favourites to sign highly-rated Ajax star Matthijs de Ligt this summer, in spite of interest from the likes of Manchester United, league rivals Manchester City and Barcelona.

Man Utd express interest in securing signature of £65m European giants signing

Manchester United face stiff competition from China to prise South American striker Luis Suarez from Barcelona, according to recent reports in Spain.

The 32-year-old star has netted 15 La Liga goals in 22 matches this season.

Barcelona sit 6 points clear of Santiago Solari’s Real Madrid at the top of the table, with Luis the league’s second-highest scorer behind his teammate Lionel Messi.

GOLdigital state that Manchester United are monitoring the Uruguay international forward’s situation at Blaugrana, with Chinese sides also reported to be circling.

It is highly unlikely to see Reds’ former No.7 turn out at the Red Devils any time soon.

Manchester United’s transfer policy under Ed Woodward has seen the EPL club target stars below the age of 27 – with the exception of Swedish Zlatan Ibrahimovic – to ensure lengthy value for any financial expenditure and there is nothing to suggest Manchester United will make a swoop.

Tottenham Hotspur’s central defender, Toby Alderweireld, was considered too expensive, to warrant the £50m quoted by the North London giants last summer.

Meanwhile, Philippe Coutinho is understood to retain the faith of the Blaugrana board amid his slump in form this campaign.

The Brazil international was connected with a move to Old Trafford in the January transfer market amid his struggles to secure a systematic starting berth under current boss Ernesto Valverde.

But ESPN state that while there are concerns as to where exactly Coutinho, formerly of the Reds, fits into the plans at Catalonia, the 26-year-old star will not be sold in the immediate future after his £142m arrival from Anfield in January 2018.