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Lyon star pours cold water on Man Utd hopes of signing him this summer

Lyon forward Moussa Dembele says he won’t be moving this summer transfer window, in spite of reports that Manchester United were keen on signing him.

Dembele switched from Celtic the previous year for just under £20 million, and it had been speculated Manchester United would make a £40 million move for him in the summer.

The striker netted 23 goals in 52 matches for Lyon in the 2018/19 season, and he followed that up with the winner in his country’s Under-21’s win over Croatia on Friday to send France into the semi-finals.

United have been connected with a number of young attackers this summer as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer plans to inject some energy into the attack, with Joao Felix, Dembele and Jadon Sancho among those reported to be interesting him.

But Moussa has moved to end the speculation regarding his future, by committing his long-term future to Lyon after the Croatia match.

Dembele said: “I still have 4 years left on my contract, I will be in Lyon next season.”

In May, Dembele hadn’t ruled out the possibility of leaving Les Gones but admitted he was content in Ligue 1.

“I signed for five years with Lyon and I’m happy there but we’ll see what happens,” Moussa had said. I’m happy to stay with Lyon next season but we’ll see.”

Meanwhile, Serie A giants Juventus are ready to withdraw their long-standing interest in Manchester United star Paul Pogba in order to land the Nerhalnds international Matthijs de Ligt and Paris Saint-Germain’s contact rebel Adrien Rabiot, according to Sky Italia.

Man Utd ready to sacrifice struggling duo for £90,000-a-week EPL star

Manchester United are prepared to offer Leicester City the chance to land Eric Bailly and Marcos Rojo as part of a summer deal for their star defender Harry Maguire, according to the Sun.

They report that Red Devils are keen to sign the towering England international, but are learning the asking price a problem during a summer in which they are grappling with overhauling their roster without the lure of UEFA Champions League football.

That has seemingly led them to offer up Eric and Marcos to effectively help Leicester City replace Maguire as part of the potential deal that would see the player move to Old Trafford.

Ivorian international Eric cost United a reported (BBC) £30m when the player joined back in 2016, while Marcus apparently (BBC) cost £16m under Louis van Gaal back in 2014.

But neither man’s Manchester United career has worked out as planned, with both of them getting a status for being impetuous centre-backs with poor injury records.

Eric has the brighter future and there’s a player in there if Brendan Rodgers could bring it out and at just 25, the Ivorian could perhaps replace Harry if he got himself fit and confident.

But the Argentine star looks something of a lost cause and would not add a great deal to the Foxes backline in spite of the fact he can play as a centre half and left back.

Meanwhile, Real Madrid hierarchy have reportedly set a limit for what they are ready to pay for Manchester United star Paul Pogba, However, according to L’Equipe,

Los Blancos will not spend any more than £106 million on France international after their recent spending spree on other players.

English club turn down Man Utd player-plus-cash offer for £22m acquisition

According to a French TV channel TF1, West Ham United have rejected Manchester United’s opening offer for French centre-back Issa Diop.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side have submitted a £45 million offer including a player in part exchange for the services of the Frenchman, but the Hammers intend to hold on to their star defender.

However, Issa wants to join Manchester United, but it remains to be seen if the club will return with an improved offer as it is said the Hammers will not let him go for anything below £60m.

The France youth international arrived from Ligue 1 club Toulouse for £22 million the previous summer, and he hit the ground running at the London Stadium, featuring in 38 matches in all competitions at the end of the season.

United coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants a centre-half this summer, but the Red Devils have been priced out of a swoop for top targets like Ajax’s Matthijs De Ligt, Leicester City’s Harry Maguire and Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly.

The Norwegian believes Issa can be an affordable but quality variant instead, and after ex-Red Devils manager Jose Mourinho praised West Ham United for signing him after the Hammer’s 1-0 loss at the London Stadium last September, the club believe the youngster is a huge talent worth investing in.

Meantime, Crystal Palace board have reportedly maintained their stance over the valuation of their full-back and Manchester United target Aaron Wan-Bissaka.

The club are known to be interested in the England Under-21 international, who is said to be rated in the region of £50 million by the Eagles.

According to the Daily Mail, the club have put together an bid of £35 million plus add-ons which could result in the overall total reaching £50 million.

Man Utd reportedly send offer to French club for 16-year-old ace

Manchester United have reportedly lodged a formal €4 million bid to AS Monaco in order to sign highly-rated starlet Hannibal Mejbri.

Ligue 1 club have been gripped by the Hannibal Mejbri saga for some time now.

The teenager’s family has been trying to get the deal annulled amid interest from other European giants.

And as per French outlet Le Parisien, Manchester United have submitted a €4 million offer for the youngster.

The family wanted to cancel his AS Monaco contract over broken promises and irregularities.

But, as per the report, the talent’s family’s request to get the contract terminated has been snubbed twice by LFP.

While the family is set to try again, the Red Devils and others interested might have to go through Les Monegasques to get Mejbri.

Earlier, there were reports of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side tabling a substantial offer to Hannibal.

But, with the ace no closer to getting his deal cancelled and increasing interest in his signature, with Lyon also chasing the 16-year-old sensation, it’s imperative for Old Trafford outfit to wrap up the deal quickly.

AS Monaco themselves wouldn’t want to retain the services of a star who so dearly wants out of his existing contract.

So, while there has been no update on whether the French heavyweights have responded to the offer, the Red Devils are in with a great chance with their €4m bid.

The club’s unwillingness to let Hannibal and his family have their way and cancel the contract makes sense. He is widely considered as one of the best emerging talents in France.

The versatile midfielder though, has not played since April because of the ongoing rift between the club and the player’s camp.

Man Utd set to launch swoop for International No.7 star following Pogba comments

Manchester United are reportedly prepared to make a swoop for Barcelona’s Ivan Rakitic after French midfielder Paul Pogba revealed that he would be looking for a fresh challenge elsewhere.

According to Mundo Deportivo, the Red Devils have identified Barcelona pair Ivan Rakitic as their direct replacement for Paul Pogba. The Frenchman has recently admitted his wish to try a new challenge somewhere else, hinting towards a transfer away from Old Trafford this summer.

“After this season and everything that happened this season, with my season being my best season as well… I think for me it could be a good time to have a new challenge somewhere else. I am thinking of this: to have a new challenge somewhere else,” Paul said, thereby handing a huge boost Real Madrid.

As a result, the Red Devils have shifted their attention towards the aforementioned Blaugrana star. Rakitic emerges as an appealing option for Manchester United in their bid to bolster their midfield department.

In fact, Manchester United have been strongly linked with a swoop for Rakitic this summer. The Croatian star currently faces an unresolved future in Catalonia as he prepares for the arrival of Dutch star Frenkie de Jong.

The Ajax midfield sensation is certain to add more competition in Blaugrana’s midfield department that is already stacked with players like Sergio Busquets, Arthur Melo and Arturo Vidal, along with the upcoming talents likeRiqui Puig and Carles Alena.

Even though only Spanish star Sergio Busquets managed more minutes than Ivan among the Barcelona midfielders in the recently concluded season, a move to Manchester United will offer the player the opportunity of becoming a leader of a relatively young squad that is ready to start from bottom under Norwegian manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Man Utd formalise interest in Premier League star with £40m bid

Manchester United and their EPL rivals Leicester City have reportedly tabled €40m offers to AS Monaco in order to sign highly-rated Belgium international Youri Tielemans.

According to Belgian outlet DH, the Belgian is unlikely to be a Les Monegasques player beyond the summer transfer market.

The likes of the Red Devils and Foxes are vying to sign the midfielder and have reportedly submitted respective proposals of €40 million in order to sign him.

According to other reports, the Old Trafford outfit have been offered the chance to land Youri Tielemans.

And if the report from the newspaper is to be believed, United are prepared to grab the chance.

The report details Youri as a replacement for Paul Pogba, which makes sense, considering the fact that the French star has openly admitted to wanting a transfer away from the club.

Leicester’s offer also makes sense. Youri arrived at Leicester City in January 2019 on a loan for the remainder of the campaign.

In just half a term, the AS Monaco ace came up with a return of three goals and five assists in 13 Premier League matches, which is impressive, considering he didn’t have much time to adjust to a new league.

He was hyped up as one of the best up-and-coming prospects during his time at Anderlecht. But, the talent has been rather quiet since his transfer to the French outfit.

The Leicester loan spell though has seen suitors return for the 22-year-old star, with Manchester United, Leicester City and Tottenham Hotspur interested in the player.

The ball is now in Leonardo Jardim’s side’s court, who have to decide if they want to stall for a higher amount or accept the offers.

Youri though, is almost certainly heading to the EPL this summer, but this time on a permanent transfer.

Key man to be offered chance to sign fresh Man Utd deal worth £400,000-a-week

It seems as though French midfielder Paul Pogba is pretty interested in leaving Manchester United for the second time in his professional career.

At the weekend, the Frenchman suggested he was looking for a fresh challenge and could seek to depart Old Trafford this summer.

“After everything that happened this season, with my season being my best season as well… I think for me it could be a good time to have a new challenge somewhere else. I am thinking of this: to have a new challenge somewhere else.” – France international said.

You can imagine that Paul’s comments did not go down well at the club. But it seems officials at United are desperate for him to remain at Old Trafford.

That is because, according to the Daily Mail, the club are willing to persuade the player to stay by offering him a crazy £500,000-a-week.

He currently earns £290,000-a-week but is set to be handed the same terms as current top-earner, Chile international Alexis Sanchez.

Paul has two years left on his deal, while Manchester United have the option to extend that by another one year.

But Real Madrid are interested and are believed to have made an opening bid of £90 million – similar to the amount Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side signed him for from Juventus in 2016.

The Italian heavyweights are also sniffing around, but the former Juventus star seems to favour a transfer to Spain.

Manchester United chief Ed Woodward is adamant Paul will not be sold because he is ‘central to the club’s commercial interests’ as well as having the ability to win games.

It just remains to be seen whether the club offering him half a million pounds a week is enough to convince the player to stay at the club beyond in the summer transfer window.

Premier League club want to tie Man Utd-linked defender down to fresh deal

West Ham United are reportedly preparing to offer the French defender Issa Diop an improved deal amid serious interest from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Manchester United.

Diop is wanted at Red Devils but the Hammers are interested in keeping him. A huge price tag of £60m has been placed on the 22-year-old star’s head and it seems that may be enough to fend off interest.

It is understood that a part-exchange offer worth £45 million from the 20-times English champions was turned down.

According to Sky Sports, Issa’s agents will hold talks with the Hammers board about the star’s future next week with West Ham willing to discuss a pay rise.

Issa, who signed a five-year deal last summer when he arrived from the French side Toulouse in a £22 million move, is said to be content at West Ham United despite interest from the Red Devils.

The London Stadium outfit appeared to mock Manchester United’s interest in their key defender earlier this week when the side tweeted a video of his highlights from the 2018-19 campaign.

The video — which featured footage of Issa tackling Harry Kane and netting goals against Fulham and Wimbledon — was captained with the message: ‘We’ve got Diop, Issa Diop, I just don’t think you understand…’

He started 33 EPL games during his first campaign. His side finished 10th in the standings but are now looking to push on, having purchased Pablo Fornals from Villarreal for £24m.

Pablo is one of three Hammers signings thus far this summer, with goalkeepers Roberto and David Martin joining on free transfers.

Man Utd forward reaches agreement with Serie A giants over personal terms

Romelu Lukaku has agreed to personal terms with the Serie A heavyweights Inter Milan, the Sun reports.

The Manchester United forward has a deal in principle to sign £180,000 per week wages when a sum is agreed between the sides.

Romelu will be allowed to depart for £75 million after losing his starting spot under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

And the 26-year-old star is ready to move to Serie A to get his career back on track under former Chelsea manager Antonio Conte.

He held showdown negotiations with United officials the previous month when the player cut short his holidays to discuss his long-term future.

The Red Devils have agreed to let the star go for the fee they paid Everton two seasons ago, allowing his representative Federico Pastorello to assess the summer transfer market for his new client.

Federico publicly stated Lukaku would be assessing his long-term future at Manchester United and Inter Milan are the clear frontrunners in spite of interest from Juventus.

The club are prepared to allow the Belgian star to leave despite his scoring rate of a goal every two matches of action.

Romelu’s move comes with the blessing of national team manager Roberto Martinez, who says the centre-forward needs to find the right club.

Inter Milan are waiting on a merry-go-round of forwards to allow Inter Milan to sell Mauro Icardi to league rivals Juventus to raise the funds to sign Antonio Conte’s target.

Antoine Griezmann is set to sign for Barcelona and that’s expected to lead to Juventus striker Pablo Dybala replacing him at Atletico Madrid.