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Man Utd news round-up: Aarons price tag, Leicester monitoring Lingard, Italy possibility for Mata

Championship club demand £15m more to sell Man Utd target

Norwich City believe they can allocate as much as £35m by selling Manchester United defensive target Max Aarons this summer, having snubbed a bid of around £20 million from Serie A giants Roma.

The England youth international had been expected to depart Carrow Road last summer following the Canaries’ relegation but the board managed to keep the 21-year-old ace following an impressive season in the top-flight.

Bayern Munich have registered interest in Aarons and Norwich chief Stuart Webber hinted at interest from Die Roten earlier this year.

‘The only interest was in Max. No other players,’ said the sporting director. ‘We decided not to act on that interest, with Max’s blessing I must add, because it was from abroad and wouldn’t have been quite right for him and definitely wasn’t right for us at that time. It was about keeping the squad together.’

However, while Max had been keen to stay, the club are realistic about their chances of keeping the player even if they manage promotion back to the PL.

The Sun claim the Championship outfit have rejected a £20 million offer from Roma and that they’ll wait until the summer before putting Max on the open market.

They believe they can get as much as £35 million for the full-back and Max’s desire to stay in England could put the Red Devils at the front of the queue.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants to sign a competition for Aaron Wan-Bissaka, as he is convinced that Luke Shaw’s form this campaign is down to the presence of the Brazil international Alex Telles since his arrival from Porto.

Max is also more adept in forward roles, which is an area of Aaron’s game that United are keen to improve.

PL rivals to monitor 28-year-old Man Utd loanee until end of season

Leicester City have emerged as potential buyers for Manchester United loan star Jesse Lingard, who West Ham United could look to sign outright in the summer, according to a report by Eurosport.

After being frozen out of the Red Devils squad, the England international signed for United’s league rivals West Ham United on loan until the end of the campaign last month.

Jesse took little time to settle in at the London-based outfit and has made a bright start to his spell with David Moyes’ side, netting three goals and grabbing an assist from four appearances.

The 28-year-old attacker’s fine form at the current club has sparked discussions about his long-term future, with the London Stadium possibly becoming a permanent destination for Lingard.

Now, the Foxes have emerged as suitors of the player, who has a contract with the Old Trafford side running until the end of the 2021/22 term.

They are said to be keen on acquiring the services of Jesse and are planning to monitor his situation for the rest of the season before potentially putting in an offer in the summer.

The Irons are also keen on making Jesse’s loan move from Old Trafford permanent and were even stated to have discussed the possibility of doing so for £15 million with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side.

While West Ham and Leicester look to buy Lingard, the 20-time English champions could opt to retain his services and let him take Juan Mata’s place in the roster.

Man United midfield outcast could be on his way to Serie A

Serie A giants AS Roma, Inter Milan and Juventus are reportedly interested in landing Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata.

The Spanish attacking midfielder’s contract at the Old Trafford outfit is set to expire at the end of the campaign.

According to The Sun, the three sides are monitoring his current contract situation at Manchester United.

The board are unlikely to offer the playmaker a new deal, and he will certainly leave the club this summer.

Manchester United purchased Juan Mata from Chelsea in the January transfer market of 2014.

He has made 267 appearances for the 20-time English champions in his seven years with the club and has netted 50 goals.

He is a fan-favorite at Old Trafford, helping the Red Devils win an FA Cup, an EFL Cup and a UEFA Europa League title.

However, Mata has seen his playing time diminish in the latest years.

The 32-year-old midfielder was forced to accept a bit-part role in the team and has mainly featured in cup competitions and the UEL.

Juan Mata is likely to leave United as the club hierarchy are allegedly looking to let him leave rather than trigger a one-year extension in his contract.

He is said to be open to a fresh challenge as he approaches the final stages of his professional career and could be enticed by a transfer to Italy.

The Nerazzurri, Giallorossi and Bianconeri have become common destinations for ex-Premier League stars in recent years.

The Serie A heavyweights have registered an interest in him and are hoping to sign Juan as a free agent this summer.