Manchester United are targeting a swoop for Jonny Evans on a free transfer from the Premier League rivals Leicester City, according to reports.
Louis van Gaal allowed Jonny, who had initially made his debut under the legendary Sir Alex Ferguson back in 2007, to leave United for West Bromwich Albion in a £6 million deal back in 2015.
The 32-year-old star has impressed since his departure from the Red Devils and has been one of Brendan Rodgers’ key players at Leicester City.
But Evans’ current deal is due to expires at the end of the season and the centre-half has not yet reached a fresh agreement with the Foxes.
According to The Sun, the Red Devils’ team who are involved in transfers have shortlisted Jonny as a potential signing and are keeping a close eye on the Northern Ireland international’s situation.
The report states that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is keen to strengthen his defensive options but has just £20 million to spend in the upcoming January transfer window.
It’s also stated that both Solskjaer and his assistant Mike Phelan are big admirers of the Englishman’s ability.
‘Johnny’s name has come up in conversation. There are still a lot of people here who have plenty of time for him – and that includes Ole and Mike Phelan.’ a source at Old Trafford told The Sun.
Jonny, who has played in six league matches for Leicester this term, made 131 Prem appearances for the 20-times English champions.
And the Belfast-born player and his Leicester team-mates will take on Fulham in their tenth top-flight match this term.
Manchester United are allegedly lining up a January loan swoop for Barcelona attacker Ousmane Dembele.
The Red Devils were heavily linked with the France international over the summer transfer market but were unable to agree a deal with Ronald Koeman’s outfit before the window closed.
The 23-year-old star has been a regular for Barca this campaign, scoring three times and providing one assist in nine matches in all competitions, but the World Cup winner’s long-term future at the club is unclear.
Dembele’s existing contract with the La Liga giants is due to expire in the summer of 2022, and Juventus are understood to be keeping a close eye on the developments surrounding the Frenchman.
According to Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano, United are not keen on signing the Frenchman on a permanent deal in January but will attempt to loan the player for the second half of the 2020-21 season.
He has largely struggled with injuries since arriving at Barcelona but has now been involved in his side’s last five La Liga matches.
Elsewhere, Manchester United centre-half Eric Bailly could be on his way back to La liga club Villarreal next year.
According to TEAMtalk, the Red Devils have a huge interest in Villarreal’s Pau Torres, but they don’t want to pay more than £60 million for the Spaniard.
But Bailly – who signed for United from the Spanish side back in 2016 – could prove to be their trump card, with the English giants willing to offer him as part of any deal to land Torres.
Manchester United are allegedly keen on bringing Velez Sarsfield sensation Thiago Almada to Old Trafford.
The 19-year-old attacker has netted 12 times and registered four assists in 50 matches for his current club, and a number of European teams are understood to be interested in his services.
Manchester City, Ajax and Valencia are thought to be admirers, but according to a report from Tuttomercatoweb, United are also readying a swoop for the teenager in 2021.
Thiago, who came through the youth system at Velez, has netted once in seven appearances for Argentina’s U20 side.
The versatile forward still has two and a half years left to run on his deal, though, placing El Fortin in a strong position when it comes to potential talks.
United signed Facundo Pellistri from Penarol over the summer transfer market, while fellow prodigy Amad Diallo is due to arrive at the Old Trafford outfit from Atalanta BC in January.
Elsewhere, Manchester United are allegedly giving consideration to handing a new deal to Fred.
While the Brazil international hasn’t always impressed since his move to Old Trafford, the defensive-minded midfielder is currently considered as first choice under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
With the 27-year-old star tied to the Premier League side until the end of the 2023-24 campaign, the club remain in a strong position with regards to his long-term future.
However, according to the Manchester Evening News, club chiefs are contemplating whether to open talks over fresh terms.
The South American has been used on 12 occasions since the beginning of September, with eight starts coming in PL and the Champions League.