Man Utd loanee could join PL rivals despite Roma desire to complete permanent deal

Manchester United star Chris Smalling is in negotiations about a return to the PL as Everton and Tottenham battle for his services, according to the latest reports.

The England centre-half has spent the season on loan at Roma from the Red Devils and has reignited his career with a string of impressive displays.

The Serie A outfit will attempt to land the 30-year-old on a permanent deal at the end of the season but will face stern competition.

According to Italian outlet Corriere Dello Sport, the Toffees and Jose Mourinho’s side are weighing up swoops while Maurizio Sarri’s Juventus could also be in the running.

United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer doesn’t eye Smalling as part of his first-team plans and is prepared to cash in with the right offer.

Chief executive Ed Woodward is demanding £16.5 million for the star whose contract expires in June of 2022.

Mourinho is in the transfer market for a new central defender as Jose prepares for life without Jan Vertonghen.

The Belgian international is out of contract at the end of the season as he continues to delay putting pen-to-paper on extending his stay.

He would also be considered a cheaper option that Kalidou Koulibaly who would set Spurs back around £127 million.

Everton chief Carlo Ancelotti was also be handed a huge kitty this summer and will have the financial power to match Chris’ wage demands.

Meanwhile, Manchester United could revive interest in fellow Premier League side Bournemouth forward Joshua King who came close to joining the Red Devils during January transfer window.

Man Utd could still move for former January target Joshua King

Manchester United could reportedly still be keen on signing Bournemouth forward Joshua King after missing out on him in the January transfer market.

The club have already signed 30-year-old Odion Ighalo last month and are in the market for another forward this summer.

According to the Daily Mail, the Manchester side could turn their attention to Joshua again after a failed bid for the attacker in January.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has already spent £200m on new players including Bruno Fernandes this term and it looks likely that Manchester United boss will spend big this summer as well, according to a recent report by the Daily Mail.

King has scored three goals and has made two assists in 17 appearances for Bournemouth this term and is on the club’s radar, according to the report.

The Red Devils could do with more depth in their roster after being overly reliant on Marcus Rashford this term, with their top scorer now out injured.

It remains to be seen if Joshua is really good enough for a club like Manchester United, but he might do a decent job as a backup variant.

United chief Ed Woodward has also indicated that the club will spend big this summer as well, as per the Mail’s report.

Meanwhile, Arsenal have reportedly accelerated negotiations with Bukayo Saka over a new deal after being alerted to interest from PL rivals Manchester United and Liverpool

Saka has thrived since Mikel Arteta took over at home in December, racking up his eighth assist of the term in Sunday’s 4-0 win over Newcastle United.

Man Utd manager reportedly set his sights on Odsonne Edouard

Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard is a summer transfer target for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Manchester United, according to the latest reports.

The Hoops forward has been in sensational form this campaign with 24 goals in all competitions thus far.

The French star is the leading the Scottish Premiership’s top scorer rankings too as Neil Lennon’s side chase down nine-in-a-row.

Last week the forward, who has two-and-a-half years left on his existing deal, said interest in his services was flattering but the pacy star was only focused on Celtic.

And now, according to the Daily Mail, the Red Devils’ transfer chief Ed Woodward has drawn a list of stars they want in the summer – with Odsonne on it.

They say that the world football heavyweights have ‘eyed up’ the French Under-21 international.

The club signed Odion Ighalo last month after failing to sign Bournemouth’s Josh King to fire them to the top four.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side have reportedly identified Timo Werner of Reb Bull Leipzig as their top target.

Ex-Celtic player Moussa Dembele is also said to be on the transfer radar of their scouts. However, it is stated that Edouard is also attracting their attention.

Meantime, Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer branded Eric Bailly “absolutely fantastic” following the star’s performance against Chelsea on Monday night.

“Absolutely fantastic, Eric is a top defender. His block from [Mateo] Kovacic was out of this world, he is quick, strong, brave as a lion. It is great to have him back,” Ole told reporters.

The 25-year-old star hadn’t played a single minute of senior-team football for United this term ahead of Monday’s affair.