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£25,000-a-week Portugal full-back set to stick with Man Utd

Diogo Dalot has suggested he will remain at Manchester United next term.

The Portuguese defender spent last season at AC Milan, making 33 appearances for the Serie A club and scoring twice.

The Italians are interested in signing Dalot on a permanent basis but they have been put off by the Red Devils’ £20m asking price.

United are keen on landing Atletico Madrid’s Kieran Trippier but they have found little success in discussions with the La Liga giants.

Diogo is therefore likely to be retained and he has hinted his future is at Old Trafford by saying he wants to continue his development at the Theatre of Dreams after his loan stint in Milan.

Quizzed by United’s website what his target was for the campaign, Dalot replied: ‘Keep developing.

‘When I had a season like last season obviously the things start to get more demanding as well.

‘I want to keep playing, I want to keep giving everything I have and improve. I know last season was fantastic but I can do even more.’

Dalot joined United in 2018 in a £18 million deal from Porto.

He was hailed by then-manager Jose Mourinho as the future of the club but the Norwegian tactician Ole Gunnar Solskjaer sanctioned a £50 million move for Aaron Wan-Bissaka during his first summer at United and that led to a loan stint in Italy for the former Dragons youngster.

Sheffield United started talks with 20-year-old Man United youngster

Sheffield United are interested in signing James Garner from Man United in this summer transfer window. The Blades wish to sign U20 England international as a replacement for Sander Berge, albeit on a loan deal. The Blades ended their two-year remain in the PL on a whimper this past campaign.

After enjoying a memorable 2019/20 season, Sheffield United were expected to step up and become PL regulars, just to be struck by the dreaded “second season syndrome”, finishing rock-bottom in the top league. Back in the Championship, things have been slow for the Blades, who have hardly made any additions this transfer window.

However, the Blades have now set their sights on Garner, with the Red Devils youngster a viable target for them. James joined the Red Devils academy in 2009 before subsequently rising through the ranks rapidly at Man United.

One of the most effective performers at youth level for Man United, the 20-year-old midfielder, broke into the first-team side midway through the 2018/19 campaign, and the youngster has since gone on to amass a total of seven games for the Red Devils.

While he has been away from Man United, the English midfielder has made an impression, with his loan spells at Watford and Nottingham last term helping the footballer garner several fans.

In those two loan stints, James raked in 41 games, chipping in with four goals and an assist. Speaking of the interest from the Blades again, and James is a viable target for Sheffield United, who are in a precarious position over the future of Sander Berge.

Man United in the hunt to sign €30m-rated Netherlands international

Man City are monitoring Lille centre-back Sven Botman, who is also on the radars of PL rivals Liverpool and Man United. U21 Netherlands international made his way to Les Dogues last summer after failing to make the grade at the Dutch club.

Since arriving, though, Botman slotted in seamlessly with the French club and ended up playing a pivotal role in their surprise Ligue 1 trophy triumph in the 2020/21 campaign.

Sven’s physicality and ball-playing skills have put him on the radars of several top teams around Europe, with the likes of Liverpool, Real Madrid taking an interest, along with the Red Devils. At the same time, Man City have also joined the bandwagon of the 21-year-old defender’s admirers now.

As for the Red Devils, like Liverpool, they too have strengthened their defence with Raphael Varane ready to sign from Real Madrid imminently. With Harry Maguire, Victor Lindelof and Eric Bailly available, the Norwegian manager seems sorted about his defensive options even if Axel Tuanzebe leaves on loan.

However, with Eric Bailly reportedly pushing for an exit, that could open up a spot in the back-line, considering as Phil Jones is not part of the plans at Man United, which would make the Dutch defender an option worth looking at.

If they want to make a move, the Red Devils will now have to battle arch-rivals Man City as well, whose interest in the centre-back also comes out as a bit puzzling. Indeed, the Spanish tactician already has four PL-proven centre-backs at his disposal in John Stones, Ruben Dias, Aymeric Laporte and Nathan Ake.

Man United in the battle to sign No.8 technically gifted midfielder

Barcelona have jumped to the front of the queue in the battle to add Saul Niguez in this summer transfer window. The Atletico Madrid star is also the subject of interest from PL clubs Chelsea, Liverpool and Man United.

Spain international has, for years, been a crucial figure for Los Colchoneros, having made a spot in midfield his own for close to half a decade. 2020/21, though, saw Niguez’s stock drop a little at Atletico Madrid, with the midfielder becoming a rotation option for the Argentine manager.

The fall in stature at club level reflected on the international stage as well, with Saul losing his place in the Furia Roja squad this year. As a result, it has not come as a surprise that the 26-year-old midfielder is keen on leaving Wanda Metropolitano this transfer window, with Barcelona, Liverpool, Man United and Chelsea all hot on his trails.

The Blaugrana are looking to offload Miralem Pjanic after a horrific maiden season for the Bosnian midfielder at the Catalan club. In addition, Philippe Coutinho has been deemed surplus to requirements as well, while Ilaix Moriba is facing an unknown future at Camp Nou amid a deal standoff with Barcelona.

The Red Devils are in a precarious position over the future of Paul Pogba. France international has entered the final year of his deal at Man United and is stalling on a renewal. Thus, Man United must stay on their toes searching for a replacement, with the Spanish midfielder an option worth considering.

Man United held negotiations with €45m-rated Portugal international

Wolverhampton midfielder Ruben Neves has distanced himself from speculation that the footballer could be ready for a big-money summer move, insisting he’s ‘pleased’ to work with new coach Bruno Lage and ‘completely focused’ on the campaign ahead. Portugal international notched up five goals and an assist in the PL last season.

His displays across the season have reportedly made him a target for both Arsenal and Man United. Reports last month claimed the Gunners had held negotiations with Ruben’s agent, Jorge Mendes, over a possible deal. At the same time, Neves has also been identified as a potential replacement for Paul Pogba at Man United.

However, the 24-year-old midfielder, who still has three years remaining on his current deal with Wolves, appears to have ruled out a transfer move as the team step up their preparations for the new campaign under Bruno Lage Nuno Espirito Santo’s successor at Wolves.

The Portuguese midfielder stressed that he was entirely concentrated on Wolverhampton’s forthcoming season as he brushed off the rumours surrounding his future in the wake of the side’s pre-season win against Coventry City. ‘When you want to play at the highest level of football, you have to be ready,’ Neves said.

‘It’s my job, and I need to work hard. I had a great time with family, and now I’m entirely focused here to fit the start of the Premier League. It’s about pre-season and hard work, getting fit for the Premier League.’

‘That’s the main thing. We are getting the ideas of the new coach, and I think we are doing well. We have a lot to improve, but I think we are doing a great job.’

Man United keeping tabs with 30-year-old England international

Man United have been in talks with Atletico Madrid for some time, but one problem stays. According to reports, the Red Devils need to clear up Diogo Dalot’s future before the club can push ahead with trying to add Kieran Trippier.

England international is a long-standing transfer target of the Red Devils, but Man United have reached a stalemate in negotiations over Los Colchoneros in recent weeks. The Red Devils’ director of football talks Matt Judge entered discussions with Kieran’s camp over a transfer before the start of Euro 2020 in the summer.

England international is from the Manchester area and is keen to move back to Premier League following an impressive two years in La Liga. Trippier was a crucial component in Atletico Madrid’s title-winning side last campaign, and the La Liga giants do not want to lose the defender.

Initial reports suggested the 30-year-old defender would be available for nearly £10m, but Los Colchoneros are now holding out for £30m. That asking price could prove to be immaterial, though, because of Diogo Dalot.

The Portuguese defender spent last campaign on loan with Milan, who are interested in securing his services for another season. The Rossoneri are happy to take Diogo on loan, but the teams are yet to strike a deal, with the Red Devils asking for nearly £4m in loan fees, while they also want an option to buy included in the agreement.

Diogo Dalot joined the Red Devils for £19m from Porto in summer 2018 but has played only 35 games for Man United since.

The Portuguese defender performed well for the Rossoneri last campaign, playing 21 games in Serie A at both right-back and left-back. But it looks the Norwegian manager just wants two right-backs in his squad for the 2021/22 campaign.

Man Utd keen on to agree deal for Bayern Munich key man

The battle to add Leon Goretzka to this summer transfer window is intensifying. Barcelona are keen on signing Germany international, who is also a target for Man United, amid his deal standoff with Bayern Munich.

Goretzka joined the Bavarians from Schalke on a Bosman move in the summer of 2018 and has since established himself as one of the best midfielders on show in Germany. A mainstay in the middle of the park now for the Bundesliga giants, Leon has gone on to feature 112 times for Bayern Munich while chipping in with 25 goals and 27 assists along the way.

However, the German giants are in a precarious position over the future of the 26-year-old midfielder, who is currently at an impasse with Bayern Munich over the terms of a new deal. With his current contract running out next summer, some of the biggest teams around Europe have leapt into action, with Man United and Barcelona among those showing an interest.

At Old Trafford, Paul Pogba is in a situation not too dissimilar to the German midfielder’s, at least as far as the duration of the deal is concerned. With the French midfielder being strongly linked with a possible switch to PSG, Man United need to be on the lookout for a potential replacement, even though Donny van de Beek could be an option within the team.

Leon, to that end, has emerged as a viable target for the Red Devils, who are reportedly prepared to offer him more attractive terms than the Bundesliga giants. However, Man United are not alone in pursuit of Goretzka, with Barcelona also keen on signing him this transfer window.

Arsenal and Man Utd eyeing move for 24-year-old Portuguese midfielder

Man United have moved ahead of Arsenal in the race to sign Ruben Neves. The Gunners have targeted the 24-year-old midfielder this summer with the Spanish coach rebuilding his options in midfield. Arsenal approached Wolves with their interest last month and have reportedly been told Neves is available for a fee of nearly £35m.

However, Man United have now entered the picture and are at ‘the head of the queue’ for his signature. Recent reports have suggested the Gunners stay in ‘constant’ dialogue with Ruben’s agent Jorge Mendes.

While Arsenal have completed the signing of Belgian midfielder Albert Sambi Lokonga, the club are also eager to bring in a more experienced option with Granit Xhaka still hoping to complete a move away from London to join Roma.

Man United meanwhile have a deal in place to sign Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund and are thought to be now prioritising a move for Real Madrid centre-back Raphael Varane. But a deep-lying midfielder is also thought to be on the Norwegian manager’s wishlist.

The Red Devils, along with Chelsea, have been strongly linked with a move for West Ham United midfielder Declan Rice. But following an impressive campaign with West Ham United and strong showings for England at Euro 2020, West Ham are reportedly demanding a staggering £100m for the midfielder.

Man United have also held preliminary talks with the representatives of Stade Rennais star Eduardo Camavinga, who has entered the final year of his contract with the Ligue 1 side. While Man United are interested in signing him, recent reports have suggested the 18-year-old midfielder will favour a move to Real Madrid or Bayern Munich.

Barcelona eyeing move for £34m Man Utd midfielder

Barcelona have been offered the opportunity to sign Man United midfielder Donny van de Beek but the footballer is intent on fighting for his future at the Theatre of Dreams.

The Netherlands international joined Man United in a £34m deal from Ajax in 2020, with Man United capitalising on the lack of competition for Donny’s signature due to the financial effects of the pandemic.

However, Van de Beek endured a difficult opening season in the northwest as he scored just once in all tournaments and managed only four PL starts.

That’s led to speculation that the Dutchman could leave after only 12 months at the club, with Real Madrid said to be interested in signing the Dutch midfielder on loan before purchasing him in 2022. However, Barcelona have also been offered the opportunity to sign the former Ajax playmaker.

Though it’s unclear whether the proposal came via Red Devils or Donny’s representatives, Barcelona considered the move and contemplated offering centre-back Samuel Umtiti in return in order to bring down the price.

But the Dutch midfielder has made it clear to Man United that he intends to fight for his spot at the club and he returned to training today after missing the European Championships through injury.

The fact Donny did not participate in the Euros could help him start the season in the Norwegian manager’s starting line-up, given the likes of Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba are still on holiday. Man United are ready to announce the capture of Jadon Sancho this week for a fee of nearly £73m.

Man Utd identified Southampton forward as an alternative to Harry Kane

Danny Ings is hoping for a big PL club to call for his services. England international is eager to join one of the big Premier League clubs, although there have been no approaches made from either Man United, Man City or any other top-six side for his signature.

Ings was pencilled in to star for one of the big PL clubs when he broke through at Burnley. Liverpool duly signed him, and he was primed to become a top footballer. However, following an injury-blighted period at Anfield, Danny truly shined after joining Southampton in 2018, scoring 41 goals in 91 PL games.

Having entered the final year of his current contract, Ings has refused to sign a new contract offered by the Saints. Had he committed to the new agreement, it would have made him the highest-paid footballer at St.Mary’s. The 28-year-old centre-forward dreams of playing in the UCL and for a club that contends for the PL title.

While his displays for Southampton are worthy of moving to a bigger club, Danny is yet to receive any big offers from those he aspires to join. Tottenham have been linked recently, with Nuno Espirito Santo thinking of pairing Danny alongside Harry Kane in a new-look frontline. Tottenham might be a realistic option if their interest is genuine.

There have been whispers of interest from top teams. Chelsea reportedly looked at him, as there is room in this Blues’ squad since Olivier Giroud joined Milan and Tammy Abraham is out of favour. Likewise, Man City have been thought to consider him as an alternative to Harry Kane.