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Man Utd 25-year-old out-of-favour midfielder could sign for Serie A giants in January

Inter Milan have reportedly identified Man United playmaker Donny van de Beek as a top transfer target ahead of the winter window.

The 25-year-old playmaker has returned to the 20-times English champions over the summer after a loan spell at Everton, with the playmaker once again playing under Erik ten Hag, who coached him at Ajax.

Van de Beek has only played 19 minutes of first-team football this term, though, with a number of players ahead of him in the pecking order for the roles in midfield.

A disappointing spell at Old Trafford has seen the 25-year-old midfielder, who still has three years left to run on his current deal, manage just two goals and two assists in 53 games in all competitions.

According to Fichajes, Inter Milan have identified Van de Beek as the ideal addition during the winter market, with the Italian giants eyeing to make an offer at the start of 2023.

The report suggests that Inter Milan boss Simone Inzaghi has personally requested the addition, with the club viewing him as a cheaper alternative to Sergej Milinkovic-Savic who is believed to valued at £70m by Lazio.

Van de Beek recently opened up on the competition for places at Old Trafford, with the midfielder impressed by his side’s summer transfer business.

“That will help everyone. Having lots of options will keep everyone sharp, and for this we need lots of good players,” Van de Beek told the United Review.

“I think it’s great to play many games. I love it when we play after a few days [another] game. I prefer more to have games than training sessions, so definitely I like it!

“I know them already, as a player. Some of the players I played against – I played against Christian [Eriksen], against Casemiro as well, with Ajax. Licha [Lisandro Martinez], I played together with him.

“So I know what they are capable of and they are really good players, so they will help us for sure. They are nice people, but they are also team players. I think this is important, to work hard together. As people, they fit very well with the players we have.”

Dutchman also believed that he was “feeling positive” about the rest of the campaign, however, the midfielder has recently been unavailable for selection following to a knock.

“I’m really working hard for it, so I’m positive. I’ll do my best. The last part of last season, I was injured, so I missed a lot,” the former Ajax playmaker added.

“I could feel that in the first few weeks of pre-season, but now I’ve started to feel better and better. So I’m really positive.”

PSV Eindhoven 21-goals attacker thought he was signing for Man Utd in the summer

Manchester United allegedly agreed personal terms with Eredivisie giants PSV Eindhoven forward Cody Gakpo in the summer, only for the Netherlands international to stay with his Eredivisie team.

The 23-year-old forward was heavily linked with a move to the Red Devils in the latter stages of the recent transfer market, however, the English giants ultimately prioritised a move for Brazilian forward Antony from Ajax.

According to The Athletic, the Red Devils agreed personal terms with Gakpo, however, Erik ten Hag’s side did not launch an official bid for the Dutchman.

The 23-year-old forward has been in stunning form for PSV during the 2022-23 season, founding back of the net nine times and providing six assists in 12 games in all competitions.

Gakpo recently revealed that he believed he would be joining Man United over the summer, telling PSV TV: “Manchester United had reported at the beginning of the transfer window. We were waiting for that a bit.

“The signals became more and more positive and at a certain point I thought it might fall in that direction. That option faded a bit and completely last week. We worked the whole window towards it. Until last week I thought I would go to Manchester United.

“I spoke to the national coach (Louis van Gaal). I called him and asked for advice. The advice was clear: that I had to follow my gut feeling, but that a transfer before the World Cup is not really ideal for the player, because then you have to get used to something. I agreed with him.

“It was all last minute for me, because until last week I thought I was going to Manchester [United]. Then it was ‘choose another club’ and decide whether I wanted to go there. That is not nice for PSV and also not for me, because it felt rushed.”

International No.8 star linked with surprise move to Man Utd in January

Manchester United are reportedly ready to make a move for Leicester City playmkaer Youri Tielemans during the winter transfer window.

The Belgium international playmaker was heavily linked with a move away from the Foxes over the summer, however, the market ended with the 25-year-old still at the King Power Stadium.

Former AS Monaco midfielder has made seven games for Brendan Rodgers’s team this term, providing one assist, but he is out of deal next June and is seemingly unlikely to sign an extension at the club.

Arsenal and Liverpool were among the teams credited with a strong interest in the Belgian over the summer, however, according to Fichajes, the Red Devils are currently lining up a move.

The report suggests that the 20-times English champions are keen to sign a creative playmaker in January and view Tielemans as the ideal acquisition, as he is likely to be available in a cut-price deal.

The Red Devils head-coach Erik ten Hag allegedly wants a player who can rotate with Eriksen, and the team could have as much as £70m to spend during the winter transfer window.

The midfielder was again a vital player for Leicester last term, playing 50 games in all competitions, contributing seven goals and five assists in the process.

“That is not out of the question,” Tielemans told reporters over the summer when questioned on a possible exit. “I feel very good at Leicester, I was welcomed with open arms from day one. I give everything for the club until the last day.

“But of course you have to listen to other opportunities, you have to look at your career, and sometimes you have to make choices. Maybe one will come my way.”

The Belgian joined the Foxes from AS Monaco back in January 2019, initially on loan, and he has played 165 games for the Foxes in all competitions, founding back of the net 24 times and providing 25 assists.

Revealed: £375,000 a-week Man Utd star had offer from English outfits

David de Gea has revealed that he was on the verge to joining Wigan Athletic earlier in 2009 before he moved to Man United two years later.

The Spanish goalkeeper began his career with La Liga giants Atletico Madrid, who he joined at the age of 13 before working his way through the youth setup and breaking into the first team squad.

De Gea made his professional debut for Atletico Madrid at the age of 18-year-old in September 2009, coming on as a substitute in a Champions League group-stage loss against Porto.

While De Gea was regarded as a talent at Los Colchoneros, he struggled for regular first-team minutes and was behind both Sergio Asenjo and Roberto in the pecking order.

With first-team opportunities limited, the Spaniard has revealed that he was offered the chance to sign for Wigan when they were competing in the English top-tier under former boss Steve Bruce.

When shown a Wigan shirt on BT Sport’s What I Wore and asked whether he was close to signing for the Latics, De Gea said: “Yes, that one” and pointed to their shirt from the 2009-10 season.

“Well I was in Atletico and it was the same season I made my debut and I was like the third keeper and not even count for the team much, just training. Nothing else,” the Spaniard added.

“So Wigan got in contact with me just to sign for them and I was very, very close to sign for Wigan.”

Man Utd tried to sign €20m-rated Barcelona star in the summer

Man United director of football John Murtough reportedly blocked his side’s attempts to secure services of Sergino Dest from La Liga giants, Barcelona this summer.

The 20-times English champions were widely expected to be in the market for a new full-back amid concerns over the futures of Dalot and Wan-Bissaka.

Wan-Bissaka had lost his place in the side to Dalot towards the end of the 2021-22 campaign, and the Portugal international’s next career move was also being called into question.

However, Dalot has since cemented himself as Erik ten Hag’s first-choice full-back, while Wan-Bissaka stays on the books despite late rumours with West Ham United.

With Ten Hag having worked with Dest during their time together at Dutch giantsm, Ajax, a reunion was strongly mooted for the 2022-23 season, especially with Barcelona seeking to offload the 21-year-old.

Instead of adding a new full-back to their ranks, The Athletic reports that Murtough vetoed a move for Dest following to his faith in Wan-Bissaka to win over Ten Hag.

The report claims that Ten Hag would not have stood in Wan-Bissaka’s way if he wanted to depart from Man United, and there was hope at Camp Nou that Dest moving to the Red Devils could have ushered Frenkie de Jong in that direction as well.

However, the USA international eventually joined Serie A giants AC Milan on loan with an option to buy, howevever, his representatives were supposedly taken aback by Barca’s €20m (£17.5m) asking price.

Erik ten Hag plans to make signings in January

Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag has dropped a hint that the Red Devils will be active during the winter transfer window.

The club spent heavily over the summer, with  Antony, Tyrell Malacia, Christian Eriksen, Lisandro Martinez and Casemiro all arriving on permanent deals, while Martin Dubravka made the move to Old Trafford on season-long loan deal from Newcastle United.

A recent report suggested that Ten Hag will be handed as much as £70m during the January transfer window, while the budget would be boosted to over £100m if Cristiano Ronaldo departs from the club.

The Red Devils recorded a 2-0 win over Sheriff Tiraspol in the Europa League on Thursday evening, and the team are now not back in action until the start of October against Man City.

The 20-times English champions had been due to face Leeds United in the league this weekend, however, the fixture was postponed following to the logistics surrounding Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral.

Ten Hag has said that “such breaks” are “useful” for the team, with the Dutchman revealing that transfer meetings would be held this month with a view to possibly spending in the January market.

“Always to use such breaks [is] useful,” Ten Hag told MUTV. “We have many meetings, we have to improve the structures in and around the club, we will do.

“We will also look to the window in January or next summer already but also to improve our way of playing by making plans and, of course, this coming period with every third day a game we have to get ready for that.

“The players: 90% is away, the others will train proper and for the rest we have to prepare very well and I hope everyone stays fit, return, healthy back and we have to go in and attack.”

Man Utd could sign ex-Chelsea forward in January

Premier League giants, Manchester United have been offered the chance to secure services of former Chelsea forward Alvaro Morata as a solution to their goalscoring issues.

The Erik ten Hag era began in shambolic fashion on Sunday as the Red Devils were humiliated at Old Trafford by a Brighton who were full value for their 2-1 victory.

The 20-times English champions had enjoyed an encouraging pre-season on the pitch, however, the cohesion they displayed during victories over the Crystal Palace and Liverpool, in particular, was in short supply as they delivered a chaotic and confused performance.

Ten Hag has struggled to attract a number of his top transfer targets in the summer and a failure to strengthen the club’s attacking line forced the ex-Ajax manager to field Christian Eriksen in an unfamiliar false nine role against the Seagulls.

The ongoing rumours surrounding Cristiano Ronaldo’s future has, meanwhile, cast a show over the start to Ten Hag’s tenure, while an injury to Anthony Martial has provided another headache.

According to ESPN, United have been offered the opportunity to lure Spanish forward Alavaro Morata back to the Premier League.

The Spain international was keen on to make a move to Old Trafford, however, he eventually joined Chelsea, while Romelu Lukaku, who had been on the brink of returning to Stamford Bridge, moved to Old Trafford where he failed to convince.

Alvaro Morata spent two tough campaigns in west London and struggled to adapt to the physical demands of English football.

The 29-year-old forward has since endured something of a nomadic career which has taken in loan spells at both Atletico Madrid and Juventus.

Morata has been deemed suprlus to requirements by Atleico Madrid, however, and with just one year left on his current deal is being offered to various team around Europe.

The 20-times English champions are also interested in securing the services of PSV Eindhoven’s 23-year-old forward Cody Gakpo who is believed to be keen on joining the Red Devils.

Man Utd-linked 25-year-old playmaker responds to rumours about possible EPL move

RB Leipzig playmaker Konrad Laimer has revealed that he was never close to signing for Liverpool or Man Utd over the summer and has claimed that a future move to the English top-tier is not a priority.

The versatile 25-year-old midfielder has been a vital cog for the German team over the last five campaigns and has racked up a total of 165 games in all competitions, founding back of the net 11 times and providing 18 assists.

However, Laimer’s long-term future with Leipzig has recently been questioned as he has less than 12 months left on his current deal.

Man Utd and Liverpool were believed to have identified the Austria international as a potential target this summer, with Jurgen Klopp’s team entering the market late in the window to recruit a new playmaker amid their injury problems.

The Merseyside Reds instead pursued a move for Serie A giants, Juventus’ Arthur Melo, who has made the move to Anfield on a season-long loan deal with an option to buy.

The Premier League is one of the biggest competitions, however, Laimer insists that a move to England’s top-tier is not high on the agenda.

“A hasty departure is not my thing. If I were to change clubs, I would want to think it through and decide calmly, not overnight,” Laimer told Bild.

“Especially since the first half of the season is very short anyway due to the World Cup and you wouldn’t have had time to settle in and find your feet.

“The Premier League is nice, but for me it’s not a must. It’s much more important to me: how do people talk to me, what feeling do I have about something.”

Man Utd and Liverpool go head-to-head to sign promising English playmaker

Liverpool and Man Utd are reportedly planning to make a move for Borussia Dortmund playmaker Jude Bellingham during next summer’s transfer window.

The 19-year-old playmaker has been in fine form for BVB since his arrival from Birmingham City back in 2020, scoring 12 goals and 19 assists in 97 games in all competitions.

Last season, the England international found back of the net six times and provided 14 assists in 44 appearances in all competitions, while he has started the 2022-23 season with two goals in seven appearances.

Bellingham was on the scoresheet in the Champions League on Tuesday evening, as BVB started their European campaign with a 3-0 win over Copenhagen.

The teenager still has another three years left to run on his current deal, and Dortmund director Sebastian Kehl recently said that the German team were hopeful of keeping him beyond next summer.

When asked about the Englishman, Kehl told Sky90: “I hope that Jude Bellingham will stay at BVB beyond 2023. I can see he feels super comfortable with us.”

However, Bellingham is widely expected to make a return back to the English football with both Man Utd and Liverpool are interested to recruit him for the next season.

Man Utd set to set to renew interest in signing of long-serving Lazio midfielder

Lazio midfield star Sergej Milinkovic-Savic is reportedly keen to turn down interest from Arsenal and join Manchester United ahead of the 2022/23 season.

The 27-year-old’s future has been the subject of much speculation over the recent months, with a number of top European teams are believed to be showing an interest in the Serbia international.

Arsenal and Man United have recently been credited with an interest in the midfielder, while there have been reports that Newcastle United could also planning to break the bank for the Lazio midfielder.

According to Tuttosport, the Serbian is interested in joining Man Utd this summer and would pick them over the likes of Newcastle and Arsenal.

The report suggests that Lazio are yet to receive any official offers for the playmaker, however, the Red Devils are likely to make a move if they decide to give up on De Jong, who is still battling to stay at Barcelona.

Milinkovic-Savic was again in strong form for Lazio during the 2021-22 season, founding back of the net 11 times and providing 12 assists in 47 games in all competitions.

Meanwhile, he has scored 58 goals and provided 51 assists in 294 games for his Italian team since arriving from Genk in August 2015.

The midfielder only has little over two years left to run on his deal in Rome, and Lazio president Claudio Lotito believed earlier this year that “an important proposal from a world-class team” would be considered.

“Milinkovic is not for sale. I turned down €140m (£120m) bid for him [years ago]”, Lotito told Rai Sport. “I’d ask Sergej what he wants to do only in case we receive an important proposal from a world-class top club.”