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European giants powerless to snare world-class Man Utd midfielder

Barcelona will allegedly not be in the transfer hunt to sign Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba in 2022, as the Catalan heavyweights cannot afford to pay the towering France international’s wages.

The 28-year-old’s deal at Old Trafford is due to expire next summer, and a number of teams, including Barcelona, have been touted with a genuine interest in the 2018 FIFA World Cup winner.

A recent report stated that Pogba’s entourage Mino Raiola had contacted the La Liga side’s board to offer them the chance to land his client in 2022.

However, according to a Spanish daily sports newspaper AS, Blaugrana’s financial problems mean that they wouldn’t be able to get close to the wages that he would demand from a potential buyer.

The report goes on to say that Pogba would want at least €17 million (£14 million) a year, while the Italo-Dutch representative’s commission would also make the reported deal impossible for Ronald Koeman’s side.

Paris Saint-Germain, former club Juventus and Real Madrid are all believed to be interested in acquiring the versatile player on a free transfer, but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side are still working to sign Paul to a new contract.

Man Utd tracking progress of young Netherlands midfielder

The problem with midfielder Paul Pogba’s current situation at Manchester United is that until he signs a fresh contract, there will be speculations about his long-term future.

Furthermore, the Red Devils are having to cover backs in the process, since his exit would leave a big hole that needs filling.

One star who has been touted as potentially being the right player for the job in the past is Ryan Gravenberch.

The young Ajax midfielder has impressed at de Joden since making his debut, and while the Dutchman had a few problems to address in his game, the ace has done so and is now indispensable to the Eredivisie giants.

That’s why they’re wanting to tie him down to a new deal, making concrete move by contacting super-agent Mino Raiola.

SoccerNews cover this, relaying reports from De Telegraaf about extension, before adding what seems to be their own information.

They state that Ryan is being closely followed by almost every elite team in Europe, before naming three sides who are actively watching him: the Red Devils, Juventus and Liverpool.

Elsewhere, Manchester United are prepared to go head-to-head with both Newcastle United and Arsenal in the battle to sign England and Everton striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin.

Man Utd-linked midfielder hesitates over fresh Leeds contract

Leeds United midfielder and Manchester United target Kalvin Phillips is allegedly hesitant as to whether he should pen a new contract with the Whites.

The 25-year-old star is currently tied down until the summer of 2024, however the club are keen to extend his contract as soon as possible to ward off any potential interest from bigger sides, including the Red Devils.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side are said to be monitoring his current situation ahead of a proposed offer in one of the upcoming transfer markets.

According to Eurosport, discussions between both sides have hit a stumbling block and the board have been advised by Phillips’ agents to improve their offer.

The midfielder is currently earning around £35,000 per week but is understood to be holding out for wages worth around £100,000 per week, which would make Kalvin the club’s highest earner, surpassing the likes of Raphinha and Patrick Bamford.

However, the report states that the Yorkshireman’s hesitancy to pen a new deal is not entirely down to money, as Phillips is yet to be convinced by Leeds United’s ambitions going forward.

He is happy playing for his boyhood club, but the Englishman wants reassurances that they can remain competitive as a PL outfit.

The Red Devils-linked player has made 219 appearances in all competitions for Leeds, netting 14 goals and providing 12 assists.

Premier League No.3 centre-half on Man Utd transfer radar

Manchester United will allegedly have to ward off interest from Newcastle United to acquire the services of Leicester City centre-half Wesley Fofana.

The 20-year-old Frenchman is yet to take to the field in the 2021-22 season because of a horrific leg break sustained in the pre-season campaign, but he caught the eye under the Northern Irish manager Brendan Rodgers last term.

Following the player’s emergence in the Foxes team, Wesley has been strongly linked with a transfer to Old Trafford, in spite of Fofana’s fellow countryman Raphael Varane’s recent arrival earlier this summer.

However, a French source But! now claims that the Magpies’ management have already made contact with the ace’s representatives, with the club boasting a winter transfer budget of £186 million following their eye-catching Saudi-backed takeover.

The report goes on to state that Fofana is a ‘priority target’ for the 20-time English champions, though, and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side may think about a January move should Newcastle United also act on their reported interest.

The former Saint-Etienne prodigy made 38 appearances for the King Power Stadium outfit in all competitions last season, and his current contract at the Foxes runs until June 2025.

24-year-old Man Utd star wants to play for La Liga giants

Manchester United midfielder Donny van de Beek has allegedly instructed his entourage to force through a transfer to Real Madrid.

The 24-year-old Dutchman continues to struggle for playing time under the Norwegian head coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after playing in just four Premier League matches in his debut 2020-21 season.

The former Ajax ace has been restricted to just six minutes in the division so far this term, meanwhile, and a fresh report claimed that he’s ‘highly likely’ to head for the Old Trafford exit door in 2022.

In spite of rumoured interest from Everton, Defensa Central states that Van de Beek’s ‘dream’ is to play at Real Madrid, and the Netherlands international has asked his agent to engineer a transfer to the Spanish capital.

The report goes on to say that he’s confident of enjoying more playing time at the Bernabeu with Isco and Dani Ceballos both being strongly linked with exits, although it’ll still be ‘difficult’ to force his way into Carlo Ancelotti’s plans considering the arrival of Eduardo Camavinga.

He boasts one goal and two assists in 39 matches for United, who have the gifted youngster tied down until the summer of 2025.

Man Utd expressing interest in signing Everton hitman

Manchester United are among the teams exploring the possibility of landing Dominic Calvert-Lewin, according to Fichajes.

The Everton attacker has become a hot property in the transfer market and is facing an uncertain future at Goodison Park amid interest from some of the biggest sides in England.

The Englishman’s current contract at the club expires in 2025, but he’s expected to depart next summer. The Red Devils, for one, are interested in securing the services of the talented player.

They want to sign an attacking partner for living legend Cristiano Ronaldo as manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer looks to further bolster his goalscoring options.

Dominic fits the bill well because of his goalscoring prowess coupled with the aerial superiority and physicality he offers in the attack, making him a perfect long-term replacement for the Portugal hero.

As for the Toffees man himself, it remains to be seen whether Calvert-Lewin prefers to move on from the club just yet.

The attacker did start the campaign with three goals in three matches but has not featured since early September, so one would imagine that he’d want to focus on fitness at the moment, rather than his long-term future.

Man Utd have to act quickly to sign 23-year-old versatile midfielder

The Premier League champions Manchester City have entered the race to land RB Leipzig midfielder Dani Olmo, according to a fresh report from Germany.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Manchester United and the La Liga giants Barcelona have both been linked with the Spain international, who represented his country at the UEFA EURO 2020 in the summer.

Dani was in Blaugrana’s academy between 2007 and 2014, but the Catalans may lack the finances to afford to bring Dani back to his homeland.

German outlet Bild journalist Christian Falk said: “Manchester United have had scouts watching Olmo at practically every recent home game.

“Of course, we have to be careful, because local rivals Manchester City also have him on their books. You can imagine that Pep Guardiola will also like him because he would fit perfectly into the team’s system.”

The 23-year-old versatile player has only made three appearances for Die Roten Bullen this season because of a muscle injury.

Meanwhile, Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford has emerged as a doubt for his side’s game against Liverpool this weekend, according to a report.

The Englishman has only just returned to first-team action following shoulder surgery this summer, making his first appearance of the campaign against Leicester City last weekend.

He came off the bench to net in the 4-2 defeat to the Foxes, before starting versus Atalanta in the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday and once again finding the back of the net.

Former England star makes prediction on future of Man Utd keeper

Manchester United’s Dean Henderson will go out on a short-term loan in January with the Spanish star David de Gea showing no signs of giving up the number one spot.

That is the view of ex-England No.1 Paul Robinson, who feels the Red Devils face a ‘real problem’ on their hands trying to keep their shot-stoppers happy.

Following a dip in form for David in recent seasons, many thought Dean would be manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s No.1 at the start of this season.

But he missed the start after testing positive for COVID-19 with the former Atletico Madrid man upping his game and now cementing his spot as the Norwegian’s first choice.

Dean has made just one appearance this term and if he wants to make his country’s World Cup squad next winter, Paul feels he may be looking for a winter departure.

‘I don’t think anybody at Manchester United expected it. I think they expected Dean Henderson to be the No.1 for most of this season,’ Robinson told Football Insider.

‘[Tom] Heaton was signed in the summer and after that I thought De Gea would be allowed to leave in January.

‘Henderson’s situation at the beginning of the season gave De Gea an opportunity and he took it with both hands. He has never looked back.

‘United have a real problem now. It is not an ideal situation having him sat on the bench though so I think he’ll go out on loan. Henderson needs to play with a World Cup coming up.’