Footy Extras

Chelsea contract rebel appears on Man Utd transfer radar

Chelsea centre-half Antonio Rudiger looks likely to quit the club for free in the summer transfer window, as the sought-after player has been unable to agree on a new contract.

The 28-year-old star reportedly wants around £220,000 per week to stay at the Stamford Bridge outfit, with the club’s £140,000-a-week proposal to renew last August allegedly upsetting the Germany international.

Bayern Munich, Barcelona and Real Madrid have all been linked with him, but Manchester United could now enter the fray, according to Marca, as the interim head coach Ralf Rangnick has a “good relationship” with the former Roma ace’s agent Sehr Senesie.

The Red Devils signed the France international Raphael Varane from Los Blancos for £41m this summer to partner club skipper Harry Maguire in central defence, so Antonio would have a fight on his hands to make the starting eleven if he were to move.

In other news, Manchester United have reportedly snubbed an approach from Newcastle United to sign Jesse Lingard on loan.

The 29-year-old star has six months left on his deal and Eddie Howe is interested in making the forward his third signing as the Magpies’ manager.

Whether the club make another attempt to reach an agreement with the 20-time English champions remains to be seen.

Man Utd keen on bringing Anderlecht ace to Premier League

Manchester United have pinpointed Anderlecht left-back Sergio Gomez as a January transfer target, according to a recent report by TEAMtalk.

He has been brilliant in the Jupiler Pro League and could allegedly be in line to make the jump to the elite, having attracted interest from top European clubs.

Primarily a left-back, the player is versatile enough to operate as a wing-back and even in advanced roles when necessary.

Gomez has earned the Under-21 call up for his country’s national youth team and could get a senior chance if he continues to play at a similar level.

The 21-year-old came through the famed La Masia youth academy before being snapped up by the Bundesliga club Borussia Dortmund because of his excellent showings at the youth level.

The impressive talent had a two-year loan spell at Huesca before being sold to the Belgian outfit in 2021. He has taken the division by storm since then and could become a top-class defender in the future.

The Lotto Park outfit’s highly-rated youngster has made 28 appearances during the ongoing term while having an eye-catching goal involvement of six goals and 13 assists in all competitions (Jupiler Pro League, UECL Qualifiers and Beker van Belgie).

Man Utd cannot land Bundesliga midfield sensation this month

Jude Bellingham is the midfielder Ralf Rangnick’s Manchester United want most, but that transfer is not even a possibility until the summer transfer window, according to reports.

The Red Devils are keen to add reinforcements to the midfield as soon as possible, with the likes of Scott McTominay, Nemanja Matic and Fred in some need of upgrading and Paul Pogba’s deal expiring at the end of the term.

They have been mentioned with players this month, with Borussia Monchengladbach star Denis Zakaria said to be a target but The Athletic claim that there are no advanced discussions to sign anyone in January, in the middle of the pitch or elsewhere.

However, summer switches are much more likely and the same report adds that Bellingham is the first name on the Red Devils’ midfield shopping list, with West Ham’s Declan Rice also a target.

Both deals would certainly be too colossal to pull off in the winter and may prove too difficult to do this summer as well, but the 20-time English champions will look to pursue at least one of these players.

While the side could finance a move for either Englishman, if United fail to qualify for the UEFA Champions League this term, then the club could be at a disadvantage, with other teams also interested in the midfield duo.

Man Utd place former Lazio head coach on managerial wish list

Manchester United have declared an interest in Inter Milan manager Simone Inzaghi through his agent as they continue exploring variants to replace interim manager Ralf Rangnick this summer with a permanent appointment.

The German took over at the Old Trafford outfit on an interim basis in late November, replacing the Norwegian Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at the helm.

Ralf is tasked with leading the Red Devils until the end of this campaign and is then to take a consultancy position at the club for a further two campaigns.

The club’s hierarchy are on the lookout for head coaches to fill the Old Trafford hot seat in the summer on a permanent basis.

And according to an Italian daily Il Corriere dello Sport, United, along with La Liga side Atletico Madrid, have shown an interest in Simone.

The 45-year-old tactician took over at I Nerazzurri in the summer, succeeding Antonio Conte and has had a positive start to his stint at the San Siro.

They entered the term following a difficult summer break which saw the departures of Antonio, the coach that took his former club back to the Serie A title the previous season, and key player Romelu Lukaku.

However, Inzaghi hasn’t let the standards drop at San Siro, with the side on course to lift consecutive league trophies, while also making it into the knockout stages of the UEFA Champions League.

Segunda Division emerges as possible location for Man Utd U23 star

Manchester United U23 defender Alvaro Fernandez has drawn loan interest from an outfit in the second tier of Spanish football, reputable journalist Jonathan Shrager states.

The Premier League outfit snapped up the youngster from Real Madrid last year and the ace has been a regular for the U23 over the last 18 months.

His showings have also resulted in the player training with the first-team roster as well and Fernandez has also represented his country at U19 level.

Alvaro is still some way away from making his senior team debut at Old Trafford and the Red Devils are considering loaning the ace out and it has been said that a club in the Segunda Division are interested in landing him.

The 18-year-old Spaniard is being courted by the unknown side, who want to bring him in on loan from the 20-time English champions.

Ralf Rangnick’s side are assessing their current options and whether it is the right time to loan out the highly-regarded academy star.

He wants to play senior team football and may be open to a loan transfer this month if the English heavyweights are prepared to sanction it.

Serie A giants senior team star likely to join Man Utd this year

Manchester United are leading the chase to sign Napoli and Spain star Fabian Ruiz, according to the latest reports in Italy.

Ralf Rangnick is poised to add to his options in the middle of the pitch as Paul Pogba is expected to depart Old Trafford when his deal expires at the end of the term.

West Ham United’s Declan Rice has been a long-time transfer target and remains their number one choice, but alternatives have been pinpointed.

One of those is the former Real Betis star, who has been one of the star performers in Italy this season.

According to La Repubblica, the Red Devils are ‘in pole position’ to sign the 25-year-old ahead of Premier League rivals Arsenal and Liverpool.

Ruiz’s deal at I Partenopei runs until June 2023 and there is doubt over whether he’ll sign an extension, meaning United are ready to pounce when the player enters the final year of his contract in the summer.

He has made 148 appearances for the Serie A club since signing from Los Verdiblancos in 2018, scoring 20 goals and picking up 13 assists.

Fabian, who has been capped 15 times by his country and featured at UEFA Euro 2020 last summer, has been utilised in a deeper role by Napoli head coach Luciano Spalletti this season.

Man Utd aiming to recoup almost all of £16.5m they spent on Englishman

Manchester United have allegedly attached a shocking £15 million price tag to Phil Jones in spite of the fact the player has featured just once for his team in the last two years.

The 29-year-old defender made his first start in 708 days when the Red Devils lost 1-0 to Wolves in their Premier League match last week.

Despite the fact the Englishman provided a relatively solid showing on the day, Jones won’t play a part in United’s plans going forward. Therefore, he’ll look to leave the Manchester-based outfit in January.

As it stands, he has less than 18 months left on his deal at Old Trafford. Therefore, they are looking to cash in on him during the January market.

However, according to Sport Bible, the board are refusing to listen to any proposals below the £15 million asking price they have set.

Several Premier League sides have registered an interest in landing Jones – who cost Ralf Rangnick’s side £16.5 million almost a decade ago.

Burnley are understood to be keeping a close eye on the 29-year-old, although they have no interest in paying his £100,000 per week salary.

Newcastle United have also declared an interest in signing the player.

Although, Eddie Howe is believed to be keener on securing the services of his primary targets before switching his attention to Jones.

Man Utd determined to complete move for France youth international

Manchester United have allegedly made an enquiry for Marseille’s France youth international Boubacar Kamara.

The 22-year-old midfielder has entered the final six months of his deal and is, therefore, free to begin transfer discussions with foreign clubs this transfer market over a move at the end of the campaign.

There have been reports that Les Olympiens are open to a sale in January, with the Ligue 1 side reluctant to lose the player on a free transfer ahead of the 2022-23 term.

The Red Devils have long been linked with the youngster, and according to Corriere dello Sport, the 20-time English champions have ‘come forward’ for the in-demand talent’s signature.

The report adds that Ralf Rangnick’s side are now exploring the possibility of bringing the midfielder to Old Trafford before the winter transfer window closes for business.

Boubacar has again been an important player for Jorge Sampaoli’s side this season, making 23 appearances across all competitions, including 17 matches in France’s top flight.

Newcastle United, Barcelona, West Ham United and Real Madrid are also believed to be keen on signing the sought-after Marseille academy graduate either this month or on a free transfer in the summer.

27-year-old Ivory Coast international ready to quit Man United

Eric Bailly is allegedly open to the idea of departing Manchester United on loan before the end of the winter transfer window.

The 27-year-old Ivorian star is not currently available for selection because of his involvement at the Africa Cup of Nations for his country, but the player failed to secure regular action in the first half of the campaign.

Bailly only signed an extension with the Red Devils last April, but the player is behind Victor Lindelof, Raphael Varane and Harry Maguire in the pecking order for the centre-half spots at Old Trafford.

According to a report from ESPN, Bailly is open to quitting Ralf Rangnick’s side on loan this transfer market but fears that the defender could be priced out of a mid-season transfer.

The report goes on to say that Manchester United would require a loan sum for Bailly, in addition to Eric’s full wage packet being covered for the remainder of the season.

The centre-back, who arrived at the club from the La Liga outfit Villarreal in the summer transfer market of 2016, has featured seven times for the 20-time English champions this season, including four matches in the Premier League.