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Man Utd showing interest in sought-after France U21 international

Manchester United is very interested in Borussia Monchengladbach star Kouadio Kone amid interest from Leicester City, Atletico Madrid and Juventus, according to reports.

The Red Devils are planning to strengthen their midfield ranks and Die Fohlen talent could just be the answer.

The Frenchman came from Toulouse in 2021, he has participated in 29 matches for the Bundesliga side this term, scoring three goals and providing one assist across all competitions.

This was his maiden season in Germany and in spite of his team finished tenth in the top-flight, the player managed to have a superb performance this term drawing the attention of many clubs.

The 21-year-old has a contract with his side valid until June 2025, but if reports are true this could be Kone’s last year at the Borussia-Park outfit.

He is currently thinking about his long-term future overseas and the 20-time English champions consider Kouadio a good signing.

In other news, Villarreal’s Pau Torres and Ajax’s Jurrien Timber are allegedly both transfer targets for Erik ten Hag’s side, with the Old Trafford club discussing the defensive pair in recent days.

The team shipped  57 Premier League goals during the 2021-22 season and are widely likely to sign a couple of fresh faces at the back this summer.

18-year-old Derby forward wanted by Man Utd in summer transfer

Derby County sensation Malcolm Ebiowei is at the centre of a four-way transfer battle as the talent edges closer to a final decision on his long-term future, the Daily Mail reports.

The Red Devils and Newcastle United have joined Tottenham Hotspur and Crystal Palace by expressing interest in the promising 18-year-old attacker.

His emergence was one of the bright spots of the Rams’ season which ended with relegation to EFL League One.

But his short-term deal runs out next month and Malcolm, who has played for England and the Netherlands at youth level, is set to depart the Pride Park club outfit.

Previously in the academies of Rangers and Arsenal, Ebiowei, predominantly a wide attacker who has also operated through the middle, signed for Wayne Rooney’s side last year.

Malcolm spent the first half of the season in the club’s youth setup, scoring seven goals in seven U18 matches and also playing for their U23s.

He then became one of the young players the English manager turned to during the side’s relegation fight.

Following one of his brilliant displays at Coventry, the Old Trafford icon said: ‘He has got enormous ability. ‘He’s brave, he’s not afraid to take players on, get tackled, and make mistakes.

‘I thought he was excellent all game. He was the best player on the pitch. It is one of the best performances I have seen from a young player consistently for 90 minutes in a long time and he deserves that because he’s worked so hard. His attitude is incredible and he’s an exciting young player.’

Man Utd initiate talks to bring 6’6″ Georgia international to England

Manchester United have reportedly made contact with Valencia shot-stopper Giorgi Mamardashvili.

The Georgian star left his country when the La Liga outfit signed him from Dinamo Tbilisi in the summer transfer market of 2021.

The club initially took him on a temporary basis and made the transfer permanent last year. Los Che offered him a contract until June 2024, with an option to renew it further 12 months.

He has made 18 top-flight appearances in the recently concluded campaign, conceding 20 goals and collecting eight clean sheets thus far.

AS explain the 21-year-old ace’s great season has made Giorgi one of the revelations of the division.

The Spanish club have already informed the talent they want to extend his contract and increase his exit clause from €20 million to €30 million.

The conversations between the two sides are progressing well. His showings, profile and height have made Mamardashvili an object of desire, particularly in the Premier League, where the English giants are said to be in the running.

It’s claimed he received a call from Old Trafford and the team did this to find out about Giorgi’s financial conditions at Mestalla.

There have been reports of number two Dean Henderson wanting to leave the Theatre of Dreams this summer.

If the Englishman were to change clubs, the same report adds that Erik ten Hag and co. could try to incorporate the Georgia international for an affordable price.

Bayern emerge as surprise destination for Man Utd No.10

Bayern Munich are allegedly keeping tabs on Manchester United’s England international Marcus Rashford.

The Red Devils star has endured a torrid campaign over the last one year, with just five goals in 32 games.

As a result, it has left the player’s future at Old Trafford in the air with the likes of Xavi’s Barcelona linked.

But according to The Telegraph, Die Roten are the latest European outfit to register their interest in the 24-year-old.

He is said to favour staying at his boyhood club and is expected to undergo some extremely warm weather training in the US in June.

The frontman is then likely to return for the start of the pre-season campaign with his side on June 27.

Marcus is also in a fight for his place at international level, having been left out of his country’s squad for the March internationals.

Rashford was again omitted by manager Gareth Southgate last week for the national team’s four upcoming Nations Cup games next month.

The attacker is at a real risk of losing out on the roster for the 2022 winter FIFA World Cup in Qatar.

His last cap came last year during the finals of the Euros, where the academy graduate agonisingly missed a penalty kick.

€30m-rated Netherlands youth star interests Man Utd

Manchester United are readying a summer swoop for Lille’s central defender Sven Botman.

That’s according to Football Insider, who state that the Red Devils are willing to hijack AC Milan’s summer deal in a bid to bolster their own backline.

As per the report, I Rossoneri are in advanced discussions to sign the centre-half in a rumoured deal of around £25 million.

Though an Old Trafford source has evidently revealed that the club are exploring a move for the Netherlands youth star, after boss Erik ten Hag held a transfer summit with chiefs in Steve McClaren and Mitchell van der Gaag, with the side’s Director of Football, John Murtough, also present.

Sven’s name reportedly came up in those conversations, and it was agreed that preliminary discussions to sign the 22-year-old would take place.

After progressing through the ranks at the Eredivisie giants Ajax, Botman’s rise to regular senior football wasn’t as seamless as previous golden boy Matthijs de Ligt.

He left de Joden without making a first-team appearance and after a season of professional football under his belt via a loan stint at Heerenveen, the player made the move to Les Dogues where the Dutchman has developed into a “leader” and become a high-quality and reliable defender.

Barcelona ready to let €26m acquisition move to Man Utd

Barcelona have allegedly offered defender Sergino Dest to Manchester United ahead of the summer transfer window.

Although the player has no plans to depart Camp Nou, his long-term future has come into question because of a lack of game time under manager Xavi.

He has started only six matches for Blaugrana in 2022, with veteran full-back Dani Alves used on the right side of defence.

According to a report from 90min, the La Liga giants have told the 21-year-old that he is free to find a new side this summer, with agents of the Catalan club holding talks with potential buyers.

The report adds that the 20-time English champions have been offered the chance to snap up the USA international, with incoming manager Erik ten Hag contemplating the bringing in of a new right-back this summer.

Ralf Rangnick and co. are understood to be open to letting Aaron Wan-Bissaka quit the club either permanently or on a temporary loan deal, which could pave the way for Sergino to arrive at the Theatre of Dreams as his successor.

The former Ajax youngster, who moved to Spain in the summer transfer window of 2020, has also drawn interest from the likes of Leeds United, Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea.

€80m Benfica ace has no intention of joining Man Utd

Benfica forward Darwin Nunez has snubbed an approach from Ralf Rangnick’s Manchester United, reports in France say.

The star has been in sublime form for As Aguias this season, scoring 32 goals across all competitions, including six in the UEFA Champions League.

He has attracted interest from multiple clubs across Europe ahead of the upcoming transfer window, with the Red Devils, Paris Saint-Germain, Newcastle United and Arsenal all keen on a deal.

According to a recent report from RMC Sport, the Old Trafford side have already indicated to the Uruguayan’s camp that they’d be willing to pay €80 million (£67.8 million) to sign the frontman this summer.

But the report claims that the 22-year-old has refused their approach as he wants to sign for a club who will be in the UEFA Champions League next term.

Elsewhere, Manchester City have allegedly identified Leeds United star and Manchester United target Kalvin Phillips as a potential signing.

The highly-rated Englishman, who is under contract at the Elland Road outfit until June 2024, is said to be ready to quit his boyhood club this summer’s transfer market, even if the team avoid relegation from the first tier.

Why Man Utd man changed his mind over switch to domestic rivals

Paul Pogba reportedly reached an agreement to sign for Manchester City before U-turning because of concerns over the reaction he’d receive from Manchester United supporters.

The 2018 FIFA World Cup winner is set to depart Old Trafford as a free agent in the summer as his deal is due to run out.

Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain and Juventus have all held discussions over a deal for him but the 29-year-old also had the chance to stay in the Premier League as the Citizens were also interested in a move.

The Times report that Pep Guardiola’s side had even agreed to personal terms with Paul but the midfielder opted against signing for them as Pogba felt his life would be made ‘unbearable’ by United fans if he remained in the city.

The report claims that the ex-Bianconeri player has informed the reigning champions that his next move will be to a team outside of the division.

Earlier this week, his representatives met with the Old Lady to discuss the prospect of re-joining the Italian giants this summer.

The in-demand France international lifted four Serie A trophies during his first stint at the Allianz Stadium before he returned to the Theatre of Dreams in an £89 million deal six years ago.

England international goalkeeper closing in on Man Utd departure

Newcastle United are allegedly on the verge of securing the services of Manchester United shot-stopper Dean Henderson following successful discussions.

The 25-year-old’s long-term future has been the subject of intense speculation in the latest weeks, with the England international keen to leave the club this summer in search of regular senior team action.

The Magpies came close to signing the keeper in January and have reportedly since revived their interest ahead of the upcoming summer transfer window.

According to the Manchester Evening News, he was in Newcastle this week for talks, and he’s now closing in on a move to St James’ Park.

The report adds that the player is likely to move on a one-year loan deal, but a permanent transfer could still possibly be agreed between the two sides.

Henderson was supposedly expected to start the 2021-22 season as the team’s number one, but the star was sidelined for a long period with coronavirus, which allowed the first-choice David de Gea to secure the gloves.

The Spaniard has been one of United’s most consistent performers in an awful season, meanwhile, and he is thought to be firmly in new boss Erik ten Hag’s plans for next season.