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Creative Spanish midfielder linked with surprise switch to Man Utd

Manchester United have reportedly approached RB Leipzig with an offer for Spanish playmaker Dani Olmo.

The 24-year-old will soon celebrate his third anniversary at the Red Bull Arena after joining from Dinamo Zagreb in 2020, and he has made 106 appearances for Die Roten Bullen since.

Olmo has registered 19 goals and 22 assists for the German giants in that time, including three goals and four assists from 14 matches across all competitions in the current campaign.

The former Zagreb attacker also started all four of Spain’s matches at the 2022 World Cup, scoring one goal and setting up another in the 7-0 demolition of Costa Rica before La Roja were knocked out by Morocco in the last 16.

However, Olmo has now entered the final 18 months of his deal with Leipzig and has only started seven Bundesliga games this season, although he did spend over a month out with a knee injury between September and October.

According to Nacional – via football365 – Man United have now made an offer of an unspecified amount for Olmo, who is also on the radar of Bayern Munich.

Bayern boss Julian Nagelsmann worked with Olmo during the pair’s time together at Leipzig and is understood to be keen on a reunion with the versatile playmaker who can play on either wing or as a number 10.

Barcelona supposedly came close to striking a deal for Olmo in January 2022, but Xavi vetoed the £58m signing of the Leipzig man, who he deemed ‘too expensive’ amid the Blaugrana’s financial concerns.

Tottenham Hotspur, AC Milan and Real Madrid are also said to be keeping a close eye on the future of Olmo, who could arrive at Old Trafford as an alternative to Cody Gakpo.

The Red Devils fought hard to bring in Gakpo in the summer but have now lost out to Liverpool for the signature of the 23-year-old, who joined Jurgen Klopp’s team for an initial £37m from PSV Eindhoven.

A new attacker is on the agenda for Man United in the wake of Cristiano Ronaldo’s acrimonious exit leaving Erik ten Hag with Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford as his two central options.

While acknowledging his team’s need for reinforcements in the final third, Ten Hag has warned the Red Devils against “burning money”, telling the press: “We have a good team when all the players are available.

“But with many games coming up, I think there is a need [for a striker]. You need one who can have an impact, otherwise you are just burning money.”

Atletico Madrid’s Joao Felix has been strongly linked with a loan move to Old Trafford, but Man United are thought to be reluctant to pay the £18.5m that Atletico are after to sanction a temporary deal.

Barcelona’s Memphis Depay, Borussia Monchengladbach’s Marcus Thuram and Al-Nassr’s Vincent Aboubakar – who could be allowed to leave the Saudi Arabian giants after Ronaldo’s arrival – have also been mentioned as potential winter additions for Man United.

Manchester United set to make January bid for Brazilian starlet

Manchester United have reportedly joined the race for Athletico Paranaense youngster Vitor Roque.

Paris Saint-Germain are also interested in the 17-year-old, who has a £52.5m release clause in his contract.

Italian outlet Gazzetta dello Sport reports that the Red Devils are currently leading the race for the Brazilian’s signature.

However, the report also states that the club will have to act fast to secure the player and may not be willing to pay his full release clause.

Erik ten Hag is keen to bolster his attacking options in the summer, but a big-money move for a striker is expected to be his priority, according to reports.

Manchester United currently occupy the final Champions League qualification spot in the Premier League, six points ahead of Tottenham Hotspur.

The Brazilian talent has already made 52 senior appearances, scoring 13 and assisting four goals.

Meanwhile, Manchester United and Chelsea have reportedly joined the race for the signature of Brentford goalkeeper David Raya.

The 27-year-old has enjoyed an impressive 2022-23 campaign between the sticks for the Bees, making more saves (81) than another other goalkeeper in the Premier League.

Raya, who was included in Spain’s 2022 World Cup squad, has made a total of 131 appearances for Brentford across all competitions and has been Thomas Frank’s undisputed number one since arriving at the club from Blackburn Rovers in 2019.

However, Raya’s long-term future in West London has been called into question as his contract is due to expire in 18 months’ time.

Man Utd in private talks to agree deal for Ligue 1 wondekrid

Manchester United are reportedly set to make a late attempt to beat Chelsea to the signature of Lyon right-back Malo Gusto.

The 19-year-old has been a prominent figure in Lyon’s side this season, starting 15 of his 16 league appearances.

Gusto’s impressive performances have led to speculation over a possible departure, with Chelsea believed to be considering a move for the defender.

The Blues have already signed six players this month, but they are looking to add further strength in depth before the transfer window shuts.

With Reece James struggling with injury and Cesar Azpilicueta in the final 18 months of his contract, Chelsea are supposedly planning to submit a bid for the Lyon man.

Although there is speculation that Gusto has already agreed a contract with Chelsea, they could face competition from United, who have signed Wout Weghorst and Jack Butland on loan deals during the current transfer window.

According to RMC Sport, United are aiming to hijack Chelsea’s bid, and they have urged Gusto “not to rush his decision”.

Despite showing an interest in the full-back, it is currently unclear whether United would make an offer this month, or wait until the summer.

The Red Devils appear to be in the market for a new right-sided defender, with Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s future at the club uncertain.

Erik ten Hag has preferred to use Diogo Dalot for the majority of the season, but Wan-Bissaka has featured regularly since the World Cup break.

With Dalot struggling with injury, the Englishman has played United’s last six Premier League games, and although he has put in a number of impressive performances, he was criticised from some quarters for failing to prevent Eddie Nketiah from scoring Arsenal’s first goal during Sunday’s 3-2 defeat to the Gunners.

Wan-Bissaka’s current contract runs until June 2024, and while United have the option to extend his deal by an additional year, he has recently been linked with a move away.

Although United are looking to strengthen their defence with Gusto, the Frenchman is also attracting interest from Newcastle United.

Gusto, who is a France Under-21 international, is yet to score his first senior goal in club football, but he has provided six assists in 54 appearances for Lyon.

United are currently preparing to face Nottingham Forest in the first leg of the EFL Cup semi-finals on Wednesday.

Man Utd set to listen offers for £90,000 a-week defender

Manchester United are reportedly planning for Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s departure during the January market.

The 25-year-old is currently with the Red Devils squad in Spain for their mid-season training camp, and he started Wednesday’s 4-2 defeat to Cadiz before being replaced at the break.

Wan-Bissaka has only played four minutes of competitive football for Erik ten Hag’s side this term, though, with Diogo Dalot viewed as the undisputed first-choice right-back at Old Trafford.

The former Crystal Palace youngster has spent time on the sidelines through injury, but he has not even been in a Premier League squad since the 1-0 win over Southampton at the end of August.

Wan-Bissaka was strongly linked with an exit over the summer, with Palace believed to be interested in re-signing the player that they sold to Man United for around £50m in the summer of 2019.

The defender ultimately remained at Old Trafford, but he is not in the plans of Ten Hag moving forward, and according to 90min, the Red Devils are preparing for his exit at the start of 2023.

Wan-Bissaka, who has a deal in Manchester until the summer of 2024, lost his starting role at right-back following Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s departure as head coach in November 2021.

The Englishman has made 127 appearances for Man United in all competitions, contributing two goals and 10 assists in the process, but he might have now played his final game for the club.

The report claims that Man United are considering their options when it comes to his replacement, with Bayer Leverkusen’s Jeremie Frimpong and Inter Milan’s Denzel Dumfries both options.

Celtic’s Josip Juranovic and Lyon’s Malo Gusto are also said to be targets, although it remains to be seen how much Man United are prepared to spend in January, especially as a new forward is also likely to be targeted.

The Red Devils could potentially recall Ethan Laird from his loan spell at Queens Park Rangers in order to provide back-up for Dalot, who is actually out of contract next summer.

Barcelona and Real Madrid are among the clubs to be linked with Dalot, with the defender having a strong start to the season, while he impressed in Portugal’s 6-1 victory over Switzerland in the last-16 stage of the 2022 World Cup.

Man United are believed to be preparing to open talks with the former Porto youngster following the World Cup, as they are determined to keep him on a long-term basis.

Marc Jurado, who played in Wednesday’s friendly with Cadiz, is another option at right-back, although the Spaniard is only 18 and is yet to make a senior appearance.

Spanish giants keeping close tabs on Man Utd promising attacker

Atletico Madrid reportedly hold an interest in re-signing Manchester United winger Alejandro Garnacho.

Having spent five years in the Atletico academy system, Garnacho made the switch to United in 2020, initially continuing his development in the youth setup.

However, since the arrival of Erik ten Hag, the 18-year-old has been regarded as a first-team player, and the teenager has been in contention for regular starting roles.

In total, the Argentina Under-20 international has made five starts and eight substitute outings in all competitions during 2022-23, contributing two goals and three assists.

Such has been the level of his progression that he was briefly considered for a surprise call-up to Argentina’s World Cup squad, only to miss out on the final 26-year-old group.

While his emergence on the scene at Old Trafford has been regarded as a positive, the prospect has just 18 months remaining on his contract, albeit with the club possessing the option to extend those terms by a further year.

United are allegedly keen to extend Garnacho’s deal as soon as possible in order to ensure further clarity over his long-term future.

Nevertheless, according to Fichajes, Atletico are monitoring the situation with the view of potentially re-signing a player who they sold for just £420,000.

The La Liga club are in a position where they are expected to make considerable changes to their squad over the coming transfer windows, with Joao Felix a possible exit in the short or long term.

A lack of European football for the second half of the campaign has acted as the catalyst for such an approach to tinkering with the group, but club officials are said to have the future in mind when they consider transfer targets.

However, the report adds that Atletico are outsiders to city rivals Real Madrid in the race to try to sign Garnacho given the size of the fee that would be involved.

While it is pointed out that Atletico would wish to do everything possible to stop a Garnacho switch to the Bernabeu, it is something which appears more possible than a move to Wanda Metropolitano.

That said, United remain as favourites to hand Garnacho a new contract with a pay rise as they bid to convince the playmaker that his future is in the Premier League.

Agent confirms: Uruguayan starlet considers Man Utd departure

The agent of Manchester United attacker Facundo Pellistri has admitted that his client may have to seek out opportunities elsewhere to address his lack of game time.

The Uruguay international did not make a single first-team appearance for the Red Devils for over two years after joining from Penarol in the summer of 2020.

Pellistri spent 18 months on loan with Deportivo Alaves between the winter of 2021 and summer of 2022, making 35 appearances but failing to bank a goal or assist.

The 21-year-old finally made his first-team debut for Erik ten Hag’s side in their EFL Cup quarter-final with Charlton Athletic on January 10, setting up Marcus Rashford in his six-minute cameo.

However, Pellistri is yet to experience his first taste of Premier League football and is already being tipped to leave the club, be it permanently or on another loan deal.

It has been claimed that Brazilian giants Flamengo are set to sign the South American on a temporary deal, which Ten Hag is supposedly reluctant to sanction.

Pellistri’s representative Edgardo Lasalvia has now revealed that Man United are keen to keep the attacker on the books, but he has not ruled out a move away in a bid to improve his on-field fortunes.

“It’s clear to us that Manchester United want Facu Pellistri to stay at the club, one of the greatest in the world,” Lasalvia told Sport 890. “However, we need him to play. There are many options in Europe for him.”

As well as Flamengo, La Liga side Valencia are supposedly interested in bringing Pellistri back to Spain, although the Uruguay international affirmed that he was happy at Old Trafford despite his peripheral role.

“I have been waiting for this moment for a long time, and it came. Of course, I’m really happy because of the moment and the way it was, and that is incredible,” Pellistri told MUTV.

“I had the luck to be at Old Trafford in other squads, but unluckily I didn’t enter the pitch to play. I looked at the crowd and all the time I thought ‘when will my moment arrive to play?’ And today was the day and I enjoyed it a lot.

“Yes of course [I was eager to play]. I am very happy, and I want to help my teammates to achieve all the trophies that we have in mind and to win every game we have because this is an incredible club and very big.

“All players want to play and of course I want more. I will fight and train hard to continue this way.”

Pellistri is expected to be named on the bench when Man United – who sit third in the Premier League table – take on table toppers Arsenal at the Emirates on Sunday.

While Pellistri’s future is being called into question, the Red Devils are trying to agree fresh terms with fellow attacker Alejandro Garnacho and supposedly want to tie the 18-year-old down to their longest-ever contract

Man Utd goalkeeper ready to take pay-cut to sign new contract

David de Gea is reportedly prepared to take a substantial pay cut in order to sign a new long-term contract at Manchester United.

The Spaniard’s current deal is due to expire in June 2024, with the Red Devils recently activating a 12-month extension to take him until the end of next season.

De Gea has not hidden his desire to pen a new contract at Old Trafford, though, and according to The Sun, the experienced goalkeeper wants a minimum three-year deal.

The report claims that the stopper wants ‘security’ when it comes to his future, and he is therefore prepared to slash his wages of £375,000 a week in order to gain a new deal.

De Gea would allegedly have to drop his wages by more than 25%, with the Red Devils not prepared to hand the former Atletico Madrid youngster another huge contract.

“I’m very relaxed. I just focus on training, perform as best as I can. But, for sure, it’s going to end in a good way,” De Gea recently told Sky Sports News when asked about his future.

“I hope (to stay for the rest of my career). I was saying this is my club, I’ve been here many, many years and it’s a huge honour to be here and I’m so happy here.”

De Gea arrived at Man United from Atletico in July 2011, and he has made 513 appearances for the club, including 26 in all competitions during the 2022-23 campaign.

The Spaniard has kept 12 clean sheets during an impressive season to date, and he has reportedly been assured by Red Devils boss Erik ten Hag that the club are not looking to sign a new number one.

Back in October, De Gea said that he was “really, really happy” at Old Trafford and wanted to remain at the club “for more years”.

“I’m just very focused on the games helping the team as much as I can. Of course, I would like to be here for more years, so let’s see what happens in the future. I’m really, really happy here,” he said.

The stopper has won the Premier League, Europa League, FA Cup and EFL Cup during his time with the Red Devils, who are competing on four fronts during the 2022-23 campaign.

This season, De Gea has made 19 appearances in the Premier League, conceding 22 goals and keeping eight clean sheets, and he will be bidding to help Man United overcome Arsenal in the league on Sunday afternoon.

Man Utd in pole position to sign 27-year-old Serie A midfield maestro

Juventus midfielder Adrien Rabiot has revealed that he is open to a move to the Premier League in the future.

The French international has been a key figure for Didier Deschamps at the World Cup so far, completing 90 minutes in three out of four games, whilst also registering a goal and an assist in the opening game against Australia.

According to GOAL, the Premier League is on Rabiot’s radar and following a near-move to Manchester United this summer, he is keen to make the move to England.

“I have always said that I would like to play in England in my career. Will it be at the end of my contract? I don’t know, but I have this goal,” Rabiot, whose current deal expires this summer, told reporters.

“I don’t have a favourite team, there isn’t really a club where I would necessarily like to play. It is above all [that] its level attracts me. I also think that the way of playing corresponds more to my qualities.”

The 27-year-old has had a resurgence this season for Juventus, with five goals and two assists in 16 appearances in all competitions under Massimiliano Allegri.

Ajax trio emerged as shock transfer target for Man Utd

Manchester United head coach Erik ten Hag is reportedly keen to sign Ajax trio Jurrien Timber, Devyne Rensch and Kenneth Taylor for the 20-time English champions.

Ten Hag arrived at Old Trafford last summer from Ajax, and the Dutchman signed two players from his former club in his first window at the helm, bringing in Lisandro Martinez and Antony.

However, according to The Sun, three more Ajax players in the shape of Timber, Rensch and Taylor have been identified as possible signings for the club.

Timber was heavily linked with a move to Manchester last summer, but the 21-year-old ultimately remained in Amsterdam, signing a new contract with the Dutch champions.

The Netherlands international has again been a vital player for his Eredivisie club this term, featuring on 23 occasions in all competitions, contributing two assists in the process.

Timber has played 16 times in the league this season, while he started all six of Ajax’s matches in the group stage of the Champions League.

Man United are currently well-stocked in the middle of their defence, but Axel Tuanzebe and Phil Jones are set to leave on free transfers this summer, while Harry Maguire could also be allowed to depart.

In addition to Timber, Rensch is said to be a target, with the 19-year-old, who plays as a right-back, featuring on 20 occasions for Ajax this season, scoring two goals and contributing one assist.

The defender has already been capped at senior level by the Netherlands, while he has played 76 times for his Dutch club in all competitions, contributing six goals and registering five assists.

Meanwhile, Taylor is also being linked with a switch to the 20-time English champions.

The 20-year-old has also been a vital player for Ajax during the 2022-23 campaign, scoring six goals and registering four assists in 22 appearances in all competitions.

Taylor, who is a central midfielder, played in all six of his side’s matches in the group stage of the Champions League, while he has five goals and three assists in 14 Eredivisie outings this term.

The three-time Netherlands international has a contract in Amsterdam until June 2027, placing the Dutch giants in a strong position when it comes to keeping hold of him.

Man United are expected to be active during this summer’s transfer window, although the size of their budget will be determined by whether they can secure a return to the Champions League for next season.

RB Leipzig playmaker emerged as top transfer target for Man Utd

Manchester United have reportedly approached RB Leipzig with an offer for Spanish playmaker Dani Olmo.

The 24-year-old will soon celebrate his third anniversary at the Red Bull Arena after joining from Dinamo Zagreb in 2020, and he has made 106 appearances for Die Roten Bullen since.

Olmo has registered 19 goals and 22 assists for the German giants in that time, including three goals and four assists from 14 matches across all competitions in the current campaign.

The former Zagreb attacker also started all four of Spain’s matches at the 2022 World Cup, scoring one goal and setting up another in the 7-0 demolition of Costa Rica before La Roja were knocked out by Morocco in the last 16.

However, Olmo has now entered the final 18 months of his deal with Leipzig and has only started seven Bundesliga games this season, although he did spend over a month out with a knee injury between September and October.

According to Nacional – via football365 – Man United have now made an offer of an unspecified amount for Olmo, who is also on the radar of Bayern Munich.

Bayern boss Julian Nagelsmann worked with Olmo during the pair’s time together at Leipzig and is understood to be keen on a reunion with the versatile playmaker who can play on either wing or as a number 10.

Barcelona supposedly came close to striking a deal for Olmo in January 2022, but Xavi vetoed the £58m signing of the Leipzig man, who he deemed ‘too expensive’ amid the Blaugrana’s financial concerns.

Tottenham Hotspur, AC Milan and Real Madrid are also said to be keeping a close eye on the future of Olmo, who could arrive at Old Trafford as an alternative to Cody Gakpo.

The Red Devils fought hard to bring in Gakpo in the summer but have now lost out to Liverpool for the signature of the 23-year-old, who joined Jurgen Klopp’s team for an initial £37m from PSV Eindhoven.

A new attacker is on the agenda for Man United in the wake of Cristiano Ronaldo’s acrimonious exit leaving Erik ten Hag with Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford as his two central options.

While acknowledging his team’s need for reinforcements in the final third, Ten Hag has warned the Red Devils against “burning money”, telling the press: “We have a good team when all the players are available.

“But with many games coming up, I think there is a need [for a striker]. You need one who can have an impact, otherwise you are just burning money.”

Atletico Madrid’s Joao Felix has been strongly linked with a loan move to Old Trafford, but Man United are thought to be reluctant to pay the £18.5m that Atletico are after to sanction a temporary deal.

Barcelona’s Memphis Depay, Borussia Monchengladbach’s Marcus Thuram and Al-Nassr’s Vincent Aboubakar – who could be allowed to leave the Saudi Arabian giants after Ronaldo’s arrival – have also been mentioned as potential winter additions for Man United.