Towering French midfielder now wants to extend his stay at Man Utd

Paul Pogba is reportedly now leaning towards renewing his Manchester United contract following the return of the Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo, according to reports.

The 2018 World Cup winner has entered the final year of his deal and talks over a fresh deal with United have not progressed.

The Red Devils face the prospect of losing Paul on a free transfer next year with Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain both want to sign the midfielder.

However, The Athletic reports that the midfielder is now reconsidering the idea of quitting United because of events over the past week.

The report states that Ronaldo’s return to the club on Saturday had a ‘profound effect’ on Paul and there is now the belief that it’s a ‘realistic possibility’ that the player will sign a contract extension with the club.

The Red Devils have already made plans in the event of Paul’s departure next summer and are targeting possible replacements with West Ham’s Declan Rice high on the club’s shortlist.

Paul has made an impressive start to the new campaign with United and has already grabbed seven assists in four Premier League games thus far.

He is on course to break the current record of 20 assists in a single 38-match Premier League season, which is held by both Kevin De Bruyne and Thierry Henry.

Man Utd drop asking price for out-of-favour attacking midfielder

Manchester United have reportedly significantly reduced their Jesse Lingard valuation ahead of the January transfer market, according to reports.

West Ham United could reportedly face a bidding war to re-sign the 28-year-old return in January, looking to edge in front of potential buyers before his contract expires in June.

The Englishman has enjoyed a tremendous week, first netting a brace and registering an assist in his country’s 4-0 win over Andorra last Sunday.

On Saturday, the player came off the bench in the team’s 4-1 triumph over Newcastle United to net the fourth in stoppage time.

Many touted the attacker to depart Old Trafford searching for regular minutes this summer, but Lingard opted to fight for a place in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s competitive roster.

With less than 10 months left on his Manchester United contract, a January departure could still be on the cards, though.

According to TEAMtalk, the club will demand around £12 million for Jesse in January, with the director of football John Murtough hoping to stretch a potential sum to £15m.

It is a significant cut from the summer’s £25 million valuation, and the Hammers are ready to return for the star’s signature if they receive encouragement over the Red Devils’ willingness to sell.

But with Jesse continuing his red hot form, the Irons could be in for a battle to bring him back if other suitors enter the fray.

Man Utd set their sights on former Barcelona academy star

Manchester United are allegedly prepared to compete with Bayern Munich, Juventus and Barcelona for the signing of Dani Olmo.

The RB Leipzig playmaker, who is rated at £60 million, was heavily linked with Blaugrana this summer and was reportedly the subject of a £50 million offer by the Catalan side on transfer deadline day, which Die Roten Bullen snubbed.

Now, according to a report from MARCA, it appears that the Red Devils and Die Roten have joined the race for the Spaniard.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side have an embarrassment of riches when you look at the attacking options as a whole, but other than the Portuguese star Bruno Fernandes, they do not have a star who is able to step up and operate in that No 10 position.

The Catalans significant financial problems may make a fresh move for Olmo unfeasible, especially if the Germans hike up the asking price, while the Old Lady would appreciate another attacking player in the wake of Cristiano Ronaldo’s return to Old Trafford.

While he may have strong ties to the Catalan side, but the 23-year-old attacking midfielder was managed during the previous two campaigns by Bayern’s current manager Julian Nagelsmann.

After finishing last term with five Bundesliga goals and 10 assists last campaign – as well as three assists in the UEF Euro 2020 knockout stages – Dani it was in the form of his life. The race for his services will be intriguing.