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.
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.
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.