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‘De Ligt is a Smokescreen For Glenn Murray’ ‘More Chance of Signing Him on a Transfer Ban’ Man Utd Fans Are Not Having The De Ligt Rumours

Rumours are flying high this morning after promising Ajax defender Matthijs De Ligt liked Rio Ferdinand’s Instagram post.

Yeah, you read that right, seemingly nowadays that means the transfer is signed, sealed and delivered. However, one of Europe’s most sought prospects has his pick of teams, reportedly Barcelona, Juventus and Bayern Munich – so surely joining a Man United side, not in the Champions League would be a bizarre move for the Ajax Captain.

Having played 55 times across all competitions last season, and largely impressing, De Ligt is the name on the tip of everyone’s tongue. No doubt his agent will be throwing names into the hat to bump up the price, a rumoured 70m.

Has we have seen in previous transfers, many agents use United’s name to either gain a new well-paid contract for their player or engineer a bigger move away.

It’s unlikely De Ligt will choose the bright lights of Old Trafford and many Red Devils seem to agree…

Man Utd Fans Want Man City’s Sane – Twitter Reacts To Hoeness Statement

Following the departures of Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben at the end of the season, Bayern Munich have turned their attention to Man City’s Leroy Sane.

They see Sane as a direct replacement for the wingers, and with the German currently being a contract rebel at the Etihad, the signs are looking good for the Bundesliga Champions.

Following an indifferent year for Sane, and seemingly out of favour in Pep Guardiola’s plan. With him preferring either Raheem Sterling or Bernando Silva, even Riyad Mahrez for most of the season, it seems all ways lead of out Manchester.

Having been one of Guardiola’s first signings from Schalke for 37m, it seems Bayern Munich want to spend no more than their record fee of 70m. Furthermore, the Citizens are reportedly looking in the region 90m and not looking to budge on that figure.

However, a few Man United fans have jumped on the Sane train, as they look to close the gap to their rivals, and getting a player of Sane’s quality would certainly improve Solskjaer’s squad.

Twitter seems to be a mixed bag of opinions on Sane, as we see below…

‘Selling Lukaku is a Bad Move’ ‘Cashing In Is a Great Move’ Man United Fans Split On Strikers Link Away

Romelu Lukaku has been strongly linked with a move to Inter Milan in recent days, as former Chelsea boss Antonio Conte looks to set to be in charge of the Serie A side next season.

After a great start to life at Old Trafford, many goal droughts, injuries and struggles have seen the Belgian strikers time decline over time. There was a purple patch during the early part of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s caretaker time in charge when Lukaku was finding the net with ease.

Nevertheless, on the whole, it’s not really worked out for the former Everton man. He seems to have lost confidence in himself and looks a shadow of the striker he was at West Brom and Everton.

A move away from the Premier League may be a good move for Lukaku. Especially with the Euro’s coming up at the end of next season, he won’t want to be warming the bench again inside Old Trafford.

It seems Lukaku is a bit of a marmite player at Man United, fans want him to stay and go in even numbers.

Whichever side of the fence you’re on, it seems the Belgium’s time being a Red Devil may be nearing an end…

Is Man United Target Wan-Bissaka Worth 50m

After a more than an impressive first season, Crystal Palace star full back Aaron Wan-Bissaka has unsurprisingly received interest from a host of top flights clubs.

The 21-year-old fullback holds an impressive resume boasting the second most interceptions and, the third most tackles out of any other player in the 2018/2019 season.

Illustrating his talent, Wan-Bissaka has demonstrated he epitomises the modern full back. With United’s reported opening bid of £25m likely to be rejected, one would expect Palace to ramp up the price on his head to a figure at least around the 50m mark. The fact he is English will add weight to the price tag, bearing in mind the amount of money homegrown players currently exchange hands for in the Premier League.

However, does just one breakthrough season justify the inflated price tag?

Perhaps if United are not willing to pay, other clubs may not hesitate to pay the expensive sum. Thus, leaving Solskjaer to not risk taking any chances, especially since Antonio Valencia’s departure has left a space at RB and Diego Dalot’s recent performances defiantly suggest he could do with some friendly competition. With Manchester City chock-full of full backs and Chelsea stranded in a transfer ban, United may be at the forefront to sign the young prospect.

Amid the state the Red Devils are in, is Solskjaer willing to risk out on losing a seemingly promising player. It is impossible to say Wan-Bissaka is worth £50m after just one season, however, if United do not pay this maybe someone else will. Although you would think United could outbid rivals Spurs and Arsenal in a bidding war.

Let’s also remember United paid circa £30m for Luke Shaw four years ago, and City will often pay £40 – £50 for full backs. At 21 years of age, he may not be worth the extortionate sum, but in modern market conditions, the risk of not meeting this amount could mean United could miss out on one of England’s hottest prospects.

DOMINO EFFECT: Pogba Leaves and These 3 Players Are Welcomed in Through The Man United Doors

Much will be made of this season’s summer transfer window, Man United will seemingly be linked with anyone who may be slightly available. However, the outgoings may cause as many headlines as the incomings.

Paul Pogba will no doubt hog the headlines, with his, is he staying or is he going story line. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has made no secret that he wants his business done early and preferably before the pre-season campaign starts. With the Red Devils looking to have a good start to the season following a dreadful end to the season in which United finished 6th.

A move to Real Madrid seems very much on the cards, amidst reports he is set to become the club captain at Old Trafford – Two very contrasting news stories.

However, if the Pogba to Real Madrid move happens, then the Norwegian boss will be looking to get some new fresh faces in through the doors as soon as possible.

We think these three bright young players would fit in nicely at Old Trafford…

Joao Felix

The Benfica striker is one of the hottest properties around at the minute. In only his first season in professional football, Felix bagged 14 goals and seven assists in his 20 games.

United need a consistent striker, and this 19-year-old may be the answer as Solskjaer looks to provide a bright future at Old Trafford.

We looked a little more in depth at Felix here

Nicolas Pepe

Nicolas Pepe has lit up Ligue 1 on the right wing this season for Lille. Solskjaer needs to create a balance within the team, and the right-wing role has been a troublesome spot to fill this year with no real recognised player in the first team squad.

Having scored 21 and provided 11 assists, Pepe is something United need and the fans would love to watch

Tanguy Ndombele

The defensive midfielder has been a person of interest to the blue side of Manchester already this summer, as they see Ndombele being a long term replacement for Ferdandinho.

Having lost Ander Herrera, and with Matic not getting any younger, Lyon’s defensive midfielder may be a good shout to bring in to provide much-needed cover for United defence.

Mr Man City Is The Clubs Best Bit of Business – Agreed

This article started its lifespan as describing what we learnt about Manchester City in the FA Cup last weekend. The answer was not a lot.

Manchester City are a terrifyingly superior side and, don’t defend high up the pitch if it means trying to outpace Raheem Sterling. You won’t do it.

The news that was more shocking came the next day and it was that Vincent Kompany would be leaving the Citizens after 11 years at the Etihad Stadium.

The definition of being in the right place at the right time, Kompany joined the week before the takeover and, has been a major part in the clubs remarkable success over the years. He’s started a charity, he had a (pretty decent) racehorse named after him, Kool Kompany. And became a true fan favourite at the Etihad.

Huge names came and went for transfer fees you couldn’t imagine Man City spending in 2008, but Kompany was there for the long haul. His modest transfer fee was an irrelevance as he made himself an indispensable part of the team, and eventually the obvious choice for the Captain’s armband. His passion for the club and his role there remained immensely obvious throughout his City career, occasionally bubbling over to losing his cool.

However fans were always happy to overlook this, and were often rewarded, no more so than with his last Manchester City goal, his only this season and his only from outside the box.

Kompany is one of the most loyal and passionate players to have been on City’s books. A true Man City legend who I’m sure people will be talking about in decades to come.

THE LOWDOWN: Man United Linked with Another Championship Youngster, Stoke’s Nathan Collins – Could He Cut It at Old Trafford

Ahead of what will hopefully be a busy summer window for Manchester United. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer looks eager to bolster his side with young talent.

Recommended by Darren Fletcher, United look set to make a move for 18-year-old Irishman and Stoke City centre half Nathan Collins. With the terrible performances of Phil Jones and Chris Smalling of late, it seems apparent another centre back is necessary.

Still failing to replace Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand so many seasons on, United have been left with a void at the back. With Victor Lindelof showing signs of promise, Solskjaer is desperate for a fixed term partnership at the back. Therefore, what the manager can learn from his predecessors’ mistakes, is that to not sign short term players for long term problems.

At just 18-years-old, the Irish defender Collins has shown great potential during his time at the Potters. Although perhaps he may not be just ready to play week in week out at United at the moment, signing young talent will certainly be a step in the right direction for the Red Devils, as they look to build a solid foundation for the future.

Perhaps Collins could be the first signing of what will be the rebuild of an ageing and lacklustre Man United team. With Mason Greenwood, Angel Gomes and others making their moves into the first-team, Solskjaer looks apparent to favour youth. With an unmotivated team that should be ripped apart this transfer window, hungry youngsters like Collins will have the opportunity to prove themselves on the big stage and hopefully re-ignite the United Way.

Man United fans are you excited at the news of Nathan Collins possibly arriving?

Should Man United go for Gareth Bale this summer?

Nearly twelve months ago Gareth Bale, scored a Champions League Final goal that will go down in history as one of the best ever in European football.

With Real Madrid’s game against Liverpool hanging on a knife-edge at 1-1, up stepped the Welshmen with an overhead kick that turned the tie so far in the favour of ‘Los Blancos’, they never looked back as they strolled magnificently towards a 3-1 victory over Jurgen Klopp’s side.

Yet despite almost single handily winning Real their 13th European Title, Bale has been frozen out dramatically in the Spanish capital this season. Zinedine Zidane left last summer, only too come back again after his two successors flopped as badly as Bale’s Madrid career has done.

ZiZou has told the former Tottenham star his time at the Bernabeu is over, and will play little game time under him as Real recover from a season which by their standards, has been a shocker.

Here in Britain, we feel Gareth Bale has lacked every sense of compassion needed to excel in a white shirt, despite scoring over 100 goals in six seasons. With his own career at a cross-road, it’s now time for the Welsh wizard to come back to where to all started.

Not at Southampton though, where the winger began his career now over a decade ago. Only a return to Spurs under Mauricio Pochettino, or up north to Old Trafford under Solskjaer will be where Bale can reignite his career.

Under Ed Woodward, United have gone for the Harlem Globetrotters route in order to win their 21st league title. Angel Di Maria, Radamel Falcao, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Paul Pogba have all been recruited to get themselves back to former glory. Sadly for Woodward, three previous managers and millions of worldwide fans, nothing seems to have worked.

Following this type of model may mean Bale is simply the wrong route to go down. At 30, United may only see him at peak level for two maybe three seasons at a push, but the Red Devils need to find success on the pitch quickly, therefore, they may have no choice but to make their move.

On an 18 million euros salary a year, the question could be who can afford him. According to the Guardian, Bale isn’t up for moving anyway unless he sees a team he finds just right.

Yet, he will know perfectly well how the land lies with regards to his future under Zidane. If going off past history under Daniel Levy, Tottenham would probably be unable to afford his high salary and manager Pochettino has left the door wide open regarding his own future.

United know who will be their manager come August and Bale himself knows that Thursday night football awaits him in the Europa League, should he swap white for red. On the other hand, a player of his statue is far to good to sit on the bench at Getafe FC away on a Sunday night.

The Premier League will welcome the talented forward back home with open arms. With Eden Hazard set to leave Chelsea, English football needs a star-studded replacement. It’s time United took the plunge.

THE LOWDOWN: Man City Linked to Atletico Madrid’s Rodri, What Can He Bring To The Champions

Manchester City are certainly not hiding their interest for Rodri, the 22-year-old midfielder from Atletico Madrid.

Seen as a direct replacement for Fernandinho, the Spaniard will be a regular starter at City next season if he can make the move from Spain to England.

At 33, Brazilian Fernandinho is on the wrong side of the hill so to speak and on occasions during the Blues treble-winning season, the absence in defensive midfield was key as Man City were found wanting on the counter-attack.

Pep Guardiola looks to have found a way around the problem when Fernandinho is absent, playing Ilkay Gundogan in this vital role. Yet the Catalan will want more cover and most importantly, a player with a more defensive mindset.

Though Rodri looks to fit the bill, his strength’s lie in your usual defensive midfield role. Very good in the tackle, blocking the ball and his aerial presence is an added bonus. Alongside his high concentration levels and solid passing game, the Spanish International seems like he would seamlessly fit in the team.

However, Atletico Madrid will want more than just 65 million from Man City. The Spaniards also want Gabriel Jesus in return as they look for a long-term replacement to the departing Antoine Griezmann, who looks likely to complete a 100 million-plus deal across Spain, with Barcelona the likely destination.

Disappointed with his lack of starts, striker Jesus would most likely leave the Premier League to guarantee regular appearances. However, the thought of departing the Champions could be slim, most likely due to the fact he knows his direct competitor in the starting 11, Sergio Aguero, is 31 this June.

Like Rodri, the 22-year-old Brazilian is seen as a Man City man for the next decade at least, especially with the form his side have shown in the past two seasons.

Whether he gives into just substitute appearances by Guardiola could see the arrival of Rodri. The question this swap will come down to whether Jesus fancies 90-minute football every game, and, would City really let a player of his ability go?

Man City fans what do you think?

THE LOWDOWN: Who Is Supposed Man Utd Target Elif Emas

The rumour mill will continue to throw names out across the crazy season AKA the summer transfer window. One name that has cropped up recently is Fenerbahce’s 19-year-old midfielder Elif Elmas.

Having been linked with Man City and Tottenham also, it seems on the surface that the Macedonian international is somewhat of a hot property in the Super Lig. However, despite having played 10 times for his country already at his tender age, and featuring 16 times in the starting line up for Fenerbahce – Emas is not a name that will get the Manchester United fans licking their lips.

With no real stand out strengths in his game as of yet, the midfielder can play in a number of positions in and around the midfield. His main position seems to be defensive midfield, however, he has been played in a more forward role and out on the left-hand side.

Elmas found the net three times last campaign but, is by no means a Frank Lampard type of player. Elmas like to play short passes as he looks to link defence to attack, in spite of this, this part of his game needs improving alongside his tackling ability. Especially if he is to carve out a career on the defensive midfield role.

Currently valued at 6.75m, it speaks volumes for his projected talent. In all honesty, United would do well to avoid the Macedonian youngster going off the above, and search elsewhere across Europe. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer seems hell-bent on bringing young talent to Old Trafford, nevertheless, they need to be the right one and be able to shine under the Red Devils spotlights.

Man Utd fans, who do you think the Red Devils should go for?

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