Man Utd Round-Up: Shaw’s Replacement, £31m Price Tag on Defender, Battle For Brazilian Midfielder

May 19, 2018

Not Hysaj: Man Utd Confident to Complete Deal For £31m-rated Napoli Star

Manchester United are now in pole position to sign Faouzi Ghoulam after Napoli lowered their price tag for the 27-year-old defender.

The Red Devil have been tracking the full-back since the last summer and were reportedly ready to make an offer for his signature in the upcoming transfer window.

The Algeria international defender has also been linked with a transfer to Chelsea and Liverpool. However, it is now believed that the Red Devils are favourites to get the deal done.

Italian outlet Il Mattino claim, Man Utd have followed Ghoulam’s progress this campaign and recent developments will encourage Jose Mourinho’s side to make their move.

Napoli had informed suitors no bid under £44million would be accepted for the 27-year-old defender. However, an injury-laden season for Ghoulam have seen te Italian giants to soften their demands..

Napoli have lowered their asking price to £31m and now Man Utd seriously considering to make a move for his signature this summer.

Jose Mourinho is planning massive squad overhaul, and the defensive area seems to be a priority for former Chelsea boss.

Barcelona centre-back Samuel Umtiti is also believed to be a top target for Portugues manager alongside with Tottenham duo Danny Rose and Toby Alderweild.

PSG Joined Man Utd In The Transfer Race For €60m-rated Brazilian Midfielder

Ligue 1 giants PGS have reportedly entered the race to sign Brazilian midfielder Fred from Shakhtar Donetsk.

Manchester United are believed to be leading the race for the South American midfielder’s signature after their local rivals Manchester City cooled their interest.

However, free-spending French club could provide stiff competition for Brazilian midfielder signature after identifying him as their top target in the upcoming summer transfer window.

The Manchester Evening News reports that Ligue 1 giants are in the market for a box-to-box midfielder to prevent them from relying too heavily on their youngster Adrien Rabiot.

Vice-captain Thiago Motta is 35 and likely to leave the club this summer with 33-year-old Lassana Diarra is also heading out from Parc de Princes ahead of the next season.

Fred has a release clause of €60m (£52.9m) in his current deal with the Ukrainian club, and Shakhtar are unwilling to allow him to leave cheaper.

A new central midfielder is believed to be a priority for the Red Devils head coach, Jose Mourinho this summer due to possible departure of Marouane Fellaini and the retirement of Michael Carrick.

Man Utd identified Championship star as a perfect replacement for Luke Shaw

Nottingham Forest full-back Matthew Bondswell has reportedly emerged as a long-term replacement for Man Utd defender Luke Shaw.

Portuguese head-coach, Jose Mourinho is reportedly keen to strengthen his full-back positions for the next season, but it appears that the Red Devils are also placing focus on their academy setup.

According to the Daily Mail, The Red Devils are keen to take advantage of the contract situation and lure Bondswell at Old Trafford ahead of the new 2018/19 season.

The Championship outfits have offered the 16-year-old full-back a contract, however, there have been no indications that it will be signed, leaving Jose Mourinho’s side in a good position where they could make an official approach for his signature.

The Southampton are also believed to be interested, however, as it stands, the Red Devis are considered to be the favourites to get the deal done.

Meanwhile, Manchester United have reportedly decided to make a move for Napoli defender Elseid Hysaj.

The Red Devils are expected to be in the market for new full-backs with the future of Luke Shaw Matteo Darmian and Daley Blind remains up in the air.

According to The Sun, the Red Devils head-coach Jose Mourinho has given the green light to activate Hysaj’s £44m release clause in order to strengthen the weak areas for the next campaign and compete for the Premier League trophy

The 24-year-old has spent the three campaigns at the Italian giants, with 132 appearances having been made by the Albanian defender in all competitions.