Man Utd Round-Up: Battle For English Midfielder, Transfer Boost, Paul Pogba on PSG’s radar

By | January 18, 2021

Man Utd in danger to miss out signing of £80m-rated midfielder

West Ham United midfield destroyer Declan Rice is reportedly not interested in making switch to Manchester United despite transfer rumours.

The England international has been in stunning form for the Hammers during the 2020-21 season, making 18 appearances in all competitions, including every minute of his team’s Premier League campaign this far.

The Red Devils, alongside the Blues, are believed to be interested in securing the services of the 21-year-old in the near future, with 20-times English champions head-coach, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believed to be an admirer.

However, according to The Mirror, Declan Rice has told close friends that he is not interested in making a move to Manchester and wants to stay in London, either remaining with West Ham or potentially returning to Chelsea.

Rice, who is believed to be valued by his current side in the region of £80m, has a deal at the London Stadium until the summer of 2024.

Chelsea head-coach,  Frank Lampard is believed to be keen on the midfielder, however, senior figures at Stamford Bridge allegedly have reservations over a move.

Lampard has been recently under-fire for the Blues poor form and has been tipped to be axed from the job if they fail to improve their record. while Man Utd are on top of the Premier League table with 33-points.

Man Utd boosted in their pursuit of 22-year-old RB Leipzig star

RB Leipzig CEO Oliver Mintzlaff has opened the door for French defender, Dayot Upamecano to move on by insisting that the Bundesliga side will always listen to offers for their key players.

The 22-year-old defender is believed to be one of the most in-demand players in European football, and both Liverpool and Man Utd have been heavily linked with securing his services.

The France international is believed to have a release clause in his current contract, however, Mintzlaff has suggested that the 22-year-old could be allowed to depart from the club for a lower price if the right offer arrives.

“We have a squad that is very broad in terms of quality. So we will sell top performers again if it makes financial sense and we can cope with it from a sporting point of view,” Mintzlaff told Bild.

“When I think of [Timo] Werner, [Matheus] Cunha, [Naby] Keita or [Diego] Demme, we’ve already made a lot of money and still made progress in terms of the sporting side.

“Overall, we have invested a lot in our team, no question about that. But look: the current squad had a market value of less than €250m (£225m) when the individual players made their debut.

“And if we now take the current market value, we are at around €550m (£496m). You have to take this plus of over €300m (£270m) into account when you talk about investments. We are creating value with our path.”

Upamecano has managed to found back of the net once in 20 games for Leipzig during the 2020-21 season.

Paris Saint-Germain eyeing move for £89m Man United star

Paris Saint-Germain new head-coach Mauricio Pochettino is reportedly determined to secure services of Manchester United playmaker Paul Pogba to the French champions during the upcoming summer transfer window.

France international star has played his way back into Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s starting lineup in the recent weeks, however, the 27-year-old is widely expected to depart from Old Trafford at the end of the current campaign.

Real Madrid and Juventus have long been regarded as the frountrunners for the France international, who has just 18 months left on his current deal with the 20-times English champions.

However, according to the Daily Star, PSG are firmly in the race, with new appointed manager, Pochettino identifying the World Cup winner as the ideal player to build his team around.

The report suggests that the Red Devils demand £75m for Pogba despite the midfielder’s agent Mino Raiola claiming on a number of occasions that his client is determined to depart from Old Trafford in the nearby future.

The former Juventus midfielder has found back of the net twice and provided three assists in 21 games for the 20-time English champions during the 2020-21 season.