Man Utd Round-Up: Prolific midfielder on radar, PL defender on Solskjaer’s wishlist, Battle for French forward

By | January 14, 2020

Man Utd set to launch £65m bid for 25-year-old prolific forward

Premier League giants Manchester United will reportedly launch a bid around £65m to complete a deal for Sporting Lisbon playmaker Bruno Fernandes next week.

The two teams are believed to have met for talks last Friday to discuss a move for the 25-year-old, who has been rumoured with the Red Devils since last summer.

Reports claim that Sporting have turned down Man Utd’s initial offer of a player-plus-cash contract including Joel Pereira and Marcos Rojo.

According to The Mirror, the 20-times English champions are expected to return over the next week with an offer of £65m to secure the services of the player’s.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is particularly keen on signing a new midfielder over January following the injuries to Scott McTominay and Paul Pogba.

The 20-times English champions are believed to be wary of the prospect of a rival bid from Tottenham Hotspur, who were interested in Bruno Fernandes earlier last summer and are in the market for a new playmaker.

Meanwhile, Manchester United considering move for another creative midfielder James Maddison who has impressed at King Power Stadium this season scoring 9 goals and provided three assists in 25 games in all competition.

Man Utd and Arsenal eyeing move for 28-year-old PL defender

Arsenal and Manchester United are both reportedly interested in securing the services of Watford centre-back Christian Kabasele during the January transfer window.

The two Premier League heavyweights are believed to be in the market for a new defender having both struggled with injuries in that area of the field this campaign.

According to le10sport, the Hornets, Kabasele has emerged as a top transfer target for both Premier League giants having developed into a dependable performer for Nigel Pearson’s side.

The 28-year-old is believed to be closing in on a contract extension at Vicarage Road as his current deal set to end in the summer after the season ends.

However, the report suggested that both Arsenal and Man Utd are keeping close tabs on developments with the pair considering offers before the end of the January transfer window.

Kabasele, who has also been rumoured with Newcastle United and West Ham United, has been capped on two occasions by the Belgium national squad.

This campaign, he has managed to make two assists in 16 games for the Hornets in all competitions, however, missed Sunday’s 3-0 victory over Bournemouth through suspension.

Meanwhile, Manchester United eyeing a move for another Premier League defender Caglar Soyuncu who has been in stunning form for Leicester City.

Man Utd scouts keeping tabs on 23-year-old Ligue 1 forward

Premier League giants Man Utd have reportedly again scouted Lyon striker Moussa Dembele as they consider a swoop for the highly-rated Frenchman during the winter transfer window.

The 23-year-old has been heavily linked with the Blues in recent days, but the Red Devils are also believed to be interested in securing the services of the forward having keeping tabs on him during the 2019-20 season.

According to French journalist Ignazio Genuardi, the 20-times English champions had scouts in attendance for Lyon’s Ligue 1 games with Bordeaux on Saturday, where 23-year-old, Dembele provided a goal and an assist in his team’s 2-1 win.

The ex-Fulham starlet has now found back of the net 14 times in all competitions during the 2019-20 season, including 11 in 19 Ligue 1 appearences.

The Blues have allegedly already seen a £34m bid turned down with Lyon seemingly determined to keep hold of Moussa Dembele until at least the summer.

Tottenham Hotspur are also believed to be keeping tabs on developments with Jose Mourinho’s side in the market for a new forward due to Harry Kane’s injury absence.

Meanwhile, Real Madrid have reportedly identified Inter Milan striker Lautaro Martinez as a potential January signing,

Having scored 14 goals in the Italian top-tier and the Champions League this campaign, Martinez has allegedly emerged as a shock target for a number of top European teams including Premier League giants Man Utd.

La Liga giants Barcelona are currently regarded as the frontrunners for the Argentine international forward, while the Red Devils are believed to be keeping tabs on the situation as they look to strengthen their attacking line.

However, Sport reports that the Los Blancos are ready to make an approach for the 23-year-old, who has £94m release clause in his current deal.