Man Utd Round-Up: Serie A starlet on radar, Battle for Real Madrid defender, Erisken’s transfer update

By | June 16, 2022

Udinese wonderkid emerged as surprise transfer target for Man Utd

Liverpool and Man Utd have reportedly identified Udinese starlet Simone Pafundi as a potential transfer target in the future.

After contrasting 2021-22 campaign, the two Premier League heavyweights are set to have entirely different summer windows, the Merseyside Reds already making a statement of intent.

On Monday morning, it was confirmed that a contract worth £85m had been agreed for Portuguese giants, Benfica attacker Darwin Nunez, the Merseyside giants seemingly getting the better of the Red Devils’ in the race for the Uruguay international’s services.

However, if reports are to be believed, the duo are expected to lock horns for another player in the former of Udinese prospect Pafundi.

According to The Sun, The Red Devils and the Merseyside Reds have both taken note of the wonderkids rise to senior football at the Dacia Arena.

Despite having only turned 16 years of age in March, Pafundi has already represented Udinese in the Italian top-tier, his debut coming on the final day of this campaign.

With his team 4-0 up at Salernitana, the midfielder was introduced for the final 22 minutes, keeping things ticking over with an 83% pass-completion rate.

Udinese have since appointed Andrea Sottil as their new manager, leaving it unclear whether Pafundi can expect to be fast-tracked into the first-team picture on a regular basis.

Nevertheless, it appears that Liverpool and Man Utd are keeping tabs on the situation ahead of trying to agree a transfer for when the player turns 18 years of age in March 2024.

As per regulations since Brexit, English teams cannot sign starlet from European leagues until they are 18, effectively handing the advantage to clubs on the continent.

Man Utd joined the race to sign £41m-rated La Liga defender

Chelsea and Man Utd are reportedly two of three teams that are interested in securing the services of Real Madrid defender, Ferland Mendy.

The France international defender has featured in 35 appearances for Carlo Ancelotti’s team last campaign, playing his part in Real Madrid’s La Liga and Champions League success.

However, the arrival of German centre-back Antonio Rudiger has cast doubt over the future of the ex-Lyon player, with the signing of Rudiger set to result in David Alaba moving across to left-back.

With Mendy set to fall down the pecking order, Fichajes are claiming that Real Madrid are prepared to sell Mendy in the summer, with Rayo Vallecano’s Fran Garcia touted as the Frenchman’s replacement.

Man Utd and Chelsea have been credited with a strong interest in the Los Blancos full-back, while Serie A giants Juventus are also in the running to secure the services of Mendy.

Real Madrid will be looking to recoup the €48m (£41m) transfer fee that they paid to lure Mendy from French giants back in 2019.

The 27-year-old defender whose current deal expire in the summer 2025, has played 105 games for Los Blancos, founding back of the net five times in that period.

Denmark midfielder will not rush decision on his future amid Man Utd interest

Denmark international midfielder, Christian Eriksen has insisted that he will not rush a decision about his future, amid talks that Man United have offered him the chance to continue his career at Old Trafford for the 2022/23 season.

The 30-year-old creative midfielder has allegedly decided to depart Brentford on a free transfer before the end of the June, and a number of teams are believed to be keen to secure the services of the forward ahead of the 2022-23 season.

The Spurs are believed to be keen to bring him back to the team, while it is believed that the Red Devils have placed a contract offer on the table.

However, speaking after Denmark’s UEFA Nations League contest with Austria, Danish midfielder has claimed that he will not “rush anything through” when it comes to his future.

“No (rush the decision), and they know that too,” quotes Eriksen as saying. “There are many criteria and many different things inside such a decision. Sometimes it goes fast in football, other times a little slower. You are not in control of it yourself. I have to make the best decision and not rush anything through.

“My phone stays on, but I also know my agent well enough to know that he only calls if there’s something exciting.”

The Denmark international recently said that he has “different offers and options” and would “love to play Champions League football again” but competing in Europe’s leading cup competition is not a necessity.

He told Viaplay: “I have different offers and options, which we are considering, and then we make a decision. I would love to play Champions League football again. I know how much fun it is, but it isn’t essential for me.”