Man Utd Round-Up: Transfer Blow, Message to Ole Gunnar Solskajer, Ligue 1 in-demand Striker on Radar

By | April 4, 2020

Chelsea and Man Utd go head-to-head to sign West Ham key man

Chelsea are reportedly interested in securing the services of West Ham midfielder Declan Rice when the summer transfer window will be re-opened, however, face stiff competition from Manchester United for his signature.

Rice started his career at Chelsea. However, he has joined the London rivals after he was let go by the Blues as a teenager.

The talented Englishman started his career as a centre-back, however, now he’s established himself as a deep-lying midfielder and being one of the best on his position in the Premier League.

Rice is a close friend of Mason Mount following his time with the Blues and Sky Sports reports that Lampard wants to lure him back at Stamford Bridge as he considers him as a long-term replacement for Jorginho who has been tipped to sign for Juventus this summer.

However, Chelsea face stiff competition from Manchester United, the 20-times English champions have been linked with the signing of 21-year-old midfielder since the last summer and even were prepared to sell big for his signature only the Hammers turned down the bid.

Rice recently signed a new long-term contract win the London outfits, putting the Hammers in a strong negotiating position.

The price they demand is likely to be around £75m and both Man Utd and Chelsea have to break the bank in order to lure him away from the London Stadium.

Lampard will be given significant funds this summer after navigating his first campaign at the club without spending any money, while Man Utd also expected to be busy this summer.

Rio Ferdinand urged Man Utd to forget signing of Brazilian magician

Rio Ferdinand believes that his former club Manchester United should go against signing Philippe Coutinho amid rumours linking Brazilian magician to a Premier League return.

Barcelona playmaker has failed to hit the heights he hit at Anfield at Nou Camp and Bayern Munich and has been tipped to once again play in the Premier League after the summer transfer window with Chelsea, Arsenal, Tottenham and Man Utd are all interested in his services.

Ferdinand thinks that the Brazilian would have been a good signing before the Red Devils landed Bruno Fernandes this winter, but questioned where he would fit in the Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s squad at the moment as he already has creative midfielder.

And Ferdinand is convinced he would be a better fit at Arsenal or Tottenham Hotspur, although admitted a deal may prove out of their price range.

‘At Liverpool he was an amazing player, but since he left Liverpool he hasn’t really done it yet,’ Ferdinand said in an Instagram Q&A on Monday.

‘He struggled at Barcelona, struggled to fit in there and then he hasn’t done amazingly well at Bayern.

“I think he is a great player, a huge talent, I think he needs saving. Coming into the Premier League to the right team would be a saviour for him, he needs that.

‘I would have said Man United before Bruno Fernandes turned up, but not now. Would he improve Spurs? Yes he would, 100 percent. People like Kane, Dele, Son etc. all feed off someone like him.

‘I think he would be a great addition to Spurs’ squad. Arsenal he would definitely improve them”

Man Utd joined the race for 13-goals Ligue 1 forward

Manchester United are reportedly set to once again head-to-head with their arch-rival Liverpool and Real Madrid for securing the services of Lille striker Victor Osimhen this summer.

The 21-year-old forward enjoyed a stellar season for the French outfits during the 2019-20 campaign, founding back of the net 13 times in 27 Ligue 1 appearences.

The Merseyside Reds have been rumoured with a move for the Nigeria international forward since the summer transfer window, and according to Le 10 Sport, the Red Devils have now joined the race to sign the talented forward from Lille.

The report suggests that the 20-times English champions are keen to strengthen their attacking options ahead of next campaign, and are scouting a number of targets should they fail to fail to sign Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund.

It has recently been claimed that Osimhen’s compatriot Odion Ighalo could remain at Old Trafford on a permanent basis once his six-month loan spell expires, as the 20-times English champions reportedly face stiff competition from Los Blancos for Osimhen.

The Nigerian forward’s a current deal at Lille will run until the end of the 2023-24 campaign and Lille are demanding at least €100m for their star player, last summer they managed to sell Nicolas Pepe for £72m to Arsenal.