Man United get boost in chase to sign German, £60m star eyeing up January move, Liverpool open Van Dijk talks as defender eyed
Here is a roundup of the latest Manchester United news and gossip
Reports have claimed long-term Manchester United target Mario Gotze could be on the move this January, after contract talks with Borussia Dortmund broke down.
There is no doubt that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer needs to delve into his transfer kitty over the next few transfer windows and add a couple of new faces to his squad, as this current squad may once again struggle to get back inside the top four.
And despite not fulfilling his potential over the years, there has been some speculation in the media that they may be tempted by a move for German International Gotze during the January transfer window.
Gotze, the 2014 World Cup winner, has never fulfilled the potential he showed as a youngster, though he enjoyed a relatively prolific season with Borussia Dortmund, scoring seven goals and creating a further seven.
The 27-year-old’s contract expires at the end of the season, and reports on Welt have claimed talks between Borussia Dortmund and Gotze over a new contract have stalled, meaning that he is free to negotiate a move in January for a free move next summer, or leave the Germans just after Christmas.
Gotze recently opened the door to a possible transfer deal after admitting that he’s open to leaving the Bundesliga.
“I am now going into my 10th Bundesliga season, so it’s logical foreign countries sometimes play a role in your thoughts,” Gotze told Bild.
“As a footballer, you have the privilege of being able to work in almost every country in the world.”
Reports have claimed Manchester United target Bruno Fernandes is eyeing up a January move away from Sporting Lisbon in January.
United were linked with a whole bunch of players this transfer window as many fans wanted to see some big-time players arrive to help the club get back to the very top of the game. But despite all the transfer speculation, United only saw three new faces arrive.
Defender Harry Maguire was signed from Leicester, Daniel James was brought in to add some pace on the wings and Aaron Wan-Bassika was acquired to fill the void which has been left by long-time servant Antonio Valencia, in a quite disappointing window for United.
But one player that was linked with a move to Old Trafford was that of Fernandes, the Portuguese midfielder that attracted all sorts of interest from Europes top clubs after scoring and assisting over fifty goals last season.
It was believed that United were prepared to pay the £70 million it would have taken to bring him to the Premier League this summer, and despite having the money to complete a transfer deal, the Reds could simply not get the deal done by August 8th and they have missed out on the attacker.
However, O Jogo have claimed that Fernandes will try and force through a move during the January transfer window as he is keen to join a big club and test himself at the very highest level of the game, meaning United can reignite their interest in the midfielder.
Real Madrid are keen to tempt Liverpool into selling their star defender Virgil van Dijk as his contract talks continue
After months of speculation Liverpool managed to win the race to the signature of Van Dijk just over 12 months ago to make the Dutchman the worlds most expensive defender when he officially signed for the Reds, and since then he has become arguably the best centre-half in world football.
His performances and leadership at the back for Liverpool have made the Reds one of the best defensive sides in Europe, and has also made them a force to be reckoned with as they became Champions League winners last season.
Recent reports in the media suggested that Real Madrid would try and tempt Liverpool into selling the Dutchman with an offer of over £100 million, as they try and improve on certain areas of the pitch.
But despite the Reds stating on a number of occasions that Van Dijk is going nowhere, Calciomercato say Madrid are keen to make a move for the Dutchman and may decide to make a move in the coming transfer window.
However, Liverpool are in talks with Van Dijk’s agent and have offered around £10m-a-year, hoping that anew deal will end all speculation on the future of the big Dutchman.