Man United to sign Ajax attacker, Solskjaer told to sign world class defender, Liverpool’s record breaking move?, Dybala transfer update
Here is a roundup of the latest Liverpool and Manchester United news
Ajax youth star Dillon Hoogewerf has decided to leave the club, and is expected to sign for Manchester United in the coming days.
United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is expected to do a lot of transfer business over the next few months as he looks to try and rebuild a side that failed to win any trophies and miss out on Champions League football last season.
Solskjaer will reportedly have a transfer kitty of around £200 million to spend on potential targets such as Mauro Icardi, Gareth Bale, Kalidou Kouliably and Toby Alderweireld, as he wants to get United challenging for that Premier League title once more.
But it seems he has started off his transfer business by raiding Ajax for one of their most exciting prospects in the shape of Hoogewerf.
The 16-year-old is regarded as one of the stand-out attacking talents in Ajax’s youth setup, having scored 10 goals and laid on six assists for the Under-17s this season, but he has agreed to sign his first professional contract with the Red Devils.
Head of Youth Education at Ajax Said Ouaali confirmed to the club’s official website: ‘Dillon has indicated last week that he will leave the club.
‘He is leaving for a foreign club. We wish him a lot of success and know that we have done everything to keep him.
‘He may ultimately make the choice and choose a foreign adventure.’
Shaka Hislop thinks Manchester United should sign Atletico Madrid star Diego Godin this summer.
United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer saw his United side fail to claim a trophy or get back inside a top four spot after a dismal last few months of the season, and now United will have to spend some serious money to get the right squad.
And one area of the pitch that they need to work on is the defence, which has caused the Red Devils a lot of problems over the last few seasons as they have simply not been good enough.
United have been linked with the likes of Kalidou Koulibaly, who was the subject of a £97 million bid from United, as well as Toby Alderweireld, Raphael Varane and Harry Maguire.
But Hislop has told United that they should make a move for Godin, as the Uruguay centre-back is leaving Atletico Madrid after nine years and Hislop thinks he’d be a perfect signing for United.
“Despite his age, still one of the best defenders in world football,” Hislop said on ESPN.
“Heavily linked with Inter Milan as we were discussing before.
“I think he fits in almost anywhere because of his experience, because of what he can bring.
“Alright, not a long-term solution for anybody, but I think playing alongside a player like Diego Godin makes any young centre-half a whole lot better.
“Inter you say, I think there are a whole lot more clubs who would be, if not should be, interested.
“He would be a perfect fit for them [United], especially with some of the discussions we’ve been having and some of the player that they are seemingly interested in.”
Manchester United target Paulo Dybala has played down transfer speculation stating his desire to leave Juventus in the transfer window.
United tried and failed to secure Champions League football after a torrid start under former boss Jose Mourinho, as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer saw his side put in some poor performances towards the back-end of the season, meaning it will be another season in the Europa league.
But there is a big feeling in the media that United will look to offload a number of stars in order to revamp the side, with Alexis Sanchez just one name that has been heavily linked with a move away from Old Trafford after failing to reach the levels he endured at Arsenal.
There has been so many players linked over the past few months that United fans have forgotten who could arrive at the end of the season, but one name that has been mentioned as a possible signing is that of Dybala, the Juventus superstar.
Dybala has netted the second-most goals for the Turin club this season, striking 10 times as well as chipping in with four assists, but is reportedly unhappy at playing second fiddle to Cristiano Ronaldo, who arrived from Real Madrid at the end of the season.
According to reports in Italian football, Dybala is close to leaving Juventus with the Italians prepared to sell the attacker for an eye-watering €100 million (£85 million).
Gustavo Dybala, his brother, claimed last week the forward wanted a move away from the Serie A champions in the summer amid links with Inter Milan and Manchester United.
But Dybala says he already made Juventus aware of his decision to stay at the club, regardless of who the new manager will be – as Max Allegri gets set to depart the club after five years in charge.
“My brother spoke for himself, I talked to the club and Fabio Paratici [Juve sporting director] and they know what I think,” Dybala said on the TMW website.
“I want to stay at Juventus again next year, I want to continue playing here. I’m happy, I wear the Juve jersey with pride.
“It is obvious that Juventus must make their choices, make the team based around the coach that will arrive. But I want to stay here.”
Reports have claimed Real Madrid have told the likes of Liverpool and Manchester United they will have to break the transfer record to sign Asensio.
With constant speculation in the media suggesting that Sadio Mane could be leaving the club and making his way to the Bernabeu, there is a lot of talk about whom Jurgen Klopp is lining up a number of potential replacements.
And one name that has been constantly linked with a move to the Premier League is that of Asensio, who has become frustrated at his lack of game time at the Bernabeu this season and has reportedly been considering his future with the Spanish giants.
Asensio started just 18 La Liga games this season for Madrid and is reportedly ready to test himself outside La Liga, with the Reds ready to splash close to £80 million to try and secure a transfer deal ahead of the likes of United.
Reports in Spain claim Los Blancos have no intention of selling attacking midfielder Asensio, and have told interested clubs that they must trigger his release clause to sign him.