Fernandes deal ends Man United stars future at Old Trafford? Brazilian opens door to Prem move, Woodward announces world class signings on way
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Manchester United star Bruno Fernandes’ impressive performances have affected Paul Pogba’s future at Old Trafford, transfer expert Duncan Castles claims.
United may not have made many signings during the January window, but they managed to secure a deal for one of the most creative players in Europe right now when they secure a deal for Fernandes, who has made an impressive start to his life at Old Trafford.
And Castles has come out and claimed the signing of Fernandes pretty much spells the end for Pogba at United, with the Frenchman constantly linked with a move away from the club, Castles said on the Transfer Window podcast: “United’s decision will be formed on Pogba’s recovery, his ankle problems he’s having. It will also be based on the form of Bruno Fernandes, who won the game for United at the weekend.
“He deputised in that creative role that Solskjaer planned for Pogba. He was the difference [against Watford]. He won the penalty and converted it, which is something Pogba has struggled to do at United in recent times.
“Solskjaer has said Fernandes can play as a No 10 and a box-to-box midfielder. Who else fits that description at United? It’s Pogba. So there you have the replacement already purchased.
“Unless the plan is to have both of them in the squad, it seems the direction of travel is clear from United’s point of view.
“Fernandes is a replacement, now we have to get as much money as possible for the troublemaker and the player who has been injured for the majority of the season.
“It will also get the problem of Mino Raiola off their backs. It’s difficult to see any other solution to this.
“United have had the opportunity in the last two summers to asses Pogba’s problems and haven’t done so.
“What they’ve received in return is a little golden period when Mourinho was sacked with Pogba playing his best football in a United shirt.”
Long-term Manchester United target Willian has revealed that Contract negotiations have been “difficult” as the club refuse to budge on their current offer.
Chelsea surprised many in the media over the past few days by completing an early deal to bring Hakim Ziyech to the premier League next season for a small fee of £37 million, with many believing that he is the immediate replacement for the ageing Willian, who has been linked with a move away from the club.
There has been talk that he could be leaving at the end of the season as reports in the media have suggested that Chelsea may not be willing to offer him a new contract because of his age, and may be willing to let him leave the club on a free transfer, with the likes of Juventus and Barcelona eyeing up a possible deal
But despite his impending arrival in the summer, recent reports have claimed the transfer will not impact Willian, and that Chelsea and the stars representatives are still in talks to try and agree a deal that would allow him to stay at the club for the next few years, but there is still some doubt that he could leave the club.
Willian told Esporte Interativo after last nights Champions League defeat to Bayern Munich: “Chelsea offered me two years, and they are not going to change what they offered.
“I said I wanted three more years. The situation is difficult because of this, I really don’t know if it will be possible.”
United have been linked with Willian for many seasons now and have just been waiting for that opportunity to try and snap him up, so with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer looking to add some world class players to his side, he will now be keeping a close eye on the situation over at Chelsea.
Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has insisted the club will continue to buy “experienced, world-class players” this summer following heavy spending in the last two transfer windows.
United have spent some serious money over the last few transfer windows in order to acquire the type of players they need to improve the side, but the Red Devils hierarchy have been heavily criticised on many occasions for not bringing in world class players.
United have a decent squad but are lacking those superstar players they need to get challenging for major titles again, but with fans eager to see big time signings arrive at the end of the season, Woodward has opened up and admitted that the club will be seeking to bring in ‘experienced, world class players’ in the coming windows.
“This season is one of rebuild, with many changes to the squad – in terms of players who have left or gone out on loan; new players who we have brought into the club; and academy graduates that we have brought through to the first team,” Woodward said on the Daily Express.
“This process will continue as we implement our plan and our footballing vision under Ole and his coaching staff.
“Despite being linked in the media to 111 players in January, our acquisition of just one of them – Bruno Fernandes – is an important step in that direction, demonstrating our commitment to adding experienced, world-class recruits to the exciting crop of academy graduates that are at the heart of this developing team.
“We will take the same planned, disciplined, approach this coming summer.”