Would fans welcome Niguez, United move for striker backed, De Jong Premier League message sent, Raiola sips Man United
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Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is hopeful they can bolster their squad in January, with Saul Niguez on the list.
We all know that United are one of the biggest sides in the game right now, despite their recent troubles, but the club are lacking in world class players in key areas of the pitch, which is costing them the chance to challenge for major titles.
But there is a feeling that United will back Solskjaer in his quest to get the club back to the top of the game, meaning that the United boss will be keen to wrap up deals in the January window for players like Niguez.
According to recent reports on the Telegraph, Niguez has a release clause of £125million but Atletico are reportedly willing now to accept a bid of £85m to offload the Spain international in January.
The club are supposedly looking to fund a summer move for a striker to replace Antoine Griezmann and while they would prefer to sell Thomas Lemar, they are yet to receive a suitable offer, and would be willing to sell the attacker to a side outside of La Liga.
And after Solskjaer recently admitted that he is hopeful of some January deals, would fans welcome a deal?
“Yeah (I am hopeful),” Solskjaer said on the TalkSport website “As a manager, you always hope that you can do something. But, then again, it’s not something that’s nailed on.”
He added: “It has to be the right player, the right age, going to fit into this squad and for the right value.
“We’re always looking and it’s a transfer window that’s open, but it might not happen.
“We’re getting players back. We’re getting Paul (Pogba) back, we’re getting Timothy (Fosu-Mensah) back, Eric Bailly back, Diogo (Dalot) back so that’s four extra bodies for us for the coming months anyway.”
Frenkie De Jong appears to slightly regret his lucrative move to Barcelona and has left Manchester United on alert for a possible future deal.
The former Ajax midfielder had offers from England to move to the Premier League during the summer transfer window, but chose to join the LaLiga champions in a deal worth over £60 million.
The Red Devils were seeking to add the Dutch International to their squad as they sought to sign a world class holding midfielder, and reports suggested that the Netherlands international was very interested in a move to the English gams before the Spanish Champions came calling.
De Jong has since settled well into life at the Nou Camp, but he admitted in an interview with The Mirror that the Premier League is superior to La Liga.
He said: “I used to think that La Liga was the strongest football league in the world. You could see their dominance in European Cup competitions.
“The Spanish clubs always progressed a long way and often grabbed the main trophies, the Champions League and Europa League.
“But the Premier League has gained power over the last few years.
“When it comes to pure skills, La Liga is better. But because of the sheer intensity, the English competition is at a slightly higher level.”
Manchester United must sign a target man centre-forward in the January transfer window, according to former Arsenal midfielder Stewart Robson.
United managed to sell powerhouse striker Romelu Lukaku during the summer transfer window after months of speculation, but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer failed to delve into his transfer kitty to add an adequate forward to the front-line and lead the attack.
But there has been some rumours in the media over the last few weeks which have suggested that Solskjaer may be given some funds in the coming transfer window to add a striker to his front-line, with Erling Haaland high up on the list.
But after missing out on the young hitman, Robson has told United that they need to bring in a target man this window, telling the ESPN WEBSITE: “I would say it would be a good choice to have more of a target man centre-forward so they can play different ways when they’re playing against teams at home and they’re getting crosses into the box, someone who’s good in the air.
“They haven’t got that at the moment, Martial’s not going to win too many balls in the air.
“Rashford scored a great goal with a header against Newcastle, really good header.
“But it’s all about pace, it’s all about playing on the counter-attack.
“You need to vary your game so another style of forward would help that.
“It didn’t work with Lukaku, he wasn’t good with his back to goal, certainly when he was playing for Manchester United.
“He didn’t score the goals they expected him to, he wasn’t the link-up man that they expected him to be.
“But that’s the sort of player, but of a higher quality, Manchester United need. But it’s not easy to get one of those.”
Paul Pogba’s agent Mino Raiola has launched an astonishing attack on Manchester United, claiming they are hindering the midfielder’s career.
Pogba has been in the headlines for all the wrong reasons over the past few months with all indications that he would be sold during the summer transfer window, especially as he came out and admitted that he is interested in leaving the Manchester giants for a possible switch to Juventus or Madrid.
However, the Frenchman did not get the move that he desired as Solskjaer is keen to keep hold of the midfielder, believing that he may sign a new deal and be the player that many had hoped when United acquired him from Juventus just a few seasons ago.
But after another stuttering start to the new season for both United and Pogba, there has once again been speculation that the Frenchman could seek a move away from the club in the January window, or at the end of the season.
And now his agent has attacked the United, with Raiola claiming United are a club out of touch which would ‘ruin Maradona, Pele and Maldini’ and declared he has no intention of sending any of the players he represents to the club.
Raiola told Italian outlet La Repubblica: “Pogba’s problem is Manchester United. It’s a club out of touch with reality and without a sporting project.
“I wouldn’t take anyone there, they would even ruin Maradona, Pele and Maldini.
“Paul needs a club and a squad, one like Juventus was before.”
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