Manchester United open talks to sign Borussia Monchengladbach’s French striker – reports

Manchester United has reportedly made contact with the representatives of Borussia Monchengladbach striker Alassane Plea, according to reports. United have a number of strikers linked to the club with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer looking to rectify the problems of last summer after allowing Romelu Lukaku to leave the squad with United lacking firepower.

During the current season, United had just Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood as the clubs main strikers, one of them had little first team experience before the 2019/20 season. Both Martial and Rashford have had long spells on the sidelines through injury, leading to Odion Ighalo being signed on loan in January.

Plea was having a good season at Monchengladbach before the coronavirus pandemic suspended world football and the player will be itching to get back into the game with the Bundesliga returning this weekend. Plea will line up against Eintracht Frankfurt at 17:30 BST on Saturday evening, which would be a good match to watch.

The 27-year-old has scored eight goals, assisting eight more in a total of 28 appearances so far this season, playing in the Bundesliga, the DFB-Pokal, and the UEFA Europa League – playing 2,024 minutes of football. He could be doing a lot better but could become an impact striker for the club with Solskjaer seemingly aiming to keep Martial as the main striker.

United may be rivalled by both Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal if their interest in the Frenchman is real. However, Solskjaer seems more interested in signing Moussa Dembele from Lyon, with the Frenchman being linked to United for a few transfer windows now. It is clear to say that a striker is on the agenda this summer.

Plea can play as a centre-forward, which is the position he has predominantly played in this season, making 24 of his 28 appearances in this role, scoring all eight goal and six of his assists – seemingly stating that this is the position he is most deadly in. He can also play as a left-winger and a right-winger. This could be helpful moving forward.

Sky Germany has reported that United have ‘intensified’ their interest in Plea and that discussions have commenced with his representation to find out his availability ahead of the 2020/21 season. Perhaps United are putting a few options in place, should something happen and them ending up not signing their main target, which is good business sense.

Plea started his youth career at Ascq, then moving to Wasquehal, then to Lyon. He got his debut in the first team at Lyon and was loaned to Auxerre for a season. After Lyon, Plea signed for Nice, leaving France in 2018 for Germany, signing for Monchengladbach signing a five year contract for a fee of around €25 million.

The 27-year-old is contracted to the German club until the summer of 2023 and is still valued at about €24 million, which works out to about £21 million. United could spent in excess of £60 million to sign Dembele this summer from Lyon, so if that fails, signing about a third of that would present good business if it worked out for the player and the club.

Manchester United midfield target ‘goes on strike’ at Juventus to force move – reports

Adrien Rabiot has reportedly gone on striker at Juventus over having his wages slashed by around £7 million, according to reports. It was reported on Sunday that the French midfielder had not been in contact with the Italian club ahead of their return to training this week, suggesting that he would try to force a move away from the club.

Rabiot left Paris Saint-Germain last summer as a free agent, despite being linked to United at the time, signing for Juventus instead. However, he failed to cement his position in Maurizio Sarri’s side and now seems to be upset because the coronavirus pandemic, which suspended world football has nor resulted in a pay cut.

The player was reportedly on £28 million during his contract at the club, seemingly losing a quarter of that because of the virus. Rabiot is one of a number of Juventus players that returned to their native countries before lockdown because of the coronavirus and a return to Italy would result in 14-days quarantine with the country seeking to keep the virus out.

Juventus teammate, Cristiano Ronaldo returned to Turin a week ago ahead of training and he will not be likely to meet up with his teammates until some point next week, if he has been given the all clear. According to Italian news source, La Stampa, Rabiot has defied his clubs demands on the advice of his agent, who is also his mother.

Back in March, Juventus players agreed on a wage deferral, but this is something that Rabiot is still upset about, seemingly money being the main interest and not the fact that the poor around Europe are facing even worse financial problems, perhaps a suggestion of the players greed and desire to always be at the top of the table.

It would seem that wherever Rabiot plays his football, there is controversy not always far away. He seemingly left PSG under a cloud, with bad feeling involved in his departure and now a year later, the 25-year-old is still not happy. Granted, he may want to move to overcome his wage problems but football is not the same as it was a year ago.

United may need to find a new midfielder this summer, if Paul Pogba leaves the club but do they want to bring in a player, who in the past two summers, has been unhappy, only for the same to possibly happen in a year’s time? Rabiot has not really achieved anything in football yet and it is still unknown as to whether he can stick it at one club.

At PSG, he won the Ligue 1 five times, the Coupe de France four times, the Coupe de la Ligue five times and the Trophée des Champions four times, but he does not come across as a player that will be a difference in a team. Granted, that might happen if he is given the chance to cement himself in the team, but he might have been given that chance already.

If Pogba leaves United this summer, Bruno Fernandes, Scott McTominay and Fred will most likely play the majority of matches with Nemanja Matic filling in from time to time in rotation and/or as a substitute. James Garner and Dylan Levitt could also be given chances. If Rabiot wants United, he will need to knuckle down or he will fail and I don’t think Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants to sign players that could be problematic.

Manchester United increasingly confident of signing French striker this summer – reports

Manchester United are reportedly increasingly confident of signing French striker Moussa Dembele this summer with a £60 million deal mooted, according to reports. It has been suggested that the Frenchman has made it clear that he would rather sign for United than Chelsea, who are also interested in bringing the player back to London.

The Old Trafford club are optimistic of signing the 23-year-old Ligue 1 striker has scored 22 goals and a further seven assists in 42 appearances for Lyon this season, playing in Ligue 1, the UEFA Champions League, the Coupe de France and the Coupe de la Ligue – playing a total of 3,309 minutes of football before the league was cancelled.

Last month, it was announced by the French Government that sporting events in the country were to be banned until at least September because of the coronavirus pandemic, this resulted in Ligue 1 and Ligue 2 being cancelledsome players feel that this was too early a call to make, but it happened making Paris Saint-Germain the champions again.

The form of the Frenchman this season prompted Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to send scouts to watch him on three occasions this season, giving more weight in the fact that United seem to be pursuing the player to the point whereby they want to sign him. The 23-year-old was linked to United last summer with the departure of Romelu Lukaku.

Dembele was also high up Frank Lampard’s wish list for the summer with the Chelsea manager seeking to bolster his attacking options. The London club made a bid for the player during the January transfer window, which failed. However, the Lyon president, Jean-Michel Aulas, has admitted that he may be forced to cash in on the player this summer.

The club finished seventh in Ligue 1 this season, after the league being cancelled, which may force the club to take legal action as this was the first time the club had finished outside European competition places for the last 23 years and for this reason, the club could lose some of their prized assets, of which Dembele is one.

Dembele has knowledge of football in England, coming through the academy at Fulham and playing 64 times for the first team, scoring 19 goals and a further nine assists at the club. He was then sold to Celtic where he played 94 times for the Scottish club, scoring 51 goals and a8 assists at the club. He knows how to find the back of the net.

At Lyon, where he has spent the past two seasons, Dembele has played 88 times, scoring 42 goals and 13 assists at the club helping him catch the attention of United and Chelsea. Solskjaer seems to be a big admirer of the player and there is no doubt that the Frenchman would form a good attacking presence with Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford.

United will have a lot of work to do during the summer transfer window, whenever it opens as the 2019/20 season has not yet been concluded, although we could know more at the beginning of next week with this week being a big week for Project Restart, which is finding a way of completing the season, although it could still be cancelled yet.

Manchester United offered two players by Juventus to bring down Paul Pogba’s price – reports

Manchester United have reportedly been offered Aaron Ramsey and Adrien Rabiot by Juventus for Paul Pogba in a bid to try and bring down United’s selling price for the French World Cup winner. Presumably, the Italian club would be offering money for the player also, as I do not think this would be a great move considering the money spent on Pogba.

The Frenchman signed for United in the summer of 2016 with the club then led by Jose Mourinho. It is safe to say that the seemingly unfinished business that Pogba had at United, after leaving as a free agent in the summer of 2012 will remain unfinished if the player is allowed to leave the club this summer, which seems likely based on reports.

Last summer, United were asking £150 million for Pogba, who was being courted by both Real Madrid and Juventus, however, it is reported that the Spanish side have pulled out of the race to sign the player based on the financial limitations that the coronavirus pandemic would implicate on the game for the foreseeable future.

It has been reported over the past few weeks that Juventus would like the player to return to the club and reports have suggested that players such as Miralem Pjanic and Douglas Costa could be offered to United. One report suggested that former Arsenal midfielder, Aaron Ramsey would be offered and seemingly has, along with Adrien Rabiot.

Ramsey was a player that was wanted by United some years ago with the Welshman choosing Arsenal instead. Nearing the age of 30, it is questionable as to whether he would be seen as a player that would be well-received by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who is trying to overhaul his squad to get them challenging for the Premier League title again.

Rabiot was linked to the Old Trafford club this week with reports suggesting that the French midfielder, who signed for Juventus as a free agent last summer, like Ramsey, did not want to return to the Italian club after the coronavirus pandemic with players in Italy returning to training from today, getting ready for the continuation of the Serie A season.

Despite Solskjaer recently talking about the link up between Pogba and January signing, Bruno Fernandes, which could actually happen this season, if Project Restart actually happens, which will be known in a week’s time but after that, it might be something resigned to the past. Pogba’s stay at the Theatre of Dreams could be over this summer.

Four years ago, Pogba returned to United, stating that he was ‘back home’ and that this club was his ‘destiny’. In my opinion, despite a handful of good performances and those who have an agenda talking about his individual achievements for the club last season, I am not too convinced that Pogba wanted to return to United, let alone stay at the club.

The player could have reignited his career at United, partly down to the clubs failings and also down to the player himself. I get the feeling that it is only a matter of time before Mino Raiola takes his client elsewhere again and Pogba starts to light up world football again. It looks clear right now that United is not Pogba’s ‘destiny’ or ‘his home’. We shall see.

Manchester United target ‘refuses to return to Juventus after lockdown’ – reports

Adrien Rabiot has reportedly refused to return to Juventus after the coronavirus-imposed lockdown has ended, prompting rumours that the French midfielder is trying to orchestrate a move away from the club this summer. Manchester United have been heavily linked to the 25-year-old and have watched him on numerous occasions.

The Italian Government has given the go ahead for all Serie A clubs to return to training from Monday 11 May 2020 and a number of Rabiot’s teammates have returned to Turin ahead of the return. Cristiano Ronaldo reportedly returned to Italy last week and will have to spend 14 days inn quarantine after his return from Madeira.

Spanish news source, Sport has reported that Rabiot has not even been in contact with Juventus so they do not know if or when he will be back. The 25-year-old joined the Old Lady as a free agent last summer and still has three-years remaining on his contract. His future could be up in the air after failing to cement his place in Maurizio Sarri’s squad.

The French midfielder made a total of 24 appearances for Juventus during the 2019/20 season, before the coronavirus pandemic suspended world football, not scoring or assisting a single goal and playing 1,550 minutes of football. He operates as a central midfielder and ‘combines good technique with impressive physical qualities’.

United have many midfielders at the club at this moment in time with Paul Pogba, Bruno Fernandes, Scott McTominay, Fred and Nemanja Matic, not to mention James Garner and Dylan Levitt, who are both coming through the clubs academy. However, if one midfielder left the club this summer, there would be a space in the squad.

With the fact that Juventus want to re-sign Pogba this summer, it is suggested that Rabiot could be included in a possible deal. However, United will need to ensure they do not add more deadwood to their squad and if they choose to sell Pogba, they should opt to cash only, possibly purchasing Rabiot as a separate deal.

United have been linked with the likes of Aaron Ramsey, Douglas Costa and Miralem Panic in possible deals which would see Pogba return to the club he left United for the first time, with most of those players not actually fitting in with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s youth policy and would probably end up pushing United in the wrong direction again.

United need to remember that they call the shots at this moment in time. They should not let a buying club define everything, as they have Pogba for another year and have the option to add a further year onto his contract – this puts them in control of the situation and they should be targeting the player that would fit into Solskjaer’s plans.

Rabiot is a player that United have held an interest in for more than just a year but the player seemingly did nothing to get United to hone in on purchasing him and as he was unhappy at Paris Saint-Germain, leaving as a free agent and not yet one year later, seems unhappy again and is seeking to leave. Could he be the player United needs at this time?

Coronavirus has given Manchester United a chance to land teenage target with Real Madrid missing out – reports

Manchester United could steal Eduardo Camavinga from under the noses of Real Madrid because of the coronavirus pandemic, according to reports. It is suggested that the virus being prevalent at this moment in time could be the main thing that stops the Spanish side from signing the player as normally, the club would have pounced by now.

However, the financial markets are going to be unknown after the pandemic has ceased, however long it may disappear for is unknown, which makes clubs scared of making deals for players, presumably. It could be that Real Madrid have little money because of this, meaning another club making a move could be fruitful.

United were linked with the 17-year-old midfielder earlier in the week with the suggestion that he could be a good replacement for French FIFA World Cup winning midfielder Paul Pogba if he does actually leave the Old Trafford club this summer, as has been suggested. However, Real Madrid see the player as a replacement for Pogba too – frugal.

The teenager is one of the most exciting young players in Europe at this time and has the likes of Barcelona, as well as Madrid interested in him, two clubs United are prepared to go to battle with to sign the player, if they need to. Spanish news source, Marca has suggested that the Los Blancos would have already signed the player if it was not for COVID-19.

Camavinga is said to be interested in signing for the Madrid club but understand that he will need to wait until the financial uncertainties surrounding the coronavirus pandemic are over, which could be months or years. However, if he dreams of playing for a bigger club than Rennes, and United made a move, would be turn it down to wait for Madrid?

That is a question only he could answer, but there is something exciting happening at Old Trafford under the management of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, even if the agenda-driven like-merchants on Twitter think he is a fraud. There is a growing belief that Solskjaer is the right man to lead the club out of the darkness – something I believe myself.

The 17-year-old signed a new contract at Rennes last summer which will expire in the summer of 2022 but a report earlier in the week suggested that he was ‘seriously considering‘ leaving the French club during the next transfer window, which will almost certainly be delayed this summer being that the season has not been completed.

Rennnes finished third in Ligue 1 after it was cancelled this season, meaning they will qualify for the UEFA Champions League next season. If he was to change clubs this summer, he might demand Champions League football, which at this moment in time is not something that United could guarantee, although they have a good chance of qualifying.

There does not seem to be a release clause in the contract of Camavinga but it has been previously reported that £52 million could be the asking price for the player, although that could yet be reduced because of the coronavirus with United seemingly having to lower their demands for Pogba, which was £150 million last summer, now £100 million.

Real Madrid pull out of race to sign Paul Pogba because of wage demands – reports

Paul Pogba’s dream move to Real Madrid is reportedly ‘on the rocks’ over the wage demands of the French FIFA World Cup winning midfielder. Pogba, 27, is apparently desperate to leave the Old Trafford club this summer with Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain also interested in the player. United will need to find out if this is true.

All newspapers are guilty of making things up time after time, which in the modern day seems to be more often than not. There are many reports, seemingly on a whim that are paraded as factual despite being fiction. To be a good journalist today, you just need to be a good liar. Of course, not every journalist is like this – there are some still passionate about it.

Currently, Pogba is contracted to United for another year on his £290,000 per week wage, although United have the option to add another year onto his contract, which was agreed at the time he re-signed for the club back in the summer of 2016, meaning he could be made to remain at the Old Trafford club until the summer of 2022.

It is suggested that Pogba’s wage is the main thing that is stopping Real Madrid from signing the player this summer following the financial implications which will come from the coronavirus pandemic, which has raged across the world and has suspended world football, although some league have restarted with plans for other to restart.

United paid a club record fee of £89 million for Pogba back in August 2016, a world record at the time, and with the current financial situation, it is suggested that United have had to lower the fee they would take for Pogba, which last summer was reported to be £150 million. It find it funny that United have to lower their demands but other clubs do not.

If you look at the Jadon Sancho situation, Borussia Dortmund want more than £100 million for the player this summer, even after the coronavirus pandemic, which has seemingly forced United to lower their demands. If this is the case, why are other clubs not forced to lower their demands too? This seems to be something rather pertinent that needs answering.

United are said to be asking for £100 million to let Pogba leave the Old Trafford club this summer, a £50 million drop on the asking price last summer, according to reports. The Madrid club have made no secure of their desire to sign Pogba but financially, it will need to be the right deal for them – which suggestively means Madrid get Pogba on their terms.

This is not likely to happen with United demanding their valuation of the player be met. They could easily add that extra year on the player’s contract, meaning their demands will need to be met. The competition from Juventus and PSG could work for United too. But for those clubs, wage demands could be an issue also.

I would like to see Pogba continue his career at United. Back in 2016 he described the club as his ‘destiny’ also stating that he wanted ‘to achieve everything he hoped to’, suggesting he had unfinished business at the Old Trafford club after leaving in 2012. That business could still remain unfinished if the player leaves this summer, meaning his return was for nothing. Pogba could always be remembered for that.

Real Madrid make first move with approach for 17-year-old Rennes midfielder – reports

Real Madrid have reportedly made the first contact with Rennes teenage sensation Eduardo Camavinga, according to reports. Manchester United have been linked with the player but it is unknown as to whether the interest is concrete. The Spanish club see Camavinga as the ideal player to sign instead of United midfielder Paul Pogba.

It is suggested that Pogba will remain at United at least for another year because of the coronavirus pandemic and the fact that the UEFA European Championships has been postponed until next summer, which could put the player in the shop window, despite him entering the final year of his contract this summer, although another year could be added.

Spanish news source, AS, has reported that Real Madrid chief scout Juni Calafat has been in touch with the Angolan-born midfielders representatives. The teenager only signed a new contract with Rennes last summer, which would keep him at the French club until the summer of 2022 but reports suggest the player is thinking about leaving.

Los Blancos manager, Zinedine Zidane is said to be a huge admirer of the 17-year-old, which is reason to believe that the club have made the first move for the player – it would make sense, especially in the fact that the club will be seeking to reinforce the midfield during the next transfer window, seemingly getting the squad ready for the new season.

Rennes ended up finishing in third-place in Ligue 1 this season which will put them into the UEFA Champions League next season. This came after the French Government suspended all sporting events until later in the year which ended up cancelling the current Ligue 1 and Ligue 2 seasons. It could also be an opportunity for the player to have a fresh start.

It is suggested that there is no release clause in the contract of the 17-year-old but a price tag of around £52 million has been reported on numerous occasions. However, this was before the coronavirus pandemic stopped world football, so a lesser fee could well be negotiated. Whoever is interested in the player could get a bargain.

The teenager has made a total of 36 appearances for Rennes this season, playing in Ligue 1, the Coupe de France, the Coupe de la Ligue, the Trophée des Champions and the UEFA Europa League. He has scored one goal this season, also adding two assists, playing a total of 2,783 minutes of football before the season was suspended then cancelled.

The Spanish club may have a fight on their hands for Camavinga with United, Tottenham Hotspur and Paris Saint-Germain all said to be interested in the teenager this summer, or whenever the transfer window opens. PSG have seen the player this season when Rennes beat them 2-1 and the player becoming the youngest player to assist a goal in the league.

Camavinga also became the first player born after the 1 January 2000 to play in one of Europes top five leagues after he played against AS Monaco in May 2019. The 17-year-old plays in a position that United need to strengthen in sooner rather than later, also fitting Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s age profile with him wanting to build a young team to strive for glory.

Paul Pogba still wanted by Real Madrid in £70 million deal; player happy to stay at Manchester United for another year – reports

Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba seems to be a player that is dominating the headlines once again with his future supposedly in the air once again. The French FIFA World Cup winner wanted to leave the Old Trafford club last summer after announcing that he wanted a new challenge, however, that did not happen for him.

During the 2019/20 season, before the coronavirus pandemic stopped world football, Pogba’s season had not been the best with him missing 158 days or 36 matches due to ankle injuries, on both ankles. The Frenchman was a big miss during the first half of the season with Scott McTominay missing for large spells also.

However, during the January transfer window, Bruno Fernandes arrived at the club and it showed what United were missing with Pogba. When the coronavirus pandemic stopped world football, Pogba was seeking to return from injury, however, he never got back into the game with the Premier League et al being suspended until further notice.

Real Madrid still seem to be interested in the Frenchman and with the coronavirus pandemic, they could make a £70 million move for the 27-year-old, presumably because the value of players will drop because of the uncertainty. United will probably decline any offer that low. Last summer, United were seeking £150 million for the player.

Pogba’s contract will expire at United in the summer of 2021, meaning he will be into the final year of his contract this summer, although there is the option of a further year to be added, which might be something United activate just to quell, maybe for a short time, the uncertainty of the player wanting to stay or to leave – he’s not actually said anything yet.

A report last week suggested that United would ass the final year onto Pogba’s contract if a bid of at least £83 million did not arrive at the end of the season. It would seem unlikely that a bid of that amount would be submitted by any club right now. I would like to see how Pogba links up with Fernandes but if he does not want that, he should leave the club.

That being said, the coronavirus pandemic could change the landscape for Pogba and result in no club making a move for him this summer, given that the financial uncertainty surrounding big money transfers effectively ensures that nothing happens until next summer, when things have settled and a vaccine may be available.

Another report suggests that Pogba has been convinced to stay at the Old Trafford club until next summer, after the UEFA European Championships which should have been happening in just over a month’s time. Because of this, the player may be able to play himself into the attention of clubs he wants to play for, which seems selfish to me.

If a player ends up staying at United, it should be because they want to achieve with the club, not just because something has happened which makes a transfer difficult, therefore settling for what you have right now, still wanting something different in the future. If this is the case, United should get rid of the player this summer, even for £70 million.

Manchester United make contact with RB Leipzig for French defender despite missing most of the season with an injury – reports

Manchester United are reportedly in talks with the agent of RB Leipzig defender Ibrahima Konate regarding a summer transfer. The player’s representative has apparently approached the Old Trafford club about the 20-year-olds availability, despite the player missing around 28 matches for the club with a muscle tear injury.

Despite missing much of the season, Konate did play twice in the clubs UEFA Champions League campaign this season, at least the opening two group stage matches. He also played in the first five Bundesliga fixtures of the season and in the first round of the DFB-Pokal. In total, he made eight appearances, playing 654 minutes of football before his injury.

French news source, Le 10 Sport reported on the matter earlier on Saturday, which seems to suggest that United are seeking at least one central defender, despite the fact the agent approached the club. Perhaps United have been scouting the player in the past with the agent seeking to find out whether the club are interested in him still.

Konate signed for RB Leipzig in the summer of 2017, signing a five-year contract with the Bundesliga club. The player started his youth career playing for Paris FC, then came through the academy of French club Sochaux, playing for the B team in 2016 before making his debut for the first team the following year.

In total, at Sochaux, Konate made a total of 13 appearances, scoring one goal, playing 1,116 minutes of football at senior level. Whilst playing for Leipzig, the 20-year-old has made a total of 71 appearances, scoring three goals and one assist – playing a total of 5,859 minutes of football. The player is at a relatively early stage of his career and based on that a move to United would be a surprise.

However, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer seems to be seeking to build a squad to challenge the likes of Liverpool and Manchester City to wrestle the Premier League title back to where it belongs with up to four defenders expected to leave the club this summer, including Phil Jones, Chris Smalling, Marcos Rojo and Diogo Dalot.

United are also linked to Konate’s teammate, Dayot Upamecano, who would be more likely as a target because he has played well throughout the season, not sat on the sidelines through injury for the past six months or so, before the coronavirus pandemic stopped world football. Solskjaer might be seeking a bargain though and based on that, there could be something to see here.

If all four defenders previously stated do leave the Old Trafford club this summer, it would leave Victor Lindelof, Eric Bailly, Harry Maguire and Axel Tuanzebe as the club’s experiences central defenders, which may not be enough to carry them through the season. For that reason, Solskjaer could be seeking to sign. relatively unknown player.

Solskjaer seems to trust youth, whether they are already at the club or not. He wants to build his own team, with his own style of football, aiming to revolutionise a team that has fallen from grace over the last eight years or so. Konate is an exciting prospect in the Bundesliga and maybe, just maybe, something could work well here.

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