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Manchester United receive boost in race to sign Kalidou Koulibaly with Napoli likely to sell players this summer – reports

Napoli manager Gennaro Gattuso has admitted that he expects to retain between 70-80% of his squad at the Stadio San Paolo after the summer transfer window, meaning 20-30% of his players will be sold this summer. The Coppa Italia winners have a host of top players, some of which have been linked with above away this summer, including Kalidou Koulibaly.

United could be boosted by Gattuso’s comments as they have been linked with a new central defender this summer with Koulibaly having been linked to the club over the last few summer transfer windows with the club signing Harry Maguire last summer for £80 million. Many expect the club not to make such a big move this summer, but who knows?

Other players linked with an exit from Napoli this summer are Arkadiusz Milik, Hirving Lozano and Allan and Lozano has been linked to United already, although that seemed to be speculation more than anything of substance. There will be lots of thing happening with football this summer with clubs seeking to balance the books due to the coronavirus.

Gattuso spoke to the media about what could happen at the club this summer, confirming that he would not need to use the transfer market much, but will need to see which players will be leaving the club first, before coming up with a plan for the future, seeing which players they will need to replace. The former Italian midfielder said:

“We don’t need to operate too much in the market. We have to see who’s going to leave us. Our chairman knows it – we speak about it every week.

This is a strong team but I think that only 70-80% of the players will stay with us. We will do a few transfers but I know this team has great quality [already].”

Koulibaly is a good player but United should be focussed on using the money they have on a problem area, which is the right-wing. It is possible they they could operate Mason Greenwood in that area, although a player more experienced in that role would be so much better. United’s defence could be tested with Eric Bailly or Axel Tuanzebe forming a partnership with Maguire.

Manchester United revive interest in Senegalese central defender with rivals also interested – reports

Manchester United are reportedly reviving their interest in Napoli central defender Kalidou Koulibaly, according to reports. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is expected to strengthen his defence this summer, despite bringing in Harry Maguire for £80 million last summer. Only yesterday, United were linked to Milan Skriniar of Inter Milan.

United have been a long-term admirer of the 28-year-old and were linked with him last summer and the summer before, a time where Toby Alderweireld was also linked to the Old Trafford club and a time whereby United desperately needed a new commanding central defender – conceding 54 goals in the Premier League alone that season.

Since signing from Genk in the summer of 2014 on a five-year contract, Koulibaly has become one of the best defenders in the Serie A. There has been a suggestion that Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp was interested in the Senegalese defender, partnering him with Virgil van Dijk at the current Premier League leaders.

Newcastle United have also been linked to the player, but their change of ownership will need to be ratified before they even think about signing any players, so for now, that move seems to be just speculation. It was suggested that United once made an £89 million move for Koulibaly, although this has not been verified as being correct.

The coronavirus pandemic, which suspended world football in mid-march, seeing only the Bundesliga return in Europe so far, will cause many financial repercussions and this could affect player’s values ahead of the next transfer window opening, whenever it may be. It is suggested that Koulibaly could be available for £70 million.

Solskjaer could be ready to bring the player to the Theatre of Dreams, despite needing strengthening in the attack, in the form of a striker and a right-winger, but with doubts on Victor Lindelof’s suitability at the club and the fact that Chris Smalling, Phil Jones and even Marcos Rojo could be directed out the Old Trafford exit, reinforcements will be required.

During the 2019/20 season, until it was suspended, Koulibaly made a total of 21 appearances at Napoli, playing 1,757 minutes of football. Clubs interested in signing the Senegalese defender have reportedly been altered that the 28-year-old, who will turn 29 next month, is ready to leave the Italian club after six years to service there.

Paris Saint-Germain hold an interest in the player but it has also been reported that a move to the Premier League wold be more appealing for the player – you cannot blame him really as it really is one of the best leagues in the world. Napoli may try to replace him with Barcelona’s Samuel Umtiti, who was once on United’s radar.

This summer, despite the after effects of the coronavirus pandemic, Solskjaer and United will be seeking to add to their rebuild which has so far seen Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Daniel James, Harry Maguire and Bruno Fernandes arrived at the Theatre of Dreams. United will be expected to challenge for the Premier League title sooner rather than later.

Manchester United look towards Kalidou Koulibaly as deal for Harry Maguire continues to stall this summer

Manchester United reportedly have an insurance plan should they come to a dead end in signing Leicester City defender Harry Maguire this summer. It was reported on Wednesday that the Old Trafford club would target Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Toby Alderweireld, who has a £25 million release clause, which might expire today unactivated but he could be sold for £40 million before the window closes.

United have seemingly resurrected their interest in Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly once again this summer. The Daily Mail has reported this news, which might need to be taken with a pinch of salt. However, it could well be that United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward is actively seeking to make changes at the club, which should have been made last summer with him backing the manager.

Koulibaly is rated at £85 million by his club, more than Magure is rated at by Leicester so it is clear that if United want to sign a central defender this summer, they will need to pay a world record fee for a defender. Obviously, Alderweireld will not be a world record signing, if United opted to move in that direction but interest in the Belgian does not seem as strong as that in Maguire, who has been linked for months now, also last summer.

The 28-year-old Senegal defender has been Napoli’s first choice for a number of seasons, also playing for his country during the AFCON tournament this summer, in which the country reached the final and were beaten 1-0 by Algeria. In the light that United conceded 54 goals in the Premier League alone last season, it is clear that some kind of reinforcement at the back is needed.

Of course, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has signed Aaron Wan-Bissaka, who based on the pre-season matches he has played this summer, is a great fit in this United team, securing the right-back position for a number of years and the challenge of Diogo Dalot will only reinforce that some more. Victor Lindelof has risen in stature after his performances during the past season and finding a capable partner for his this summer would improve his performances and that of the defence as a unit.

United has just two weeks left to finalise their summer transfer plans with some reinforcements needed in others areas on the pitch, especially if the likes of Paul Pogba and Romelu Lukaku end up leaving the club. United may need to think ahead and get deals for replacements lined up as the transfer window in Spain (Real Madrid – interested in Pogba) and Italy (Inter Milan – interested in Lukaku) closes much later than the Premier League window this summer.

Manchester United make £84 million bid for Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly – reports

Manchester United has reportedly made a bit of £84 million for Napoli central defender Kalidou Koulibaly. The reports, from Italy, have suggested that United feel they will miss out on Ajax defender Matthija de Ligt this summer. Corriere dello Sport made the claim, suggesting that United have now stepped up their game in the summer transfer market.

Koulibaly has been linked to the Old Trafford club for well over a year now with Jose Mourinho seemingly interested in the Senegal international, amongst others last summer. However, Mourinho was not backed for a commanding central defender last summer, which ended up seeing the manager sacked and United conceding 54 goals in the Premier League alone.

United manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, seems determined to rebuild his ailing squad this summer. The club has already announced that Daniel James has an agreement to leave Swansea City for the Premier League club this summer. Solskjaer will need more new faces, also getting rid of some of the deadwood at the club, which does not seem to be happening so far, however, there is still time to offload some players.

Napoli president, Aurelio De Laurentiis, will be determined to get as much for Koulibaly as he can this summer. There have been reports suggesting the club would be looking for at least £89 million for the defender, which is just £5 million more than this reported offer. If it helps United, and it will, they should ensure that the defence is strengthened.

Liverpool signed Virgil van Dijk for £75 million more than 18 months ago now and he has transformed the defence at the newly-crowned UEFA Champions League winners. Koulibaly could have a similar effect for United as relying on Phil Jones, Chris Smalling and Marcos Rojo just do not cut it. Koulibaly could form a partnership with either Victor Lindelof or Eric Bailly, which would add something to the back line.

The 27-year-old, whose current contract at Napoli does not expire until the summer of 2023, does have a £133 million release clause that will come into effect next summer, but that could be too late for United to sign him as he turns 28 in 12 days time. That would be a massive amount of money to spend in a 29-year-old, which will be the case next summer. Napoli might be tempted with a solid £84 million offer, if not, United will need to pay up.

Interest in the Senegal international has started to hot up with French champions Paris Saint-Germain also showing an interested in the player, who formerly played for Metz in France. Juventus are also interested in the player and reports suggest that Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri could return to Italy this summer, managing Juventus so Koulibaly could opt to stay in the same leave, play for his former manager and be a key player on the Old Lady’s dominance in the country.

Koulibaly played a key role in Napoli’s second-placed finish last season. In fact, over the past five years, since he signed from Genk, the player has been a key player for his club, also being named in the Serie A Team of the Season for the past to campaigns. United may have to get this signing done before another team comes in and does just that. For a club that has great financial power and can do things other clubs may dream of, the lack of action would suggest another summer of frustration.

If this summer passes and things do not change at United, it will be another long hard season in the Premier League for United. It was announced on Friday that 15 players had been released this summer, 13 of them from the U23s and U18s, plus Antonio Valencia and Ander Herrera. From that, there are already reports suggesting that is Solskjaer’s ruthlessness this summer. If players who have not been performing are kept for another season, it will be the supporters who show their ruthless nature, not the manager.

Manchester United’s defence needs strengthening this summer; Kalidou Koulibaly linked to the club again

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has a lot of work to do in order to help rebuild the club after six years failing to regain the Premier League title. It is not only that, the club has been in and out of the UEFA Champions League and could well miss out again this season, although they have won the EFL Cup, FA Cup and UEFA Europa League.

United’s defence, despite what some may think, is not up to the job. Last summer, Jose Mourinho was after signing an experienced elite central defender, despite spending around £60 million on Eric Bailly and Victor Lindelof over the previous two summer transfer windows. Speculation was rife but nothing materialised other than the club not backing him.

This season, the defence has been leaking goals throughout, not keeping a clean sheet once in any of the last seven matches, losing three times in the process, twice against Wolverhampton Wanderers. The likes of Chris Smalling and Phil Jones have been given new long-term contracts at the Old Trafford club and Ashley Young committed to another year.

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Some suggest the defence is better than it was but against Wolves on Tuesday evening, it seemed it was a long way from being anything other than poor. Individual mistakes cost United the game but the thing that rings true is the fact that Smalling, Jones and Young are no longer good enough to be anything other than squad players.

Eric Bailly has been in and out of the team of late due to injury and poor form and has not really looked like the player he did during his first season at the club. There are many problems for United to deal with this summer but it is probably going to end up with the club not addressing the glaring problems after another summer of promise.

Many players have been linked to United recently and will continue to be linked. Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly is one player that seems to be a mainstay in the transfer gossip and now there are suggestions that the player has split with his agent, Bruno Satin and is now being represented by his brother.

This has all come amid talk of the Senegal international leaving the Italian club this summer, which may or may not happen. The split reportedly happened last year. Although Koulibaly is contracted at Napoli until the summer of 2023, it is suggested that an offer in the region of £100 million would secure the transfer of the 27-year-old.

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That is a lot of money for a player who will turn 28 before the new season starts but United have few options to secure a fading defence ahead of the new season. Mourinho had a plan to strengthen by the clubs executive vice-chairman suggest that the targets were no better than the players the club already had; Smalling and Jones included, preposterously.

Solskjaer will obviously be reliant on the funds he is given during the summer transfer window as the defence is not the only area of the squad that requires urgent attention. United have been linked with Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane, who was targeted by Sir Alex Ferguson but the club would need to meet his release clause; £429 million.

Whatever happens this summer, it is certain to be a roller coaster ride of a summer with speculation becoming rife of late. There will be hundreds of players linked with United, especially after they lost to Wolves and now face a daunting visit of Barcelona in the Champions League a week today. It will have the rumour mill churning like never before.

Manchester United and Kalidou Koulibaly: A match made in heaven but will the club make a move?

Manchester United are reportedly hopeful of striking a deal with Napoli for Senegalese defender Kalidou Koulibaly in the summer. The player will turn 28 in June and will cost a hefty fee with up to £100 million being touted for the player. The Standard has suggested the Koulibaly remains United’s primary target, at least they state that about the January window, suggesting that the club made two bids for the player.

Ed Woodward would prefer to sign Raphael Varane from Real Madrid but we all know that is not going to happen. There is no way that the Madrid club will seel a player such as Varane, who has started 17 times for his club in La Liga this season. United will have to admit defeat there. United did want him in the days of Sir Alex Ferguson with Phil Jones arriving at the club when the Frenchman seemingly picked Madrid over Manchester.

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It has been suggested that Koulibaly is eager to play in the Premier League and if United did not want to sign him, there would probably be interest from other big-spending clubs, which would be an instant negative for United. This season, Victor Lindelof has been in great form, making himself the first-choice central defender at the club and despite being paired alongside Eric Bailly recently, a defensive partner of stature would be beneficial for the Swedish international.

During the last summer transfer window, when Jose Mourinho was in charge of the club, the Portuguese manager wanted to bring in a commanding and experienced central defender. Toby Alderweireld of Tottenham Hotspur was hotly linked to the club, as was Harry Maguire of Leicester City, amongst others. However, Ed Woodward chose not to dabble in the transfer market, briefing the media that the players already at the club were better than the players Mourinho had wanted.

Fast forward nearly six months and you will see that Chris Smalling has signed a new contract and there are reports suggesting Phil Jones will be given a new long-term contract too. Added to the fact that United still has Eric Bailly and Marcos Rojo at the club, not to mention Lindelof, it makes you wonder where Koulibaly would fit into the squad. Obviously, United would need to offload one or two players, which would have been suited with Smalling and Jones out of contract this summer.

Some on social media would suggest that Smalling would be the player most likely to be sold this summer but his new contract and the wage he currently gets would make it tough to get rid of him, as has been established in the past. Jones could leave this summer, but if a new contract is being offered to him, he will snap that up, meaning he is at the club until the day he retires. That would leave Marcos Rojo, who signed a new contract in March 2018, which may make it difficult to offload him, based on his wage.

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Bailly could be the most likely player to leave, based on his injury record and the fact he has not played much recently, even when fit. It is just a thought though, nothing has been reported as likely although the player has been linked with Arsenal, who made a loan bid for the player last month, which was rejected. To add to this, Axel Tuanzebe will return to United in the summer, after a season-long loan at Aston Villa, also Tim Fosu-Mensah, who is currently at Fulham, who has played four times in the last three months.

After all the summer transfer windows that have gone by, United have been linked to players that would have made them a force in the Premier League, domestic cups and in Europe. It is great being linked to these players but with owners such as the Glazers and an incompetent executive vice-chairman, Ed Woodward, it would seem that being linked to players such as Koulibaly is not the same as the club being interested and buying the player. United will probably make few changes this summer, changing nothing significant.

Manchester United interested in signing Kalidou Koulibaly from Napoli; £70m sought for Senegal international

Manchester United have shown an interest in Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly, according to reports in Italy. Last week, with United seemingly unlikely to agree on a deal with Tottenham Hotspur for Toby Alderweireld, being that United and Spurs’ valuation is around £20 million apart with the North London club asking for £75 million for the 29-year-old Belgian, it was reported that United had seven other options this summer, but that a deal to sign any would be the most complicated transfer this summer.

One of the names on that short list was Koulibaly, a 26-year-old defender who will be playing in the FIFA World Cup this summer for Senegal. TMW in Italy has reported that United have shown an interest in the player and despite him arriving from Genk four years ago for around £6.5 million, the club from Naples would be seeking a fee of around £70 million for the player if he is to leave the club this summer. With the Senegalese international turning 27 in just a matter of days and Alderweireld turning 30 in March next year, Koulibaly would represent the better deal.

With the Senegalese international turning 27 in just a matter of days and Alderweireld turning 30 in March next year, Koulibaly would represent the better deal when you cross-examine the numbers United are being asked for in order to strengthen their back line this summer. That will always be the case though. In terms of supply and demand, if the supply is not so fluid but the demand is high, fees will rise and prices will need to be paid. This is the business football has turned into.

Over the last two summer’s, United have brought in Eric Bailly for £30 million and Victor Lindelof for just shy of £31 million. Bailly has been a good signing for United, despite suffering from a fair few injuries and Lindelof, despite the lack of playing time, has yet to perform at the club. It was expected that both would become a defensive partnership capable of keeping their heads at the back with United sometimes panicking and committing some sloppy defending, which has happened a lot during the past season.

Jose Mourinho will be serious about a new central defender this summer and with eight options reportedly on the list, he will be seeking that Ed Woodward and United get a deal across the line to add to Diogo Dalot, who already signed for the club and Brazilian midfielder Fred, whose move to United has been agreed and is subject to that transfer being completed, presumably because of the player needing a work permit. The fact that Chris Smalling and Phil Jones have not maintained a strong bond at the back tells everyone that a new addition is needed.

Koulibaly has been linked to Chelsea for most of the summer so far, but as we have seen in the past few weeks alone, just because a player is linked to a club does not mean they are signing for the said club. Chelsea are in a position whereby their management situation still needs to be sorted and for a player coming in unless he knows something we do not, it could be a bad situation to get themselves into. Perhaps Koulibaly will be reunited with Maurizio Sarri at Chelsea this summer.

Manchester United not fully keen on Toby Alderweireld with seven other names on the shortlist

Manchester United have been linked with a move for Tottenham Hotspur defender Toby Alderweireld this summer but talks have recently his a stalemate with United’s valuation of £55 million being towered by Spurs’ £75 million valuation of the player. In a years time, because of a clause in the player’s contract, he could leave the North London club for just £25 million, which makes anything over United’s valuation of the player to be money not spent well. Because of this, it is reported that United a list of other players to seek to sign this summer instead of the Belgian.

The Manchester Evening News has reported that United have a list of eight central defenders, with the aim of one of them being signed by Jose Mourinho’s team. Despite the headlines dominating with reports that Alderweireld is the main target, it has been suggested that United’s scouts are not 100% sure on the Belgian because of his profile, whatever that means – it could be a number of things. Despite the Spurs man being experienced in the Premier League, United seem to be looking further afield with players from the Bundesliga, La Liga and Serie A on the list.

United have already commenced their business in the summer transfer window completing the signing of Diogo Dalot in a €22 million deal from FC Porto last Wednesday and a day before that announced a deal with Shakhtar Donetsk over Brazilian midfielder Fred, although he has not yet been confirmed as a United player. It has shown that United were eager to get players in ahead of the pre-season tour of the United States of America and Germany, despite some players seemingly unavailable for some or all of the tour because of the FIFA World Cup in Russia.

It has been reported that United’s seven other options, other than Alderweireld are; Raphael Varane, Jerome Boateng, Kalidou Koulibaly, Milan Skriniar, Alessio Romagnoli, Jose Gimenez and Caglar Soyuncu. However, it is also suggested that any of these prospective deals would be the club’s most complicated transfer this summer. Below you will find a short profile of the players which will include their age, current club, strengths, weaknesses and what I feel would be the chances of United signing the player, based on my own opinion and what is being reported in the media.

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Raphael Varane

The French international, 25, was signed by then Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho for a fee of around €10 million in 2011. Varane has completed his seventh season at the La Liga club, playing a total of 233 times, scoring 10 goals. He has also played 42 times for France, scoring twice. Despite being a peripheral figure in Madrid, Varane is a player United have been linked to summer after summer. Mourinho will rate him highly, signing him seven years ago, and would obviously be interested should the player seek a future away from Real Madrid. However, Varane has won his fourth UEFA Champions League winner’s medal in five years, winning 15 major honours with the club, so to pry him from the clutches of Madrid would be difficult. Varane is a strong passer and has an immense concentration of the game, however, tackling is a problem for him at times.

Likelihood of completing this signing: 5/10

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Jerome Boateng

The 29-year-old German international has played in the Premier League before, spending the 2010/11 season at Manchester City. Costing €13.5 million that summer, after the frustration of playing predominantly at right-back, Boateng is a player that City may regret losing, based on his career after leaving the Etihad. Boateng has played 258 times for Bayern Munich, scoring eight goals in his career which started in Germany at Hertha Berlin, playing in the reserve side, then the first team before signing for Hamburger SV, before joining City. In seven seasons at Munich, Boateng has won the Bundesliga six times, in succession from the 2012/13 season onwards. He’s won 14 major honours with the Bavarian club, also winning the FA Cup at City. Internationally, Boateng has played 71 times for Germany, scoring one goal. He helped the U21 side lift the European Championships in 2009, winning the FIFA World Cup in 2014. Boateng is similar to Varane in that his passing and concentration are both strengths but tackling is seen as a weakness. The player is said to be considering his future this summer, which could mean a new challenge is on the horizon.

Likelihood of completing this signing: 6/10

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Kalidou Koulibaly

The Senegalese international is just 26 and seen as a huge prospect in the game. Born in France, playing for Metz, moving to Genk in Belgium, now playing for Napoli in Italy, Koulibaly is experienced, despite not yet playing in the Premier League. The player has been linked to United previously, albeit not all that credibly. The player has completed his fourth season in Italy, playing a total of 164 times for Napoli, scoring eight goals. He has won two major honours in his career; the Belgian Cup with Genk in the 2012/13 season and the Supercoppa Italiana with Napoli in 2014. Koulibaly is 6ft 5in, physically strong, recognised for his aerial prowess, passing ability, and versatility. Koulibaly would be my first choice after Alderweireld to come to United. The African Cup of Nations would normally be a problem bringing African players to the Premier League but as the tournament has been switched from January/February to June/July from 2019, it is no longer an issue that United would lose players at an important part of the season. His reported price tag, if true, could be a problem.

Likelihood of completing this signing: 5/10

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Milan Skriniar

The 23-year-old Slovakian has been linked to United previously and it was reported recently that both United and City made a £53 million bid for the Inter Milan player, both of which were turned down. After a sensational season at the San Siro, helping his team return to the UEFA Champions League, beating Lazio on the final day of the season, it would see the club want to retain the player, or at least sell him for a large fee if they have to. United has been unsuccessful when dealing with Inter, seeking to sign Ivan Perisic from the club last summer, which did not materialise. Unless a record bid is received by Inter, I doubt Skriniar will be leaving the club. He is a good prospect, one for now and the future, and one which many of Europe’s biggest clubs have been watching. He’s played 40 matches for Inter, scoring four goals so far, also playing 18 times for his country. Skriniar is a strong passer and a player whose concentration is impeccable. A real asset for any club and so far, only Inter can be the victors, whether it be by keeping the Slovakian or selling him for a huge profit from the €20 million paid to Sampdoria last summer.

Likelihood of completing this signing: 3/10

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Alessio Romagnoli

The 23-year-old AC Milan defender may not be as experienced as other players in this article, but he is one that other clubs have been linked with already this year. Coming through the youth ranks at Roma, Romagnoli has completed the sixth season of his career so far. He has played 111 times for Milan, scoring five goals. He was linked to United, Chelsea, and Barcelona in February with Milan seemingly likely to offer him a new contract to deter all three clubs from being able to make a deal to sign the player. Barcelona seem to be out of the action with Samuel Umtiti signing a new contract and Clement Lenglet on their radar. Romagnoli is strong at holding on to the ball, passing, aerial duels and concentration, however, his weaknesses include; crossing, discipline, and tackling. He could compliment a player who has discipline and tackling though, so that is not to put anyone off the player. He is highly rated in Italy and has played seven times for his country.

Likelihood of completing this signing: 5/10

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Jose Gimenez

The 23-year-old Uruguayan currently plays for Atletico Madrid since signing for them for a €900,000 fee in 2013. Gimenez has been linked to United many times, the last in November 2017 when it was suggested that the player had been given the all clear to make the move, seemingly rejecting United, according to the media. We see stories like that all the time, there is nothing to suggest the player rejected United, or that United made a move to sign the player. Gimenez has played 113 times for Atletico, scoring six goals. He is experienced in the fact this was his sixth season as a first team player. He has also been a mainstay in the Uruguay national side, playing 42 times, scoring five goals. Gimenez has won three major honours at Atletico, winning La Liga in the 2013/14 season, lifting the Supercopa de España in 2014 and winning the UEFA Europa League last season. He is also a runner-up twice in the UEFA Champions League, losing to Real Madrid both times. The player has two years remaining on his current contract.

Likelihood of completing this signing: 5/10

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Caglar Soyuncu

The 22-year-old Turkish defender has been strongly linked to Arsenal this summer with the media adding United recently. Turkish Football wrote about the player in February, suggesting three reasons as to why he could be a success at United, so there must have been some interest in the past for the young international. Soyuncu started his career at Altınordu in Turkey and was linked to Besiktas, Galatasaray, and Sevilla before moving to Freiburg. He has been linked to Lille, Roma, Villarreal, Manchester City and Arsenal since playing in the Bundesliga. Soyuncu has played for Turkey at U18, U19, U20, and U21 international level, also playing 15 times for the senior side. After two seasons in the Bundesliga, playing 55 matches and scoring one goal, this summer could be a big one for the young Turkish player. Soyuncu possesses leadership qualities, something United may be interested in, is a good playmaker, dribbler, also being strong in the air. He is a strong defender, a player that admires Jose Mourinho and despite being 22, has experience and longevity in the game. Not all the best players in the world play for big teams.

Likelihood of completing this signing: 6/10

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