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Paper Talk: Man Utd in advanced talks to sign dynamic midfield pivot

Ralf Rangnick target Boubacar Kamara Marseille

Manchester United are in advanced talks to sign highly-rated Marseille midfielder Boubacar Kamara on a potential free transfer, while Newcastle are ready to launch a huge bid to sign a Tottenham, Arsenal and Manchester City striker target  – both in Sunday’s Paper Talk.

UNITED IN KAMARA TALKS

Manchester United are reportedly in advanced talks to sign Marseille midfielder Boubacar Kamara, despite strong interest from LaLiga giants Barcelona.

The France Under-21 star has been in impressive form over the first half of the season. However, he looks set to quit Marseille, with his contract running out in the summer.

That has led to a scramble for his signature, with United and Barca the leading contenders to complete deal.

But a report from Catalan publication El Nacional (via the Manchester Evening News) claims that the Red Devils are in the advanced stages of bringing the 22-year-old to Old Trafford.

Kamara will be able to sign a pre-contract with clubs outside of France from January, and that is what United are working towards.

The report adds that interim boss Ralf Rangnick wants to add Kamara to his midfield mix, with Paul Pogba, Nemanja Matic and Juan Mata all tipped to move on over the next six to eight months.

Kamara playing key Marseille role

Kamara has played 19 games this season, helping Marseille keep nine clean sheets in that time from his pivotal defensive midfield role.

He is described as player who has the ability to play several midfield positions but can also drop into the defensive line, if required.

Kamara could be the first of many signings under Rangnick, who will continue to work in a consultancy role when his managerial stint concludes at the end of the season.

Indeed, United are expected to overhaul a squad that has largely underachieved – especially given the growing strength of rivals Manchester City, Liverpool and Chelsea.

£50m for Man Utd duo Martial, Lingard

£50m for Man Utd duo Martial, Lingard

Manchester United want £50m for out-of-favour forwards Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard in the January transfer window.

NEWCASTLE LAUNCH VLAHOVIC BID

Fiorentina striker Dusan Vlahovic 2021

Newcastle have reportedly tabled a nine-figure bid for Arsenal target and Serie A top scorer Dusan Vlahovic. (Daily Star Sunday)

Manchester City are likely to give full-back Joao Cancelo a bumper new contract extension. (Daily Star Sunday)

Brazilian football legend Ronaldo has become the new majority owner of former club Cruzeiro, beating out a bid from Liverpool chiefs Fenway Sports Group. (Daily Star Sunday)

Sporting Lisbon manager Ruben Amorim has emerged as a surprise candidate to become the next permanent Manchester United manager. (Sunday Express)

Barcelona want to sign Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford as a replacement for Sergio Aguero. (Sunday Express)

Tottenham have been put on red alert after AC Milan star Franck Kessie told the club he does not wish to extend his contract. (Sunday Express)

AND THE REST FROM PAPER TALK

Takumi Minamino, Divock Origi, Curtis Jones Liverpool

West Ham are ready to make a move for Liverpool’s deputy striker Divock Origi in January. (Sunday Express)

Juan Mata is increasingly keen to leave Manchester United, so he can join Spanish giants Barcelona. (Daily Star Sunday)

Chelsea want to sign exciting AC Milan defender Theo Hernandez. (Sun on Sunday)

Leeds are looking at signing Juventus’ American midfielder Weston McKennie but he will cost them about £20m. (Sun on Sunday)

Newcastle want a loan move for Manchester United striker Anthony Martial in January. Meanwhile, Inter Milan forward Edin Dzeko is another target. (Sun on Sunday)

West Ham vice-chairman Karren Brady says it is vital the game avoids another Covid-19 enforced shutdown of football as it cost Premier League teams £2bn last time. (Sun on Sunday)

Denmark midfielder Christian Eriksen “dreams” of playing football again after his Inter Milan exit, his agent has said. (Mail on Sunday)

West Brom forward Rayhaan Tulloch looks likely to be loaned out next month. (Mail on Sunday)