Manchester United’s scouts are busy with reports of recent missions in Italy, Turkey and Portugal, while Kylian Mbappe is heading for Real Madrid next summer for a world-record transfer fee, all in the Euro Papers.
MAN UTD SCOUT MIDFIELD METRONOME
Manchester United are one of several European clubs monitoring Brescia midfielder Sandro Tonali, claims Calciomercato.
The Italian outlet report that Ajax, Borussia Dortmund and United have all registered an interest in the central midfielder.
All three clubs sent scouts to watch Brescia’s 4-3 home defeat to Bologna on Sunday with the 19-year-old being subbed for the 10-man hosts on 79 minutes.
Sport Mediaset gave Tonali a 6.5/10 rating and hailed his precision passing, referring to him as the “master in the middle of the field”; the “metronome” before noting he retreated too much with the whole team in the second half.
United are on the hunt for a new central midfielder and with increasing speculation that Nemanja Matic will leave Old Trafford their need is becoming greater by the day.
The teenager has been linked with AC Milan, Inter, Juventus and Roma, while in May there was also reported interest from the Premier League, in the shape of Liverpool and Manchester City.
Tonali helped Brescia secure a long-awaited return to Serie A, and while their president Massimo Cellino has claimed he will cling on to his prized asset, Tonali suggested in May he could move on.
“Comparisons with great players? The people who compare me to the great champions are pleased but when I come home and look in the mirror I am always Sandro Tonali,” he told Sportitalia (via Calciomercato.com).
“We do not know we know from one day to the next, what matters is to make the best choice for me. You can’t tell if I’ll go to Milan or Juve, maybe I’ll stay in Brescia and I’ll do my career there.”
AND THE REST
Manchester United remain interested in Juventus star Paulo Dybala and could make a move for the Argentine in January (Tuttosport)
Fenerbahce and Turkey star Vedat Muriqi was scouted again by Spurs last night. Man Utd are also watching the forward (NTV)
Barcelona have opened contract talks with 16-year-old Ansu Fati following his brilliant start to the season (CatRadio)
Tottenham are tracking Leicester trio James Maddison, Harvey Barnes and Demarai Gray (Football Insider)
Manchester United have been in Portugal to watch Benfica youngster Ruben Dias as they search for defensive reinforcements (Calciomercato)
Tottenham captain Hugo Lloris doesn’t believe he will end his career with the Premier League club (France Football)
Juventus striker Mario Mandzukic is set to leave the Serie A champions imminently (Calciomercato)
Celtic manager Neil Lennon has hinted at the prospect of making a January move for Tottenham Hotspur outcast Victor Wanyama (Calciomercato)
Qatar club Al Gharafa are interested in Everton striker Cenk Tosun and are willing to make a substantial bid for the player (Sky Sports)
Rennes’ 16-year-old midfielder Eduardo Camavinga is being monitored by AC Milan (Calciomercato)
Newcastle goalkeeper Martin Dubravka is close to signing a new contract at St James’ Park (Sky Sports)
Inter Milan, AC Milan and Juventus are lining up to sign Manchester United midfielder Nemanja Matic (Calciomercato)
Inter have approached Fiorentina over a possible deal for Federico Chiesa (Calciomercato)
Fiorentina midfielder Gaetano Castrovilli is likely to sign a contract extension with the club (Gazzetta dello Sport)
PSG star Neymar has admitted he wanted to join Barcelona during the transfer window for ‘personal reasons’ (Various)
Kylian Mbappe will leave PSG and join La Liga giants Real Madrid for a world-record £245m next summer (El Chiringuito)
AC Milan could decide to send Matteo Gabbia out on loan in January (Calciomercato)
Mario Mandzukic fought hard to stay at Juventus and wanted to impress Maurizio Sarri so much that he turned down Man Utd (Tuttosport)
Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho, Leicester City’s James Maddison, Newcastle United’s Sean Longstaff and Stoke City’s Nathan Collins are all wanted at Man Utd (ESPN)