Man Utd blow as talks begin over swap deal for two of their targets

Date published: Monday 16th December 2019 3:01 - Robert McCarthy

Juventus are reportedly looking to offer Emre Can in an exchange deal with Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Leandro Paredes.

The two midfielders have both aired their frustration at a lack of playing time at their current clubs and seem certain to push for January moves.

A report in Tuttosport claims that the switch would suit all parties, as former Roma man Paredes has more creative characteristics and would be an understudy to Miralem Pjanic.

At the same time, Can would provide some much-needed steel to a lightweight PSG midfield.

Paredes has started only six games under PSG boss Thomas Tuchel this season, while Can was very vocal in his anger at being left out of Juve’s Champions League squad.

The news will come as a potential blow to Manchester United, who have reportedly been hoping to bring both players to Old Trafford in January.

Can and Paredes, both 25, have been identified by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as players who could fill the void left by Paul Pogba’s expected departure, but it would appear that a swap deal involving the two could now be on the cards.

Meanwhile, Solskjaer has claimed that Erling Haaland has already made a decision over his future.

The 19-year-old is on United’s shortlist ahead of the January transfer window, while Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is keen to bolster his central striking options after failing to replace Romelu Lukaku over the summer.

Haaland has emerged as one of the most in-demand young strikers in European football after scoring 28 goals in 22 appearances for Red Bull Salzburg this season.

And Solskjaer already has experience of working with Haaland, having managed the striker during their time together at Molde.

Indeed, reports on Sunday claimed that Haaland has already told Solskjaer that he wants to complete a move to Old Trafford. Read more…

 

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