Man Utd turn to super agent to complete deals for two top January targets

Date published: Sunday 5th January 2020 2:52 - Robert McCarthy

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Manchester United are expected to turn to super agent Jorge Mendes in their bid to sign Wolves stars Ruben Neves and Raul Jimenez.

United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is looking to strengthen a United squad he deems not good enough to finish in the top four, with the club expected to spend this month.

The Red Devils chief brought in Daniel James, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Harry Maguire last summer and the latest reports suggest he wants to add Wolves duo Jimenez and Neves to that list.

Both players have helped Nuno Espirito Santo’s side move to within just six points of the top four, less than two years since their promotion back to the top flight.

In Jimenez, United believe the Mexico international has the right attributes required to lead the line at Old Trafford.

The 28-year-old has scored eight league goals this season and Solskjaer thinks the forward would offer something different to the likes of Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood, as reported in the Sunday Express.

As for Neves, he is said to have had his admirers at United for some time.

The report adds that Solskjaer has grown fed up of the media circus surrounding Paul Pogba and believes that Neves could be a natural replacement.

Meanwhile, David Moyes is reportedly ready to seal his first signing as West Ham manager after moving ahead of his old club Manchester United for Portugal Under-21 midfielder Gedson Fernandes.

The 20-year-old midfielder, who Sky Sports reported earlier this week is on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s list of transfer targets, will be allowed to leave the Benfica this month, according to Portuguese newspaper Record.

 

The player is reported to have fallen foul of coach Bruno Lage after not featuring in any of the Benfica’s last seven games.

As such, it was claimed earlier in the week that the Portugal U21 midfielder had swapped agents in a bid to secure a move to the Premier League and his new representative had flown to England for talks with reported suitors.

The player has a €100m exit clause in his contract, but Benfica are known to be ready to sell him for a fee nearer €40m.

However, with no takers as yet prepared to meet their asking price, Record (via Sport Witness) now claims it is West Ham who lead the charge for Fernandes after tabling what is reported as a unique approach. Read more…

 

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