Paper Talk: Man Utd allocate £100m for dream Maguire partner

Date published: Saturday 12th October 2019 9:23

Manchester United will do whatever it takes to land their dream defensive partner for Harry Maguire, while Steven Gerrard is wanted overseas, according to Saturday’s newspapers.



Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly is Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s primary 2020 transfer target for Manchester United, according to reports.

Solskjaer is firmly in the belief that a solid foundation at the back is the way to help return United to former glories and the Daily Express claims Senegal powerhouse Koulibaly is their No 1 priority next summer – and could even forward plans in January if Napoli give them any sniff of a deal.

Despite spending the best part of £130m to sign Harry Maguire and Aaron Wan-Bissaka this summer, Solskjaer and United are willing to part with as much as £100m to recruit Koulibaly – and plan to offer Napoli an impossible-to-resist package for the 28-year-old.

United have also been linked with Benfica’s Ruben Dias but the Portuguese youngster appears destined to move to Manchester City.



Besiktas are interested in a shock move for Rangers boss Steven Gerrard, according to reports in Turkey (The Sun)

Phil Parkinson has been added to Sunderland’s list of targets to replace Jack Ross as boss (The Sun)

Newcastle’s newest hero Matty Longstaff earns just £850 a week at St James’ Park (The Sun)

Feyenoord’s teenage midfielder Orkun Kokcu is being tracked by Arsenal, who could launch a £20m January approach for his services (Daily Mail)

Unai Emery’s job as Arsenal boss could be at risk if his side do not qualify for the Champions League this season (Daily Mail)



Paul Pogba looks certain to miss next Sunday’s crunch clash against Liverpool, with Manchester United medics fearing he could be sidelined until at least the end of October (Daily Mail)

David Beckham is targeting Kylian Mbappe as his first blue-chip client as he starts his career as an agent (Daily Mail)

Liverpool have received assurances that Mo Salah’s presence in Qatar during December’s Club World Cup will not be used for propaganda purposes, amid fears that the Egyptian striker could be pressured into withdrawing from the tournament for political reasons (Daily Mail)

Complaints over the standard of stewarding at football matches are on the rise, according to the leading fans’ group (Daily Mail)

Manchester United’s owners, the Glazer family, have a plan to revamp Old Trafford in the coming years (Daily Express)


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