Paper Talk: Man Utd scared off Ajax midfielder as striker is watched again

Date published: Monday 7th October 2019 8:22

Manchester United have ended their interest in a midfielder after a sky-high valuation was placed on the player, while Real Madrid could be ready to plunder Chelsea by making a £70m swoop, according to Monday’s newspapers.



Manchester United have dropped their interest in Ajax midfielder Donny van de Beek – after being quoted £100m by the Dutch giants if they wanted to sign him in a January deal.

That’s according to the Daily Mirror, who claims United could have signed the 22-year-old Netherlands international for just £35m back in the summer and, having decided to rekindle that interest, have now been told the midfielder’s asking price is a staggering £100m.

It’s believed the dramatic price hike has emerged after Real Madrid entered the race to sign Van de Beek – but United have told them they are unprepared to go anywhere near that price and have now walked away from a prospective deal.

And their reluctance to spend such lavish sums on the Dutchman means Real are sole suitors to land the midfielder in the winter window.

United want to add more goals to their side and the 12 that Van de Beek had netted last season – together with the three he already has to his name this season – had seen him earmarked as an outstanding candidate.


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Real Madrid are ready to rival Juventus for Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante. The LaLiga side would be willing to pay a fee of around £70m for the 28-year-old (Daily Mail)

Manchester United sent scouts to watch Lyon striker Moussa Dembele on Sunday night – and they could be handed a boost after he was benched again (Daily Mail)

Arsenal boss Unai Emery is considering a bid for Wolves defender Willy Boly. The West Midlands club could potentially double the £10m they paid Porto for the 28-year-old Ivory Coast centre-back should he favour a move to Emirates Stadium (The Sun)

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer needs to sign five more players before the team can return to form, according to Wales boss and Old Trafford legend Ryan Giggs (The Sun)

Bookmakers have cut the odds on Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to be sacked after Sunday’s defeat by Newcastle. Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has been backed to take over (The Sun)

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Liverpool have eased fears over Mohamed Salah, after initial checks appear to show his injury against Leicester is not as serious as first feared (Daily Mirror)

Brendan Rodgers believes Leicester are displaying the qualities crucial to a top-four challenge (Daily Mirror)

Tim Cahill is one of the names Millwall are considering as they step up their search for a successor to Neil Harris as manager (Daily Telegraph)

Defiant Everton boss Marco Silva is ‘not worried’ by his side’s losing run (Daily Telegraph)

Joe Allen insists Stoke players are behind under-pressure Nathan Jones after their last-gasp win at Swansea (Daily Telegraph)

Sebastian Prodl believes there is a “much better” atmosphere at Watford, having finally been recalled following a fallout with the previous head coach (Daily Telegraph)

Jeremy Corbyn has vowed to transform how football is run, lashing out at “bad owners” such as Newcastle United’s Mike Ashley (The Times)


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