Paper Talk: Man Utd to launch bids worth over £100m for exciting trio

Date published: Sunday 12th January 2020 9:27

Manchester United will make official approaches for three transfer targets in the coming days, while Tottenham are poised to win the race for a Portuguese midfielder, according to Sunday’s newspapers.



Manchester United will signal their January transfer window intentions by launching bids for three targets this week, according to reports.

First up, United will attempt to beat Tottenham to the signing of Bruno Fernandes by making a formal offer totalling £51m for the Sporting Lisbon midfielder.

That’s according to The Sun on Sunday, who claim the Portuguese star has shot to the very top of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s wish-list having seen interest in Jack Grealish and James Maddison pushed to one side.

In addition, the Sunday Mirror claims United have also offered Birmingham City £12.5m to sign for wonderkid Jude Bellingham.

As per the report, United see the 16-year-old as one of the country’s brightest young talents and hope to snap him up this month before the England U19 star’s value soars.

And it’s stated Birmingham are being offered a hefty downpayment with add-ons expected to take the bid over the £12.5m-mark.

However, it’s also claimed the teenager is in no hurry to leave St Andrew’s, despite still being on scholar wages of £145 a week.


And finally, the Sunday Express claims United will scout Boubakary Soumare one final time before making a bid for the France Under-20 midfielder.

The Lille midfielder has been compared to Paul Pogba and has been told he can leave if the Ligue 1 club’s valuation of £42.5m is met.

Deals for all three stars are expected to set United back around £106million.



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Tottenham are set to beat West Ham and Chelsea to the signing of Benfica midfielder Gedson Fernandes, 21, on an 18-month loan deal (Sunday Mirror)

Manchester United target Donny van de Beek looks bound for Real Madrid – just months after the Reds backed out of signing the Ajax midfielder for just £20m (Sunday Mirror)

New Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta is considering a move to take AC Milan midfielder Hakan Calhanoglu on loan as he looks to bolster his squad (Sunday Mirror)

John Stones’ future at Manchester City is in doubt with the Premier League champions yet to start talks with the £48million defender about a new contract (Sunday Mirror)

Jurgen Klopp is reportedly open to the idea of signing Barcelona forward Ousmane Dembele (Sunday Mirror)

Crystal Palace striker Connor Wickham is set to join Sheffield Wednesday on loan following the arrival of Everton forward Cenk Tosun at Selhurst Park (Mail on Sunday)

Crystal Palace and Lazio have joined the battle for the services of Manchester United captain Ashley Young (The Sun on Sunday)

Manchester United midfielder Nemanja Matic is in talks with Major League Soccer side Chicago Fire about a move which will be more £5m-a-year (The Sun on Sunday)

Everton are lining up a £25m transfer bid for Brazilian Everton Soares from Gremio (The Sun on Sunday)


Chelsea starlet Tariq Lamptey could be on his way out of Stamford Bridge with Paris Saint-Germain and Nice reportedly eyeing up the impressive academy graduate (The Sun on Sunday)

Paulo Dybala is reportedly set to end speculation surrounding his future by penning a lucrative new contract with Juventus (The Sun on Sunday)

Manchester United have been snubbed by Emre Can – because he has too much respect for his old club Liverpool (The Sun on Sunday)

Leeds midfielder Kalvin Phillips could be in line for a shock England call-up after Gareth Southgate watched the midfielder play against Sheffield Wednesday (Sunday Mail)

Javier Hernandez could be on the move again with LA Galaxy showing interest in ‘Chicharito’ after his move to Sevilla from West Ham (Sunday Mail)

Liverpool were keen on signing Timo Wener last year but the German snubbed a move because of the current squad (Daily Star Sunday)

Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud has agreed to join Inter Milan at the end of the season (Daily Star Sunday)


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