Manchester United could sign a striker for a reduced fee in January, while two of their summer targets have been made clear, while Wolves are keen on a £20m-rated Real Madrid playmaker, according to Monday’s newspapers.
UNITED SEE MANDUZKIC ASKING PRICE REDUCED
Manchester United have reportedly been given a boost in their bid to strengthen their attack in January after the asking price for Mario Mandzukic was reduced.
United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has revealed his side will be in the market for a new striker when the January transfer window opens and it is thought the club plan to go back in for Mandzukic after missing out on the veteran Croatian over the summer.
And while United came close to signing the 33-year-old for £14m back in August, the Daily Mirror reports that Juventus have now lowered the asking price for Mandzukic to just £9million ahead of the winter window.
Mandzukic has not featured at all for Juventus this season while new boss Maurizio Sarri has also left the Croatian out of his Champions League squad – making a move to Old Trafford something of a no-brainer for the veteran striker.
It’s reported United are willing to match Mandzukic’s £4.5m a year salary (£85,000 a week), with an 18-month deal expected to be tabled in the coming weeks.
The London Standard, meanwhile, reports that Solskjaer has ordered United to step up their pursuit of Leicester playmaker James Maddison.
The 22-year-old has made an excellent start to the season and Solskjaer believes the England squad man could add some much-needed creativity to his midfield.
However, while Solskjaer would swoop to bring Maddison in during January, it’s expected that any deal would likely take place next summer – with Foxes boss Brendan Rodgers also admitting the player could be tempted away.
The Standard also reports that Borussia Dortmund star Jadon Sancho will also be targeted next summer, with the England winger described as Solskjaer’s ‘dream signing’.
AND THE REST
PSV Eindhoven want Manchester United’s Netherlands Under-21 international midfielder Tahith Chong on loan in January (The Sun)
Manchester United starlet Mipo Odubeko has snubbed a new contract at Old Trafford and is in talks with West Ham over a potential transfer (The Sun)
Worried Tottenham chiefs fear rivals will benefit if they pull the plug on their manager Mauricio Pochettino (The Sun)
The FA are probing claims about offensive chanting over the Hillsborough disaster in Man Utd’s Women’s Super League win over Livepool (The Sun)
Manchester United could face further injury woe as they will have to play on an artificial pitch when they face AZ Alkmaar away in the Europa League next week (Daily Mail)
Everton are following highly-rated young Scottish centre-back Jamie Hamilton (Daily Mail)
Jose Mourinho is eyeing a sensational return to Real Madrid with Florentino Perez considering him the best replacement for Zinedine Zidane (Daily Mail)
Real Madrid’s Casemiro allegedly had his house robbed while he was playing against Atletico Madrid (Daily Mail)
Manchester United coach Mark Dempsey returned to watch first-team training on Sunday after a period of sick leave since being taken to hospital during the club’s tour of Australia (Daily Mail)
Unpaid former Bolton players are set to finally be paid their wages in the next five to six weeks (Daily Mail)
Scott McTominay has pleaded with the Manchester United board to show patience in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and believes he is the right man for the club’s future (Daily Mirror)
Arsenal manager Unai Emery has denied there is a language barrier leading to communication problems with his players – but rates his English only six out of 10 (Daily Mirror)
Rob Holding plans to walk onto the very spot at Old Trafford where his career almost ended when Man Utd host Arsenal on Monday (Daily Mirror)
Erling Haaland is facing a race against time to be fit for Red Bull Salzburg’s Champions League clash with Liverpool on Wednesday (Daily Mirror)
David Moyes has revealed the Glazers told him that ‘they decide when players leave Old Trafford’ – after Wayne Rooney handed in a transfer request (Daily Mirror)