Paper Talk: Woodward approves as Man Utd plan ‘major’ £125m coup

Manchester United have had an ambitious £125m double raid approved, while two Serie A clubs are tracking a Tottenham first-team star – all in Sunday’s papers.



Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has given the club permission to raid the Bundesliga for Thomas Muller and Kai Havertz, according to reports.

The Red Devils are on the lookout for a new striker, with Bayern Munich man Muller – who was on the club’s radar back in 2014 – said to again be of interest.

Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Kai Havertz has also been linked with a move to United in recent weeks and, according to the Mirror, Woodward has approved a swoop for the pair which will amount to around £125m.

The newspaper says that club scouts watched Muller against Union Berlin as well as Havertz against Werder Bremen and continue to be impressed by the pair,

While Muller is now on the fringes of Niko Kovac’s squad having started on the bench in five of the last seven games, the Mirror says that the signing of Havertz would be a ‘major coup’.

Leverkusen have put an £85m price tag on his head but with United not adding to their midfield in the most recent transfer window, Woodward has reportedly told the club they are free to bring the German international to the club.




Juventus and Napoli are both tracking Tottenham winger Son Heung-min ahead of a potential move for the South Korean (The Express)

United – who were previously keen on bringing Real Madrid winger Gareth Bale to Old Trafford, have been put off after assessing the Welshman’s injury record (The Mail)

The Red Devils are keeping tabs on Leeds United midfielder Kalvin Phillips, with assistant coach Mike Phelan watching the player in action against Birmingham last week (The Sun)

Peter Kenyon is keen to push through a takeover of Newcastle United by the end of the calendar year (The Mirror)

Brighton and Crystal Palace are tracking Rangers midfielder Glen Kamara (The Mail)

Norwich boss Daniel Farke has kept open the possibility of England Under-21 international Max Aarons to join Tottenham in January (The Telegraph)

Newcastle boss Steve Bruce is planning a move to bring Chelsea’s Reece James to the club on loan in January (The Sun)

Tottenham striker Harry Kane says he is raring to go against Liverpool on Sunday and has Virgil van Dijk in his sights (The Observer)

Rangers boss Steven Gerrard has urged Scottish football officials to help both his and Celtic’s Europa League chances by giving them Sunday night fixtures (Sunday Mail)


Arsenal boss Unai Emery has said that the decision to freeze Mesut Ozil out of the squad is part of an agreed strategy within the club (The Mail)

Manchester City plan to stick a £100m price tag on Gabriel Jesus with Bayern Munich circling (The Sun)

City and United are both interested in signing Rochdale’s Luke Matheson, who impressed at Old Trafford in the EFL Cup (The Mirror)