Paper Talk: Woodward sanctions Man Utd sale of deadwood duo

Date published: Tuesday 24th December 2019 8:30

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Ed Woodward has sanctioned the sale of two Manchester United players, while Christian Eriksen’s route to Real Madrid has been revealed – all in Tuesday’s newspapers.



Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has given the green light to both Nemanja Matic and Marcos Rojo leaving the club in January, according to a report.

Matic and Rojo have been on the fringes of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side so far this season, having played a total of 15 times in all competitions.

Indeed, Matic has been the subject of speculation linking him with a move to the Serie A in recent days.

According to the Daily Star, Woodward and Solskjaer agree that the pair are “surplus to requirements” at Old Trafford.

The newspaper says that Woodward will invite offers for the players in January and is prepared to sell them to the highest bidder.

It is also claimed that at least two Premier League sides hold an interest in Matic, while Rojo is said to have potential suitors abroad.

Matic reportedly held talks with Solskjaer about his role at the club, although the Serbian’s situation has not changed since those discussions.

Rojo, meanwhile, is currently injured but it is believed that he will find himself frozen out of proceedings upon his return.





Chelsea have been offered the chance to sign Isco from Real Madrid, a deal which would clear the way for Tottenham midfielder Christian Eriksen to move to the Spanish capital (Daily Mirror)

Fulham and Brentford are among those interested if Spurs recall Jack Clarke from his Leeds United loan next month (Daily Mail)

Newcastle forward Andy Carroll is set to be rewarded with a new one-year deal after impressing Magpies Steve Bruce (Daily Mirror)

Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers is prepared to allow defender Filip Benkovic to leave on loan next month (Leicester Mercury)

Manchester United duo Tahith Chong and Angel Gomes are both open to leaving Old Trafford next year (The Telegraph)

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Barcelona are interested in a move for Gomes, while Chong is attracting interest from Juventus (Daily Mail)

Valencia have put a move for Manchester City full-back Joao Cancelo top of their wish list for the transfer window (Daily Mail)

An auction for Stoke City FC put on eBay as a joke has been removed after it received bids of up to £65,000 (Stoke Sentinel)

Manchester United hero Paul Parker has backed his former club to bring in Mario Mandzukic next month (The Express)

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta wants Wales assistant coach Albert Stuivenberg as part of his backroom staff (Daily Mail)


Slovan Bratislava chief Ivan Kmotrik has revealed talks have taken place with Celtic over striker Andraz Sporar (Daily Record)

Sheffield Wednesday manager Garry Monk has no intention of allowing striker Jordan Rhodes to leave for Celtic next month (Scottish Sun)

PFA chairman Ben Purkiss says captains should be backed to lead their teams off the field in the face of discrimination (The Times)

Patrick Vieira has revealed he was never contacted by Arsenal before the north Londoners appointed Mikel Arteta as their new boss (Daily Mirror)


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