Talks ‘advanced’, but Man Utd at loggerheads with agent over striker deal

Date published: Wednesday 30th September 2020 3:20 - Jonny Whitfield

Luka Jovic Real Madrid

Manchester United are in “advanced” negotiations with Luka Jovic’s agent about a loan deal to bring him to Old Trafford, according to a report.

United are likely to be one of the busiest clubs in the Premier League ahead of Monday’s transfer deadline. The Red Devils reportedly want a host of fresh faces in, including a winger, a centre-back and a left-back.

Talks are continuing about a move for Porto full-back Alex Telles, with Ousmane Dembele allegedly a top target up top.

However, recent reports have also linked United with a move for Real Madrid striker Jovic. The Serbian endured a tough start to life in the Spanish capital last term.

According to the Daily Star, Jovic has interest from across Europe, with Roma and Inter Milan keen. However the player’s agent has reportedly told Real that their client wants to move to Old Trafford.

As such, talks between the agent and United are at an “advanced” stage, the newspaper adds. Indeed all parties expect a quick resolution to Jovic’s future, ideally before Monday’s deadline.

The Daily Star also says the Red Devils have worked out the finer details of a loan move for Jovic, with United offering to pay the forward’s salary for the rest of the season.

However there remains a disagreement over another part of the deal. United want to include an option to buy Jovic next summer, with Madrid currently unwilling to accept that proposal.

Zidane open to Jovic departure

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Madrid head coach Zinedine Zidane, meanwhile, has not ruled out the possibility of Jovic leaving before Monday.

He said: “You have to take everything into account. Until the fifth [of October], the market is open.

“We will see. The players are fine and that’s what interests me.”

Jovic has scored two goals and assisted two others in 28 games for Madrid to date.

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