Paper Talk: Man Utd put duo up for sale as move for £90m target gets green light

James Marshment
Nemanja Matic, Dean Henderson, Diogo Dalot, Donny van de Beek, Carabao Cup action for Man Utd

Manchester United will sacrifice two players in January amid plans to launch a bid for a Premier League star, Real Madrid have put four stars up for sale, while Thursday’s transfer gossip claims a Celtic star is dreaming of a move to Liverpool.


Manchester United’s money men have reportedly given Ole Gunnar Solskjaer the green light to launch a bid to sign Declan Rice.

The West Ham midfielder has long been on the United manager’s shopping list, despite his £90m valuation.

And after a big summer of spending, United were reportedly set to keep their powder dry in January.

However, the Daily Express claims an official approach for Rice now looks set to get the go ahead.

And they claim a summer move would have been given the go ahead had they known what to expect from Paul Pogba.

However, the French star now looks poised to sign a new deal to keep him at United.

And since they no longer need to finance a deal for a replacement, a move for Rice will be launched.

The Hammers are reluctant to sell the England man, but an offer of £90m will prove impossible to resist.

Despite that, it’s not all plain sailing for United who will have to sell two stars of their own to make room for Rice.

As per the paper, they will look to move on Donny van de Beek and Nemanja Matic in January.

Manchester United make Rice their number one priority

Manchester United's transfer round up including Declan Rice, Bruno Fernandes and David de Gea.

Van de Beek has struggled badly since a £36m move to Old Trafford in summer 2020. And his agent admits they are already “studying an exit plan” ahead of the winter window.

Despite his lack of impact, United will hope to get close to £20m for the Dutchman.

As for Matic, the veteran midfielder has been phased out of the first-team picture.

Now 33, United could only expect a nominal fee for the Serb.

But getting his high salary off the wage bill will free up funds to help finance the move for Rice.


Celtic's Liel Abada celebrates scoring their side's second goal of the game against Raith Rovers

Celtic winger Liel Abada admits his ultimate dream is to play for Liverpool. (Daily Record)

Paul Pogba ‘is telling those close to him he wants to extend his Manchester United contract’. The midfielder remains a target for Real Madrid, Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain. (Daily Mail)

Martin Odegaard insists he’s happy to be back at Arsenal and admits settling at Real Madrid proved difficult. (Daily Mail)

Fulham are holding talks with teenage star Fabio Carvalho over a new long-term contract. (Daily Mail)

Odsonne Edouard has paid compensation of around £20,000 to a man who was left deaf in one ear after being shot by an air rifle the Frenchman fired in 2017. (Daily Mail)

Juventus are willing to listen to any offers for Aaron Ramsey as they look to sell the Wales midfielder. (Daily Mail)


Luka Jovic, Eden Hazard after scoring the fifth goal during the Spanish LaLiga match between Real Madrid CF and CD Leganes, Bernabeu, TEAMtalk

Gareth Bale, Marcelo, Mariano Diaz and Luka Jovic have been told they can leave Real Madrid by Carlo Ancelotti. (Daily Express)

Liverpool are still owed an estimated £11m by Barcelona from the 2018 sale of Philippe Coutinho to the now cash-strapped Catalans. (Daily Express)

Lautaro Martinez and Milan Skriniar could still be forced out of Inter Milan, as their money issues remain solved despite the summer sales of Romelu Lukaku and Achraf Hakimi. (Daily Express)

Manchester United’s value has seen an increase of £550m since Cristiano Ronaldo made a return to Old Trafford. (The Sun)

Reports of racism in English football are up by more than 50 per cent this season. (The Sun)

Tottenham are one of the clubs keeping an eye on Antonio Rudiger’s contract talks with Chelsea but Bayern Munich remain favourites to sign him. (The Sun)


Michail Antonio West Ham

Michail Antonio has withdrawn from Jamaica’s squad for three crucial World Cup Qualifiers at the last second, claiming “logistical problems”. (The Sun)

Xherdan Shaqiri says he wanted to leave Liverpool last year – but the Reds did not want to let him go. (The Sun)

Kylian Mbappe has surprisingly entered talks over a new deal with Paris Saint-Germain, according to his mother. (The Sun)

Harry Winks is considering an overseas loan move in January despite having options with a number of Tottenham’s Premier League rivals. (The Sun)

Bernd Leno will reportedly seek a January move away from Arsenal because of his desire to stay in Germany’s World Cup plans. (The Sun)

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Steve Bruce will quickly be removed as Newcastle manager as soon as the club’s Saudi takeover is completed. (Daily Mirror)

Jurgen Klopp plans to “see the world” when he calls time on being a manager. (Daily Mirror)

Marcus Rashford gave Manchester United a boost by playing and scoring twice in a behind-closed-doors friendly against Blackburn at Carrington on Wednesday afternoon. (Daily Mirror)

Erling Haaland has reportedly received a “double your money” contract offer as transfer speculation continues to swirl around the Borussia Dortmund striker. (Daily Mirror)

Dean Henderson is warning David de Gea he’s at “full power” as he targets the Man Utd No1 spot. (Daily Mirror)


Tammy Abraham is the first England player to confirm he is vaccinated against coronavirus, though the subject remains a sensitive issue around the squad. (Daily Telegraph)

William Saliba remains firmly in Arsenal’s future plans despite being loaned out for the third successive season, this time to Marseille. (Daily Star)

Barcelona cannot fund a bid for Manchester City outcast Raheem Sterling anytime soon – because they reportedly still owe almost £100m in transfer fees. (Daily Star)

Tottenham’s request for Giovani Lo Celso and Cristian Romero to be released early from international duty has been rejected by Argentina. (The Times)