Paper Talk: Man Utd to make shock contract offer with key twist for unused Solskjaer star

Date published: Monday 15th February 2021 8:26 - Jonny Whitfield

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Manchester United are to offer an unused star a new deal featuring a key twist, while an Arsenal man is in line for a fresh contract of his own – both in the latest Paper Talk.


Manchester United will offer third-choice goalkeeper Lee Grant a new contract, according to a report.

The 38-year-old signed for the Red Devils from Stoke in 2018, but his only action remains a Europa League and Carabao Cup start – he has been unused in the Premier League.

He has instead offered vital leadership experience to fellow goalkeeper Dean Henderson, as well as the other younger United players.

However, he has also been working on his coaching badges and is progressing well. As such, the Daily Star reports that United are willing to offer him a new deal that would make him a goalkeeper coach.

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The player’s contract expires at the end of the season, but Old Trafford chiefs see no reason why he cannot step into a mentoring role given his experience.

Grant recently admitted (via The Sun) that he still feels “frustration” at his lack of match action, despite his position in the United pecking order.

He also said that he felt like a “zombie” after working hard in training and seemingly getting no reward.

David de Gea remains the No. 1 goalkeeper, but despite questions hanging over his form, Henderson is ahead of Grant and is ready to step in when given the chance.

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David Luiz

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta is keen to reward David Luiz with a new contract because of his leadership skills. (The Independent)

Bayern Munich are stepping up their hunt to sign Norwich right-back Max Aarons. (Daily Mail)

What’s more, the world champions have agreed to snap up Reading’s Omar Richards in the summer. (Bild)

Arsene Wenger feels that Tottenham striker Harry Kane has not fully shaken off his ankle problems. As such, he feels that it would be a risk for Jose Mourinho to continue playing him. (beIN Sports via Daily Mail)


Meanwhile, Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel believes that forward Tammy Abraham has what it takes to enjoy a long career at Stamford Bridge. (Daily Mail)

Tuchel has also confirmed that he had the chance to enter the Newcastle dugout in 2015. (The Times)

Swansea manager Steve Cooper will join the list of candidates to take over from Roy Hodgson at Crystal Palace. (The Sun)

Liverpool winger Mohamed Salah says that his side will not let the past few weeks’ results “define” their season. (Daily Mirror)

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hit out at VAR following the 1-1 draw with West Brom. (Manchester Evening News)


Steven Gerrard Rangers

Rangers are officially the most improved team in Europe under Steven Gerrard. The Ibrox club have jumped 247 places in the UEFA rankings since his appointment. (Daily Record)

However, Rangers have launched an internal investigation amid allegations that several players broke coronavirus regulations by attending a house party. (Sky Sports)

Celtic are keen on a move for Burnley midfielder Robbie Brady. (The Sun)

Burnley, meanwhile, want to sign Benfica’s American goalkeeper Carlos Joaquim dos Santos. (The Sun)

Arsenal legend Tony Adams has questioned the signing of Martin Odegaard and two other stars. (Daily Mirror)

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