Paper Talk: Man Utd set for hectic transfer window as Solskjaer targets five stars in spree

Date published: Thursday 18th March 2021 8:26 - Jonny Whitfield

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Manchester United identify five key transfer targets for the upcoming transfer window, while a Premier League striker is on Chelsea’s radar – both in all the latest Paper Talk.

MAN UTD HAVE FIVE TARGETS ON RADAR

Manchester United have five areas of the team they want to address going into the summer transfer window, a report claims.

United have had a new striker on their radar for some time, with previous reports claiming that club chiefs have settled on Erling Haaland as their top priority.

Furthermore, a new centre-back partner to Harry Maguire is seen as crucial to the club’s development. While captain Maguire has a guaranteed long-term future at Old Trafford, the same cannot be said for the likes of Victor Lindelof.

Speaking to the Transfer Window podcast, journalist Ian McGarry opened up on United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer‘s plans for the upcoming window.

“We know that he has identified four positions,” McGarry said. “A striker, and by that I mean a No 9, someone who can play at the top of the team with three attacking midfielders.

“And also a defensive midfielder, a centre-back to partner Harry Maguire, and also a back-up right-back to Aaron Wan-Bissaka.”

Newspaper journalist Duncan Castles added more weight to United’s plans by discussing their goalkeeper situation.

Speculation has arisen over David de Gea’s future, with No. 2 Dean Henderson taking his chance in the team in recent weeks.

Castles said: “Those targets, you also have the goalkeeper they’re looking at and the possibility of trying to move David de Gea out, and in discussions with Gianluigi Donnarumma about coming as a free agent.

“Looking at a striker, obviously Solskjaer’s preferred candidate for that is Erling Haaland.

“There is a kind of flow towards that because [Edinson] Cavani is on a very expensive salary, so retaining him is not the cheapest of options.

“A central midfielder, I’m told they’re looking for a player who can play as a No 6 as a holding midfielder, or as a No 8, to play both positions and give them more options in midfield.

“Back-up right-back and another centre-back [as well].”

Wednesday’s Paper Talk revealed how United have received a boost in their hunt to sign Sevilla centre-back Jules Kounde.


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AND THE REST FROM PAPER TALK

Chelsea have registered interest in a deal to sign Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero this summer. The Argentine’s deal expires soon, but he is unlikely to extend terms. (Daily Mail)

Barcelona have also had contact with City’s all-time leading goalscorer. (Daily Mail)

However, the Blues have received a boost with Aguero wanting to remain in the Premier League with his next club. (The Sun)

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer feels that Diogo Dalot still has a future at Old Trafford amid his loan spell in AC Milan. (Manchester Evening News)

ENGLAND SQUAD LATEST

Jack Grealish Aston Villa

Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish has returned to training following a leg injury. As such, he hopes to keep his place when Gareth Southgate announces his latest England squad on Thursday. (Daily Mirror)

Meanwhile, Southgate is considering rewarding Leeds star Luke Ayling with a call up following his strong form. (Daily Express)

Whites striker Patrick Bamford is also in line for inclusion ahead of the Three Lions’ triple-header against San Marino, Albania and Poland. (Daily Telegraph)

But West Ham striker Michail Antonio has decided that his international future lies with Jamaica, not England. (Sky Sports)

CHELSEA MAN HAD TOTTENHAM TALKS

Antonio Rudiger Chelsea

Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger says that he held talks over a move to Tottenham or Paris Saint-Germain last summer. (The Times)

Inter Miami manager Phil Neville has verbally agreed a deal with former Arsenal defender Kieran Gibbs. (Daily Mirror)

Former Lincoln head coach Danny Cowley will become the new manager of Portsmouth. (The News)

SALZBURG BOSS FLATTERED BY CELTIC LINKS

Jesse Marsch RB Salzburg manager

RB Salzburg boss Jesse Marsch says it is an “honour” to be linked with the vacant Celtic job. (Daily Record)

Mohamed Elneny insists he would happily sign a new contract at Arsenal after winning the trust of manager Mikel Arteta. (Evening Standard)

Liverpool will accept a cut-price fee for striker Divock Origi this summer. What’s more, Borussia Dortmund have shown interest in the Belgian. (Football Insider)

Newly-elected Barcelona president Joan Laporta will do all he can to convince Lionel Messi to stay. (Goal)

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