Paper Talk: Man Utd prioritise surprise name as top signing to partner Bruno Fernandes

Date published: Wednesday 17th February 2021 8:36 - James Marshment

Federico Valverde, Arturo Vidal

Manchester United are readying a surprise midfielder signing this summer – with a swap deal a possibility – while Everton are looking to bring in a Juventus star, according to Wednesday’s transfer gossip.


Manchester United are keeping tabs on Real Madrid star Federico Valverde as a possible replacement for Paul Pogba.

Pogba’s future remains under the spotlight despite some improved displays for United this season. With less than 18 months left on his deal, United have a decision to make on Pogba this summer.

Were he to leave, The Sun claims United already know the man they want to replace him. They state Valverde has leapt to the top of their wanted list after keeping a close watch on him. The 22-year-old has impressed watching United scouts with his displays for Real. And it’s claimed they feel he could be a perfect partner to Bruno Fernandes in the United midfield.

Valverde has a whopping £148million buyout clause in his deal at the Bernabeu. However, it would not take a bid of that magnitude to trigger it.

Indeed, there are even suggestions that a swap deal could be engineered between the two clubs.

Valverde has similar qualities to Pogba. He is known for his high-energy displays and for his ability to play box-to-box. Furthermore, his ability to play his way out of tight situations has also caught the eye.

But it’s easy to see why the deal would appeal to United. At 22, the Uruguayan can only get better. His wages – £120,000 a week – are also less than half what Pogba is paid. Furthermore, if he can bring out even more in star man Fernandes, that would also be a major win.


Adrien Rabiot Napoli v Juventus February 2021

Everton are reportedly set to make a fresh bid for Juventus midfielder Adrien Rabiot. (The Sun)

Roman Abramovich has pumped £2bn into Chelsea transfers alone since taking over in 2003. (The Sun)

Arsenal will launch major cost-cutting plans – despite just slashing their wage bill by almost £700,000 a week. (The Sun)

Salomon Rondon has followed in the footsteps of former Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez by leaving Chinese side Dalian Pro. (The Sun)

Ravel Morrison has revealed he is in talks with Championship and La Liga clubs over his next move. (The Sun)

Steven Gerrard has admitted Fernando Torres “broke his heart” by leaving Liverpool to join Chelsea back in 2011. (The Sun)


Jules Kounde TEAMtalk

Manchester United plan to sign Jules Kounde from Sevilla this summer and will pay £61m for him. (Daily Express)

Manchester United are targeting a move for PAOK Salonika youngster Christos Tzolis. (Daily Express)

Jordan Pickford is set to return to Everton’s starting line-up against Manchester City on Wednesday having missed four games with a rib injury. (The Guardian)

Jurgen Klopp has revealed he received a text message from the Liverpool owners apologising for the state of the team when he took the reins. (Daily Mirror)

Arsene Wenger has questioned Jurgen Klopp’s decision to stick with Alisson, saying he appears to be the type of player who carries mistakes with him from one game to the next. (Daily Mirror)

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Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho both messaged Kylian Mbappe after the PSG forward struck a scintillating hat-trick against Barcelona. (Daily Mirror)

Kylian Mbappe insisted he is “happy” at PSG after his hat-trick against Barcelona – but warned it would be “stupid” to make a decision on his future after one match. (Daily Mirror)

One of Christian Pulisic or Hakim Ziyech may have to be sold by Chelsea in the summer. (Daily Star)

Liverpool’s Takumi Minamino could leave for Sevilla after his solid start at Southampton. (Daily Star)

Javier Mascherano believes Liverpool have a great chance to win this season’s Champions League. (Daily Star)

Celtic manager Neil Lennon hasindicated he may still be in charge next season after admitting he has held discussions over transfers this summer. (The Times)


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