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Manchester United plan summer move for Chelsea star Willian

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Manchester United are planning a swoop for Chelsea midfielder Willian this summer as part of manager Jose Mourinho’s overhaul of the squad.

Willian has been a stand-out player for Chelsea this season – shining in an inconsistent side – scoring 13 goals in 47 appearances in all competitions.

United have a long-standing interest in the Brazilian international and tried to sign him last summer, although he elected to stay at Stamford Bridge after talks.

However, this time United are more confident of landing Willian, especially as it is looking likely that Chelsea will miss out on a Champions League spot this season, according to a report in The Sun.

If Chelsea were to sell – Willian is under contract until 2020 – they would want to recoup the £30 million they paid Russian side Anzi Makhachkala for Him back in 2013, despite the player being 29.

However, if Willian were to join United, it could mean that Juan Mata might leave, as they play in the same position.

Mata hasn’t commanded a regular starting place this season and his contract expires in 2019, so United could be tempted to sell and get a fee for him this summer.

Jose Mourinho will have offload Manchester United players before he can buy in January

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Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho will have to sell players before he can buy any more in January.

United’s board want to get more control over costs, according to a BBC report. The club’s wage bill was £263.5 million – up 13.5% – according to their last accounts, and Mourinho has spent £285 million on 6 major signings since he joined as manager in 2016.

This means that some players will now be looking nervously at the door marked ‘exit’. Left-back Luke Shaw is likely to be one of those – he was signed for £27 million in 2014 but is out of favour under Mourinho having struggled with injury and form. Goalkeeper Sam Johnstone may be another – he has impressed on his season-long loan at Aston Villa and the club are keen to sign him permanently.

Juan Mata and Antony Martial have also been in and out of the side this season and could be jettisoned if there is a player Mourinho really wants to sign.

Marouane Fellaini is out of contract at the end of the season, so Mourinho could be tempted to sell him in January rather than risk losing him for nothing in the summer, but he is also an integral member of the squad and could be offered a new deal.

However, with United already eight points behind neighbours Manchester City in the Premier League title race, Mourinho may be ready to dip into the transfer market to try and close the gap.

Chelsea and Manchester United set for battle to sign Atletico Madrid star

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Premier League title contenders are shaping up for a transfer battle in January as both compete to sign Atletico Madrid star Saul Niguez.

Reports emerged earlier in the week that Chelsea had made a £71.5 million bid for Niguez, with Antonio Conte apparently keen to strengthen that area.

However, it now appears that Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is also interested in signing the 22-year-old, and is prepared to offer either Ander Herrera or Juan Mata in a player-plus-cash deal, according to Spanish newspaper Don Balon.

Neither player has been a regular so far this season for United, so a transfer could make sense.

However, a deal is far from close. Atletico’s bosses have said they would not consider selling one of their stars for less than the £134 million release clause he has in his contract, again according to Don Balon. Both Chelsea and United’s offers so far fall well below that.