Manchester United are hoping to put an end to their problems up from by signing Juventus striker Mario Mandzukic in January.
The Red Devils have endured a tough start to the season – they are 12th in the Premier League with 9 points from 8 matches – and are looking to strengthen in January.
Attacking options have been limited for United after Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez both left for Inter Milan in the summer and weren’t replaced. An injury to Anthony Martial has compounded matters. United have scored just 8 league goals this season.
But Italian outlet Tuttosport is reporting that this is being addressed and Mandzukic has verbally agreed a deal to move to Old Trafford when the transfer window opens again.
United has targeted the 33-year-old Croatian in the summer but a deal never materialised. However, Mandzukic has yet to feature for Juve this season and was not included in their Champions League squad.
It is thought he wants a move to another European side – he turned down a deal to join Al-Rayyan in Qatar – and appears to be set on joining United.
While Mandzukic isn’t the sort of young player United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been looking to buy, he would bring a wealth of experience and a proven goalscoring record wherever he has played – something United desperately need.
European giants Real Madrid and Juventus could be set to go head-to-head to sign Chelsea midfield lynchpin N’Golo Kante, according to reports.
Kante, who scored in Chelsea’s 1-4 win at Southampton yesterday [October 6], has established himself as one of the finest defensive midfielders in the world in recent seasons. He has won the Premier League title with Leicester City and Chelsea.
Spanish giants Real Madrid are reportedly interested as they see him as an upgrade on current starter Casemiro, according to the Daily Mail.
The Mail adds that bidding for 28-year-old Kante could start at £70 million.
Kante was reportedly unhappy being played out of position last season under Maurizio Sarri. However, since Frank Lampard has taken over he has been restored to his favoured defensive position.
The French international could be tempted by a move to Champions League challengers such as Juventus and Real Madrid, where several of his countrymen play.
However, whether Chelsea would be willing to sell is another matter. Jorginho plays in the same position but the club are under a transfer ban and presumably would be loathe to let more players go.
Tottenham Hotspur are thinking about making another move to sign Juventus forward Paulo Dybala in January and are open to Christian Eriksen moving the other way as part of the deal.
Spurs wanted to sign Dybala in the summer but failed to agree a deal with the Italian champions.
However, Mauricio Pochettino remains interested in his fellow Argentine and could go back for him in January, according to Tuttosport in Italy.
The publication further claims that Spurs could be willing to let 27-year-old Eriksen move the other way.
Eriksen stayed publicly that he was looking for a new challenge in the summer after spending six years in north London. However, despite attracting interest from a number of top European clubs and Manchester United, no deal was forthcoming.
Eriksen is in the final year of his contract and could leave for nothing next summer. With little sign of the Dane signing a new deal – despite Spurs’ best efforts to tempt him – they may decide to cash in on him in January.
However, Spurs could face competition for Dybala. Paris St-Germain have been rumoured to be interested and could also return with a bid for the player who has been unsettled in Turin since the arrival of Christiano Ronaldo.
Italian champions Juventus are planning to make a move to sign Manchester United star David de Gea in January if his contract situation isn’t sorted out.
Spanish international de Gea is out of contract next summer and has so far stalled on signing a new deal at Old Trafford. Talks shave been ongoing for more than a year but a resolution isn’t in sight.
Juventus bosses are aware of this and know that from January de Gea will be able to sign a pre-contract with other clubs.
The Turin-based side have form with this sort of move, having signed Aaron Ramsey from Arsenal and Emre Can from Liverpool for nothing after their deals ran out.
Ligue Un champions Paris St-Germain are also thought to be monitoring the situation. Both clubs could afford the rumoured £350,000 a week de Gea wants.
Real Madrid have had an interest in de Gea for years – almost signing him in 2015 – so could also come in for him.
While United want to keep hold of their keeper, and remain in talks with him and his representatives, they are thought to be lining up a replacement if he does go. Atletico Madrid’s Jan Oblak is thought to be top of their wish list, but it would take a mighty offer to get Diego Simeone to part with one of his key players.
Italian champions Juventus have made a bid for Paris St-Germain star Neymar as they try to gazump Spanish rivals Real Madrid and Barcelona.
Juve have offered PSG £95 million and forward Paulo Dybala, according to Spanish newspaper AS.
Neymar has been the subject of a tug-of-war for his signature by Barcelona and Real Madrid all summer, with various bids involving cash and a variety of players said to have been made and rejected by PSG.
Barca have recently loaned Philippe Coutinho to Bayern Munich so have a space in the squad free.
Madrid have been revamping their squad over the summer, spending more than £300 million on new players, but Neymar would be the icing on the cake.
It was thought the race was between the Spanish clubs but now Juventus are serious contenders. The prospect of Neymar and Cristiano Ronaldo in the same side would be mouthwatering too as they seek to finally win the Champions League.
However, whether PSG will sell is another matter. They have consistently rebuffed bids from Barcelona and Real Madrid and will want a deal worth north of the £198 million before they even consider selling one of their prized assets.
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