Italian side Roma are considering taking Manchester United misfit Alexis Sanchez on a season-long loan, according to reports.
United are apparently keen on the deal and are prepared to pay a portion of Sanchez’s wage to ensure the deal goes through, The Sun has reported.
Sanchez has endured an unhappy time since moving to Old Trafford from Arsenal in January 2018. Injuries and a loss of form have hampered him, and there have been rumours of attitude problems.
He failed to spark when Olé Gunnar Solskjaer took over as United boss – despite being given chances – and now appears to not be in the plans for the first team. Solskjaer seems happy to go with a youthful front line and give chances to 17-year-old prospect Mason Greenwood.
Roma want a deal, and with Solskjaer wanting Sanchez out of the way, it appears a deal could go through before the Italian transfer window closes on September 2.
The final match of the opening round of fixtures in the Premier League sees Manchester United host Chelsea at Old Trafford.
There is huge interest in this match – beyond the usual hype – as it sees two sides in transition, managed by highly-rated young coaches in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Frank Lampard who were both legends at their respective clubs in their playing days.
In addition, both sides are expected to blood promising young home-grown talent.
The match kicks off at 4.30pm and it is live on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Premier League. Here are the factz you need to know:
* United have won just two of their last 13 matches against Chelsea. The Blues have triumphed in 6 of those matches.
* The Red Devils failed to win any of their final five PL matches last season, losing three of those.
* Meanwhile Chelsea lost just one of their last 13 matches in all competitions last season – and that was to Liverpool. They won 8 of those matches.
* United haven’t kept a clean sheet since February.
* Chelsea aren’t brilliant on the road – they lost 5 of their last 9 PL matches away from Stamford Bridge, winning just two.
England’s record goalscorer Wayne Rooney could be on his way back to English football as player-coach with Championship side Derby County, according to reports.
The Daily Telegraph has reported that Rooney’s agent, Paul Stretford, has already had preliminary talks with officials from Derby about a move.
Rooney is currently playing for Washington-based DC United in the MLS. He had a stellar impact in the US, scoring 25 goals in 43 games, and making the MLS all-star XI.
However, there have been rumours that the former Everton and Manchester United star was looking to return home, with talk that his family have failed to settle.
As Rooney has 16 months left on his DC contract, it isn’t known how much it would take to buy him out of it.
A move to Derby would make sense. Rooney is looking for a move into coaching when he retires – he is currently taking his UEFA coaching badges – and learning under a coach such as Philip Cocu would give him valuable experience. He also still has plenty to offer as a player and would no doubt be a force in the Championship.
The move would be a statement for County, who are looking to get promotion having been beaten by Aston Villa in last season’s play-off final.
Manchester United are set to bolster their forward line by signing Juventus star Mario Mandzukic.
The Daily Mail reports that Mandzukic has agreed a 3-year deal with United and is set to complete the deal in the coming days.
The 33-year-old Croatian is seen as a replacement for Romelu Lukaku, who is expected to leave Old Trafford before the transfer window shuts on Thursday.
United and Juve had been negotiating a swap deal that would have seen Lukaku move to Turin with Argentine forward Paulo Dybala heading in the other direction. However, it is believed this deal is now dead due to Dybala‘ wage demands.
But Juve are happy to sell Mandzukic, as it is thought that he doesn’t fit into new manager Maurizio Sarri’s style of play.
Juventus could reinvest the money from the sale of Mandzukic into an improved offer for Lukaku or try and incorporate him into a swap deal for the striker.
Perennial Serie A champions Juventus are preparing to make a £120 million bid for Manchester United star Paul Pogba, according to reports.
Juventus want their former star back as the club seeks to build a side that can win the Champions League, according to The Times.
Real Madrid are also known to be interested in the French star, with manager Zinedine Zidane known to be a big fan of his countryman. It has been thought Madrid prefer a player-plus-cash deal for Pogba, with Welsh star Gareth Bale a potential makeweight in the deal.
Pogba is believed to want to leave United – he is on record saying he could fancy a new challenge – and a move to Madrid or Turin would doubtless appeal to him.
However, United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer appears determined to hold on to the World Cup Winner and is thought to see him as a vital part of his side for next season as they seek to regain a spot in the Champions League. He is expected to join their pre-season tour too.
It seems this transfer saga could run for some time yet.
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