Alexis Sanchez looking to quit Manchester United in January, say reports

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Manchester United forward Alexis Sanchez is contemplating a move away from Old Trafford in January having struggled for form and game time since he joined.

Sanchez joined United from Arsenal in January but has failed to find his best form since then and has been regularly left on the bench by United manager Jose Mourinho this season.

Now, the Daily Mail is reporting that the Chilean’s agent has been contacting top clubs across Europe to gauge what sort of interest there would be in signing him.

While Sanchez is a fine player who would attract interest from leading clubs, his wages – said to be £450,000 per week – could be a stumbling block. Likewise, United would demand a hefty fee for the 29-year-old, given that he is less than a year into his contract.

Barcelona join Manchester United in chase to sign Tottenham defender Toby Alderweireld

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Spanish side Barcelona are targeting signing Tottenham Hotspur defender Toby Alderweireld in January as they look to bolster their side.

Alderweireld, 29, has less than a year to run on his contract and has shown no sign of wanting to sign a new deal, so could be available at a knock-down price. Spurs could opt to enact a one-year extension to the Belgian’s contract, but that would also activate a £25 million release clause.

Barcelona have been hit by injuries this season, and have been looking at Ajax and Netherlands defender Matthijs de Ligt, but accept that the Eredivisie side won’t consider a sale until the summer.

Meanwhile Manchester United were heavily linked with Alderweireld last summer, and may well come back in for him in January. Manager Jose Mourinho is known to want another central defender, as Eric Bailly and Victor Lindelof have failed to convince in that position so far.

The player himself has said he is concentrating on playing for Spurs currently, having regained his starting spot in the side this season. Spurs may also want to keep hold of Alderweireld given that Jan Vertonghen is out injured currently.

Manchester United linked to swoop for Bournemouth star Nathan Ake

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As Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho continues to search for a new centre-back, his attentions have now turned to AFC Bournemouth’s Dutch star Nathan Ake, according to reports.

Ake has been in fine form for Bournemouth this season, helping the side to its best ever start in the top flight. He signed for Bournemouth for £20 million from Chelsea in time for the 2017/18 season, having previously been on loan at the south coast club. He has also broken into the Netherlands national squad.

Mourinho has been known to be searching for a centre-back, and last summer spent time chasing, among others, Tottenham Hotspur’s Toby Alderweireld and Leciester City’s Harry Maguire, but this came to nought as United’s board refused to pay what was seen as over the odds for them.

Now it appears Mourinho’s attention has turned to Ake, who he worked with previously at Chelsea.

However, Ake himself has sought to cool the rumours, saying it is just speculation. “At the moment I play at Bournemouth and that is going well, so I focus on that. ‘This does not say much about my status yet. They are rumours on the internet and as long as I do not hear anything myself, I will not go into that.”

Bournemouth will also be reluctant to sell. Boss Eddie Howe wants to build his side around the 23-year-old. If they were to part with him, they would want considerably more for the player than the £20 million they signed him for.

Manchester United plot resurrection of club record Milinkovic-Savic deal

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Manchester United are considering resurrecting a deal for Lazio midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic in January after a proposed transfer fell through last summer. 

It has been reported that United boss Jose Mourinho watched Milinkovic-Savic play for Serbia in their Nations League clash with neighbours Montenegro earlier this week.

Mourinho has wanted to sign Milinkovic-Savic in the summer, but the deal fell through after Lazio raised their asking price.

However, after United’s lacklustre start to the season, Mourinho is prepared to go back to Lazio with a new offer.

The bad news for United is that Milinkovic-Savic has since signed a new contract, which means the Serie A side will get top dollar if they were to sell.

Lazio wanted £80 million for him in the summer and this will have increased now he is tied into a new long-term deal. Indeed, United may have to break their transfer record to land him. Their current record is £89 million, which they paid Juventus for Paul Pogba in 2016.

However, United would face a battle to sign the 23-year-old as other top European clubs are also keeping an eye on him.

But in United’s favour is that Mourinho knows Milinkovic-Savic’s agent, Mateja Kezman very well. Kezman was one of Mourinho’s first signings when he joined Chelsea in 2005.

Manchester United target Barcelona star Jordi Alba for January swoop

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Manchester United are reportedly interested in signing Barcelona left-back Jordi Alba in January. 

United bosses have been alerted after Alba stalled on signing a new contract with the Catalan club, according to Spanish outlet Mundo Deportivo. His current deal expires at the end of next season.

Spanish international, Alba, 29, is rated as one of the world’s best left-backs and has played for Barcelona more than 250 times since joining in 2012, and has won 4 La Liga titles and a Champions League with them.

United are on the look-out for a left-back as the club only has Luke Shaw as a specialist in that position. While Ashley Young has filled that role, he is more comfortable on the right.

However, Barca are likely to be reluctant to sell Alba even if there is interest in him. Alba is the only established left-back at the club after Barca sold his understudy, Lucas Digne, to Everton in the summer. They have been linked with a host of left-backs too, including Liverpool’s Alberto Moreno.