AC Milan consider bid for Manchester United striker Anthony Martial

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Italian side AC Milan are reportedly considering bidding for Manchester United striker Anthony Martial.

Milan are looking at bolstering their striking options and see the 22-year-Old Frenchman as an ideal candidate, according to reports in Italy.

Martial had been the subject of transfer speculation all summer – he is thought to be unhappy at his bit-part role in the first team – and had been expected to leave Old Trafford.

However, United bosses didn’t want to sell to a Premier League rival so interest from Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur was rebuffed. So when the transfer window in England shut, he remained a United player.

However, the window in Italy is open until the end of the month so a bid could come in. But whether United bosses would entertain it is another matter, given that they would be unable to sign a replacement for Martial.

Manchester United lining up deal to swap Anthony Martial for Bayern Munich star Robert Lewandowski

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Manchester United are reporting planning to put a deal to German side Bayern Munich that would see striker Robert Lewandowski join the Red Devil’s and Anthony Martial move the other way.

United have been rumoured to be interested in the Polish international in the past, and are now reviving that interest, according to reports in The Sun.

Meanwhile relations between Martial and United manager Jose Mourinho have become increasingly strained, with a recent disagreement over Martial leaving the club’s US tour to attend the birth of his second child. The French striker was already unhappy at his increasingly bit-part role at United since the arrival of Alexis Sanchez.

However, a potential exit route has emerged in Munich, who are thought to want Martial as a replacement for Franck Ribery. United would be open to a deal as they don’t want to sell him to a Premier League rival – Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur have both reportedly shown an interest in him.

Lewandowski has stated his desire to leave Bayern for a new challenge, but the club have thus far refused to grant his wish. However, they could be willing to let him move in a swap with Martial. Bayern were put off moving for Martial by United’s valuation of him – said to be £70 million –  but adding in Lewandowski could bring that price down.

An unnamed source was quoted by The Sun as saying that Bayern are keen on Martial and United want Lewandowski. However, Real Madrid are also keen on the Pole, and are being kept in the loop with developments.

Juventus want to resign Paul Pogba from Manchester United – and could sell stars to finance deal

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Italian champions Juventus want to resign midfielder Paul Pogba from Manchester United, and could sell some of their current stars to finance any deal.

Pogba left Turin for Old Trafford two years ago in a then world record £89 million deal. However, Juve now want to resign him so they can pair him with Cristiano Ronaldo as they seek to add the Champions League title to their existing domestic domination.

Juve’s bosses have contacted Pogba’s agent, Mino Raiola, about the move and believe the player is open to a return, according to the Sunday Mirror. Pogba has admitted that he and United manager Jose Mourinho did fall out last season, so that could be a factor in his decision.

But Juventus will have to convince United to sell too – something they haven’t indicated they are willing to, as yet. If they were to sell, United would want significantly more than the amount they paid Juve two years ago. Given the player is 25 – around his peak playing years – is on contract and had a good World Cup, they would likely want a fee north of £150 million.

Any deal could lead to some of Juve’s existing stars exiting to help finance the deal. For instance, Miralem Pjanic could go – the Bosnian could be a target for Manchester City.

Likewise it could boost Chelsea’s chances of signing striker Gonzalo Higuain. Rumours of Chelsea’s interest and a £50 million plus deal have been circulating for some time, but this could help to get it over the line.

Manchester United close in on £65 million Willian transfer

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Manchester United have had a bid for Chelsea’s midfield star Willian accepted by the club, according to reports from Italy.

United manager Jose Mourinho has been keen to link up with the player, who played under him at Chelsea, for some time and now it appears that it is likely to happen.

Italian news outlet Tuttosport has claimed that United’s bid of about £65 million has been accepted by Chelsea. If that’s the case, then it is a matter of Willian and United agreeing personal terms.

New Chelsea boss may be keen to sell Willian to generate funds for other transfers he wants to bring in, and £65 million for a 29-year-Old could be seen as good business.

Willian has been a stand-out player for Chelsea in the past couple of seasons with his goals and assists. For United, bringing in a proven performer from a rival would also seem good business.

If the deal is completed, it could hasten Anthony Martial’s exit from Old Trafford. There are understood to be a number of clubs interested in the French forward from the Premier League and abroad. However, United would prefer to sell him to a continental side, rather than a Premier League rival. But Martial would rather stay in England.

Manchester United could have to pay world record fee to land Harry Maguire

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Manchester United may have to spend a world record fee for a defender to land Leicester City’s Harry Maguire, according to reports.

Maguire enjoyed a stellar World Cup with England, helping them to finish in 4th place thanks to some commanding performances at the back.

United manager Jose Mourinho is known to want a new centre-back to bolster the defence and Maguire has emerged as his number one target ahead of the likes of Tottenham’s Toby Alderweireld and Raphael Varane of Real Madrid.

However, thanks to his World Cup exploits, Maguire’s value has soared. Leicester may have paid £17 million for him this time last year, but the Daily Star has reported that the Foxes could demand up to £80 million for him.

This would be a world record for a defender – the current record is the £75 million Liverpool paid Southampton for Virgil Van Dijk last January.

It is thought that the Foxes are reluctant to part with their 25-year-old star but Maguire may be tempted by a move to a club that can offer him Champions League football.

If he was to move, then it could hasten the departure of two current United defenders, Marcos Rojo and Matteo Darmian. Premier League new boys Wolverhampton Wanderers are interested in Rojo, while it is expected Darmian will move to Juventus. The sale of both players would help to fund a move for Maguire – The Express reckons they could sell for a combined £48 million.