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Bruno Fernandes wants Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to make two signings as Man United ‘prepared bid for Dortmund forward’

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Manchester United star Bruno Fernandes wants the club to strengthen in defence and midfield, according to reports. 

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has steered his side to second in the Premier League table.

But they could yet bolster their rank when the transfer window reopens at the end of the campaign, with the likes of Jadon Sancho, Declan Rice and Raphael Varane all on their radar.

Fernandes has been in outstanding form for United this season.

He’s scored 27 goals across all competitions and is just three short of becoming the first player of the post-Sir Alex Ferguson era to net 30 in a single season.

Fernandes has also registered 17 assists, too, propelling United to second in the Premier League table and the Europa League final in the process.

And the club now want to tie him down to a new contract.

However, according to The Sun, Fernandes wants assurances over new signings before putting pen to paper on an extension.

And it’s claimed the 26-year-old feels the Red Devils should bolster their backline and midfield as they seek a first Premier League title since Ferguson’s retirement in 2013.

Fernandes often runs the most for the club – and thinks he wouldn’t need to if he was better protected.

Therefore, he feels the Red Devils need a ball-playing centre-back to go alongside Harry Maguire.

And he also wants the club to ‘upgrade’ their defensive midfield options, with Fred and Nemanja Matic paling in comparison to some of the Premier League’s other players.

In Fernandes’ eyes, he’d be able to devote more of his time and energy to the business end of the pitch if those two players were to arrive.

And the good news for the Portugal international is United do seem to be eyeing reinforcements in those areas.

Rice has been linked, with the England international flourishing for West Ham this term – helping them challenge for a place in the European qualifying positions.

The Hammers have insisted they’d only entertain offers for the midfielder in the region of £100million – but that hasn’t stopped United from eyeing a deal.

The likes of Matic, Jesse Lingard and Phil Jones could all be used as bait.

And John Murtough and Darren Fletcher, as well as Solskjaer, are all in agreement the 22-year-old would be a good signing for the club.

Regarding their defence, Varane remains under consideration.

Another player in their sights is Borussia Dortmund’s Sancho.

Man United prepare £80m bid for Borussia Dortmund forward Jadon Sancho. 

Manchester United are ready to launch an £80m offer for Borussia Dortmund forward Jadon Sancho in the 2021 summer transfer window, according to a report.

The Daily Star, as quoted by Metro, is reporting that Manchester United are preparing a fresh bid to sign the England international from the Bundesliga side this summer.

The same article states that Manchester United weren’t prepared to meet Borussia Dortmund’s £100m asking price last summer but Sancho’s mixed season at the German side will have lowered his valuation.

According top the same story, the 20-time English champions have not been dissuaded from making a bid despite Sancho’s patchy form as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer looks to bolster his attacking options.

The report goes on to add that Manchester United would also like to sign Sancho’s team-mate Erling Haaland but the Red Devils will prioritise landing Sancho this summer.

The Daily Star claim that Manchester United are confident an £80m bid should be sufficient to secure Sancho’s signing given Borussia Dortmund are feeling the financial squeeze as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Manchester United, Arsenal, and Chelsea set to battle it out for Atletico Madrid forward

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Manchester United, Arsenal, and Chelsea are all set to battle it out for Atletico Madrid forward Joao Felix.

Felix has endured a difficult start to the season for Atletico and is yet to score in five starts in the league.

Last season wasn’t much better for Felix, only managing 24 league starts.
With competition up top including French international Antoine Griezmann, Felix is often used as a rotation option under Diego Simeone.

Now, according to Fichajes, a move to the Premier League could be on the cards, with Manchester United, Chelsea, and Arsenal all interested in signing the striker.

Both Manchester United and Chelsea will need to find a long-term replacement for their current first-choice strikers.

Cristiano Ronaldo and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang are both reaching the latter stage of their careers for their respective clubs, so bringing a player with a similar age profile to Felix would be a smart move.

A move to Arsenal may not benefit Felix’s development as much, with Gabriel Jesus performing exceptionally well for the North London club and still only 25 years old.

 

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Manchester United transfer news RECAP plus fixture updates and Cody Gakpo latest

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Manchester United and fellow Premier League clubs are counting down the days until they can strike-up further business in the transfer market. Erik ten Hag welcomed six players to Old Trafford during his first window and they have all made their mark in the starting XI.

Tyrell Malacia, Christian Eriksen and Lisandro Martinez have all quickly become mainstays, while Antony broke a record set by Zlatan Ibrahimovic when he scored on Sunday night. That 2-1 victory over Everton also saw former Real Madrid player Casemiro handed his first Premier League start for the club.

Martin Dubravka was the other recruit, signing on a season-long loan from Newcastle.

With one eye on January and future windows, meanwhile, United are understood to still have Frenkie de Jong on their radar, while elite clubs from across Europe will be queuing up for Jude Bellingham should he decided to leave Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund in the near transfer window.
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So good’: Reece James and Carney Chukwuemeka react to display from £135m star Chelsea reportedly want to sign

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Jude Bellingham shined yet again last night for Borussia Dortmund on the Champions League stage, which received some interesting reaction from a Chelsea perspective.

England star Bellingham, 19, scored in Dortmund’s 1-1 draw against Sevilla. It means the teenage midfielder has now scored in all four Champions League group stage matches so far this season

Afterwards, Bellingham posted on Instagram “more to do” following Dortmund’s midweek result in Europe.

There were some interesting replies in the comment section, especially from two current Chelsea stars.

“Another day at the office”, Reece James posted.

Carney Chukwuemeka added: “So, so good”.

Bellingham in Champions League

Another Bellingham masterclass in the Champions League highlights why Chelsea, along with other elite teams, are linked with his signature.

German publication Bild report that Chelsea are now favourites to sign Bellingham ahead of the likes of Liverpool and Real Madrid.

Another Bellingham masterclass in the Champions League highlights why Chelsea, along with other elite teams, are linked with his signature.

German publication Bild report that Chelsea are now favourites to sign Bellingham ahead of the likes of Liverpool and Real Madrid.

Bellingham plays alongside plenty of Chelsea stars on the international stage with England, so let’s hope they can put in a good word to try tempt him to the Bridge.

He’s an all – action central midfielder that offers so much both offensively and defensively.

 

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