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Man United Held Talks Over Erling Haaland Transfer as Solskjaer told no funds available for holding midfielder

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Manchester United reportedly held talks with Borussia Dortmund star Erling Haaland before the European Championships began earlier this month.

Haaland’s counterpart and close friend at Dortmund, Jadon Sancho, is the Red Devils’ top transfer target for the summer window – with a deal for the England international said to be close.

And now in a sensational reveal, The Sun claim that Haaland, widely regarded as one of the best strikers in world football right now, was approached by United just before the start of Euro 2020.

The 20-year-old – valued at £150m by Dortmund – had initially been shortlisted as a key target for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, only for Edinson Cavani’s new contract to change things.

Yet while United talked with Haaland, The Sun’s report states that the Norway captain would prefer to join Spanish giants Real Madrid instead.

Both Haaland and Sancho were pivotal to Dortmund’s success last season, helping the club with the DFB-Pokal trophy.

Despite Dortmund exiting the Champions League in the quarter-finals, Haaland found the back of the net a staggering 40 times across all competitions, as well as topping the scoring charts in the European contest. Impressive.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer told no funds available for holding midfielder.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will only be able to buy a holding midfielder this summer if he raises the funds himself by selling players.

Despite Manchester United’s determination to sign £77 million right winger Jadon Sancho and £40 – £50 million centre-back Raphael Varane, many fans and pundits believe that the holding midfield role is the one most desperately in need of strengthening.

And yet The Telegraph’s James Ducker reports that it is unlikely that the club will make money available for this crucial signing.

‘Although Joel Glazer, United’s co-chairman, insisted this month that there would be “meaningful” investment in the squad, the club’s finances have been badly hit by the coronavirus crisis,’ Ducker explains.

‘Solskjaer would also like a defensive midfielder but United may have to substantially trim the wage bill and sell well for the manager to be able to recruit one.’

Those believing that a centre-back partner for Harry Maguire is more important than a defensive midfielder clearly include Solskjaer and the recruitment team.

Yet it seems ironic that if Victor Lindelof were not already a Manchester United player, his performances at Euro 2020 so far would have probably put him top of the list. 

United also have backup in the form of Eric Bailly, who is world class on his day, and the supremely talented Axel Tuanzebe, with the excellent prospects of Teden Mengi and Will Fish coming through as well.

Yet the only specialist holding midfielder in United’s squad is the aging Nemanja Matic, who Solskjaer does not choose to start many games.

This leaves the Red Devils forced to play a twin pivot of Scott McTominay and Fred, neither of whom are natural in the position and so who are both needed to cover the work that one world class CDM could do.

This in turn leaves United having to do without one more attacking midfielder or forward and restricts the formations that the side can adopt.

United may well have been given a ‘hands off’ warning from West Ham in regard to their reported first choice for the role, Declan Rice, but there are other superb options that will pass the Red Devils by if the club’s owners are not allocating funds for the position.

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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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