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Man United urged to sign center-back as The Reds ‘ready to agree term’ with OT star

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been told that signing Paris Saint-Germain centre-back Marquinhos would help Manchester United become genuine Premier League title contenders.

Former Manchester City defender Joleon Lescott believes the Brazilian, who was excellent during PSG’s run to the Champions League semi-finals, would be a more important addition than Tottenham forward Harry Kane.

Central defender Harry Maguire has lacked a partner of his quality since he arrived from Leicester in 2019.

Both Lindelof and Eric Bailly have been prone to errors. The pair could start together on Tuesday if the injury that forced Maguire off against Villa is serious.

And former England defender Lescott believes securing a top-quality partner for Maguire should be United’s priority, rather than signing a striker.

The 38-year-old revealed a chat with ex-United defender Rio Ferdinand who agreed that signing Marquinhos would strengthen the club’s chances of a first league title since 2013.

Marquinhos starred for PSG in their Champions League quarter-final win against Bayern Munich, scoring in the first leg.

He then headed in the opening goal of the semi-final first leg against Manchester City and played well across both matches, despite Mauricio Pochettino’s side succumbing to a 4-1 aggregate loss. The 26-year-old has a deal with the French side until 2024.

“That (signing a defender) is the biggest thing, for me,” Lescott said as a pundit for Sky Sports.

“Harry Kane, yes, he would improve them, but I think it’s more important to go and get a centre-half.

“I was speaking to Rio (Ferdinand) recently, we were talking about Marquinhos.

“I think if they were to get him, someone of that stature, that would instantly propel them into contenders.

“If they don’t do that, yeah they can score goals and win games but they can’t rely on the defensive side of their game against the bigger teams in the league.”

Manchester United ready to agree term worth 13million with Edinson Cavani

Manchester United used Martial as their main center forward last season but this time around, the Frenchman, who is not a natural CF, has been out injured and in his place summer signing Edinson Cavani has impressed.

If reports in the media are anything to go by then Man Utd are ready to agree terms worth £13million to secure the the Uruguayan international for a further year.

According to an exclusive report covered by The Sun, the 34-year-old striker was hired on a contract worth £200,000-a week last year and after top performances this term, the Red Devils are prepared to extend his stay.

The renowned source have mentioned that Man Utd are going to offer the star striker a one year deal that will make him earn £250,000-a week i.e. £13million-a-year.

Cavani is the only proven quality out and out striker in our squad and he has done enough to deserve a contract extension.

So far, in 11 Premier League starts, the South American goal scorer has found the net 9 times and also provided 2 assists. On the other hand, his form in the Europa League has been sensational under the management of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

In just 3 starts in the competitions thus far, the former Paris Saint-Germain striker has directly contributed in 8 goals (5 goals and 3 assists).

He has scored or assisted a goal every 30 minutes. Against, Roma he scored 4 goals in 2 legs to help us reach the final.

For the long term future, Man Utd should definitely sign a top center forward in the summer transfer window but letting Cavani leave would be a mistake. 

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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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