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Report – Man Utd told £52m will finally get midfielder signing done – Better than De Jong




Manchester United must strengthen their midfield department and the name of Frenkie de Jong is mainly in the focus.

Another midfielder that the Red Devils have been tracking for a long time is Sergej Milinkovic-Savic and the latest reports coming from Italy are intriguing.

Transfer: Report – £50million+ star prepared to secure Manchester United move

Earlier this month, Corriere dello Sport revealed that the Old Trafford club are especially interested in signing the Serbian international from Lazio.

Today, La Gazzetta Dello Sport (news image provided below) have reported that the 27-year-old star can be lured for cheap.

The famous Italian news source have mentioned that three years ago, Man United were serious about signing the versatile midfielder but backed off because the Serie A side demanded a huge fee of 100 million euros.

Now, the Biancolesti rate Milinkovic-Savic, who will be out of contract in 2024, at 80 million euros but that high figure has not been able to get serious attention from the suitors.

The former Genk man would like to leave after 7 years with Lazio, who need to sell to improve their financial situation.

Therefore, GdS claim that the Italian side are prepared to offload their prized asset for a fee as low as 60 million euros (£52m).

Pogba was a trouble maker at Old Trafford, often injured and highly consistent. Still, the record signing was the most creative midfielder.

To replace him, Ten Hag should sign someone who can regularly score and create goals.

In such a scenario, Milinkovic-Savic would be a top addition and in my view, he would be a better signing than De Jong.

The Dutch international featured in 32 La Liga games for Barcelona last term, scored 3 goals and provided as many assists.

On the other hand, The 34-capped Serbian featured in 37 league games under Maurizio Sarri and directly contributed in 22 goals (11 goals and 11 assists).

The Netherlands midfielder was a hit at Ajax in the deeper midfield role but thus far, he has failed to excel in Spain in the central midfield.

Milinkovic-Savic can effectively play anywhere in the center of the park.

Have your say – Should Man Utd bid £52m to finally sign him from Lazio.


Rio Ferdinand issues major warning about Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag




Former centre-back Rio Ferdinand believes it is still too early to judge whether Erik ten Hag is the right man to lead Manchester United back to the top, despite their unquestionable improvement under him this season.

United head into tomorrow’s Manchester derby against City at Old Trafford with the knowledge that a win will lift them to within a point and place of their neighbours in the Premier League table.

The Reds have lost just one of their last 18 matches since being battered 6-3 by City back in October, featuring a current run of eight wins on the bounce.

The Reds, such is the level of progress they have made under Ten Hag this season, are now considered as one of the favourites to qualify for the Champions League for next season.

They have made significant strides in a relatively short space of time and victories over the likes of Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur already this season have proven that they are capable of competing in the upper echelons of the table again.

However, despite heading into the second half of the campaign with form in their sails, Ferdinand insists the jury is still out on Ten Hag, despite him reaching 20 wins as United manager quick than any of his predecessors.

“I think it’s too early to say,” said Ferdinand to the Mirror. “We’ve been here with previous managers when it looks like we are onto something.

“We’ve got to be patient and give the man time. I think all the signs are very positive at the moment. He’s come in and seen what is happening, assessed how things are, looked at individuals and looked at the shape of the team.

“These were a bunch of players that were quite low. They were shot to pieces and he’s had to build, not only footballers, but men back up again. He’s had to build a lot of human beings back up and that takes time.

“The fact he’s now talking about qualifying for the Champions League so positively, he can sense a confidence coming back into this team. There’s a consistency of performance from the team that wasn’t there before and the signals and signs are all very promising.

“But they’re still not where they want to be. City are way ahead of where United are. The distance is a bit closer, but it’s still not anywhere near where we want it to be. There’s still work to be done.”

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Manchester United takeover bids ‘expected imminently’ with serious interest in Club




Manchester United are expecting takeover offers from across the world as they are set to invite bids ahead of ‘mid-February deadline’.

The Telegraph have reported that the club have received ‘serious interest’ from consortiums based in the Middle East, Asia and the United States.

British billionaire Sir Jim Ratcliffe is also weighing up an offer, as the Glazers hope to the sell one of the biggest clubs in the world for over £5billion.

The report also adds that parties who had been interested in taking over Chelsea, before Todd Boehly’s £4.25bn takeover, are set to return with approaches for the Red Devils.

It’s expected that potential investors will go public with their attempts to buy United in the coming weeks with the clock ‘now ticking on a deal’.

Senior United figures will issue a mid February deadline for formal offers in order to help get get the takeover completed before the end of the season.

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Confirmed: Chelsea ready to make late bid to hijack another Arsenal transfer




Chelsea will make a late attempt to scupper Arsenal’s hopes of finally signing Mikhailo Mudryk from Shakhtar Donetsk.

The Gunners have submitted their third bid for the Ukraine international winger and hope an offer of £62m before add-ons, which take the deal closer to £70m, will be enough to break the deadlock between the two clubs.

Chelsea’s interest in the 21-year-old winger was earlier this week described only as ‘exploratory’ but ESPN now claim that Todd Boehly will test the waters and attempt to throw a spanner in the works for the Premier League leaders.

Shakhtar’s technical director Darijo Srna was pictured at Stamford Bridge last week as he watched Chelsea’s defeat against Manchester City and Boehly would have little issue with meeting an asking price which is closer to £88million.

Arsenal are said to be confident that their latest bid for Mudryk will be enough to finally secure the services of their No.1 January target, but have already been beaten to the punch once this month by their west London rivals.

Chelsea won the race to sign Joao Felix on loan from Atletico Madrid amid competition from Arsenal and Manchester United, but the Portugal international’s promising debut ended in devastating fashion when he was sent off just shy of the hour mark for a dangerous challenge on Fulham’s Kenny Tete.

Felix will now miss the next three games through suspension as the problems mount for Chelsea’s under-fire manager Graham Potter.

‘It sums up where we are at the moment – everything that can go wrong, is going wrong,’ Potter said after Chelsea’s 2-1 west London derby defeat.

‘It was a forward’s tackle from Joao, there was no malice in it but I understand why it was a red. It is another blow the hits keep coming at the moment.

‘He was really good you could see his quality in the game so it is doubly disappointing for us because he was looking dangerous throughout.

‘I don’t think there was too much malice in it and it is an unfortunate action and we are going to lose him now for three games.’

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