Paper Talk: Man Utd chief Murtough working on four transfers Woodward failed on

Paper Talk: Man Utd chief Murtough working on four transfers Woodward failed on

Manchester United are looking into the possibility of resurrecting transfer deals for four former targets, while Monday’s transfer gossip claims Liverpool are ready to make a £15m bid for a Turkey star.

FOUR DEALS IN SIGHT FOR MURTOUGH AT MAN UTD

Manchester United football director John Murtough may look to resurrect four transfers the club have previously failed on this summer.

Murtough has been brought in alongside Darren Fletcher as technical director. The two of them, along with guidance from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, have taken transfers matters off Ed Woodward. Between them all, the trio are working on a transfer strategy this summer aimed at further strengthening United next season.

Indeed, as per the Daily Mirror, Murtough has spent the first few weeks of his job exploring the possibility of some of the club’s failures on the market. And the paper claims United’s new football director could look to resurrect some of those if he feels they’d still suit the club.

Top of his list, they claim, is Juventus forward Paulo Dybala. The 27-year-old looks likely to move on this summer after fading from the first-team picture. His contract expires in summer 2022 and there is talk he wants to play with Bruno Fernandes. United could look to offer Paul Pogba in part exchange should the Frenchman also fail to sign a new deal.

Murtough is also said to be looking into the validity of signing Sergio Ramos as a free agent. With his deal expiring at the Bernabeu, the veteran defender looks set to move on. Signing Ramos, however, would not be cheap. Despite being 34, he’s said to be seeking a two-year deal worth £200,000 a week.

Varane and Haaland linked

His Los Blancos teammate Raphael Varane is another United have tried and failed with in the past. With his deal also expiring in 2022, Real could be forced to sell this summer. Indeed, it was claimed last week that United had ‘already convinced’ the World Cup winner to sign.

The fourth player Murtough is ‘working on’ is that man Erling Haaland. The Norwegian powerhouse was, of course a narrow miss by United in January 2020. He’s since gone from strength to strength at Borussia Dortmund – but signing him would not come cheap.

With figures of £120m being bandied about, Murtough will consider the merits of a fresh approach by United this summer.

LIVERPOOL LINKED WITH CAKIR BID

Liverpool are interested in signing Turkey goalkeeper Ugurcan Cakir as backup to Alisson Becker. (The Sun)

Tottenham have asked Juventus about a shock summer swoop for Arsenal icon Aaron Ramsey. (The Sun)

USA boss Gregg Berhalter is convinced Christian Pulisic will play a major role in Chelsea’s push for a top four finish. (The Sun)

Roy Keane could bring in Nicky Butt as his No  2 if he gets the Celtic job. (The Sun)

Tottenham star Erik Lamela is wanted by Bologna, the Italian club’s chief has confirmed. (The Sun)

MULLER HINTS HE’S READY TO FOLLOW THIAGO

Thomas Muller admits he would have ‘no problem’ quitting Bayern Munich – just like old pal Thiago Alcantara. (The Sun)

Bacary Sagna claims Hector Bellerin is ready to quit Arsenal amid links with Paris Saint-Germain and Barcelona. (The Sun)

Manchester United have received an initial offer from AC Milan of £12m for Diogo Dalot. (Daily Mirror)

Manchester United want to sign Erling Haaland this summer, while links to Barcelona’s Ousmane Dembele have resurfaced. (Daily Express)

Liverpool are confident Mohamed Salah will stay at the club, amid fresh speculation linking the Egyptian with Real Madrid. (Daily Express)


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AND MORE TRANSFER GOSSIP

Cristiano Ronaldo will be given a new role by Real Madrid when he retires, according to reports. (Daily Express)

Aaron Ramsey, Alex Sandro and Paulo Dybala are all tipped to leave Juventus this summer. (Daily Mail)

Jermain Defoe says Harry Kane must leave Tottenham if he wants to win trophies for the rest of his career. (Daily Mail)

Georginio Wijnaldum played down his touchline row with Frank de Boer after the Holland midfielder was substituted during Saturday’s 2-0 win against Latvia. (Daily Mail)

St Pauli have agreed to release James Lawrence for a crucial World Cup qualifier against the Czech Republic after Wales demanded he be allowed to play. (Daily Mail)

 

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