MANCHESTER UNITED’S search for January reinforcements rumbles on after an embarrassing 2-0 loss to Burnley at Old Trafford.
The Bruno Fernandes saga has taken another twist, former Red Devil Carlos Tevez is a shock target according to reports from Italy and Romelu Lukaku has spoken about his time at Old Trafford.
Get the latest transfer news and gossip from Old Trafford here…
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Bruno Fernandes is “annoyed” at the conduct of both Sporting Lisbon and Manchester United as talks have stalled over his potential move to Old Trafford, according to reports.
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The Red Devils have offered £42.5million upfront plus £8.5million in add-ons, but Sporting continue to insist on receiving the 25-year-old’s £68million release clause in full.
And according to the Times, the player himself is fuming at the hold up and wants to complete his move to United as soon as possible.
Fernandes expected last Friday’s match against Benfica to be his last for Sporting, hoping that his move would be sealed over the weekend.
MOUR FOOL YOU
Romelu Lukaku has taken aim at Ed Woodward for not backing Jose Mourinho in the transfer window during his time at Manchester United.
Lukaku left the Red Devils in the summer in a move he claimed was “best for both parties”.
Asked by Sky Sports News which managers have got the best out of him, he said: “I think Roberto Martinez, Ronald Koeman and now Antonio Conte.
“Jose Mourinho – if he would have had the players that he wanted, he would have done better than what we did.”
JOY OF SIX
Man Utd boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is targeting SIX new signings including a striker and a much-needed No10 in a monster spending spree.
The Norwegian boss is battling to save his job this month but has just a week to go until the January window slams shut.
Ed Woodward may opt to give Solskjaer free reign with the budget in a bid to salvage anything from the wreckage that is this season.
So half a dozen new faces of Solskjaer’s choosing could be just the ticket. But what positions will he strengthen and who’s in the running to come to Old Trafford?Read more HERE.
ED ON A PLATE
Man Utd have been offered the chance to sign Edinson Cavani from Paris Saint-Germain this month, according to reports.
Despite the fact that he has handed in a transfer request, his wages could prove to be a stumbling block, with the Times reporting that he would demand £360,000-a-week on a two-and-a-half year contract to join United.
And the Telegraph believe that Old Trafford chiefs are wary of repeating the mistakes made with Alexis Sanchez.
Atletico Madrid are thought be leading the chase for the in-demand Cavani, with Chelsea also in the mix.
Manchester United have drawn up a three-man shortlist of potential replacements for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, according to reports.
The Norwegian’s job at Old Trafford is said to be safe for now, but the Red Devils board are expecting an significant upturn in fortunes once Marcus Rashford, Scott McTominay and Paul Pogba return from injury.
And should that not happen, RB Leipzig manager Julian Nagelsmann and England boss Gareth Southgate will join Pochettino as potential United replacements.
Solskjaer has lost more games than he’s won since being handed the permanent job at Old Trafford last March.
AS LUK WOULD HAVE IT
EX Man United striker Romelu Lukaku has spoken out on his Old Trafford exit.
The 26-year-old, who has bagged 14 goals in Serie A for Inter this term, told Sky Sports: “I think I had to re-find myself.
“To be honest, I think last year was a difficult year for me on a professional side because you know, it was a year… stuff was not going the way how I wanted.
“And I was not performing as well, so I had to find it within myself what was lacking and I came to the conclusion that it was time for me to change environment I think.”
“I made my decision around March and I went to the manager’s office and I told him that it was time for me to find something else.”
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SunSport’s Mark Irwin believes the Premier League’s ‘feeble five’ – including Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men – has handed the Premier League title to Liverpool.
What do you think?
WOOD IT WORK?
Ed Woodward needs to take a back seat at United, says Paul Ince.
He said: “I don’t think the ownership is going to change, the Glazers, I think they’re here for quite a while.
“I think Ed Woodward needs to change, he’s done ever so well for United from a commercial point of view, bringing money into the club, merchandise, that kind of stuff.
“But when you talk about bringing in quality players, players that are going to take this club forward, we’ve seen the players he’s brought in.
“Rojo, Schweinsteiger, Schneiderlin, people like that. These aren’t players [that make a difference].
“He needs to take a back seat.”
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HAA LA LAND
Mino Raiola claims Erling Haaland is “preparing himself” to play in the Premier League by joining Borussia Dortmund.
The agent said: “I think it was the right move to go to Germany.
“Because if you talk about the Premier League and you see the Premier League as the most important point of the pyramid, you need to be careful when you come here.
“I think he’s also preparing himself for the best. He’s so young that he has time to come.
“He was close to a lot of clubs, which ones I don’t tell you.
Manchester United fans trying to fall asleep tonight after finding out Bruno Fernandes will NOT be joining them.
The Red Devils are not willing to meet Sporting’s £68million valuation of the Portuguese midfielder.
PAUL THE OTHER ONE
Joe Cole and Paul Ince have urged Manchester United, Spurs and Chelsea to consider Wolves star Jimenez.
The 28-year-old has racked up 10 goals and made six assists in the Premier League this season.
Ince told BT Sport: “He’s got all the attributes you want to be a world-class striker.
“You think about Tottenham need a striker, United are looking for a striker, Chelsea now…it’s surprising that his name is not being thrown about.”
Cole added: “Wolves fans won’t thank me for saying it but if I’m Chelsea, Tottenham and Manchester United and you’ve got a chequebook ready to go, he’s the first name.”
BELL HIM UP
Birmingham boss Pep Clotet insists Jude Bellingham is coping well despite ongoing interest from Manchester United.
SunSport exclusively revealed that the Red Devils have offered £30million for Birmingham’s teenage star.
Clotet said: “First of all it is a fantastic situation, we are very happy for that situation and those kind of rumours. Nothing has been notified to me.
“Jude has a fantastic professional attitude, he is very mature, very focused on his football and this thing is not affecting him at all.”
A disgruntled Manchester United fan who travelled for 24 hours to see his side lose believes they could become the next Sunderland.
The supporter jetted in from Australia to witness Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’sside crash to a shock 2-0 home defeat to Burnley on Wednesday night.
Speaking outside Old Trafford after defeat to the Clarets, he told @FullTimeDevils: “It was absolutely disgraceful.
“I’ve flown over 24 hours on a plane from Australia to come to come and watch that, it’s not good enough.
“Every manager has started on a high and then just declined and declined.
“I don’t see this getting any better. We might even end up like a Sunderland.”
Manchester United are reportedly in talks to sign Eric-Junior Dina Ebimbe next summer.
According to Get French Football News, the Red Devils want to snap up the PAris Saint-Germain star.
The 19-year-old is currently out on loan at Ligue 2 side Le Havre and has started 18 league games this season.
But he is under contract with PSG until 2023.
Glen Johnson reckons Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is making the same mistakes that Roy Hodgson made at Liverpool.
Talking about United’s lack of confidence, he told talkSport: “We had a similar scenario at Liverpool.
“When Hodgson was there we used to go into the games at Anfield really looking forward to it, thinking we can put on a show and put the game to bed early.
“But he would install fear into us before the game.