May 12, 2017

Manchester United round-up: Tottenham’s Kyle Walker open to move; Europa League reaction; Bayern’s Renato Sanches could leave

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Manchester United could be in line for a major boost for their transfer plans for the summer as the London Evening Standard claim that Tottenham right-back Kyle Walker is open to offers from the likes of United and city rivals Manchester City this summer after being tempted by the huge wages on offer away from White Hart Lane.

Mauricio Pochettino has dropped the England international in recent weeks as speculation surrounding his future continues to circulate, and United could now look to Walker as a replacement for Antonio Valencia on the right hand side of defence as the Ecuadorian is not getting any younger despite his superb form.

Another huge boost could be obtained if the club are successful in their campaign to win the Europa League and qualify for the Champions League, which they took a step closer to doing by beating Celta Vigo in the semi-final on Thursday night. Post-match, Jose Mourinho told the club website:

“When you are the best team by far in the first leg, you have to kill everything in the first leg. We don’t because we never kill, we never score goals related to the chances we have. And then we got an open game at home with all the pressure on our side with them completely free of pressure and responsibility and they gave us a very hard match.

“So we had to suffer until the end and everything was open until the last second… It’s an important trophy. It gives you the European Super Cup to play for in August so it’s a big, big match for us in Stockholm.”

With a 1-0 lead from the first leg thanks to Marcus Rashford’s free-kick, the Red Devils did not hesitate as Rashford set up Marouane Fellaini to register an early lead in the second leg which all but put the tie to bed with over 70 minutes still to play, but the Spaniards fought back and could have scored a winner at the death after Eric Bailly’s sending off.

One player who could be attracted is Bayern Munich teenager Renato Sanches as German newspaper Kicker, as reported by the Sun and TeamTalk, believe that the German giants could be persuaded to sell the 19-year-old for the £30 million they have paid for him to fund a move for midfielder Leon Goretzka.

The Portugal international was sensational at Benfica and for his country at the European Championships in the summer but has made only six Bundesliga starts this season and failed to find the net or register an assist since his summer move to Germany after success in France.

Featured Image: All rights reserved by Craig Ballantyne.

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Sam is a Southend United fan and student based in the South-West. He has previously worked for various publications, including FourFourTwo magazine and ITV. Sam also has an extensive knowledge of Spanish football and has previously lived and worked in Spain. Find Sam on Twitter at @samleveridge.

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