The Mirror claim that Manchester United are considering launching a £30 million move for Arsenal winger Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain with the England international growing frustrated by being played out of position or from the bench by Arsene Wenger.
The wings are not an area in which United are lacking depth at the moment, but the club would welcome the addition of more young English talent and Oxlade-Chamberlain has proven his credentials with a number of goals and assists at the very top level since he moved to the Emirates from Southampton.
Jose Mourinho has, however, refused to confirm the future of Wayne Rooney amid speculation that he could leave the club for China as soon as this week. Mourinho told the press, as quoted by Sky Sports:
“You have to ask him. I can’t guarantee that I’m here next week so how can I guarantee a player won’t be here next season?… The only thing I can guarantee is that I would never push, or try to push, a legend of this club to another destination. So you have to ask him if he wants to stay at the club for the rest of his career or if he sees himself moving on. I’m happy to have him. I have been very open with you. I don’t want him to leave.”
Mourinho did not help matters by leaving Rooney out of the squad for tonight’s Europa League clash with Saint-Etienne, even with the tie seemingly already won after a convincing first leg victory.
The Red Devils could be aided in their pursuit of a replacement as French source Le10Sport believe that they have the first option on Monaco playmaker Bernardo Silva, giving them an advantage over Chelsea, Barcelona and Real Madrid among the many clubs who are monitoring the Brazilian.
Usually playing on the right wing but capable of playing anywhere in attack, Bernardo has gained plaudits for his pace and skill over the past few seasons since he moved to Monaco for £12.75 million.
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