Manchester United are close to announcing two new arrivals, according to The Guardian . It is reported that deals for Borussia Dortmund attacking midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan and former Paris Saint Germain striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic are looking likely after a busy Saturday.
José Mourinho is keen to sign both players as he steps up his recruitment drive before his first season in charge at Old Trafford, and it is undeniable that the duo will provide significant attacking reinforcements to a front-line that appeared devoid of creativity on too many occasions under Louis van Gaal.
Mkhitaryan, who scored 11 and assisted 15 goals in the Bundesliga last term, has one year left on his contract at Dortmund, who have now publicly admitted that the he is ready to move on. United are ready to bid £30million for the 27-year-old and are very confident that their latest offer – following a previously rejected £19.3 million bid – will be accepted.
The same report suggests that Ibrahimovic has already agreed a salary with the Old Trafford and is now just waiting to talk to Mourinho about his role in the team. United are prepared to offer the 34-year-old a one-year contract worth £220,000-a-week, with the Swede expected to fly to Manchester in the first week of July in the hope of clinching a deal.
Meanwhile, Ronald Koeman wants to kick-start his spell at Everton by signing Morgan Schneiderlin. The Red Devils’ midfielder is high on a list of targets that the Dutch manager is considering as an exciting new era at Goodison Park is ushered in under major shareholder Farhad Moshiri.
Koeman is under pressure to deliver in his debut season at Goodison Park and has somewhat understandably identified the Toffees’ central midfield as an area for improvement. Schneiderlin, who played under the Dutchman at Southampton, is seen as an ideal acquisition.
The 26-year-old largely failed to impress throughout his debut season at Old Trafford and it is not inconceivable that Mourinho would replace him during the upcoming window, especially in light of recent reports, suggesting that Chelsea’s Nemanja Matic is a target of the Portuguese head coach.
If the Toffees make a good enough offer, it wouldn’t be a huge surprise to see United cash in on the Frenchman, with Mourinho then using the funds to launch an assault on his former home, Stamford Bridge. Few would disagree with the notion that Matic would be an upgrade to Schneiderlin.
Manchester United have begun talks with Juventus over a £97m world record transfer for Paul Pogba, according to Spanish media outlet AS. The report suggests that the Red Devils are planning to offer the midfielder a £187,000-a-week contract, worth £9.75million a season.
United’s newly appointed boss is allegedly willing to spend much of his £200m war chest on convincing Pogba to return to Manchester after leaving in 2012, and while many while believe this is little more than conjecture, secretly the Old Trafford faithful will be hoping reports are true.
However, amid strong speculation suggesting the contrary, Argentina and Juventus striker Paulo Dybala believes his French team-mate will stay at the Serie A club this summer. Speaking to Italian news outlet, La Gazzetta dello Sport, he said:
“Pogba [will] stay, I’m sure. I spoke with him, and for me, he will stay with us. We have not spoken about football but it is what I feel.”
Pogba, despite being the golden boy of French football, has largely failed to impress in France this summer. His side have today reached the quarter-finals of the tournament following victory over the Republic of Ireland, but the 23-year-old’s displays have certainly been underwhelming thus far.
Finally, there were reports in Italy this morning that one a certain Manchester United defender could be about to join one of the biggest clubs in the world, Barcelona. Gazzetta dello Sport claim that the Catalan giants are interested in Italy international Matteo Darmian.
Although, a move would be a surprise if it happened, the attacking full-back could be seen as a future replacement for Dani Alves, who, at 33 years of age, is getting on a bit. Capable of getting up and down the flank, the less physical nature of La Liga could suit him to perfection.
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