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Friday 7, December
- Man Utd are prepared to spend £40m on Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino
- Barcelona offered Manchester United two players in return for Paul Pogba
- PSG will win the battle to sign Frenkie de Jong
- Liverpool will NOT recall Harry Wilson from his loan spell
- Manchester United are set to sign Amiens wonderkid Noam Emeran
Deal agreed: Noam Emeran
Manchester United have beaten Juventus, Valencia and PSG to the signing of Amiens wonderkid Noam Emeran.
That’s according to French media outlet RMC, who report that 16-year-old striker will officially sign for United in the next few weeks.
It’s said that Jose Mourinho’s side will pay an initial €2million (£1.7m) that could potentially rise to €10m (£8.9m).
Amiens have also included a sell-on clause that will entitle them to a percentage of any transfer fee United receive for Emeran in the future.
Wanted: Mauricio Pochettino
Manchester United are reportedly prepared to spend as much as £40million to poach Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino as a replacement for Jose Mourinho.
Jose Mourinho’s men sit eighth in the league and eight points off the Champions League spots after the entertaining draw with Arsenal.
And now according to The Sun, United chiefs have decided the Argentine is the only man they want to succeed Mourinho.
The report suggests it could cost the Red Devils as much as £40m to prise Pochettino from north London.
United would also likely face competition from Real Madrid, who are seeking a long-term replacement for Julen Lopetegui, although Santiago Solari is currently in the hot-seat.
Paul Pogba swap deal
Barcelona offered Manchester United two players in return for Paul Pogba this summer, journalist Duncan Castle says.
The Spanish giants were desperate to sign Pogba with their captain Gerard Pique even publicly appealing for the midfielder to sign.
But the bid didn’t cut it with Old Trafford chiefs who ‘laughed’ at Barcelona’s offer.
“The best offer that was proposed was Yerry Mina and Andre Gomes in exchange for Paul Pogba by Barcelona, which Manchester United understandably laughed out of court,” Castles told the Transfer Window podcast.
Frenkie de Jong to PSG
PSG will win the battle to sign Dutch international Frenkie de Jong.
That’s according to De Telegraaf, who report that PSG have struck a £67million agreement with Ajax.
De Jong, 21, had attracted interest from Barcelona, Manchester City, Tottenham and Real Madrid, who had viewed the midfielder as a successor to 2018 Ballon d’Or winner Luka Modric.
But PSG look to have beaten off the competition with an Eredivisie transfer record fee.
The French champions will pay £67m (£25m more than Davinson Sanchez’s move to Spurs) with around £10m going to De Jong’s former club, Willem II.
Harry Wilson loan
Liverpool will NOT recall Harry Wilson from his loan spell at Derby.
Recent reports have claimed that Anfield bosses have the option to bring the 21-year-old winger back in January.
But The Telegraph reporter John Percy says that Liverpool are pleased with Wilson’s development under Frank Lampard, and his prominent role in the side.
Wilson has scored eight goals and provided two assists in 18 appearances.
The Independent say Manchester United have decided to send Alexis Sanchez back to Chile in the hope that time in his own country will do him the world of good.
The player supposedly wants to leave when the transfer window reopens in January.
He reportedly feels he was sold false promises by Mourinho, who had guaranteed him a starring role.
He faces six weeks out and is still affected by the break-up of a relationship with Mayte Rodriguez.
And United feel that, by going back to Chile, Sanchez will be given the time to recover both mentally and physically.
It also means he will be able to spend Christmas with his family.
Ozan Kabak battle
Arsenal and Manchester United are vying for Galatasaray centre-back Ozan Kabak.
That’s according to The Sun, who claim both Premier League clubs have sent scouts to watch the talented 18-year-old in action.
Kabak is enjoying an impressive breakthrough season with the Turkish club having become a pivotal figure in their defence – starting three crucial Champions League fixtures.
But his exploits have attracted interest from a number of European heavyweights including United, Arsenal, Roma and Inter Milan.
The Sun claim Galatasaray would sell for £20million, although other reports suggest Kabak has a lowly £7m release clause for clubs outside Turkey.