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    Man Utd confirm Timothy Fosu-Mensah transfer to Bayer Leverkusen in £1.8m deal with contract running down

    MANCHESTER UNITED defender Timothy Fosu-Mensah has quit Old Trafford to join Bayer Leverkusen.
    The Dutch ace, 23, has moved for a fee of £1.8million and will link-up with the third-placed Bundesliga side after passing a medical.

    Timothy Fosu-Mensah has joined Bayern LeverkusenCredit: AFP – Getty

    Fosu-Mensah made his Red Devils debut in 2016 after arriving at Carrington from Ajax’s youth system.
    He spent time on loan at London sides Crystal Palace and Fulham to aid his development.
    But after 30 appearances for United, Fosu-Mensah has left permanently with his contract running down.
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    Man Utd outcast Jesse Lingard ‘holds talks with Nice over loan transfer’ with England ace out of Solskjaer’s plans

    MANCHESTER UNITED outcast Jesse Lingard is reportedly holding talks with French side Nice over a loan move.
    The 27-year-old has not started a Premier League match in over a year and is not in boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s plans.

    Jesse Lingard is in talks over a loan move to NiceCredit: Getty Images – Getty

    Lingard’s representatives have held initial discussions with Nice and an official approach is expected next week, according to Sky Sports.
    The England midfielder has been restricted to only three cup appearances this season, playing just 179 minutes of football.
    Lingard started the FA Cup third-round win over Watford on Saturday as Scott McTominay’s early winner set up a mouth-watering fourth-round tie against Prem champs Liverpool.
    He has only been named on the bench four times in United’s 17 league games so far this term.

    Last month, reports suggested he had been in negotiations with Spanish side Real Sociedad over a loan deal.
    And the player’s entourage are thought to have negotiated with a number of team in the summer – without brokering a deal away from Old Trafford.
    Lingard came through the academy at Carrington and progressed into a full England international.
    He has made 210 appearances in all competition for the Red Devils, scoring 33 goals and bagging 20 assists.

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    Lingard has not played for England since 2019Credit: Getty Images – Getty

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    But Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate has not called upon his services since the Nations League finals in June 2019.
    Lingard could join another Premier League struggler in William Saliba at Nice.
    The 19-year-old Arsenal defender moved to Adrian Ursea’s team on loan for the rest of the season after being told he ‘wasn’t ready’ for the Gunners’ first team by boss Mikel Arteta.
    Saliba has already won a man of the match gong in just his second game in Nice colours.
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    Man Utd in Erling Haaland transfer blow with ‘Barcelona now frontrunners due to agent Mino Raiola relationship’

    MANCHESTER UNITED could miss out on Erling Haaland after reports emerged of a Barcelona plot to land the striker.
    Catalunya Radio, via BarcaCentre, report on the Norwegian’s agent being keen to send his client to the Camp Nou.

    Erling Haaland has attracted plenty of attention with his performances for Borussia DortmundCredit: Getty Images – Getty

    Mino Raiola is keen on linking up with Barcelona, according to reports in SpainCredit: Getty – Contributor

    A number of clubs have been linked to Haaland since he broke out at RB Salzburg last season.
    United failed in a reported attempt to sign the youngster as he headed to Borussia Dortmund.
    Stellar form in Germany, including a brace past RB Leipzig on the weekend, has continued his ascendancy.
    Barcelona are reportedly a club Raiola wants to build a good relationship with – and the move is touted for this summer.

    The Catalans are currently undertaking presidential elections which could harbour a spending spree from the successful candidate.
    Eric Garcia and Memphis Depay are thought to be targets for this window despite the club’s difficult financial situation.
    Candidates Emili Rousaud and Joan Laporta, the favourite for the role, are both linked with bids for Haaland.
    After Rousaud last month claimed he had discussed the deal with Raiola, the agent shot back that any talks were ‘fake news’.

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    He told Sport1: “When a new president is elected, they can call me.”
    Real Madrid are also rumoured to be keen on the 20-year-old marksman, but are said to be focusing their efforts on Kylian Mbappe.
    Any potential United deal for Haaland would have to go through Raiola, who has previously spoken against the club in regard to another of his clients, Paul Pogba.
    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insisted the Frenchman has a ‘good attitude’ after his agent’s bombshell comments suggested a return to Juventus was on the cards.

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    Man Utd ‘in transfer talks to beat Real Madrid to Yusuf Demir, 17,’ after Rapid Vienna star breaks into first-team

    MANCHESTER UNITED are reportedly in talks with Rapid Vienna’s 17-year-old starlet Yusuf Demir as they aim to beat Real Madrid to his signature.
    The teenage midfielder has burst into the Austrian side’s first team, scoring four goals and bagging two assists in 17 senior appearances this term – attracting the attention of Europe’s big boys.

    Rapid Vienna’s Yusuf Demir is reportedly in talks with Manchester UnitedCredit: PA:Press Association

    And United are believed to be the club most interested with Los Blancos also in the frame, according to Defensa Central.
    The report states United are yet to make a formal offer but have started negotiations with the player’s representatives.
    Vienna are believed to want £8.9million for Demir who has also been sounded out by Barcelona.
    Demir featured against Arsenal in the Europa League earlier this season and could find himself in the Premier League permanently.

    He has a contract until 2022 which he signed at just 15 and has impressed European giants playing as an inverted winger.
    The left-footed star has quick feet and is technically gifted with a great range of passing.
    Demir would fit in well with United’s shift in recruitment strategy with the focus now on younger talent rather than more established professionals.
    Amad Diallo, 18, was confirmed as the Red Devils’ first January transfer in a £37m move from Atalanta last week.

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    Demir starred against Arsenal at the Emirates in the Europa League group stageCredit: PA:Press Association

    Demir revealed he hopes to play for a ‘top European team one day’ and dreams of winning the Ballon d’Or.
    Earlier this month, he told Transfermarkt: “Of course I want to play for a top European team one day, but everything step by step.
    “Everything has it’s time. The most important thing is to be successful with Rapid now. Everything else comes about after good performances from me.
    “Of course I have goals, such as winning as many titles as possible or even the Champions League.
    “Personally, ever since I was a little kid, I have had the dream of one day winning the Ballon d’Or.”
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    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer not expecting to make any additions to Man Utd squad in January transfer window

    MANCHESTER UNITED are unlikely to make any new additions to their squad this month, manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has revealed.
    The Red Devils made five signings last summer, with most of their new arrivals being snapped up on transfer deadline day.

    Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is content with his squadCredit: Getty

    Donny van de Beek was the most expensive of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s five summer signingsCredit: EPA

    After a slow start to the window, Edinson Cavani, Amad Diallo, Facundo Pellestri, Alex Telles and Donny van de Beek were all lured to Old Trafford.
    Last January Solskjaer was able to bring in midfielder Bruno Fernandes from Sporting Lisbon for £52million, as well as striker Odion Ighalo on loan.
    United were said to be interested in signing Ecuador midfielder Moises Caicedo this month but have reportedly shelved those plans.
    And Solskjaer isn’t expecting any new faces to arrive at the Theatre of Dreams, although he does anticipate a few to move on in the coming weeks.

    He said: “I think the signings we made in the summer strengthened the squad really well.
    “Good signings, good characters, good players. January is always difficult but if something comes up you think is a long-term target anyway that’s another scenario.
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    “But not many teams would like to lose their players in January, so it’s unlikely something will happen on the inside.

    “There might be two or three going out because, one, they deserve to play football, for their own good and for their own careers.”
    Timothy Fosu-Mensah is one of the players expected to leave United before the window closes on February 1.
    According to reports, the versatile defender is set to join Bundesliga side Bayer Leverkusen in £1.5million deal.
    Manchester United will be back in action this evening, welcoming Burnley to Old Trafford.
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    The visit of the Clarets is the Red Devils’ game in hand on Premier League table-toppers Liverpool, whom they’re level on points with.
    Should they avoid defeat to Sean Dyche’s men, they’ll go to the summit of the league for the first time since January 2013.
    But Solskjaer has played down talk a possible title challenge, saying: “Since Sir Alex [Ferguson] left, we’ve been second, third, fourth, fifth, twice sixth, once seventh, so of course it’s important for us now to establish ourselves in the top four.
    “We’ve only been top four three times since Sir Alex left, and if we can do that again, if we can improve on third, that’s progress.

    “When I played it was a different ball game. We were really disappointed if we didn’t win the league. We were third once [in 2002], most of the time we challenged against one team.
    “Now the league is so different, so many teams can challenge and look at themselves as candidates to challenge the top teams.
    “There weren’t many teams to challenge for top two or top three positions; in a good year you win, bad year you come second or third.
    “Now, there are so many other teams with big squads and strong squads that can challenge.
    “We all talk about the top six but you have other teams that get up there now and that’s due to good work at different clubs, good signings.
    “It makes it a more exciting league than last two or three seasons when two teams have run away.”

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    Man Utd would win Premier League title if Solskjaer seals Erling Haaland transfer this month, claims Agbonlahor

    MANCHESTER UNITED could win the Premier League this season if they signed Erling Haaland, claims Gabby Agbonlahor.
    United are behind leaders Liverpool only on goal difference, but are armed with a game in hand over their great rivals.

    Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Haaland has attracted attention from across EuropeCredit: Getty Images – Getty

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been urged to sign Erling HaalandCredit: Getty Images – Getty

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    And to boost their chances of a first league title since 2013, former Aston Villa forward Agbonlahor has urged Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to sign goal machine Haaland.
    He told talkSPORT: “You look at the Premier League teams that could do with him now – Manchester City, Manchester United, Chelsea, Liverpool, they could all do with him.
    “What would he do for any of those clubs now? If they had him in January, whoever signed him would win the league.”

    Haaland has attracted attention across Europe – including from Real Madrid and Barcelona – having scored 19 in 16 games for Borussia Dortmund this season.
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    The Norwegian striker joined the Bundesliga giants last year, having snubbed a move to Old Trafford.
    Manager Solskjaer met with the 20-year-old but failed to convince him move to Old Trafford as he instead joined Dortmund for just £18m.

    Now, Agbonlahor reckons the Germans could demand £180m for their star man, but tipped Bayern Munich and Madrid as the frontrunners to sign him.
    He said: “He’s the most complete striker out there for me.

    “We’re talking about Premier League clubs wanting him. I think Bayern Munich or Real Madrid are the favourites to get him.
    “I feel like Borussia Dortmund can ask for whatever they want. If you’re talking about £100million for Sancho, you’re talking £180m for Haaland.
    “You’re talking ridiculous money. He’ll be the most expensive player ever when he leaves Dortmund because he’s getting better.
    “He’s learning, he looks hungry. He’s not happy just to be at Dortmund and score goals, he’s trying to improve his game and he’s going to get better and better.”

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    Man Utd academy product Dion McGhee, 20, signs for Braga on free transfer after Old Trafford release

    MANCHESTER UNITED academy product Dion McGhee signed for Braga on a free transfer.
    The English midfielder, 20, was released by the Old Trafford club after 14 years last summer.

    Ex-Manchester United youngster Dion McGhee has signed for Braga in PortugalCredit: Instagram

    He went on trial to Newcastle earlier this season but, despite appearing three times in the Premier League 2 for the Under-23s, was not offered a contract.
    McGhee was tracked by Wayne Rooney’s Derby and Belgian side Antwerp.
    But now he hopes to get his career back on track in Portugal.
    The playmaker is looking forward to developing under former Swansea and Sheffield Wednesday boss Carlos Carvalhal.

    He signed a contract until the end of the season but there is a club option for a deal until 2024.
    McGhee – who will wear the No14 at the famous ‘The Quarry’ stadium – told the club website: “I am a midfielder but I adapt well to different positions. I have eyes for goal and I also like to watch my team-mates.
    “I spent many years at Manchester United, a club where I learned a lot and developed as a player and as a person. Now I want to show all of this here at SC Braga.
    “The facilities are fantastic and the people are very friendly. I’m really enjoying it.

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    “I came here because it is a big club, with a lot of history. Also because Portugal is a great place to live.
    “I want to stay calm, play a lot of games, not suffer injuries and give everything to reach the main team. I want to have the opportunity to play against these wonderful fans.”
    Braga sit fourth in the Primeira Liga behind Sporting, Porto and Benfica and face Roma in the last 32 of the Europa League, finishing second in their group behind Leicester.
    McGhee added on Instagram: “I’m delighted to announce I’ve put pen to paper and I’m officially a new player of @sportingclubedebraga.
    “Thank you to everyone who has supported me along the way and helped me with the next step in my career.”
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    The Englishman spent 14 years with the Red Devils before his release last summerCredit: Getty Images – Getty

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    Man Utd face Romain Faivre transfer battle with PSG as they line up swoop for 22-year-old Brest midfielder

    MANCHESTER UNITED are reportedly set to go toe-to-toe with Paris Saint-Germain in pursuit of Romain Faivre.
    The Brest midfielder, 22, has been one of Ligue 1’s surprise standouts in 2020-21 after a move from Monaco.

    Romain Faivre (left) took on Paris Saint-Germain in a 3-0 defeat on the weekendCredit: AFP or licensors

    Les Pirates paid around £450,000 for Faivre last summer and a sale would reap a pretty profit for the Brittany club.
    According to Le10Sport, a whole host of clubs are taking an interest in the player.
    United and PSG are named as two contenders, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer recently adding a new wide-man to his squad in Amad Diallo.
    Mauricio Pochettino got a good look at Faivre on Saturday night as the youngster played 90 minutes in his first win as Les Parisiens boss.

    In 19 appearances for Brest, he has notched four goals and three assists.
    That includes a winner against old club Monaco in October and a late equaliser from the spot away to high-flying Lyon.
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    Brest have already moved to keep Faivre from interested parties, extending his contract to 2025 on Christmas Eve.

    January may be a quiet month at Old Trafford with Ecuadorian wonderkid Moises Caicedo one of few players linked.
    Marcos Rojo and Sergio Romero have been told they can leave the club ahead of their contracts expiring in June.
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