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Manchester United reach verbal agreement to sign Mandzukic from Juventus

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While the January transfer is still months away, Manchester United are tipped to be heavily involved in the window.

According to  TuttoSport, via Sport Witness, Manchester United have reached verbal agreement to sign striker Mario Mandzukic from Juventus.

Since his move from Atletico Madrid in the summer of 2015, the Croatian has featured regularly for the Old Lady until this season.

The 33 year old striker is yet to feature for the Turin based club in the league this season, having lost his place in the team to Maurizio Sarri’s favourite striker Gonzalo Higuain.

He has now seeking a new adventure and it appears that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer fancies the experience striker to join his front-line in the second half of the season..

United have scored only nine goals in the league this season and the injuries sustained by Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Mason Greenwood have left them very thin up front.

The Red Devils are without Romelu Lukaku, who joined Inter Milan in the summer and Alexis Sanchez who was sent on a loan spell to the same Serie A club, and they have not been replaced.

Solskjaer has come under fire for the poor form of the Red Devils recently. To Salvage his job, he must fix some of the lapses apparent in his team.

United bolstered their squad in the summer with young players that have bags of potentials. Signing Mandzukic in January would be a huge departure from the belief of Solskjaer,. who has preferred to play youngsters.

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Manchester United Tipped To Sign Midfielder Who Has Six Goals In Three Matches

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Manchester United have been backed by Newcastle manager Steve Bruce to sign Aston Villa midfielder John McGinn in January.

According Bruce in his pre-match conference ahead of Newcastle’s trip to the Villa Park Stadium, McGinn is a ‘smashing lad’ who has all it takes to feature for one of the best clubs in the League.

The manager praised the midfielder for his determination to do well and he believes the Red Devils won’t regret bringing him to the Theatre of Dreams.

Despite Steve Bruce’s praise for the Scottish who has scored six goals in the last three international matches, it is very unlikely to see Solskjaer complete a £50m move for his services this winter

Aston Villa are willing to keep hold of the talented Scotland international; Hence, they have slammed a huge £50m price tag on his services in order to prevent interested suitors from snatching him off their grip.

In other Manchester United news, England international Marcus Rashford has revealed his happiness under Solskjaer’s tutelage and he wants the Norwegian to remain at Old Trafford.

Reports have it that former Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino could be the next manager at Old Trafford if Solskjaer fail to maintain his team’s recent form but the centre-forward has advised the Glazers to keep Solskjaer beyond this campaign.

 

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19-goal Striker Turn Down United’s Transfer Bid Ahead Of January Window

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Manchester United are linked with a move for Bournemouth striker Callum Wilson ahead of the upcoming January transfer window but the player has revealed his desire to remain with the Cherries.

The Red Devils are currently enjoying a new lease of life at Old Trafford but Solskjaer isn’t carried away by the newly found fortune as he is keen on adding more players to his squad.

Having scored 14 goals throughout last season and five goals this season, Wilson has emerged as one of the strikers in Solskjaer’s transfer wish-list but the Englishman has reportedly turned down the chance to work with the Norwegian this next year.

According to The Mirror, Wilson is only focused on helping Bournemouth finish the season in a favorable position on the League table.

The media outlet revealed that the player is not thinking about reports linking him to the Theatre of Dreams as he recently renewed his contract with Eddie Howe’s side.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will now turn his attention towards other strikers who are also  included in his transfer wish-list.

Juventus striker Mario Mandzukic, RB Leipzig’s star Timo Werner, RB Salzburg’s youngster Erling Haaland and Lille’s in-form youngster Victor Osimhen have all attracted the Norwegian’s attention following their bright start to the season.

 

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Arsenal to contend with Man United over signing of quality defender

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Manchester United are expected to be in contention for Juventus defender Merih Demiral when the transfer window reopens in January.

Though the Red Devils upgraded their defensive unit when the captured Harry Maguire and Aaron Wan-Bisaka’s services prior to the start of the season, they haven’t been too solid at the back of the pitch.

The Premier League giants have 12 conceded goals, and Solskjaer is set to make some changes to the list of defenders at his disposal.

According to Italian media Tuttosport (via Football-Italia), the Norwegian tactician has set his eyes on the Turkish defender with a view of luring him to the Theatre of Dreams in the winter.

However, Solskjaer will need to contend with Arsenal manager Unai Emery in the race for the 20-year-old. It is believed that the Gunners manager is impressed with the report he got from his scouts who monitored the youngster’s performance against Iceland on Thursday.

The under-fire Arsenal manager has seen his defenders conceded 17 goals in 12 Premier League matches this season, a record which has led to fans displeasure.

The Spaniard is equally linked with a move for Demiral’s services as part of his plans to improve his defence in the second half of the campaign.

The same source further revealed that Serie A side AC Milan are equally keeping a close tab on the player’s situation under Maurizio Sarri, and they hope to beat the two Premier League giants to his services.

Demiral is finding regular game-time too hard to get under Sarri who prefers Leonardo Bonucci, Danielle Rugani and Matthijs de Ligt.

 

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