Koulibaly Transfer Must Wait
Manchester United look set to pursue Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly in the summer as the likelihood recedes of making any new signings in January.
United have been linked all month with Koulibaly but Napoli have been demanding a transfer fee in excess of £100million for the Senegal international meaning a deal has always been unlikely.
But United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward wants to keep his transfer kitty for whoever takes over on a permanent basis in the summer when hopefully Napoli will be in a position to lower their fee.
Mata To Stay?
Meanwhile, Manchester United look set to offer Juan Mata a new contract. The 30-year-old becomes a free agent in the summer and is being linked with a return to Spain. He can already speak to foreign clubs about a pre-transfer agreement. But reports today claim the former Chelsea man could stay with United for another year.
United club policy is to only offer twelve-month contracts to players over 30. The good news for Mata is that it would keep him on his current wages of around £140,000 a week. A move back to his homeland would likely lead to him taking a pay cut.
No Exits Says Solskjaer
Manchester United interim manager Old Gunnar Solskjaer has hinted that no players will leave the club before the transfer window closes on Thursday.
Full-back Matteo Darmian is being linked with a move to Juventus while midfielder Andreas Pereira has looked likely to go out on loan.
But speaking at a press conference ahead of tonight’s Premier League clash with Burnley at Old Trafford, Solskjaer said it is unlikely that any outoing deals will be completed.
“At the moment I can see everyone staying at the club,” said the Norwegian.
No deals have been done with anyone but there are still a few more.
“I’m not too involved in the negotiations so whatever happens happens but it’ll be good to get the window closed and improving the players in the squad still here.”