Felix, Diaz, Fernandes On Wish-List
Manchester United are being linked with the Benfica trio of Joao Felix, Ruben Diaz and Bruno Fernandes. However, while there is some interest from Old Trafford the chances of United paying a reported price of £250million is somewhat slim.
The Sunday Mirror claims that United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants to sign good, young players rather than older, more experienced pros. However, the paper also suggests that the Red Devils are ready to meet Benfica’s valuations of the trio.
Felix has a release clause of £105million, Fernandes’ is £95million and Dias is valued at £50million.
Benfica are unlikely to want to part with any of their top young talent and will hold out for the full value of each player. But Solskjaer – and more importantly executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward won’t have £250million to spend this summer, particularly if the side fail to make it into next season’s Champions League.
Pochettino, Hudson-Odoi, Koulibaly, Murphy
The same outlet adds that United are still interested in Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino as their next manager. The paper claims that with there being no official word from Old Trafford about the future of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer there is still a chance of an approach for the Argentine this summer.
However, United have always said they will wait until the end of the season before making any decisoon on who becomes their permanent manager and that position is not believed to have changed.
Meanwhile, the Mail On Sunday claims that Manchester United will battle Bayern Munich for Chelsea youngster Callum Hudson-Odoi.
The 18-year-old England international is out of contract next summer and is no closer signing a new deal with the Blues. No talks have taken place since January when he was the subject of three bids from Bayern the last being for £30million.
Reports from Italy suggests that United will have to pay £130million for Napoli full-back Kalidou Koulibaly. Gazzetta dello Sport claims the Serie A side’s president Aurelio di Laurentiis is sticking to the valuation he put on the Senegal international during the January transfer window.
United are also reported to be keen on Norwich City defender Ben Godfrey. The 21-year-old is rated at £10million by the Canaries.
Scouts from Old Trafford watched Godfrey in action last weekend when his goal snatched all three points in a win over Rotherham United.