From Italy: Man United planning summer raid on Wolves ace

Manchester United are planning a summer move for Wolves’ winger Diogo Jota, according to Calciomercato.com.

The 23-year-old joined Wolves from Atletico Madrid for £11.72 million in 2018 after a year-long loan at the club.
Whilst primarily a left winger, Jota has also played as a striker, number 10 and attacking central midfielder.

The Red Devils, who have also been linked with Wolves pair Raul Jimenez and Ruben Neves, have reportedly been tracking Jota for some time and are poised to make a move in the summer to increase their attacking options. His recent performances have added renewed vigour into their plans to sign him, according to the report.

He has been in fine form this season, bagging 12 goals and providing 5 assists in all competitions.

Three of those goals came on Thursday in the Europa League as Wolves cruised to a 4-0 victory over Spanish side Espanyol. His performance earned him the Europa League Player of the Week award.

Having been an unused substitute six times, Jota finally made his debut for Portugal in November, coming off the bench in a 6-0 win against Lithuania.

The player is valued at £30 million but with Wolves riding high in the Premier League, the Red Devils will expect to pay considerably more to secure his services. He is contracted at Molyneux until 2022.

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Renewed hope of deals with two stars, Solskjaer holds out olive branch

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has spoken out about the future of young stars Angel Gomes and Tahith Chong.

The young duo are both out of contract in June and have been talking to other clubs about a possible free transfer at that time.

Chong has been linked with a number of Italian clubs including Juventus and Inter Milan, with his agent having been in talks with Inter officials last week.

Gomes has also been linked with big name clubs including Barcelona, although there does not appear to have been as much movement in terms of solid talks.

The pair were left out of United’s travelling squad to Bruges yesterday and instead selected to play in an Under-19 friendly game against the same club’s youngsters.

But Solksjaer appeared to hold out an olive branch to the wantaway starlets in his post-match press conference.

‘We’re still in talks with them. Tahith scored [in the Under 19 game] and I’d rather he play a game than sit in the stands, so he’s just making sure he’s ready when he gets a chance’ the manager said when asked about the duo’s future.

‘He played really well against Wolverhampton in the FA Cup and I was very pleased with him.’

‘The boys have got great attitudes. They’re absolutely top-class boys and we’re doing what we can to keep them, because in a few years we can see them being very, very good players.’

A report in The Athletic claims that Chong is demanding £35,000 per week, with United only willing to offer around £25,000. Chong’s advisers have believed that Italian clubs would be willing to pay up to €50,000, but this is proving not to be the case. Inter have offered a reported £24,400 for the 20-year-old – much the same as the deal on the table at Old Trafford.

With agent fees also a stumbling block, Chong’s Italian negotiations are faltering. Coupled with the lack of solid activity from Gomes’ suitors, the Red Devils’ now have renewed hope of keeping both of the talented youngsters without having to increase the offers they put forward at the start of the season.

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Top class £80m midfielder: Solskjaer knows his main summer signing target

Manchester United are reportedly targetting Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish this summer as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer sees him as the priority signing.

The talented Englishman is in red hot form of late which has intensified rumours over a potential move to Old Trafford.

Some initial reports had even claimed that United see Grealish as a replacement for the potentially outgoing Paul Pogba.

However, Villa are unlikely to do any deal for cheap, particularly with the sort of money in the Premier League nowadays so a transfer could be complicated.

This is despite Grealish’s reported desire to play for the Red Devils but there is one factor that could help move matters along.

Should Villa get relegated it’s likely that price tag will probably drop to half of what it currently is.

That should certainly smooth things over and Grealish will obviously want to remain in the Premier League so it increases the chances of a transfer happening.

The Villa captain would add quality to Manchester United’s midfield and his versatility would prove to be invaluable in an injury-prone squad.

Grealish may just be the last missing piece of Solskjaer’s midfield puzzle and could go a long way in their quest to challenge for honours again.

Man United determined to play hardball over want-away star

Manchester United star Paul Pogba is reportedly expecting to depart the club this summer as rumours over his future continue to grow.

Fans are growing tired of the talk surrounding the former Juventus man and there are hopes it will end one way or the other.

Pogba’s talent is obvious but the problems surrounding him begin to raise questions over whether or not it’s all worth it.

United are believed to be preparing for his departure, targetting James Maddison and Jack Grealish as the replacements for him despite their determination to not sell, or so they say publicly at least.

Pogba isn’t helped by the lack of obvious suitors with most of the rich or major clubs not necessarily having the cash or room to sign him.

Manchester United’s asking price for Pogba is obviously and rightfully high and that certainly dents the chances of him leaving.

Whether the player himself wants to remain or not remains to be seen but the actions of his agent, Mino Raiola, suggest that he hopes to depart.

Pogba’s future probably hinges most on United’s ability to qualify for the Champions League or not and so talk will likely continue until that situation is cleared up.

Man United determined to play hardball over want-away star

Manchester United star Paul Pogba is reportedly expecting to depart the club this summer as rumours over his future continue to grow.

Fans are growing tired of the talk surrounding the former Juventus man and there are hopes it will end one way or the other.

Pogba’s talent is obvious but the problems surrounding him begin to raise questions over whether or not it’s all worth it.

United are believed to be preparing for his departure, targetting James Maddison and Jack Grealish as the replacements for him despite their determination to not sell, or so they say publicly at least.

Pogba isn’t helped by the lack of obvious suitors with most of the rich or major clubs not necessarily having the cash or room to sign him.

Manchester United’s asking price for Pogba is obviously and rightfully high and that certainly dents the chances of him leaving.

Whether the player himself wants to remain or not remains to be seen but the actions of his agent, Mino Raiola, suggest that he hopes to depart.

Pogba’s future probably hinges most on United’s ability to qualify for the Champions League or not and so talk will likely continue until that situation is cleared up.