Manchester United have signed Donny van de Beek but still want reinforcements before the transfer window shuts on October 5. Jadon Sancho and Alex Telles have been linked with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side as he looks to improve his team. So Express Sport will now take a look at the latest news and gossip surrounding the club.
Sancho alternative up for sale
Manchester United have been tracking Douglas Costa as a potential alternative should Sancho fail to sign.
And Goal say Juventus have put the Brazil international up for sale.
It’s claimed the Old Lady have grown frustrated with Costa’s injury problems, with the forward missing 21 matches last season.
And United could now make a move for the 29-year-old.
Costa scored three goals for Juventus last season and previously spent two years at Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich earlier in his career.
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Woodward makes decision
United chief Ed Woodward has rejected Lille’s offer of a big sell-on clause in exchange for a cheaper fee for Diogo Dalot, according to transfer expert Duncan Castles.
“What Manchester United are asking for in this market, and they’ve had enquiries from clubs such as Lille to take the player which should be a sign of Dalot’s qualities because Lille are excellent recruiters,” Castles said on the Transfer Window podcast.
“They have a habit of picking up young talents who have gone off the rails or been sent off the rails at the clubs they’re at and turning them into top players.
“I’m told that when Lille enquired for the player, Manchester United told them we will sell them but only for the money we bought him for, which is €22m, which is I think completely unrealistic in the current market, given how little football he’s played and given his status at Manchester United.
“I understand Lille were prepared to take the player and leave United with a big sell-on on his next transfer, so offering a carrot of ‘we can’t offer €22m but if you set up a deal where you retain a percentage of his sell-on, you will get your money back down the line’ if all goes well with his time in France. But United rejected that.
“Let’s see what happens over the next few weeks because they have a player who wants to leave and they have an unrealistic asking price and they have the intent to buy another full-back, so if he comes in then Dalot will be even more surplus to requirements than he has been and he will be a problem for Solskjaer to handle.”
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United have been linked with a move for Sergio Reguilon this summer.
But A Bola say that, with the Real Madrid star being difficult to sign, the Red Devils have been offered Alex Telles by agent Pini Zahavi.
Zahavi is trying to take advantage of the Reguilon situation by getting his client a switch to the Premier League.
However, United don’t want to spend any more than £18million on Telles – who has just a year of his Porto contract remaining.
And what ultimately happens is something only time will tell, with United also focusing on signings elsewhere on the pitch.
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Van de Beek praised
Van de Beek is United’s only signing of the summer so far and made his debut in the 1-0 pre-season defeat to Aston Villa on Saturday.
And Solskjaer hailed the Netherlands international for his display, saying: “Donny was maybe the biggest plus outfield.
“He’s such a finder of space and creates time for himself with his timing and movement. I was very happy with his performance.”
United lost 1-0 to Villa with Ollie Watkins scoring the only goal of the game.
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