Manchester United in Erling Haaland negotiations twist as Ousmane Dembele plan emerges

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Manchester United want to sign Erling Haaland this summer, while links to Barcelona star Ousmane Dembele have surfaced again. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side could spend big in the transfer window in order to stop Manchester City next term. So Express Sport will now take a look at the latest news and gossip coming out of Old Trafford.

Haaland negotiations twist

United won’t be able to negotiate any potential deal for Haaland until May, journalist Fabrizio Romano has claimed.

Writing in his Benchwarmers column, he said: “The situation remains calm at the moment, with all the top clubs interested but Borussia fighting to stay in the Champions League: this will be the real key to Haaland’s transfer.

“In England there is the interest of Chelsea, there is no problem linked to the relationship between Thomas Tuchel and Borussia Dortmund; the real problem is the cost of the player, with Manchester City, Manchester United but also Real Madrid and Barcelona very interested.

“There is no offer from Bayern Munich for summer 2021, as Juventus are very cautious on this front.

“Mino Raiola does not like to decide the destination of his players in advance, so any negotiations for Haaland will not start before May.’

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Dembele plan emerges

United have reportedly told Dembele they intend to pursue him this summer.

Sport claim the Red Devils have informed the Barcelona star he remains a target, despite them missing out on a deal back in October.

And if United aren’t successful this time around, they’re willing to wait.

Dembele could become a free agent in the summer transfer window of 2022, when his deal with the La Liga giants is due to expire.

And what ultimately happens remains to be seen.

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Maguire’s demands

United star Harry Maguire wants a commanding centre-back partner in this summer’s transfer window, it has been claimed.

Ian McGarry of the Transfer Window podcast said: “Maguire would prefer to have a more commanding partner in the middle and preferably someone who understands English.”

Podcast co-host Duncan Castles went one further and claimed Maguire also wants a new signing to have Premier League experience.

Castles said: “Maguire proposing that he gets a partner who knows the Premier League and is a native English speaker.

“Because he feels there are some communication issues with his current partners.”

Maguire hails Stones

United defender Maguire has admitted he always wants John Stones to play well – but without Manchester City winning.

“We always speak away from football. He’s a good friend. I grew up with him, I grew up playing against him when he was at Barnsley,” he said.

“We’re not far from each other where we actually grew up and lived and come through. When you play centre back especially, week in, week out you’re going to have some ups, you’re going have some downs, you’re going to be at fault.

“You’re not going to go throughout your career without being at fault for goals, so you get scrutinised when you play in the Premier League so you expect that.

“It’s about how strong you are mentally and how you can come through it. I’m pleased to see John. He’s back playing and back playing with confidence, back playing really well. For myself, I feel exactly the same.”

Two Man Utd exits tipped

Former United star Ben Thornley thinks Diogo Dalot and Andreas Pereira don’t have futures at the club.

He wrote for Tribal Football: “I watched Diogo Dalot play a really solid match at Old Trafford a couple of weeks ago when AC Milan nicked a 1-1 draw. But then, knowing they had the upper hand with the away goal, I thought Milan were disappointing the week after.

“Dalot seems to be enjoying his football in Italy. He’s comfortable playing on either side of the pitch, whether that be at fullback or wing-back.

“We’ve all seen during his time at United when he gets into the final third, he is somebody who can do a trick and get past somebody.

“Andreas Pereira is another one who has got plenty of talent. But again, it’s whether both those players feel as though their futures lie with Manchester United or whether, having had the taste of being out on loan and playing regular football, at the ages they are, that a permanent move is something they want to pursue.”

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