Man United transfer news: Mourinho demands Dybala, Mata and Herrera to sign new deals and more - 29th December 2017
Paulo Dybala is a priority for Jose Mourinho
Jose Mourinho has not given up Paulo Dybala's chase despite Juventus rejecting an initial bid of €70million, reports Football Italia.
Manchester United are keen on signing a new attacker in January and have identified Dybala as the best fit. Mourinho wants to bring Dybala in January and give him time to understand his new team ahead of the new season.
Dybala has been benched by the Juventus manager in recent games which has led United to pursue the signing of Argentine international, according to Football Italia.
According to reports, Mourinho wants Dybala and another two players in January to compete with Manchester City and fend off the likes of Chelsea, Liverpool, and Arsenal for a place in Top-3 of the league.
It is believed that United will have to spend over €120million if they are indeed serious about signing Paulo Dybala in January itself.
Man United to pay Umititi's release clause
Reports in Spain have confirmed a concrete interest from both Manchester clubs (United and City) in signing Barcelona's central defender Samuel Umtiti, reports Daily Mail (via Don Balon).
Umtiti has a release clause of €54million which sounds nothing when you see Liverpool sign Virgil Van Dijk for £75million in last 24 hours.
Both United and City are eager to sign a quality central defender and have been tracking Umtiti's developments for last few months.
Barcelona are aware of United's interest in the player and if the defender agrees terms with United, the sum of €54million will be enough to complete Umtiti's signing in January or the next summer.
Mata and Herrera to stay for next season
Manchester United are confident of extending the contracts of their midfield duos Juan Mata and Ander Herrera, according to Sky Sports.
Both Herrera and Mata have played key roles in Jose Mourinho's stint in last 18 months and could be rewarded with new deals.
Commenting on the issue, Sky Sports expert Mathew Upson said: "Herrera has been a real focal part for Mourinho, I think he’s relied on him and done a good job. Mata when he’s played he knits things together nicely as well. I’m pretty sure that maybe those two will stay on.”
United need to rethink their midfield options ahead of the next season with Michael Carrick and Marouane Fellaini looking set to exit the club in upcoming months.
Carrick is battling with a heart issue while Fellaini is not happy with United's new contract offer and has decided to leave the club on his terms.
Given these situations, United can not afford to lose two of their star players and will soon negotiate new deals for both Juan Mata and Ander Herrera, according to Sky Sports.