Manchester United transfer news - Update on David de Gea's future, Solskjaer eyes PL defender, and much more - January 17, 2019
Hello and welcome to Manchester United transfer roundup for the day. The Red Devils have made an excellent start under the interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, winning 6 games out of 6. The Norwegian is now looking for further improvement on the pitch by making a move or two in the transfer market which is open right now.
Manchester United are currently performing at their best, but that should not hide the defensive fatalities they are going through. They tend to be very shaky in the set-piece defending which is one part the Norwegian would want to work on. He is perhaps trying his best to bring a defender in this window to bolster his backline.
David de Gea wants to commit with Manchester United
David de Gea, who was reluctant to put pen to paper has changed his mind and wants to commit with the Red Devils who want to tie him down to a long-term contract deal, according to the English publication Mirror. It is also understood that the Spaniard is stalling on a new contract because he wants a wage of 350,000 pounds per week, similar to his teammate Alexis Sanchez.
A month ago, the Red Devils activated that one-year clause which will keep him at Old Trafford until 2020. But, it is understood that negotiations have fastened up in the last two days which is a huge boost for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who is eyeing a permanent deal with Manchester United.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer eyes right-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka
Aaron Wan-Bissaka is one of the competent young full-backs in the Premier League. The young prodigy, who made his debut last season against Tottenham Hotspur has attracted a host of top teams in England. The Mirror report that Manchester United along with Chelsea and Manchester City are reportedly looking to lure him away from Selhurst Park.
The English defender has a contract with Crystal Palace until 2022. There is no doubt that the London outfit would be willing to listen to offer more than £35 million because he is just 21 years of age. He is seen as an heir to Antonio Valencia.
Antonio Valencia to leave at end of the season
Current skipper Antonio Valencia has decided to run his contract down to leave the club as a free agent in the summer transfer window, according to the Times. There were plenty of rumours over a potential move this month, but those were rubbished by the reports.
The 33-year-old was signed by former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson at Old Trafford and has gone on to make 338 appearances for the club. Despite not getting enough minutes under Solskjaer – who seems to prefer Ashley Young and Diogo Dalot – Valencia 's experience will play a key part in United's top-four fight this season.
Published 17 Jan 2019, 21:15 IST