Manchester United transfer round-up: Club set to hijack Arsenal target, Bale explains Real Madrid stay and more - 13th September 2017
United to fight it out for Lemar
The Red Devils are set to bid for Thomas Lemar as early as January, as per reports. The AS Monaco playmaker was wanted by both Liverpool and Arsenal in the closing days of the transfer window with Arsenal reportedly bidding a stunning £90 million for the Frenchman.
Jose Mourinho will be looking to reinforce his wing options, especially after missing out on Ivan Perisic. The Portuguese is on the hunt for a winger and Lemar can play on the flanks as well as in advanced midfield.
Further, agent Pogba looks to lure another client to Old Trafford after Romelu Lukaku, as he is known to have struck a bond with Lemar. If Pogba's latest Instagram message to the Monaco man is any indication, where he concluded saying "AgentP", then a club-record bid could be very well on the cards in the upcoming windows.
Bale explains why he stayed at Madrid
Long-term United target Gareth Bale finally aired his views on why he chose to stay at Real Madrid rather than return to England this summer. He told Daily Mail:
"Well there's an argument for that. But I think the main thing, when you look back on your career, is that you look at your trophies. In the end that's probably the most important thing."
"I don't really look into things like that [No 1 status]. Some people do, some don't. I'm not too bothered. I just want to go out on to the football pitch and enjoy my football."
"I want to do well for myself but I also want to try to help the team and win trophies. Just try to enjoy myself I think. That's the main thing."
The Welshman still remains a target for United, should he choose to move. Meanwhile, the club's search for a top winger continues.
Raiola suggests Dybala can join United
Super agent Mino Raiola opines that Juventus' crown jewel, Paulo Dybala, should join a project already set. The agent of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Paul Pogba, Romelu Lukaku and Henrikh Mkhitaryan told Rai Sport:
"In the end, Dybala will leave Juve. And if he does he should go to a team with a project already formed where he can join. Because he is still too young to be the leader of a new project.
"I would love to see Barcelona, Real Madrid, Manchester, both City and United, but always in a big project."
The move has legs as United are apparently trying to sign attackers who share a good rapport with Pogba. Hence, international team-mate Antoine Griezmann continues to be on Mourinho's radar and Dybala played a year with Pogba at Juventus. Although the Argentine's valuation can be pretty high, there is no doubt United can sign him.