Manchester United news and transfer round-up: Alderweireld update, Young wants new deal

Manchester United are basking in the glow of a rare straight-forward weekend after a thumping 4-1 win against basement boys Fulham on Saturday afternoon.
Ahead of the Champions League dead rubber against Valencia on Wednesday, transfer stories have taken centre stage and we’ve made sure you don’t miss anything…

January planning

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As attentions turn to the January window, United are increasingly confident of sealing a January deal for Toby Alderweireld – who is valued at £40m – according to the Sun.
The same paper reports that Jose Mourinho is also ready to battle Arsenal for Hertha Berlin wonderkid Arne Maier next month as well.

Meanwhile, the Times report that United have also made contact with Napoli powerhouse Kalidou Koulibaly and been met with mixed news.
Apparently, the centre half is open to a move to the Premier League, but would also cost a whopping £90m – which is a British record for a defender.

Staying put?

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Goal report that experienced defender Ashley Young – who set the ball rolling on Saturday with a stunning strike – wants to sign a new deal at Old Trafford and aims to win more silverware in a red shirt.
Another man who will be staying put is Paul Pogba, as
ESPN claim United will refute any Juventus January offers for the man Jose Mourinho has already confirmed will start against Valencia.
But Chris Smalling will not play in Spain on Wednesday, as the Daily Mail confirm he was forced off in Saturday’s second half as he continues to struggle with a fractured foot.

 

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Sam Preston is an NCTJ gold standard news and sports journalist who studied with the Press Association. He also has a 2:1 law with French law degree from the University of Birmingham, which included a year studying at Bordeaux Montaigne University. He is an FA Level 1 football coach who appeared on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show in 2018 and has also written digital football content and match-day programme pieces for Colchester United, Mansfield Town and Stockport County.