Manchester United news and transfer roundup: Alderweireld, Costa, Allegri and more

Manchester United made it two wins from two under caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer with a 3-1 win over Huddersfield on Boxing Day.
The Terriers made life more uncomfortable than Cardiff did for the Red Devils, but their new, forward-thinking outlook got the job done in the end.
Ahead of the visit of Bournemouth on Sunday, we’ve made sure you don’t miss any news in the immediate aftermath of United getting their festive period off to the best possible start…

Alderweireld development

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Tottenham defender Toby Alderweireld is a long-term target of United’s and Squawka report that Spurs have triggered a one-year extension in his deal, which means he will have a £25m release clause from the final two weeks of next summer’s transfer window.
The Express report that United have opened dialogue with another defensive target, Fiorentina centre back Nikola Milenkovic, who was a target for the club under Jose Mourinho.

Juventus taking centre stage

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Juventus and United met in this season’s Champions League and appear closely linked in the transfer market as well.
Italian outfit CalcioMercato report that Juve have knocked back United’s approach for Brazilian wideman Douglas Costa.

Meanwhile, the Express claim that their manager Max Allegri is being considered as an alternative managerial target to Mauricio Pochettino.

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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.