Manchester United news and transfer roundup: Clarke, Mitchell and more

Manchester United are just two days away from their trip to face bitter rivals Arsenal in the fourth round of the FA Cup on Friday night.
Things could not be going much better on the pitch at present, but there is also enough going on off the pitch to keep Reds interested until that match against the Gunners.
Two historical rivals form part of today’s news roundup as the rumour mill around United continues to spin during the closing days of the January window…

United eye deal for Clarke

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According to the Sun, United are keen on teenage winger Jack Clarke, who has been so impressive of late for bitter rivals Leeds United – but his loyalty to the Elland Road club could provide a stumbling block.
And United could well be set for another knockback, as the same paper report that RB Leipzig ready to pull out all of the stops to keep Paul Mitchell – who Ed Woodward wants as the club’s new director of football – in Germany.

United reject Bailly bid

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Elsewhere, the Daily Mail report that Friday’s opponents Arsenal have launched a loan bid for Eric Bailly, which has already been rejected by United.
And it is the side on the other half of north London – Tottenham – with whom United will have to battle for Steven Bergwijn, as the Sun
report Old Trafford scouts watched the Dutch winger over the weekend.

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