Manchester United news and transfer roundup: Costa, Zidane and more

Today marked Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first full day as Manchester United manager as he prepares his new side for a trip to another of his former clubs, Cardiff City, on Saturday afternoon.
With the madness of the last couple of days beginning to subside, some more transfer news is beginning to emerge, as well as another permanent managerial candidate…

Transfer plans taking shape?

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The Daily Mail report that Jose Mourinho learned of plans within the club to sign Juventus winger Douglas Costa just hours before he was sacked.

The Mirror claim that Solskjaer will be granted a January warchest to press ahead with recruitment next month, with Costa and Toby Alderweireld atop the shopping list.

Spanish outlet OK Diario report that United are ready to battle Bayern Munich for Atletico Madrid defender Lucas Hernandez.

Managerial candidates

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The Telegraph affirm Mauricio Pochettino’s status as United’s first choice and report that the club is willing to pay a world-record fee for a manager to get him to Old Trafford.
Meanwhile, the Sun claim that Sir Alex Ferguson has given Pochettino his backing as the next incumbent of the hotseat and the Times state that Daniel Levy is ready to raise the price United must pay to get him.

However, reports from Spanish outlet AS claim that Zinedine Zidane has an offer from United on the table to weigh up, so perhaps Pochettino is not the only name on the list.

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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.