Manchester United news and transfer roundup: Godin, Manolas and more

Manchester United are currently in Dubai enjoying some warm weather training following a fifth straight victory under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer – the routine 2-0 triumph over Reading on Saturday.
The break should allow the caretaker boss to build United’s fitness ahead of the business end of the season, but with the January transfer window still open, there will be no pause in the news cycle while the team is away.
We’ve made sure you don’t miss out on anything ahead of United’s next match against Tottenham on Sunday…

Godin offer turned down

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According to TMW, United have made a contract offer to Atletico Madrid stalwart Diego Godin, whose current deal expires in the summer but have seen it rejected as it was too low.
Elsewhere, the Sun report that United are willing to pay the £32m release clause required to prize Greek defender Kostas Manolas away from Roma.

The same paper also claim that United are set to battle bitter rivals Liverpool for versatile Porto defender Eder Militao, who has a £42.5m release clause.

Pogba set to return

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Paul Pogba did not play against Reading, but
ESPN report that the French World Cup winner will return for the trip to Wembley on Sunday.
The only real news from Dubai is that Solskjaer will not impose a curfew on his players – again showing his preference for treating the players like adults.
Corriere Dello Sport, via Sport Witness, claim that United made a take it or leave it bid for Cagliari’s Nicolo Barella – which was turned down as it fell short of the Italian club’s valuation.

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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.