Manchester United news and transfer roundup: Koulibaly, Barella and more

Manchester United made it eight wins out of eight under caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on Friday night by seeing off bitter rivals Arsenal 3-1 at the Emirates Stadium.
That booked United into the fifth round of the FA Cup – the competition which represents the club’s best chance of silverware this season – but a return to Premier League action is just around the corner.
Tomorrow, United look to continue their momentum by making it nine from nine when struggling Burnley come to Old Trafford, but before that, the news cycle around the club continues to turn.
With the transfer deadline approaching, no late activity is expected, but there is enough in today’s roundup to keep Reds interested and we’ve made sure you don’t miss a beat…

Koulibaly set for summer move?

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According to the Evening Standard, Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly has been named as United’s top summer defensive target and while they are open to a January swoop, they are prepared to wait until the end of the season to get their man.
Elsewhere, TeamTalk report that United also have their sights set on another Serie A target in the shape of Calgiari midfielder Nicolo Barella, sneaking ahead of Chelsea in the hunt for the Italy international.

Mata set to extend?

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The Daily Mirror report that United have offered Juan Mata a one-year contract extension to keep him from leaving the club for free at the end of the season, amid interest from Arsenal and Barcelona.
And the
Daily Mail claim that United’s interest in PSV wideman Steven Bergwijn is so strong that they have asked the Dutch club to keep them informed of any plans they have to sell him.

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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.