Man Utd news LIVE: Ed Woodward ‘dreams’ of second Atletico Madrid transfer, £150m U-turn

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Monday, April 20

  • Manchester United have established contact over a move for Joao Felix
  • The Red Devils are unable to afford Tottenham talisman Harry Kane
  • Defender Pervis Estupinan is ‘proud’ of the Manchester United speculation
  • Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish is a ‘special player’ and would be a ‘massive asset’

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  • Man Utd ‘accept’ £150m club-record transfer decision, Liverpool latest

Joao Felix discussions

Manchester United have established contact over a move for Atletico Madrid sensation Joao Felix.

Old Trafford boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believe the club can exploit the transfer market which looks set to be affected by the financial impact of the coronavirus crisis.

The bulk of his budget looks set to go on Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho but that does not appear to have put them off exploring a swoop for Felix, who became one of the most expensive players in history when he joined Atletico Madrid from Benfica for €126million (£113m) last summer.

According to Le 10 Sport, the Premier League giants have now established contact with intermediaries including super agent Jorge Mendes after internal discussions.

Felix is the second Atletico Madrid player that United have been linked with in recent weeks after claims midfielder Saul Niguez is also on Solskjaer’s radar.

Harry Kane interest

Manchester United are unable to afford Tottenham talisman Harry Kane in the upcoming transfer window.

That’s according to The Guardian, who claim executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward and co. have been forced to re-evaluate their transfer strategy.

The Red Devils had been tipped to challenge for Kane, who carries a valuation of around £150million, after the 27-year-old said he will not stay at Spurs “for the sake of it.”

However, the report claims United have adjusted their budget because of financial uncertainty caused by coronavirus and now ‘accept’ that Kane is an ‘unrealistic’ target.

The arrival of Kane would shatter United’s previous club-record signing which still stands at £89.3million paid for Paul Pogba in August 2016.

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  • Man Utd step up Joao Felix transfer plot after internal discussions

Pervis Estupinan ‘proud’ of links

Watford defender Pervis Estupinan is ‘proud’ of the transfer speculation linking him with Manchester United.

The Red Devils, along with Atletico Madrid, are said to have scouted the once-capped Ecuador international during the first of his two-year loan spell with Osasuna.

“I’d like to play for a big one, to play the Champions League, I am proud to hear that my name is among the big ones. This issue is handled by my agents, I am on loan at Osasuna for two years”, he told Ecuadorian outlet Expreso.

“It fills me with pride, who knows in the future I can wear the Manchester United shirt, and try to do better than Antonio Valencia.”

Jack Grealish praise

Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish is a ‘special player’ and would be a ‘massive asset’ for any club in the Premier League, according to Paul Merson.

Manchester United are eager to sign the 24-year-old midfielder and are believed to be in pole-position to secure his signature at the end of the campaign.

“He’s a special player,” Merson told Sky Sports. “He’s the best three or four-yard passer I’ve seen in the game for a long time.

“He keeps going everywhere for the ball, but I think that’s just because he’s at Aston Villa. If he went to a bigger club with better players who are on his wavelength, I think he will play a position.

“At the moment people are a bit worried because he’s going all over the pitch to get the ball. With better players, he would be able to hold his position and would be a massive asset for any club in the Premier League.”

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