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- Manchester United are readying a £100million spend on Aston Villa ace Jack Grealish and Birmingham City’s rising star Jude Bellingham
- Red Devils manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has identified the key positions he hopes to strengthen in the next transfer window
- United used Sir Alex Ferguson in transfer talks with Bellingham at their Carrington training ground
Bruno Fernandes arrival means Paul Pogba is going
Bruno Fernandes’ arrival at Manchester United will see Paul Pogba leave Old Trafford in the summer transfer window, former Red Devils midfielder Paul Ince claims.
He told Paddy Power: “Bruno Fernandes has been fantastic since he came into the side, and even on Sunday when he didn’t do that much, what he did do was top quality. That ball into Anthony Martial was outstanding.
“Every club, every set of fans want to have a hero, and he’s going to be that for Man United.
“I’m talking a Paul Scholes or an Eric Cantona – he can be one of those types of heroes for the club. I’m not saying in terms of performances, or level of football, but United haven’t had a hero in their team for a long, long time.
“He’s doing everything right at the moment, including the ‘shh’ gesture to Pep Guardiola, which was always going to be a sure way to win over the fans. It’s good to see someone joining with a bit of character, too.
“Fans thought Paul Pogba was going to be the star, but look how that panned out.
“If he still wants to leave I’d say it would be far easier for Ole to do so now that Bruno is around. It doesn’t feel like they need him anymore.
“His truly great games have been few and far between, so the current situation could suit club and player.
“If he does come back before the end of the season, he’s not even going to get in the team. He’s going to have to fight for his place – if he even gets one.”
Solskjaer on Pogba talks
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will meet with midfielder Paul Pogba to discuss star’s future with Manchester United.
The January signing of Bruno Fernandes has revitalised United’s midfield and they would be confident of building a side around the Portugal international.
But Solskjaer wants to meet with Pogba to find out where he stands going forwards.
“So much is being said and written about Paul, so all such discussions we take behind the club’s walls,” Solskjaer said.
Jesse Lingard to be sold
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is ready to sell Manchester United ace Jesse Lingard this summer. Lingard, 27, has struggled to find form at Old Trafford this season. The playmaker has scored just two goals in all competitions under Solskjaer this time out.
And according to Goal, Solskjaer has ran out of patience with Lingard.
United are set to sell the England international at the end of the season.
Lingard recently made Mino Raiola his new agent ahead of a possible summer transfer.
Goal add that the midfielder feels he’s one of the best No. 10’s in Europe.
Jack Grealish and Jude Bellingham plan
Manchester United are readying a £100million spend on Aston Villa ace Jack Grealish and Birmingham City’s rising star Jude Bellingham, according to the Daily Star.
Ed Woodward is preparing to pay £70m for Grealish, who could be offered a contract up to £180,000-a-week, which would see his current terms at Villa Park tripled.
The Red Devils also opened talks with Bellingham on Monday by showing the 16-year-old the club’s Carrington complex, while he was accompanied by his parents.
Birmingham are likely to demand £30m for the midfielder, who is enjoying a breakout campaign in the Championship.
Sir Alex Ferguson talks
Manchester United used Sir Alex Ferguson in transfer talks with Birmingham City midfielder Jude Bellingham at their Carrington training ground.
The 16-year-old was given a tour on Monday afternoon, just 24 hours after United beat Manchester City at Old Trafford. Bellingham is wanted by United, Liverpool, City and Borussia Dortmund.
It was claimed Bundesliga giants Dortmund could sign Bellingham for £30m this summer.
However, United are hoping to beat their rivals to the playmaker and they held transfer talks on Monday.
And according to the Daily Telegraph, Bellingham was met by former United boss Ferguson on his training ground tour.
Ferguson, Ed Woodward and Matt Judge all met the youngster, who could cost around £35m this summer.
United’s top transfer targets
Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has identified the key positions he hopes to strengthen in the next transfer window, according to The Times.
West Ham’s Declan Rice is the midfielder wanted to strengthen the engine room.
Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho has been targeted to take place on the right.
While Lyon forward Moussa Dembele is the man Solskjaer wants to stick the ball in the net.
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