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Three First Team Defenders Face the Chop

According to reports, three of United’s first team defenders could face a possible exit from the club as early as January. Chris Smalling and Daley Blind are two of the names mentioned in a possible clear-out from Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho. Despite their fine form last season at the centre of defence in helping United to concede the least amount of goals in the league, their place in the squad has come under scrutiny in recent weeks.

Following the 4-0 defeat to Chelsea last weekend, where both Smalling and Blind were way below par, the manager is reported to have expressed his disappointment to Smalling in particular regarding the dismal showing. With Eric Bailly out for a possible 8 weeks with a knee injury, and also his probable inclusion in the Ivory Coast squad for the African Cup of Nations, it leaves United without their best performing centre back this season for a possible 13 weeks.

Marcos Rojo is another name mentioned in possible decluttering of the squad. Despite his solid display in the Manchester Derby, the Argentina international has consistently put in a string of poor performances during his time at United. His lack of ability to track his man and susceptibility to lapses in concentration have frustrated Red’s fans continuously over the last few seasons. This may be a possible transfer that United fans will not dwell on too long if it were to happen.

With transfer rumours floating around regarding Matteo Darmian’s possible move to Inter Milan, and reports which suggest Mourinho may not be fully convinced about Luke Shaw, United could end up rather light amongst the defensive ranks. Cue the rumours regarding Roma’s Germany international, Antonio Rudiger.

The 23 year old versatile defender is reportedly being monitored by United and Chelsea with the Red’s possibly tempted for a January move. The Roma man, who is just returning to action following an injury sustained at Euro 2016, could be a valuable asset for Manchester United as he can operate at centre back or as a right back. He is quick, strong, fantastic in the air, and maybe most importantly, decent with the ball at his feet. Chris Smalling, as good as an athlete as he is, is not the most impressive technician.

Since the departure of Rio Ferdinand, United have had a lack of central defenders who are quick, strong and technically sound and Rudiger could be the man to fill that void. Although still short of game time following his lengthy lay off, some reports suggest that the Germany international could cost north of £35m.

What do you think of the latest reports? Leave your comments below.

United scout ‘Next Ronaldo’, Goncalo Guedes

Manchester United scouts were sent to watch 19 year old Portuguese attacker Goncalo Guedes, touted as the “new Ronaldo” as well as left back Alex Grimadlo in Benfica’s 4-0 win over Feirense on Sunday night.

Guedes is represented by Jorge Mendes, the same agent as that of Jose Mourinho. The shared agent and Portuguese connection between the two could give United the upper-hand in any future negotations between the two clubs. Other admirers of the teenager are thought to be Juventus, Valencia and Osasuna.

Guedes recently signed a new deal at Benfica, however the Portuguese club have been known to let  talent depart for the right price with Renato Sanches, a United target who went on to sign for Bundesliga winners Bayern Munich and Nicolas Gaitin in a move to Athletico Madrid, having been linked with United in previous windows. It is thought Benfica would be ready to sell the player in the coming summer if they were offered a substantial offer.

Guedes has been deployed in a central role this season by coach Rui Vitoria and has impressed, despite only scoring 1 goal in 8 games.

United target Grimaldo move

Manchester United are weighing up a  move for Benfica and former Barcelona left-back Alex Grimaldo. United’s scouts watched the 21 year old star in a 4-0 thrashing over Feirnese on Sunday night.

Grimaldo scored a stoppage-time free-kick and impressed in the game at the Estadio da Luz with scouts from Valenica, Juventus, and Middelsbrough also thought to be in attendance.

A £51million buy out clause is in the Spaniard’s contract, however it is thought United or any other suitor got negotiate a much cheaper deal for the highly rated full back who can also play in a more advanced role.

Grimaldo recently joined Benfica in just a £1.25million deal from Barcelona and has made 9 appearances for the Portuguese outfit this season. He struggled for first team opportunites at the Nou Camp due to the left-back position being filled with highly regarded Spanish international Jordi Alba.

It is unclear whether Grimaldo would fit into United’s first team side having already got Luke Shaw among their ranks. However, there is interest in a move with any deal likely to be having to be fought out with rivals Man City, who worked under Pep Guardiola during the managers time at the club.

Mourinho weighing up January move for Carvalho

Manchester United are reportedly weighing up a January move for Sporting Lisbon midfielder William Carvalho.

The Portuguese star, who represented his country at Euro 2016, has been linked with United in the past and has been linked with moves to both Everton and Chelsea as recently as this summer.

United have struggled to fill the defensive midfield role in recent years with Bastian Schweinsteiger out of favour with Jose Mourinho as is seemingly Morgan Schneiderlin.

Question marks still continue to be raised over the suitability of both Marouane Fellaini and Daley Blind and the inexperience of Timothy Fosu-Mensah.

Carvalho, 24, only recently signed a contract extension with Sporting and is currently under contract until 2020 and reports suggest his new contract included a £35 million release clause.

Italian publication, Calciomercato, are reporting that Jose Mourinho will make his move when the transfer window opens in January.

Is William Carvalho the answer to the troublesome defensive midfield role at Old Trafford? Let us know what you think in the comments below.

Gabriel Barbosa set for United move

Manchester United are set to fend off interest from a host of top European clubs in signing highly rated Santos forward Gabriel Barbosa.

The 19 year old is emerging as one of the top young prospects in world football, and has been inevitably described as “the next Neymar” by many after his highly impressive performances in his home Olympics with Brazil’s national side.

Santos president Modesto Roma had earlier been said to have held talks in London with Premier League clubs which include both United and Leicester City, as well as having talks with Athletico Madrid over the striker’s future.

Italian sides Juventus and Inter Milan were also thought to be interested.

Just days ago it seemed Leicester were in pole position in the race to sign the Brazilian however United are now favourites to pull the deal off.

Gabriel Barbosa (Picture: goal.com)
Gabriel Barbosa in action for Brazil (Picture: goal.com)

United manager Jose Mourinho regards Barbosa very highly and thinks he would be a perfect fit to eventually replace Zlatan Ibrahimovic, along with Marcus Rashford.

A deal for Barbosa is likely to cost between £25 and £30m and the Santos wonderkid is keen on a move to Old Trafford.

Initially, Mourinho identified 4 specific targets which have all been snapped up in Eric Bailly, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and record signing Paul Pogba. However, Barbosa could conclude United’s spending as a back up striker signing after the Olympics in Rio.

Middlesbrough weigh up loan offer for Andreas Pereira

Middlesbrough have reportedly made an enquiry over Manchester United midfielder Andreas Pereira according to the Daily Mail.

Pereira was one of eight united players who were told that they had no immediate future under the Portuguese two weeks ago.

United are said to be only wiling to sanction a loan deal for the talented youngster and do not want the 20-year-old to leave the club on a permanent basis.

Mourinho wants the Brazilian to go out and gain more first team experience away from united and would like the youngster to have a full season of games under his belt, before he is considered for his first team plans at Old Trafford.

Boro were said to have been interested in taking Pereria to the Riverside at the back end of last season on an emergency loan, but a deal failed to materialise.

The top-flight new boys have recruited significantly over the summer under the guidance of Victor Orta and he is keen to add more new faces to his squad before the transfer window slams shut, starting with Pereria.

In moving to the Riverside, Pereira would almost guarantee himself first team football enabling him the chance to show the world what he is all about. Staying at Manchester United to feature in the odd domestic cup game and the Under-21 side would not be fair on Pereira nor anyone else.

For a player as talented as he is to be wasting away in the Under-21’s every week would be a crime, not only for him, but for football.

United hold discussions over Gabriel Barbosa and Thiago Maia

Gabriel Barbosa and the highly rated Thiago Maia have been discussed in meetings between Santos and officials from Manchester United along with Leicester City, Chelsea and Atletico Madrid.

The Brazilian club are feeling out the market for two of their most coveted young players. Barbosa has already been reportedly subject of a £23 Million Pound bid from Leicester, whilst the player is also said to be attracting interest from Serie A giants Juventus and Inter Milan and Spanish champions Barcelona.

Barbosa burst onto the scene at Santos scoring 21 goals in both 2014 and 2015, whilst he has also struck 5 times in 10 games for his club in the national championships and has already reportedly told Santos that he wishes to be sold to a team in Europe before the end of the summer transfer window.

Mia, a defensive midfielder, has played a total of 44 games for the Brazilian giants since making his first team debut for the club back in 2014.

Speaking exclusively to Goal.com, Santos president Modesto Roma said:

“We had productive conversations. We didn’t come to buy or sell players, neither in London or Madrid. We came to build up relationships.

There were no offers, but we did talk about partnerships. I talked to Manchester United, Chelsea and Atletico Madrid.”

Both players are currently competing for Brazil at the Rio Olympic games in their home nation.

Januzaj set for Sunderland loan move

Adnan Januzaj is expected to go out on loan this season having failed to make it into Jose Mourinho’s plans.

The Belgian’s likely destination is Sunderland, where he would link up with David Moyes who he previously worked and excelled under at United.

It is understood, however, that Januzaj would prefer a permanent move away from Old Trafford after having limited chances last season and things unlikely to change in the Jose era after not being named in Mourinho’s 26 man squad for the season. He has since been training with the reserves.

Januzaj’s attitude has often been an issue

It is hard to doubt Januzaj’s obvious talent and potential, however his commitment and attitude has been questioned after he broke onto the scene in David Moyes’ short stay at the club.

Fans were in awe after his match-winning performance away at Sunderland under Moyes and the Scotsman is very keen to be reunited with the Belgian at the Stadium of Light.

United want a loan move for Januzaj as they recognize his talent and understand he needs to develop playing first-team football, albeit with a much better attitude.

They are aware of the Paul Pogba situation where a midfield talent was let go and a world record transfer fee was needed to bring him back to Old Trafford.

McNair and Love to join Moyes at Sunderland

Manchester United defenders Donald Love and Paddy Mcnair are set to leave Old Trafford for David Moyes’ Sunderland as Jose Mourinho begins his summer clear-out.

The two clubs agreed the fee for the pair in the region of £6m with McNair the more expensive signing.

McNair had impressed at Old Trafford but has struggled to maintain a first team place with Chris Smalling and Daley Blind being Louis Van Gaal’s preferred center-back pairing.

It was unlikely McNair would ever be part of Mourinho’s plans with Phil Jones, Marcos Rojo and also academy product Timothy Fosu-Mensah likely to be ahead of the Northern-Irishman in the pecking order.

He comes off the back of being part of the Northern Ireland squad in the  European Championship in France.

Love, 21,  on the other hand spent the majority of last season out on loan at Wigan Athletic and only made one first team start last season, ironically away to Sunderland in a humbling 2-1 defeat.

Moyes will hope Love can push on in his career and solve his right-back problems at the Stadium of Light.

It still remains unclear whether Moyes will make an attempt to sign Marouane Fellaini or Adnan Januzaj having recently expressed an interest in signing them.

Mourinho targets experienced central defender

Jose Mourinho is thought to be looking to continue his spending this summer, and is keen to add an experienced central defender to his ranks after the impending arrival of Paul Pogba to Old Trafford for a world record fee.

Mourinho has already signed a center-back this summer, bringing Ivorian defender Eric Bailly to the club for a fee in the region of£30m. However, the only other central defensive options at Mourinho’s disposal that have already made first team appearances at Old Trafford are Phil Jones, Marcos Rojo, Daley Blind and Chris Smalling.

Eric Bailly has pleased fans with his contribution this summer (Picture: reddevilarmada.com)
Eric Bailly pleased the travelling fans with his contribution (Picture: reddevilarmada.com)

Phil Jones has struggled in his time at United due to a number of injury lay-offs, meanwhile it is believed among many that Dutch international Blind is not suited to the position in what is  a very tough and physical Premier League.

There have also been doubts on whether Marcos Rojo has the quality to partner Chris Smalling, who is likely to begin the season as Mourinho’s first choice centre-back after impressive performances in United’s previous campaign.

Marcos Rojo could be out of Old Trafford this summer (Picture: mendozapost.com)
Marcos Rojo could be loaned out this season (Picture: mendozapost.com)

Jose Fonte, Ezequiel Garay and Kostas Manolas have been touted as possible signings that could be possible for Mourinho, all three regarded as experienced defenders.

Fonte, 32, has just come of the back of Euro success with Portugal, and is a proven Premier League defender having lead Southampton to another top ten finish last season, which may be what Mourinho is looking for in his pursuit. However, ex Southampton manager and new Everton boss Ronald Koeman is keen to be reunited with the Portuguese and has reportedly bid £9m for the European Championship winner.

Argentinian Garay is another option for Mourinho, currently playing for Zenit St. Petersburg in Russia having had spells at Real Madrid and Benfica. The Argentinian international has 32 international caps and regarded highly around Europe, but it is still questionable whether Garay could adapt to the Premier League, having been linked with United on previous occasions.

Kostas Manolas has reportedly been watched by United (Picture: thesun.co.uk)
Kostas Manolas in action for Roma against Real Madrid (Picture: thesun.co.uk)

Greek defender Kostas Manolas has also been linked to United throughout the summer with Chelsea and Arsenal also said to be interested in the Roma defender. His pace and power are assets suited well to the Premier League, however it is said United would have to pay upwards of £40m to get their man.