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Moyes wants Januzaj loan deal

New Sunderland manager and ex Manchester United manager, David Moyes, wants to take Adnan Januzaj on loan for the season.

David Moyes is set to enquire over a loan deal to bring Januzaj, 21, to the Stadium of Light. Sunderland wanted to sign the Belgium international last season before his loan move to Borussia Dortmund.

The young Belgian’s loan to the German club was anything but successful making only 6 appearances for Dortmund and having his loan deal cut short in January.

Januzaj made his full debut for United against Sunderland, under David Moyes, back in 2013 scoring twice in a 2-1 win for United. He was one of the few positives to come out of David Moyes tenure at United with his performances being met with rave reviews and greeted with great positivity and optimism from United fans.

However since then his career at United has stalled with a string of poor performances and the arrivals of Memphis Depay and Anthony Martial.

David Moyes wants to sign Januzaj and build a squad capable of more than fighting relegation with Adnan Januzaj hoping to kick start his career under the manager that gave him his Premier League debut. If he can secure a loan move away from Old Trafford this season then it will surely be his last chance to impress Mourinho and convince him that he deserves a place at United.

Is a loan move the right thing for Januzaj and United or would a permanent move away be better for both player and club? Let us know what you think in the comment section below.

Varela joins Eintract Frankfurt on season-long loan

Manchester United have officially confirmed a deal for Uruguayan right back Guillermo Varela to join Bundesliga side Eintract Frankfurt on a season-long loan deal.

The 23-year-old defender joined United in 2013 from Uruguayan side Penarol but has struggled to hold down a first team place at Old Trafford.

He has made 11 appearances for United and has also spent a year on loan with Real Madrid’s Castilla team.

He was highly regarded by United fans as an exciting young full back, however he has not pushed on under Louis Van Gaal and fell out of favour with Matteo Darmian and Antonio Valencia preferred as right-back options.

The Uruguayan had also been known for his attacking instinct as a full back but his defensive frailities were recognized in Van Gaal’s last season at Old Trafford, most noticeably in the Europa League tie against Liverpool where he was at fault for Phillipe Coutinho’s solo goal.

It now remains unclear at Varela’s age whether he still has a future at Old Trafford, however Frankfurt may offer him the first-team football he requires.

Varela was involved in Mourinho’s first pre-season friendly away to Wigan, however did not travel to China on United’s tour as the deal was finalised.

United set to add Brentford Midfielder Joshua Bohui to youth setup

Manchester United are close to signing Brentford’s teenage midfielder Joshua Bohui.

The 17-year-old who can also play as a striker has been training in Carrington and will join up with Manchester United’s Under-18’s next season.

Bohui is a product of the Afewee Academy run by volunteers in Brixton, which also helped develop Liverpool and England right-back Nathaniel Clyne.

Bohui has represented England’s U-17’s and was part of Steve Cooper’s squad in Azerbaijan in May. He was set to be a second year scholar with Brentford, but has now decided to make the move to United.

Jose Mourinho has taken a host of youngsters with him to the club’s pre-season tour of China and with the Portuguese looking to change perceptions at Old Trafford, Bohui will be hopeful of catching his eye in the coming months.

Nine Academy graduates arrived in Shanghai on Wednesday morning ahead of the two International Cup games in the far East against Borussia Dortmund and Manchester City.

Goalkeeper Sam Johnstone, who is yet to make a competitive first-team appearance, but has been on several pre-season tours, is joined by Timothy Fosu-Mensah, Paddy McNair, Axel Tuanzebe, Andreas Pereira, Jese Lingard, Adnan Januzaj, Will Keane and Marcus Rashford in making the trip.

Joshua Bohui will stay in Manchester and may be used by Warren Joyce’s title-winning squad, joining the likes of Matty Willock in preparing for pre-season friendlies against Altrincham on Friday and Salford City at Moor Lane next Tuesday.

United eyeing £25million Fabinho

Manchester United have asked to be kept informed about Monaco’s Brazilian right back, Fabinho. United have been interested in Fabinho, 22, for some time and have remained in contact with the Monaco hierarchy since last year. Monaco have told Fabinho that they will allow him to leave the French club this summer.

Manchester City and Napoli are also interested in the Brazilian right back with Napoli failing in a £12million bid earlier this month with Monaco stating that the player was worth £25million.

United remain interested in signing a right back this season with current right back, Matteo Darmian, struggling with consistency last season. United are yet to find a player who is truly capable of filling the boots of Gary Neville at right back since Neville’s retirement 5 years ago.

Darmian began his United career full of confidence, winning the player of the month award for August, and showed why United had spent nearly £13million on him from Torino. But after a number of  injuries, and a loss of faith shown in him from Louis Van Gaal, his performances suffered.

Jose Mourinho may still see Darmian as his number 1 right back this season but many have played in the right back spot before him including Rafael, Phil Jones, Antonio Valencia, Ashley Young and Guillermo Varela who have all failed to convince of their quality or suitability in the role. So is Fabinho the man to finally fulfil United’s troublesome right back spot?

Let us know what you think in the comment section below.

Villarreal line up Rojo Loan

Spanish side Villarreal are lining up a potential loan move for defender Marcos Rojo. Villarreal are looking for defensive cover after selling Eric Bailly to United earlier in the summer and are preparing to lose Mateo Musacchio to AC Milan.

The Argentina international, 26, is one of the players Jose Mourinho is considering letting go this summer with the arrival of Bailly and the return to fitness of Luke Shaw.

Louis Van Gaal signed Marcos Rojo for £16million in 2014 from Sporting Lisbon. But he has struggled to tie down a regular first team spot and made just 15 Premier League starts last season.

Rojo’s season was disrupted by a shoulder injury which saw him miss almost 3 months of the campaign. However upon his return to the team he never looked fully fit, lacked confidence during games and was unable to produce the performances needed to please fans and seemingly Jose Mourinho.

A move away from Old Trafford may well be what Rojo needs to kick start his career again after a fairly unsuccessful 2 years at United. Many fans want a permanent transfer but may have to settle with a loan move at this stage.

Would you be happy to see Rojo leave United? Tell us what you think in the comment section below.

Varela and Blackett set to leave United

Guillermo Varela and Tyler Blackett are set to be sold by Manchester United after Jose Mourinho deemed them surplus to requirements according to reports from Sky Sports.

Neither Varela or Blackett, are currently training with United’s first team squad, an indication that they will play no part in Mourinho’s plans for the future.

However Sky Sports go on to report that Mourinho remains keen to promote young players from the club’s academy and has identified central defender Axel Tuanzebe and full-back Timothy Fosu-Mensah as stronger options to be involved with the first team.

Both will be given first team opportunities by Mourinho this season, with the Portuguese said to be confident on the pair fulfilling their potential at the club.

Fosu-Mensah broke through to the first team ranks last season, making 10 appearances for the senior side, featuring in wins against the likes of Arsenal and Manchester City.

He can operate across the back four, as well as a defensive midfielder. It is believed Mourinho intends to focus his development as a right back.

Tuanzebe was born in the Democratic Republic of Congo, but grew up in Rochdale. He has been identified by United coaches as a leader, having already captained the Under-18 team as a first year scholar.

He has also been a key player for United’s U-21 side, although is yet to make his first full team debut, that opportunity could come under Mourinho.

Negotiations begin for £100m Paul Pogba

Manchester United have begun negotiations within the last 48 hours for French international Paul Pogba, according to Sky Sports, which is believed to be for a world record fee.

Jose Mourinho is keen to make the Juventus midfielder his fourth addition of the summer, and with Pogba’s agent being Mino Raiola, who United have successfully had neogitations with twice already this summer, there is a growing confidence at Old Trafford that the deal could be done.

The Juventus star may not be interested in a move back to Old Trafford

However, Juventus have made it clear to United that Pogba is not for sale, despite a  £100m offer may being too tempting to turn down. It is still unclear whether the France international, who left United in 2012 on a free transfer, would be interested in a return to his former club. There is no doubting United’s desire to bring their former player to Old Trafford, and they certaintly have the funds to to pull what would be the world’s largest transfer ever off.

Real Madrid still confident in signing Pogba

Real Madrid are the main threats to United in the chase for the Juve midfielder and have also held talks with Pogba’s agent, Mino Raiola. Raiola has been quoted previously as saying that a move to the Bernabeu would be a good move for his client as it will be key in his clients ambition to win the Balon’dor. Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane and president Florentino Perez are still confident the midfielder wants to move to the club, however United may offer the money for Pogba that Real can not compete with.

What do you think of the potential signing of Paul Pogba? Would he be a good addition to the side, even for a world record fee? Leave a comment down below.

United set to sign Hirving Lozano after Olympics

Pachuca forward Hirving Lozano will join Manchester United after the Olympics, according to his father-in law.

United have scouted the 20-year-old Mexico forward in recent months and Pachuca’s vice president has claimed that the club is in talks to sign Lozano, nicknamed “Chucky” in his homeland.

Now Lozano’s father in law has claimed the Mexico international will head to Manchester after El Tri defend their gold medal at the Rio Olympics.

Speaking to Futbol Entre Lineas,  Lozano’s father in law said:

“Yes. It is all done, just missing some details and after the Olympics, the deal will be official.”

He added that two weeks ago he had contacted relatives living in London for information on how to open a bank account in the UK.

Lozano featured in Copa America

Lozano has won seven caps for Mexico and made four appearances in last month’s Copa America, where they were thrashed 7-0 by eventual winners Chile.

United’s chief scout Jim Lawlor had been, who had unearthed Javier Hernandez, had being reportedly monitoring Lozano, as well as his team mates Erick Guitierez and Rodolfo Pizarro.

Lawlor extensively scouted Hernandez six years ago before he helped United complete a £6 Million pound deal for the then Chivas Guadalajara striker.

Hernandez scored 59 goals for United in 157 appearances and won two Premier League titles before he was sold to Bayern Leverkusen by Louis Van Gaal last season.

Youth prospect Ashley Fletcher set to join West Ham

According to reports from the Daily Mail, Manchester United striker Ashley Fletcher is set to join West Ham United after turning down a new contract at Old Trafford.

The mail report that Fletcher has already held talks with the Hammers on Thursday, ahead of agreeing a 4 year contract.

United will still demand compensation of around £500,000 for the Yorkshire-born forward, but will be disappointed to lose a player highly rated by U21’s coach Warren Joyce.

He shot to prominence last season during a 5 month loan spell at Barnsley where his 6 goals, including one at Wembley in the 3-1 League One play-off final against Millwall, helped secure promotion to the Championship.

United had made a proposal for him to stay at the club, but Fletcher is keen to make a breakthrough and believes opportunities will be limited for him at Old Trafford.

Fletcher is tall, quick and has improved his finishing after taking private sessions with superior striker coach Allan Russell, who has worked with the likes of Saido Berahino, Andre Gray, and Martyn Waghorn.

Leeds, Wolves, Bristol City, and Barnsley have all expressed a desire to sign him and West Ham may still yet agree to loan out him out to ensure his development continues.

United open talks for Pogba

Manchester United are set for a sensational swoop for Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba, according to reports by AS.

The Spanish newspaper claim United have began talks with Juventus over a £97.5million deal. The massive transfer fee would be a world record fee for a player, dwarfing Gareth Bales move to Real Madrid in 2013 for £85.3million.

Real Madrid are also known to be interested in Pogba, 23, but have balked at the commission demanded by his agent Mino Raiola, thought to be £19million. Real will not pursue the Frenchman due to the rise in his valuation and are known to not be keen on being dragged into a bidding war with United.

This has given Mourinho and United the freedom to begin talks with the Turin based club. Jose Mourinho is more than willing to spend more than half of his transfer kitty on Pogba with United willing to offer him £187,000-a-week contract, worth £9.75m a season.

Pogba would thrive in the Premier League

Pogba is arguably the best central midfield player in the world and would add much needed quality to the United midfield. The 23-year-old would add the commanding presence missing since the days of Roy Keane. The powerful Frenchman also has the technical quality and range of passing currently missing in the United engine room.

Paul Pogba left United for Juventus in 2012 on a free transfer (Picture: thesportbible.com)
Paul Pogba left United for Juventus in 2012 on a free transfer (Picture: thesportbible.com)

The former United player is exactly the type of player who would continue to thrive in The Premier League. He has a great eye for goal and can play the killer pass to open up defences. One of Pogba’s greatest assets is his ability to pick the ball up from deep and run with the ball, quickly turning defence into attack.

The signing of Paul Pogba would make the world of football stop and listen. It would be Mourinho’s way of saying “Im back.” United have struggled since Sir Alex Ferguson left but with Mourinho now at the helm and signing proven, world class players it wont be long before United are back amongst Europe’s Elite once more.

Would you be glad to see Pogba back at United? Let us know your thoughts.