Manchester United are planning a bold double deal at the end of the season, trying to fool one of England’s most promising young guns and a talisman captain of the Premier League rival.
Additionally, a veteran is ready to leave the club after hiring a new agent, while a young winger has signed a new long-term deal.
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The Red Devils today opened talks with 16-year-old Jude Bellingham, a Birmingham midfielder considered one of the best underage talents in Europe.
Bellingham was spotted overnight visiting the United Carrington training base, where he reportedly met manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and head of transfers Ed Woodward.
Famous ex-manager Sir Alex Ferguson was also reportedly called in to help woo the young gun, who is Birmingham’s youngest player ever.
He made 35 appearances since his debut in August, becoming a first team regular for the championship team. Yet notoriously, he is still earning only £ 145 per week ($ A288) on a scholarship contract, as FIFA rules mean that he is unable to sign a professional contract until he turns 17 in June.
United made an offer worth more than £ 30 million (AUD $ 59 million) for the box-to-box midfielder during the January transfer window, and it may be necessary to waste even more money to secure his signature .
This is because other European heavyweights like Borussia Dortmund are chasing the young gun.
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The top of Manchester United’s wish list in the summer is the Aston Villa Jack Grealish captain.
Aston Villa suffered a bad 4-0 blow at the hands of Leicester this morning, with its sad performances that kept them in 19th place on the table – and relegation seems increasingly inevitable every week.
Although Villa can avoid relegation this season, it is almost certain that Grealish will move to a bigger side before next season.
Villa’s protagonist has seven goals and six Premier League assists this season, and a bidding war will take place at the end of the season.
Multiple reports state that United is ready to shell out up to £ 70 million ($ A139 million) to win services number 10.
In combination with their offer for Bellingham, this equates to a double deal of £ 100 million ($ A198.5 million).
To finance their insane spending, Manchester United could release veteran midfielder Jesse Lingard.
Lingard recently signed an agreement to make mega agent Mino Raiola his manager, which increases the likelihood that the British international will seal a transfer.
Raiola also manages Paul Pogba, who seems likely to be leaving for Real Madrid or Juventus at the end of the season.
The 27-year-old Lingard’s contract expires at the end of the 2021 season and at this stage there is little chance of an extension of the agreement.
The attacking midfielder fell out of favor with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and was demoted. With reinforcements set to make its way to the end of the season, Lingard could slide lower in the order of pecking at Old Trafford, but an exit is more likely.
His poor performance also caused hideous abuse by fans after last week’s 3-0 victory in the FA Cup. The club and local police are investigating after the disgusting abuse went viral on social media.
YOUNG GUN LOCKED
In the meantime, United has entered into an agreement to keep 20-year-old Tahith Chong until 2022.
Recent reports have linked Barcelona and Juventus to transfer the moves to the talented flyer, whose contract had expired at the end of the season.
Inter had also previously made an offer to sign the youngster, but United has now driven away European interest with an improved contract.
“His performances this season, both for the first team and for the under 23, testify to his hard work, his dedication and his character. Tahith has great potential [and] given his age, ability and work ethic, we can see that he has a bright future for Manchester United, “said Ole Gunnar Solskjær.
Chong has made 18 appearances since last season’s debut.