Man Utd Transfer Balls: Bid for Anfield Hero, £26m Ace to Leave, Rooney Updates
Man Utd Prepare ‘audacious’ £135m Bid to Sign Ibrahimovic Competitor
Manchester United are planning a bid of £135m to tempt Luis Suarez to Old Trafford next summer, according to Spanish media reports.
The 29-year-old striker is under contract with Barcelona until 2019 and although talks over an extension have been underway for some time, the two parties have yet to agree a suitable deal.
Don Balon claims that the uncertainty over Suarez’s long-term future has alerted United manager Jose Mourinho, who is thinking about potential replacements for Zlatan Ibrahimovic up front next season.
Suarez is thought to have a release clause of €200m (£180m) but Mourinho is prepared to test cash-strapped Barca’s resolve by offering a world-record transfer fee of £135m.
Manchester City are also said to be monitoring the situation, although they will avoid “hostile bids” for Suarez and only entertain making an offer if Barcelona indicate that they are willing to sell.
Champions League Giants Targeting Man Utd Big-money Signing
Italian champions Juventus are reportedly preparing a bid to bring out-of-favour Manchester United midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan to Serie A.
Since completing a £26million switch to Old Trafford in the summer, the Armenia international has found life tough under Jose Mourinho.
Mkhitaryan has featured just four times in the Premier League and has not played since United’s 2-1 defeat at home to rivals Manchester City last month.
Despite only being a few months into his time in England, it appears the 27-year-old could already be shipped out, with Calciomercato reporting Juventus’ interest.
The Old Lady narrowly missed out on landing the Armenian in the summer, after he chose to join United.
However, Juve may revive their interest and a January move could well be attempted.
Boss Confirms: Superstar Will Play at Man Utd Next Term
Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney is “going nowhere”, according to manager Jose Mourinho.
Mourinho dismissed reports the England forward was told to leave Old Trafford to get regular first-team football.
Rooney, 31, has not started a league game since the 3-1 defeat to Watford on 18 September and has missed United’s last two games with injury.
“There is no problem at all but you need stories to sell papers,” said the former Chelsea and Real Madrid boss.
“[Rooney] is a top player, a very important player for us,” added Mourinho. “He is going nowhere – we like him, he likes us. He’s not happy because he’s been on the bench but he is even unhappier when he’s injured.”
Rooney is now fit after recovering from the calf injury that forced him to miss Sunday’s 4-0 defeat to Chelsea and Wednesday’s EFL Cup win over Manchester City.
He is just four goals short of surpassing Sir Bobby Charlton’s tally of 249 goals for United, to become the club’s all-time record goalscorer.
But he has scored just once this season and has not found the net in his last 10 games for United.
Mourinho said he also had been misquoted, after he was reported to have said living alone in Manchester had become a “bit of a disaster”.
He added: “You write lies, even about myself when I say it’s a disaster because every time I leave the hotel I have somebody chasing me, you say my life is a disaster. You can write what you want but many times it is not true.”
‘Mkhitaryan needs time’
Mourinho believes midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan can become an important player for United, but needs time to adapt to the “intensity and aggression” of the English game.
The Armenian, 27, signed for £26m from Borussia Dortmund in July, having been voted Bundesliga player of the year last season.
He has only played 104 minutes all season and has not featured since being taken off at half-time in the league defeat by Manchester City on 10 September.
Mourinho said Mkhitaryan “is training with the team 100%”.
“Mkhitaryan is not injured,” he added. “Sometimes I confuse the meaning ‘fit’ in English language. Sometimes fit is ready to compete.
“Some players are really adapted to come and play and not to feel. Some players they need time, to feel it, to feel the intensity, time to feel the aggression, the game without the ball.”
Mourinho compared the Armenian’s arrival to that of Brazil midfielder Willian when the Portuguese was in charge at Chelsea.
“Willian when he arrived at Chelsea he had problems, he went through a process and the next season he was a champion. He was phenomenal and he still is,” said Mourinho.