In this instalment of our TT Roundup, Football Transfer Tavern have gathered three of the biggest stories to have involved Manchester United recently and have provided our thoughts on the reports published.
United confident of beating Tottenham to James Maddison
Manchester United are confident that they will beat Tottenham in the race to sign James Maddison from Leicester.
According to Saturday’s print edition of the Daily Star (p51) [via HITC], the Old Trafford club are optimistic that an offer of £60m for the 22-year-old will enable them to sign the midfielder ahead of Spurs.
After an impressive first season at Leicester in which he scored seven times in 38 games, Maddison has been in excellent form at the start of this campaign, his goal against Liverpool on Saturday taking him to three for the season in eight appearances, along with two assists. [via TransferMarkt]
That is as many goals as United’s top scorers of Marcus Rashford and Daniel James have managed from 10 games each, while the only midfielder to score so far for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side this season is Scott McTominay with a solitary goal to his name. [via TransferMarkt]
United have been impotent in recent weeks, with just four goals in their last six matches, and Maddison’s potential arrival would provide a badly-needed goal threat from their midfield.
United targeting Aleksandr Sobolev
The Sun reported that 22-year-old Kryliya Sovetov striker Aleksandr Sobolev has been added to Solskjaer’s list of transfer targets for the reopening of the transfer window in January.
According to The Sun, scouts from Manchester United have watched the Russian in action for his club this season, with Kryliya Sovetov potentially entertaining offers of more than £15m for the striker, who is also a target for Galatasaray.
Sobolev has been in scintillating form recently, with 10 goals in his first 12 games this season already surpassing last term’s tally by 66.7% and making him joint top scorer in the Russian Premier Liga.
As mentioned earlier, United have struggled for goals this season following the sale of Romelu Lukaku to Inter in August, so a centre-forward in the kind of form Sobolev is showing would seem ideal on the face of it.
Free-scoring form in Russia is no guarantee of success in England, though – Roman Pavlyuchenko was twice top scorer in the Premier Liga but scored just 21 times in 78 league games for Tottenham while Nikola Vlasic, scorer of 13 goals in just over a year at CSKA Moscow, netted only twice in 19 Everton appearances.
United scouts watch Moussa Dembele
Manchester United sent scouts to watch Lyon forward Moussa Dembele in action against Saint-Etienne on Sunday night, as reported by the Daily Mail.
As noted by the Daily Mail, the 23-year-old started that game on the bench but was introduced and had Lyon’s only shot on target in their 0-1 defeat.
According to the Daily Mail, under-fire Lyon manager Sylvinho has frequently rotated his forward line this season, which has led to Dembele occasionally having to be content with a substitute role even though he has scored six goals already.
With Lyon in a wretched run of form that has seen them take just three points from their last seven league matches and fall to 14th in Ligue 1, their prospects of Champions League qualification already look doubtful. [via TransferMarkt]
While United are in a similar bind, lying 12th in the Premier League with one win from their last seven, Dembele could grow frustrated at being in and out of an ailing team, whereas at United he should start consistently given his form in comparison to the forwards currently at Old Trafford.
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