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.
James Maddison to ‘turn down’ United
James Maddison is considering turning down Manchester United in favour of signing a new contract at Leicester City, according to the Manchester Evening News.
However, sources close to the player have told MEN that a new contract is not close and the player will wait until the end of the season to decide his future.
Would Maddison really be worth the £80m that will be demanded for him? Take Leicester City’s stance on replacing Maguire in the summer as an example. After selling Maguire for £80m, they then replaced him with a defender they signed from the Bundesliga for less than £20m in the form of Caglar Soyuncu.
With the club sitting second in the league, it proves that an extensive scouting network is better than wasting money away on stars impressing in the English top-flight.
Triple injury boost for Sheffield United game
Manchester United have been handed a triple injury boost ahead of their game away to Sheffield United this Sunday.
According to The Telegraph, Luke Shaw, Axel Tuanzebe and Nemanja Matic have all returned to full training after injury, however, the Red Devils are set to be without Scott McTominay, who could be ruled out with an ankle injury.
The news will be a boost ahead of a tough fixture away to the Blades, who have proved to be giant-killers this season. Bar their loss to Liverpool earlier in the campaign, Chris Wilder’s men have remained unbeaten against the likes of Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur.
Defensive reinforcements are welcome given Sheffield United are at home as it allows Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men to solidify their defence and focus on a counter-attacking style of football that proved successful at times last season.
Can speaks about Juventus future
Emre Can has spoken out on his future at Juventus ahead of the January transfer window.
The Germany international has hardly featured under new manager Maurizio Sarri, playing just four Serie A games and not being included in the squad for the Champions League group stages (via Transfermarkt).
He said his situation must change if he is to stay at the Turin-based club otherwise he will ‘think about what makes the most sense’ for him in January (Corriere dello Sport via Football Italia).
With Nemanja Matic being linked with a move away from Old Trafford in January (via Forbes), signing a player who has Premier League experience would help add to the club’s midfield.
Ander Herrera was allowed to leave in the summer, and with Paul Pogba out, that would leave just Andreas Pereira, McTominay and Fred as the club’s senior midfielders should the Serbian move on.
Can made 115 Premier League appearances for Liverpool, and would prove a viable option and a considerable asset if injuries were to become a problem later in the season.
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