6am Man Utd transfer news LIVE: Milenkovic approach, Moises Caicedo wanted in January, Dybala and Pogba latest

6am Man Utd transfer news LIVE: Milenkovic approach, Moises Caicedo wanted in January, Dybala and Pogba latest

December 22, 2020

MANCHESTER UNITED are reportedly looking to sign Ecuador ace Moises Caicedo in January, when he will likely be eligible for a work permit under post-Brexit rules.

And the Red Devils are also said to have made an approach to the agent of Fiorentina star Nikola Milenkovic as they continue their search for a centre-back.

Follow all the latest from Old Trafford with our blog below…

  • John Hutchinson

    MORNING, RED DEVILS!

    Manchester United are set to confirm the arrival of teenage winger Amad Diallo for £27million from Atalanta.

    A deal was agreed in the summer but The Guardian reports it has got the green light after Diallo’s Italian passport arrived this week, meaning he can secure an all-important work permit ahead of a move to England in the New Year.

    The Red Devils have also been linked with another youngster in Ecuadorian international midfielder Moises Caicedo, 19.

    The MEN reports United are keen to land him from Independiente del Valle in the upcoming window.

    Defender Victor Lindelof has revealed he is playing through back pain after he scored in the 6-2 rout of Leeds on Sunday.

    The Swede’s troublesome injury was first picked up after playing on a plastic pitch at AZ Alkmaar over a year ago.

    Lindelof said: “I’ve been having a lot of pain and I still have problems with it.

    “I’m in every day trying to sort it out but the schedule is very, very tight so I’m just trying to keep it under control. It’s been difficult, particularly after games.

    “It’s been tough. I’ve been struggling a lot over the past couple of months, so it’s very important for me to do the treatment and recovery right.”

  • sstreet

    IN GOOD NIK

    Manchester United have reportedly approached Nikola Milenkovic's agent Fali Ramadani with a view to a potential move.

    The Red Devils have been tracking a centre-back for quite some time with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer having had to stick with a Harry Maguire-Victor Lindelof partnership that has proved less than reliable at times this season.

    La Nazione state that Man Utd, AC Milan and Tottenham are all in the race for the Fiorentina and Serbia centre-back.

  • Josh Graham

    XAV SOME OF THAT

    Barcelona legend Xavi has listed Manchester United as one of the sides he would like to manage.

    The former Blaugrana midfielder is currently in charge at Qatari outfit Al-Sadd and has been linked with the Nou Camp hotseat.

    He told Sky Sports: “Obviously if I had to choose, I would choose a big team, City or United, Chelsea, Arsenal or Tottenham.

    “Also, [Jurgen] Klopp and [Mauricio] Pochettino and Unai Emery, many people who have gone there are doing an extraordinary job.”

  • Josh Graham

    RASH CALL

    Manchester United forward and campaigning hero Marcus Rashford revealed his own idol was Brazilian striker Ronaldo.

  • Josh Graham

    TAKING THE MKHI

    Former Manchester United star Henrikh Mkhitaryan is the best midfielder in Europe, according to the stats.

    The Roma winger topped the table for most goal involvements after he scored against Torino on Thursday.

    Former Red Devil Henrikh Mkhitaryan is king of the midfielders

    Mkhitaryan, 31, had 12 total goal involvements at the end of the 3-1 home win.

    He rifled home the opener on 27 minutes which put him on seven goals and five assists from 12 Serie A appearances.

  • Josh Graham

    DIALL UP

    Manchester United are set to confirm the £27million signing of Atalanta winger Amad Diallo.

    The Guardian reports Diallo had been waiting on receiving an Italian passport – which arrived this week – which allows him to join up with the Red Devils in January with the necessary work permit

    Juventus were also linked with the Ivorian starlet but the deal was agreed with United in the summer.

    Diallo has featured five times this campaign but has largely been used off the bench.

  • Josh Graham

    DEVIL'S 66

    Manchester United midfielder Scott McTominay exploded into life against Leeds yesterday.

    The Red Devils star aptly took just 66 seconds to bag his first goal.

    And then the Scottish international made it two strikes in three minutes to cap a blistering start at Old Trafford.

    He added an assist to a stunning display in the 6-2 win.

  • Josh Graham

    'WRONG CHOICE'

    Donny van de Beek made the wrong choice by joining Manchester United, according to the club's former boss Louis van Gaal.

    Van de Beek cost United £40million from Ajax but he has struggled for game time under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

    And Van Gaal told The Mirror: "There are so many teams where Van de Beek would look better than at United. And those other teams I talk about are also in the top of Europe.

    "I do hope for Van de Beek that his time will come at United, but in all honesty? No, he has not made the right choice. When you know Fernandes and Pogba are there, you don’t go there."

  • Josh Graham

    TEENAGE KICKS

    Manchester United are reportedly keen on signing Ecuadorian midfielder Moises Caicedo in January.

    The 19-year-old plays for Independiente del Valle and according to the MEN, United want to secure a move so he can move to the UK in the New Year due to new work permit rules.

    Manchester United target Moises Caicedo is an Ecuadorian internationalCredit: AFP – Getty

    Caicedo made his full international debut in October – while he was still 18 – and has four caps after starting the last four World Cup qualifiers.

    The potential move comes after United signed teenage winger Facundo Pellistri on deadline day in October.

  • Josh Graham

    RIP FITZ

    Manchester United are mourning the loss of former player John Fitzpatrick who has sadly passed away aged 74.

    The Scottish defender made history by replacing Denis Law to become the first substitute ever used by the Red Devils in 1965 against Tottenham.

    He made 147 appearances for the club.

  • Josh Graham

    CUPSET

    This season’s Carabao Cup Final has been put back two MONTHS in the hope of fans being allowed inside Wembley.

    The campaign’s first piece of silverware was due to be decided on February 28.

    But with fears growing that the new Covid-19 restrictions in London and the South East could be in place for months, the EFL announced its showpiece event will now be held on April 25, kicking off at 4pm.

    The EFL explained: “It is the objective of the League to stage the Final with as many supporters in attendance as possible.

    “The decision has therefore been taken to move the Final from its original date of Sunday 28 February 2021 to later in the year.”

  • Craig Mahood

    VIC PAIN BARRIER

    VICTOR LINDELOF’S joy at scoring in the 6-2 trouncing of Leeds United was short lived.

    By the next morning he will have been feeling the effects of an ongoing back problem and returning to the club’s treatment room for help.

    It first started 14 months ago after playing on a plastic pitch away to AZ Alkmaar and has worsened again over the last two months.

    Lindelof said: “I’ve been having a lot of pain and I still have problems with it.

    "I’m in every day trying to sort it out but the schedule is very, very tight so I’m just trying to keep it under control. It’s been difficult, particularly after games.

    "It's been tough. I've been struggling a lot over the past couple of months, so it's very important for me to do the treatment and recovery right.

    “I’m trying to be as smart as possible with it when I’m playing, when I’m doing my recovery and having treatment.”

    READ MORE HERE

  • Craig Mahood

    WELL DONE!

    Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand has congratulated Marcus Rashford his award on Sports Personality of the Year.

  • Craig Mahood

    ROMERO ON THE MOVE?

    United third-choice keeper Sergio Romero will be looked at by Leeds ahead of a proposed move, says Kevin Phillips.

    The former Sunderland striker believes Marcelo Bielsa's side need a goalkeeper and someone of Romero's experience could do a similar job for them as Martinez has done for Aston Villa.

    He told Football Insider: “I think Romero is a goalkeeper Leeds will look at.

    “Whether they are looking to bring in a goalkeeper as a first choice or to challenge, they will be shopping in that market.

    “They will want someone with experience and he has the experience of playing at one of the biggest clubs in the world. He can handle that pressure.

    “It just depends on whether Romero wants to come and fight for a spot or take a similar route to Emiliano Martinez at Villa. Tom Heaton was out injured so he was guaranteed to play straight away. It depends on the player.

    “I would certainly imagine Leeds have some interest in that.”

  • Craig Mahood

    SCOTT CENTURION

    Scott McTominay has addressed the United support after making 100 appearances for the Red Devils.

    “I’m so proud to make my 100th appearance for this football club.

    “Thank you for all of your support over the years.

    “It’s obviously a pleasure for myself to play for you all and have your support behind me.

    “Thanks very much.”

  • Craig Mahood

    UNITED JOIN CAICEDO RACE

    Manchester United are tracking Moises Caicedo of Independiente del Valle ahead of a January move, according to reports.

    The 19-year-old made his Ecuador debut in October and United want him to move in the new year, following new work permit regulations.

    Caicedo played for in the 4-0 win against Orense at the end of last week and follows in the footsteps of teenage signings Facundo Pellistri and Amad Diallo.

    And the Manchester Evening News report United are keen to add Caicedo to their ranks as the highly-rated teen attracts interest from around the world.

    Solksjaer said last week he was unsure if Diallo – set to join next month from Atlanta – would go straight into first team.

    He said: “"With Amad, hopefully we can get him in and we'll see how the squad looks and how he looks and how he settles as soon as possible. They're talented players that we believe will have a long career here. It's important we find the right time."

  • Craig Mahood

    'BIZARRE, STILL WON'T WIN TITLE'

    Manchester United are still not good enough to win the title despite Sunday's trashing of Leeds, says Gary Neville.

    The defender-turned-pundit was left baffled by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's 'bizarre' side who are now third with a game in hand.

    He told his Sky Sports podcast: "Their form is really good.

    "They're scoring goals, coming back in matches, [vs Leeds] they've played well, it's a big game against Leicester on Boxing Day, but there's something not right.

    "But then when you look at where they are in the league, and they can go two points behind Liverpool.

    "If you'd said at the start of the season they would be in that position, coming into Christmas, you'd have snapped everyone's hands off.

    "For Manchester United it was about closing the gap, no one ever thought they would be in a position to go so close.

    "They're going to go second in the league if they can win that game in hand.

    "It doesn't feel like Manchester United have played like that.

    "There has been talk of the manager's job, going out of Europe was a big problem, the performances at times have been horrible."

    READ MORE HERE

  • Craig Mahood

    MAGUIRE TOP OF THE TREE

    Manchester United captain Harry Maguire has played more minutes than any other professional footballer in 2020.

    Maguire beat Ruben Dias, Lionel Messi and team-mate Bruno Fernandes – who make up the rest of the top-four of outfield players.

    The stats from CIES Football Observatory show Maguire edging out Marcelo Lomba – goalkeeper of Brazilian side Internacional – by five minutes.

    Maguire has played every minute since signing from Leicester last summer.

    The skipper has been on the park for 4745 minutes – just over 79 hours.

    Ruben Dias was next on the list with 4344 minutes, Messi then on 4293 minutes with Fernandes just behind on 4164.

  • Craig Mahood

    BRUNOOOOOOO

    Another exceptional display from Bruno Fernandes yesterday in the 6-2 win over Leeds.

    Only outdone by Scott McTominay's early double and overall dominant display.

    Fernandes was his usual composed self for his penalty and scored a well-taken goal in the first-half.

    He also assisted McTominay earlier in the clash.

    Some seriously impressive numbers. Where would United be without him?

  • Craig Mahood

    XAVI IN LIVERPOOL SNUB

    Barcelona legend Xavi has left Liverpool off a list of Premier League giants he would like to manage, preferring rivals such as Manchester United instead.

    Xavi, 40, dreams of managing old club Barca but hailed the Premier League's 'atmosphere, packed stadiums' and players as an exciting alternative.

    The ex-midfielder told Sky Sports: "Obviously if I had to choose, I would choose a big team, City or United, Chelsea, Arsenal or Tottenham.

    "Also, [Jurgen] Klopp and [Mauricio] Pochettino and Unai Emery, many people who have gone there are doing an extraordinary job."

  • Craig Mahood

    LUNCHTIME ROUND-UP

    In case you missed it, here's a recap of what's happened at Old Trafford this morning.

    • Bosnich says Solksjaer must consolidate top four before worrying about league success.
    • Roy Keane believes United 'best of the rest' behind Liverpool.
    • Dybala links cooled by Andrea Pirlo as Juve boss hails 'champion' midfielder.
    • United join race to sign Brighton's midfield star Yves Bissouma.

    • Craig Mahood

      TAKING THE BISS

      Manchester United have joined Premier League rivals Arsenal and Liverpool in the race for Brighton midfielder Yves Bissouma.

      The Seagulls star is attracting glances thanks to dominant displays in the engine room for Graham Potter's side.

      A midfielder looks set to be on the Old Trafford agenda after agent Mino Raiola cast serious doubts on Paul Pogba's long-term future.

      But United are likely to face additional competition from Real Madrid.

      According to Spanish publication Defensa Central, Bissouma has been identified as a cheaper alternative to Pogba and Rennes sensation Eduardo Camavinga.

      Brighton are claimed to demand around £37million for his signature.

    • Craig Mahood

      SWITCH DY-ING

      Andrea Pirlo reveals Paulo Dybala remains a key member of his Juventus squad despite links with Manchester United.

      Reports claim talks over a new deal have stalled for the Argentinian to stay in Turin.

      He has regularly been linked as the man Juve would swap with United in order to lure Paul Pogba back to Italy.

      Asked if the 27-year-old is part of his plans, Pirlo said: "Absolutely.

      "Champions like him are always fundamental in strong teams."

    • Craig Mahood

      ALTHOUGH…

      Would Sancho command the same fee as in previous windows?

    • Craig Mahood

      SANCHO TO ANFIELD?

      Mohamed Salah's 'fall-out' at Liverpool could be bad news for Manchester United's pursuit of Jadon Sancho.

      Close friend Mohamed Aboutrik claimed at the weekend that the Egyptian international is unhappy at Anfield.

      Aboutrika told BeIN Sports: "I called Salah about his situation at Liverpool and he is upset, but that would never affect his performance on the field.

      "I know that Salah is not happy in Liverpool, he told me the reasons why he is not happy but they are secrets and I cannot talk about it in public.

      “One of the reasons that made Salah angry was that he was not the captain against Midtjylland."

      Jurgen Klopp has long been an admirer of Sancho and said in the past he would be 'surprised' if he joined Liverpool as he was sure he'd head to Old Trafford.

      But the transfer figure that Salah would command, coupled with a giant hole on the right wing, could spell trouble for United's pursuit of the Englishman.

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