Creating chances has been a problem for Manchester United this season, and the Red Devils are reportedly ready to launch a massive bid for Real Madrid midfielder Tony Kroos, in an effort get a boost in the middle of the park.
Manchester United had tried to sign the Germany international in the summer of 2014 from Bayern Munich, but Real Madrid had managed to snap him up. Now, the Red Devils are ready to renew their interest in the 26-year-old, and have made advances to launch a huge bid for him, according to the Daily Star.
Real Madrid, who are generally not too keen to do business with Manchester United after the 2015 summer transfer fiasco with David De Gea, are said to be wanting to make an exception for Kroos, who has not settled into the club even after almost two seasons at the Bernabeu. According to reports, Manchester United are willing to shell out around £40 million.
Dele Alli on Real Madrid’s Radar
Real Madrid are looking for an overhaul of their current squad, and reports in the Spanish media suggest that they are eyeing a swoop for Tottenham Hotspur’s rising star Dele Alli.
The 19-year-old has impressed this season at the White Hart Lane, ever since his move from Milton Keynes Dons for a reported sum of just £5 million. These good performances have impressed the bosses at Real Madrid, who are willing to make a move for the England international in the summer of 2016, according to Spanish outlet Don Balon.
However, the biggest barrier in front of Los Blancos is Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy. Relations between Real Madrid and Levy have not exactly been great, and things are said to have been sour ever since the transfers of Luka Modric and Gareth Bale from the White Hart Lane to the Santiago Bernabeu.
Chelsea scouting Paul Pogba in Italy
The Blues have reportedly been interested in the Juventus midfielder for some time now, and are said to have renewed their interests in him over the last couple of weeks.
The Club’s technical director has watched him play at the Juventus Stadium in the Champions League Round of 32 clash against Bayern Munich, and the Blues have even sent a few other scouts to assess him during Juve’s Coppa Italia semi final second leg clash against Inter Milan at the San Siro, according to Italian news outlet Corriere dello Sport [via Goal.com].
Chelsea are expected to sign former Juventus and current Italian national team boss Antonio Conte as the permanent manager from the start of the 2016/17 season. The Italian is believed to be a huge admirer of Pogba, and reportedly wants the 22-year-old at the West London club, if he moves there.
Bavarians join race for Lukaku
There is a growing sense of insecurity in the Bayern Munich camp, with the impending departure of Pep Guardiola. Thus, the Bavarians are said to be trying to sign Everton striker Romelu Lukaku, in case their own marksman Robert Lewandowski decides to leave the club at the end of the season too.
According to the Daily Mirror, Bayern Munich technical director Michael Reschke was present at the Villa Park, where Everton defeated bottom club Aston Villa earlier this month. Interestingly, the Belgian scored his 17th goal of the season, becoming the Toffees’ highest scorer in the Premier League era, surpassing club legend Tony Cottee.
However, Bayern face some competition to land the Belgium international, as French Ligue 1 defending champions PSG are also said to be in the pursuit of Lukaku’s signature. Zlatan Ibrahimovic is said to be seeking a move to England at the fag end of his career, and the Parisians, who have the financial clout to give Bayern quite the tussle, are said to be looking at Lukaku as a possible replacement.
Manchester United join Arsenal in race for Ighalo
Odion Ighalo has been a revelation for the Hornets this season, and with 15 goals already to his name, is regarded as one of the most lethal strikers in the Premier League at the moment. The Nigeria international, who is rated at £20 million, is one of the most wanted strikers in the league, and yet another team has reportedly joined the race to land his signature — Manchester United.
Ighalo has been a fan of the Red Devils since childhood, and has publicly admitted that he would find an offer from Manchester United rather difficult to refuse. Manchester United, who themselves have been struggling to get their goals this season, are interested in bringing the Nigeria international to Old Trafford, according to the Daily Mirror.
However, Manchester United face stiff competition from Arsenal, for Ighalo’s signature. Gunners manager Arsene Wenger has been criticised this season for not signing another striker, and has often had to play winger Theo Walcott up front, when regular striker Olivier Giroud has not been available.
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