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Real Madrid, Barcelona ‘have transfer interest in Man Utd star

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Real Madrid and Barcelona will battle to land Manchester United player Facundo Pellistri in the future, according to reports in Spain

The 18-year-old joined the Red Devils in the summer and failed to get his playing time. He is now billed for a loan move with Deportivo Alaves.

However, there are no chances the Red Devils will allow him to join the Spanish giants on a permanent deal because he is also regarded as the future of the club.

Solskjaer admitted he and the club viewed the signing of the Uruguayan as a substantial coup in December, saying: “Our scouts have followed Facundo for a long time and we believe that he will be a real talent for the long term.

“Whilst we understand it will take time for him to adapt to the English game, he is capable of having an impact with his pace and ability to beat his opponent.

“Facundo has the perfect platform at Manchester United to develop and he has all of the technical qualities and the right mentality required to become a top player here.

“We are all looking forward to working with him to fulfil his potential over the coming years.”

Pellistri himself talked up Solskjaer upon moving, saying: “To join a club with the history of Manchester United is a dream come true.

“I have learnt a lot at Penarol and I would like to thank them for everything they have done for me.

“To have the confidence of the manager is an amazing feeling and I know that working with him will be perfect for my development.

“I am coming into a squad full of great players who I will learn from every day.

“Everyone knows that Manchester United is a club that gives young players an opportunity and I am ready to work hard every day to earn those chances and prove myself in England.”

Meanwhile, United youth coach Neil Wood recently hailed Pellistri by saying: “He’s still settling in.

“He’s been training with us this week and it has probably helped him being out on the pitch because he’s got a better relationship with the players on the pitch and he understands their game more because he’s training more with them. That can only help him.

“I thought he showed an improvement again [against Southampton] with his performance and he probably could have had another goal after he hit the crossbar. He said it bobbled up, next time he scores it.

“He is progressing nicely but I don’t want to put too much pressure on him.

“He is working hard, trying to take in as much information as he can.”

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Solskjaer given transfer orders

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Man United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has reportedly given an order to manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to offload a trio of players if he must land a new central defender.

Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been keen on a central defender to partner Harry Maguire after he failed to invest in that area in the last summer transfer window. Now they have reportedly set their eyes on Jules Kounde from Spanish La Liga outfit Sevilla.

The Red Devils have been told that Jules Kounde will cost them a £60 m fee which means they will have to cash in from the sale of some players before anything positive can happen.

Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has, therefore, been instructed by Ed Woodward to do away with three out-of-favour players at Old Trafford.

The club outcast, Sergio Romero tops the list alongside Phil Jones. There are assurances that the first duo could leave before the end of the transfer deadline.

Jules Kounde is also on the radar of other clubs like Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and Juventus which means Man United must do more to be able to land him.

Sergio Romero has already told the club he wants to leave after going down the pecking order.

He was stopped from a move to Everton in the summer and his wife blasted the club for that “Sergio Romero worked hard for his club.

The last trophy they won, they lifted it with him. He helped the team [reach] 4 finals/semifinals, and then he was left on the bench only to lose them all. It is time to return the opportunity and let him go. RESPECT FOR ONCE.” She wrote on her social media page.

“He said to me: ‘Look, now the season is over and everyone has a few days off. Then we go to play the Europa League… I’m not going to count on you because you haven’t trained for four months’.”

He added on his future plans: “My idea is also to try to stay at Estudiantes. I played a game, got injured and all of this happened.

“That is why I will see in September if the loan can be extended and continue for a few more months.”

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How Rivaldo advised Gabriel Veron against Man United

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Gabriel Veron has been advised by Barcelona legend Rivaldo not to consider a move to Man United, and make a move to Man City.

This remains a big blow to the Red Devils in their chase of the 18-year-old Brazilian

Gabriel Veron has grabbed a lot of eyeballs since breaking into the Palmeiras first-team setup in 2019.

He has continued to impress with consistency over the past 18 months at the Allianz Parque, the reason why he is attracting interests from top clubs of in the world.

The likes of Arsenal, Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus have all indicated interest in the 18-year-old, but Premier League duo Manchester City and Manchester United are at the front row with the Citizens now favourites as advised by Brazilian legend.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is keen on a right wing player as he was unable to land England international winger Jadon Sancho.

This is the reason why Solskjaer invested in the signature of Amad Diallo from Atalanta as a solution for the future, while Facundo Pellistri has been pencilled down for the future as well as he has been sent out on loan.

Raheem Sterling and Riyad Mahrez are the only natural wingers with Pep Guardiola and that could mean a chance for the Brazilian as they have been handed a major advantage with the advice by football legend Rivaldo.

Rivaldo has urged Veron to snub Manchester United and instead join Manchester City.

The Barcelona legend said,

“There are strong rumours that Manchester United and Manchester City are chasing Gabriel Veron’s signing from Palmeiras and I think that the Manchester club that wins this particular fight will be properly rewarded.”

“Veron has lots of talent and a bright future ahead so it’s no coincidence to see two big English clubs chasing him, and he could perform for either club without problems. If he has the choice between the two clubs, I suggest City because they are the more stable club nowadays, with a solid tactical system implemented by Pep Guardiola, which is not the case with Manchester United, despite also being a fantastic club.”

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Manchester United not interested in Dayot Upamecano

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It has been revealed that English Premier League outfit Man United were never interested in the signature of RB Leipzig centre-back Dayot Upamecano as reported in the media.

Upamecano’s agent confirmed on Monday that there is a €42.5m (£37.45m) release clause in the defender’s contract that kicks in at the end of the season.

It is a known fact that the Red Devils are in search of a defender to partner Harry Maguire and it was alleged that they are in the bidding for Dayot Upamecano but this rumour has been dismissed by Bayern Munich chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, who has now revealed that the player was only wanted by Liverpool and Chelsea, aside his team as both clubs submitted attractive offers for his signature.

Rummenigge said, “In addition to Bayern Munich, there are at least two quite attractive clubs interested, the fact is that the player is interesting, and the fact is that we lose David Alaba in that position.”

“I can’t say if there will be other departures in that position.”

He added that “You have to let things grow in peace. We have a good relationship with Mr Struth (Agent). The player will know what he wants at some point,”

“We have a good relationship with RB Leipzig as well. I have had a conversation with Oliver Mintzlaff. When things become concrete, we’ll talk again.”

“The fact that Chelsea and Liverpool are also interested in him proves that he has very good qualities. He can replace David Alaba.”

Meanwhile, United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has said that he will not bring in any new player to the club again.

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