Manchester United are set to miss out on two high-profile signings this summer as Tottenham look to have won the race for Real Madrid pair Gareth Bale and Sergio Reguilon, despite strong links to Old Trafford this summer.
Tottenham are closing in on an agreed season-long loan despite United being in a better position to meet Bale’s significant wage demands of £600,000 per week, which he currently receives from Real Madrid.
United have also lost the race with Spurs for left-back Reguilon, and while they continue to hunt Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund, the reality is Sancho may be out of their price range.
One possible arrival that has emerged though is Atalanta’s 18-year-old winger Amad Traore, who caught the eye during last season’s Serie A campaign.
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Gareth Bale looks to have decided on a return to Tottenham over a move to United, meaning the club are set to miss out on a transfer target they have toyed with so many times in recent years. The Welshman is set to return to Spurs on a season-long loan, with the deal as good as done on Thursday morning and an announcement expected imminently.
To make matters worse, United have also missed out on Real Madrid’s full-back Sergio Reguillon, who is also poised to join Tottenham from the Spanish club.
So who does that leave United with? Let’s take a look at the morning’s biggest headlines.
Jack de Menezes17 September 2020 08:11
BALE UNITED MOVE WOULD HAVE BEEN ‘MORE ADVANTAGEOUS’ FOR REAL MADRID
Real Madrid would have received a better financial package had Gareth Bale opted to join Manchester United, according to AS.
The Spanish outlet claim it would have been ‘much more advantageous’ for the Spanish champions.
Spurs are expected to only be able to pay 50% of the Welshman’s salary in their proposed loan deal.
They will also not pay a loan fee, something United would have included in any potential offer.
The Red Devils were also reportedly able to pay a bigger portion of Bale’s wages.
But the player is believed to be set on a return to his former club.
Callum Rice-Coates16 September 2020 15:49
GIGGS RESPONDS TO KEANE’S £2BN VALUATION
Former United winger Ryan Giggs joked that Roy Keane speaks “a lot of sense” after he claimed his former teammate would be worth £2bn in today’s market.
The ex-Ireland international also valued David Beckham at £1bn and, in typically self-deprecating fashion, put himself at a measly £3.75m.
“He’s always spoke a lot of sense, Roy [laughs],” Giggs said.
“I don’t know about £2bn, but I think Roy’s point was that now you’re seeing average players go for massive sums.
“You look back at some of the players that we played with. I mean, what would they be worth now?
“Ruud van Nistelrooy, just an unbelievable goalscorer. What would he be worth now? Where you’re just guaranteed goals every season, so I think that’s the point that Roy was trying to make and he’s right because it’s just ridiculous now.
“And it doesn’t look like it’s stopping — it looks like it’s going up.”
The discussion seems especially pertinent now as the Jadon Sancho saga rumbles on, with Borussia Dortmund asking for £108m for the 20-year-old.
Callum Rice-Coates16 September 2020 15:33
MOURINHO COMMENTS ON BALE REPORTS
Jose Mourinho has commented on reports of Gareth Bale’s imminent return to Tottenham.
The Real Madrid man is expected to move back to north London before the close of the transfer window.
United were also believed to be interested, but they have not pursued a deal and Bale reportedly favours a switch to Spurs.
“Gareth Bale is a Real Madrid player. I don’t comment on players from other clubs,” former United boss Mourinho said.
“It’s not my job to have contact with agents, I don’t want to comment on that, especially on players at other clubs.”
Callum Rice-Coates16 September 2020 15:14
GREENWOOD TO RIVAL UNITED TARGET SANCHO FOR GOLDEN BOY AWARD
Mason Greenwood is in competition with United target Jadon Sancho for the 2020 Golden Boy award.
The 18-year-old academy graduate is amongst 40 players shortlisted for the award, including the likes of Erling Braut Haaland, Ansu Fati and Alphonso Davies.
There are several other Premier League players on the shortlist, too: Fabio Silva, Phil Foden, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Bukayo Sako, Ferran Torres and Neco Williams.
Callum Rice-Coates16 September 2020 14:54
THIAGO ‘NOT A PRIORITY’ FOR SOLSKJAER
United do not consider Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago Alcantara a priority and have not made contact over the player’s availability, the MEN report.
Liverpool remain favourites to sign the Spain international having made an official enquiry.
Callum Rice-Coates16 September 2020 14:39
CLAUSES PUT UNITED OFF SPURS TARGET REGUILON
Sergio Reguilon appears to be on his way to Spurs, but United were reportedly keen on the left-back until very recently.
Real Madrid’s insistence on including certain clauses in any deal was enough to put the Red Devils off, according to Sky Sports.
Los Blancos wanted a buy-back clause of €40m, and a preemption clause which would mean United would be forced to contact Real Madrid if any club made a bid for the player.
The proposed fee of €40m was also more than United were willing to pay.
Callum Rice-Coates16 September 2020 14:23
GARNER STILL ON HUDDERSFIELD’S RADAR
United youngster James Garner remains a target for Huddersfield Town as they look to improve their midfield options.
Yorkshire Live report that the 19-year-old could move to the Championship side on loan before the close of the transfer window.
“They’re at the point now where they need to go play in the league, play in a first-team environment, playing in those games every week where they are going to be stretched and find it hard,” United under-23s manager Neil Wood said of the club’s youngsters.
“The incentive is there, it is not like they’re going on loan and we are trying to find an exit strategy for them.
“They are going on loan to show how good they are, to show what they can do and to make an impact at the club they are going to be at, and hopefully come back to be a Manchester United player.”
Callum Rice-Coates16 September 2020 14:08
SANCHO PURSUIT WILL GO TO THE WIRE
United will continue their pursuit of Jadon Sancho until the final day of the transfer window.
That is according to the the Athletic’s David Ornstein, who claims the Premier League side are not willing to give up yet having invested so much time in the potential deal.
Recent reports have claimed United are searching for alternatives to Sancho, with the likes of Gareth Bale, Ivan Perisic and Douglas Costa linked with a move to Old Trafford.
But the Borussia Dortmund youngster remains the prime target, despite the asking price of £108m.
Callum Rice-Coates16 September 2020 13:56
UNITED MONITORING ATALANTA YOUNGSTER
Manchester United are looking into the possibility of signing Atalanta winger Amad Traore, according to the MEN.
The 18-year-old is not viewed as an alternative option to Jadon Sancho, but instead as a player who could push for the first team in the next few years.
United are likely to face competition for his signature, and Atalanta will demand a hefty fee for one of their most promising players.
Traore became the youngest player to score on his Serie A debut in a 7-1 win over Udinese last season.
Callum Rice-Coates16 September 2020 13:01