Romelu Lukaku has starred for Inter since arriving from Manchester United in 2019.

Lukaku is spearheading Inter's quest for a Serie A title, with Antonio Conte's side clear atop the table.

His exploits, however, have not gone unnoticed in Europe.

 

TOP STORY – LUKAKU HAPPY AT INTER

Inter star Romelu Lukaku is flattered by Barcelona's interest but is not looking to leave the Nerazzurri, according to Mundo Deportivo.

Lukaku has been linked with Barca, Real Madrid and former club Chelsea following his exploits for Inter, who are closing in on the Scudetto.

But Lukaku is happy at Inter, with the Belgium international only possibly leaving San Siro should the Italian powerhouse seek to raise funds.

 

ROUND-UP

- Tuttosport reports Cristiano Ronaldo wants to see out his Juventus contract, which runs until June 2022. Ronaldo has been tipped to leave Turin, where Juve are struggling under Andrea Pirlo this season. Former clubs Madrid and United have emerged as possible destinations, as well as Paris Saint-Germain. However, Ronaldo is keen to continue at the club, should they qualify for the Champions League.

- PSG star Kylian Mbappe remains a priority signing for Madrid, claims Diario AS. Mbappe has been a long-term target in the Spanish capital, though the economic fallout following the coronavirus pandemic appears to have derailed Madrid's pursuit. But Los Blancos – also linked with in-demand Borussia Dortmund sensation Erling Haaland – are still determined to prise Mbappe from Paris.

- Record reports United are ready to make a move for Sporting CP star Nuno Mendes, who has also been linked with Manchester City and Liverpool. United could reportedly use Alex Telles in a deal to sign the Portuguese full-back.

- Milan captain Alessio Romagnoli is eyeing a new deal amid interest from Barca and Chelsea, according to Calciomercato. Romagnoli is contracted to the Rossoneri until 2022. Barca's reported pursuit comes as they eye the likes of Bayern Munich star David Alaba, City duo Eric Garcia and Sergio Aguero, Lyon forward Memphis Depay and Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum.

Manchester United and Brazil left-back Alex Telles has tested negative for coronavirus, allaying fears he had contracted the illness for a second time.

Media reports emanating from Brazil in the past few days suggested Telles had once again returned a positive test result for COVID-19, having previously been diagnosed with it at the end of October.

That was a frustrating setback for the full-back, who at that point had only recently made his United debut, which had been delayed due to an international window right after he joined from Porto last month.

When reports began to suggest Telles was one of the rare cases of someone contracting the virus multiple times, it looked set to be a major worry for United having already lost regular left-back Luke Shaw until December with a hamstring injury.

But the Brazilian Football Confederation confirmed Telles is available to face Uruguay in Tuesday's World Cup qualifier, confirming on their website: "Thiago Galhardo was listed after Alex Telles' tests were positive for COVID-19.

"The defender already had the disease, was asymptomatic and with a non-transmissible condition of the virus, but he could not travel to Uruguay.

"On the last examination, however, Telles' test came back negative and the defender was released for the game."

United are next in action on Saturday against West Brom.

 

Manchester United left-back Alex Telles has tested positive for coronavirus, it was confirmed on Wednesday.

Telles, who arrived at United from Porto for a reported £15.4million (€17m) earlier this month, made his debut for the club in last week's Champions League win over Paris Saint-Germain.

The 27-year-old has since missed two matches, including Wednesday's 5-0 thrashing of RB Leipzig at Old Trafford.

United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer subsequently confirmed Telles had contracted COVID-19, but was feeling fine.

"Telles has tested positive for coronavirus so he's been out for a few days," he told a news conference.

"No symptoms though, so he'll be fine. Back soon."

Top of Group H in the Champions League but 15th in the Premier League, United host Arsenal on Sunday.

Edinson Cavani will bring passion to Manchester United and impart some valuable lessons on the club's young forwards, midfielder Fred says. 

Cavani joined the Red Devils on a free transfer on deadline day, having left Paris Saint-Germain when his contract expired in June. 

The Ligue 1 champions' all-time record goalscorer could make his United debut on Saturday, with Anthony Martial still serving a suspension for the visit of Chelsea to Old Trafford. 

Cavani played just 14 times in Ligue 1 in the 2019-20 campaign, scoring four goals and providing one assist, but he had reached at least 16 league goals in his six previous seasons in Paris. 

The 33-year-old's combative qualities were still on display last term, Cavani averaging 2.7 duels per 90 minutes in the league, a better tally than PSG's preferred central striker Mauro Icardi. 

Fred believes Cavani's experience will be hugely beneficial to new team-mates Martial, Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood as they look to improve. 

"He's a superb centre-forward," Fred told United Review. "He plays for Uruguay, and he has scored a lot of goals for Paris Saint-Germain. I'm sure he'll bring a lot of passion to the team. Watching him play, you see he's constantly battling, always looking to score. I'm sure that he'll bring a lot to our group, our squad.  

"I'm really rooting for this, that we can grow with his arrival, together with [Alex] Telles and Facundo [Pellistri]. Our group will develop a lot. It's going to be great, we hope he can help us score a lot of goals, help us fight. He's a very experienced player so his arrival is great news for our team.

"Of course, Cavani is older, more experienced [than our other strikers], so I'm sure Marcus, Mason and Anthony will learn from him in that position – as they do from Odion Ighalo, too. I watch the more experienced players in my position and I look to see what they're doing, right or wrong, to learn from them.  

"I'm sure they [our forwards] will learn from Cavani as well, in the same way they have learnt from Odion and other centre-forwards. He's come to help, to add to the team, and I'm certain he'll contribute a lot." 

Tuesday's 2-1 victory over PSG in the Champions League saw Alex Telles make his first appearance for United since joining from Porto. 

"He's a great person, I spoke to him shortly before he signed for us," said Fred.

"We had a good chat and he's a really relaxed guy, a good person and a great player. He had a superb season at Porto and has played for other clubs where he did really well.  

"I'm convinced he'll add to and help the team and we'll make him very welcome here. I'll be here to help with whatever he needs, together with Bruno [Fernandes] and the other players here who speak good Portuguese. I'm sure they'll help him too, and we'll work towards having a great season together."

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insisted Manchester United will not be divided by outsiders following reports Bruno Fernandes had lost faith in him.

United suffered a 6-1 thrashing at the hands of Tottenham at Old Trafford in their final game before the international break, with Fernandes substituted at half-time after the Red Devils were reduced to 10 men.

Asked about the situation while on international duty, the Portugal midfielder denied suggestions of a rift with Solskjaer, suggesting such claims were intended to "destabilise" the group.

Solskjaer was proud of the response from Fernandes and insisted the team will remain united in the face of criticism.

"It's one of those things. You have to get over it as soon as you can and move on," Solskjaer said of the defeat to Tottenham.

"We know that any little chance from outside you want to create a division. I think Bruno spoke really well the other day about, 'We are united, we have to stay together'. We can't listen to everyone outside, we've got to just get on with it.

"Bruno has now lost two league games and he came to the club in February, but it's been two in quick succession so he's not used to losing league games.

"But now Bruno, welcome to United, this is what happens when you lose a couple. They try to create a division between us, but that's not going to happen because this group is a group that wants to work hard together and stick together."

United will look to get back on track at Newcastle United on Saturday but they could be without Harry Maguire, who came under fire for his performance against Tottenham and was shown a red card in England's 1-0 defeat to Denmark on Wednesday.

"When Harry is part of the England team that beats number one ranked Belgium that's just a normal day, and then you get the headlines when you get the sending-off. That's just football," said Solskjaer.

"There's so many ups and downs, we've got to deal with it individually and as a group. Harry has great resilience. I know he'll bounce back. I know he wants to play, he wants to work his way out of the last couple of games he's been criticised.

"He picked up a knock just before he came off so I'm just hopeful he'll be fit. We had a look at him yesterday and we'll give him a test again today."

Edinson Cavani will not play as he is yet to train with the team due to COVID-19 protocols, while fellow new signings Alex Telles and Facundo Pellistri are unlikely to be involved.

"We're looking forward to integrating them into the group," the United boss said of the deadline-day additions.

"Facundo, he's been training with us two days, very exciting, young, enthusiastic player with some attributes we don't have. He's maybe one more for the future, not for now, because he's still 18.

"Alex came in yesterday [Thursday], did his recovery after a long flight from Sao Paulo having come on twice for Brazil, so we're looking forward to integrating him.

"Edinson still has not been with the group because of his quarantine.

"All three of them have something different to what we have and they'll definitely come in and help us. I think the group are looking forward to having them join in."

Left-back perhaps wasn't the first position many Manchester United fans thought of in terms of areas that needed strengthening in pre-season, but it's now easy to see why they have added Alex Telles to their ranks.

With Luke Shaw and Brandon Williams as their two left-backs, most supporters would have been content – if not thrilled – by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's options in the position.

Both were solid for the most part last season, though in the case of Shaw, it is fair to say he hasn't hit the heights many expected of him.

Shaw appeared destined for great things when he joined United from Southampton six years ago, and although injury problems have affected him, it's difficult to argue he's any better than he was as an 18-year-old.

Williams, on the other hand, showed real promise as he broke into the United first-team set-up last season, with his forward runs and tenacity earning him praise – but he has appeared short of confidence for much of 2020.

When links to left-backs initially began in September, it seemed obvious what it was felt was missing – attacking output. Sergio Reguilon, who joined Tottenham, and Alex Telles were the names in contention.

United completed a £15million move for Telles on deadline day, and we looked at the Opta data since the start of 2019-20 to see if he can offer anything Shaw and Williams don't…

END PRODUCT, BUT THERE'S A CATCH

While there are many aspects that have to be considered for a full-back in the modern game, it's difficult to escape from how ineffective United's wide defenders have been from an attacking perspective in recent seasons.

Patrice Evra, Denis Irwin, even Gary Neville and Antonio Valencia, many United full-backs down the years have been able to offer something in the final third, whether that's pace, dribbling ability, tenacity or a decent final ball.

With Shaw, Williams and Aaron Wan-Bissaka, fans have been left a bit frustrated. On the face of it, that's why Telles will rock up at Old Trafford after the international break.

The Brazilian is forward-thinking - he's a fighter, a capable dribbler and is used to having an impact in the final third, as highlighted by the 13 goals and 10 assists he has to his name in the Primeira Liga since the start of last season.

By comparison, Shaw has scored just twice in his entire career, while neither he nor Williams have set up a goal in the Premier League since 2019-20 began.

Similarly, Telles' 63 chances created is three times that of Shaw, while Williams has made 13 key passes in 17 league appearances.

But here's the catch - Telles is a set-piece taker. Of those 63 opportunities he has fashioned, only 20 were from open play. Similarly, 10 of his goals were penalties and seven assists came from dead-ball situations.

Obviously, being good at set-pieces isn't a bad thing, but in a team that already has Bruno Fernandes, Paul Pogba and even Marcus Rashford, one has to wonder whether he'll get the same opportunities.

Nevertheless, despite most of his attacking output coming from set-pieces, there is no doubt that he does have a more aggressive attacking mentality than either of his new team-mates. Anyone who has seen him play will be aware that his primary objective when getting into attacking positions is to get the ball into the area.

Telles delivered 125 crosses in open play, while Shaw sent in just 39 and Williams only 12.

Even with attempting so many more, the Brazilian's accuracy compares well - 23 per cent were considered accurate, and although that is shy of Williams' 25 per cent, Telles is delivering with far greater frequency. Shaw found a team-mate with 18 per cent of his.

So, while Telles' attacking figures are somewhat blown out of proportion by set-pieces, it seems clear that United fans can expect more from him in the final third than Shaw and Williams.

A STEADY DEFENDER

United's 6-1 battering at the hands of Tottenham laid bare – if they weren't already – the defensive inadequacies of Solskjaer's defence.

Shaw was partly at fault for at least two of the goals and was lucky not to be sent off when he callously brought down Lucas Moura after being left for dead.

So, while United fans will undoubtedly be buoyed by the likelihood of Telles offering greater attacking prowess than their current options, it's important to compare them defensively as well, and the fact both Porto and the Red Devils are usually expected to dominate provides something close to a level playing field.

In terms of tackles, from 41 Telles has a success rate of 65.9 per cent, both of which are better than Shaw (55.6 per cent from 36). While Williams' success rate is superior (71.4 per cent), that comes from a much smaller sample size of 21 tackles and he was dribbled past by opponents as often as the Brazilian (20) despite playing half as many games as him.

Telles is way out in front in terms of duels, having engaged in 288 to Shaw's 197 and Williams' 115, showing that he sees plenty of involvement, though his 53.5 per cent success rate is worse than the others (57.4 for Shaw, 53.9 for Williams).

The United newcomer also comes out on top with respect to interceptions, making 58 (or 1.87 per 90 minute), while Shaw posted 27 (1.21 per 90 minutes) and Williams 16 (1.43 per 90 minutes).

Telles should also be helped by the fact he is a significant unit physically, while his long strides and powerful running style aid both attacking intent and defensive tracking.

Translating his strengths from Portugal's Primeira Liga to the Premier League may prove a challenge, but certainly the data provides United fans with reasons for optimism.

And at a cut-price deal, it seems a low-risk gamble given Telles could, in theory, revolutionise the team's attacking threat on the left.

Manchester United made a splash in the final hours of transfer deadline day, bringing in Edinson Cavani and Alex Telles and agreeing a deal with Atalanta for Amad Diallo, while Arsenal spent big on Thomas Partey.

The Premier League giants had been criticised for their lack of activity in the transfer market after only bringing in Donny van de Beek from Ajax ahead of the new season. 

A 6-1 humiliation to Tottenham on Sunday seemingly sparked the Old Trafford boardroom into action a day later, though, with the club sealing an eye-catching move for Cavani, who had been unattached after leaving Paris Saint-Germain at the end of last season. 

The Uruguay international has signed a one-year deal with the option to extend for another 12 months and joined Telles in the North West after the Brazilian signed from Porto. 

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side also announced a reported £37million deal for Atalanta's 18-year-old Diallo, who is expected to join in January, and brought in teenage winger Facundo Pellistri from Uruguayan club Penarol for a reported £9million.

Chris Smalling left the Old Trafford club to sign a permanent deal with Roma after a successful loan spell in the Italian capital last season. 

A deal for Barcelona's Ousmane Dembele did not materialise, though, which meant the LaLiga giants were unable to bring in Memphis Depay from Lyon. 

Meanwhile, Arsenal secured a £45million deal for Atletico Madrid midfielder Partey after meeting the buyout clause in the Ghanaian's contract.

The 27-year-old made 188 appearances across six seasons for Diego Simeone's side and helped lead Atleti to the Champions League Final in 2016.

The move was confirmed minutes before the transfer deadline passed as Gunners midfielder Lucas Torreira moved in the opposite the direction on a season-long loan.

RAPHINHA HEADS TO LEEDS

Leeds United have added another attacking weapon after signing Brazilian winger Raphinha for a reported £17million.

The 23-year-old starred as French club Rennes finished third in Ligue 1 last season and qualified for the Champions League for the first time.

Raphinha scored five goals in 22 league matches in 2019/20 and added another goal in six games this campaign as Julien Stephan’s side surged to the top of the Ligue 1 table.

The Whites, who have collected seven points from four games since returning to the Premier League, let Polish midfielder Mateusz Bogusz join Spanish second division club RD Logrones on loan.

Bayern Munich have enjoyed a hugely productive transfer deadline day with three new arrivals at the Allianz Arena, while Manchester United look set for a hectic final few hours. 

Bayern had always looked likely to be active in the last days of the window, with the re-emergence of Callum Hudson-Odoi as a target indicative of their plans. 

But Bayern were unable to lure the England talent away from Chelsea and the German champions subsequently turned their attention to a familiar face. 

Douglas Costa, who previously spent two years with Bayern, returns on a season-long loan from Juventus, who subsequently bolstered their attacking options with Italy international Federico Chiesa. 

Costa, 30, was one of three arrivals, however – Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting secured another move to an elite European club having spent the previous two years with Paris Saint-Germain.

The German-born Cameroon forward previously played for hometown club Hamburg, Nurnberg, Mainz and Schalke in the Bundesliga. 

Bouna Sarr is the other player to join, with the right-back arriving from Marseille and bolstering their defensive options to allow for Joshua Kimmich to take up the mantle in midfield following Thiago Alcantara's move to Liverpool. 

Manchester United are expected to make moves in the coming hours, having already snapped up Alex Telles from Porto, who have also seen Danilo Pereira depart to PSG. 

A deal for Edinson Cavani to join Telles at Old Trafford is reportedly done, while Ousmane Dembele has been mentioned as a target. Similarly, youngsters Facundo Pellistri and Amad Traore are thought to be nearing agreements. 

OLD LADY SPLASH THE CASH

Chiesa is the biggest name on the move in Europe so far, with the Italy winger signing a two-year loan deal at Allianz Stadium which Juve are obliged to make permanent in a deal, one that could eventually earn Fiorentina €60million. 

La Viola have seen several incomings as well, however, with Jose Callejon following defenders Antonio Barreca and Lucas Martinez Quarta in joining the club. 

Roma have managed to offload a few players, with Diego Perotti moving to Fenerbahce and Justin Kluivert joining RB Leipzig – and they are still hoping to bring in defensive reinforcements, Chris Smalling and Antonio Rudiger strongly linked. 

Italian full-backs have certainly been a popular commodity on deadline day, with Matteo Darmian linking up with Inter and Mattia De Sciglio leaving Juve for Lyon.

GONNA TAKE YOU TO THE EIBAR

While Real Madrid and Barcelona appear set for quiet days, the same cannot be said for one of the teams hoping to trouble them in LaLiga this term – Sevilla. 

The Europa League winners have shipped two of their most promising youngsters to Eibar, with Bryan Gil and Alejandro Pozo providing the Basque side with greater depth on the flanks. 

Netherlands-born Morocco international winger Oussama Idrissa joins Sevilla in a reported €13m deal from AZ, while Oranje centre-back Karim Rekik moves to the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan from Hertha Berlin for an estimated cost of €4m. 

They could yet bring in Joshua King from Bournemouth as well.

Madrid's lack of activity does not mean the Zidane household has no news, however, as Luca Zidane has flown the nest and joined Rayo Vallecano on a permanent deal.

Meanwhile, Real Valladolid secured the loan signing of highly rated Benfica winger Jota.

INS AND OUTS AT ARSENAL?

The biggest deal in the earlier part of deadline day in England was Ben Godfrey's transfer from Norwich City to Everton, which could land the Canaries £30m. 

Another young prospect on the move is Matteo Guendouzi. The French talent has fallen out of favour at Arsenal and he has been allowed to join Hertha Berlin for the season. 

In his place could come Thomas Partey, the Atletico Madrid midfielder who has been strongly linked with the Gunners for several months. 

The Ghana international is reportedly set to have his €50m release clause triggered by Arsenal, with Atletico previously making it clear they have no desire to negotiate with interested parties. 

Elsewhere in London, Chelsea have once again loaned out Tiemoue Bakayoko, who after playing at Milan and Monaco in the past two seasons now joins up with Napoli.

Manchester United have completed the signing of Brazil international left-back Alex Telles for a reported £15.4million (€17m) from Porto.

Telles, 27, has signed a four-year contract with the option for an additional 12 months, and arrives in a cut-price deal due to him having just one season left on his agreement with Porto.

"To join a club with the prestige of Manchester United is a huge honour. You have to work hard to get to this moment in your career and now I am coming to this club, I can promise that I will give everything in my heart to be a success here," Telles said in a statement.

"I won many trophies at Porto and I want to continue that at United. The manager has a clear plan and direction for this team and I can't wait to pull on the famous shirt."

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer added: "First and foremost, I welcome Alex to United. He is a player we have been tracking for some time and his performances over the past few years are exactly what we are looking for. He is a fighter and a winner and will add real determination and competition to the squad.

"Alex has the qualities, both as a player and as a person, that we want here at Manchester United."

United had been linked with Telles for a couple of weeks, with the club seemingly opting to go for him after reportedly refusing to agree to Real Madrid's terms in negotiations for Sergio Reguilon, who joined Tottenham.

Nevertheless, rumours of their interest in Telles and Reguilon did initially raise eyebrows due to the presence of Luke Shaw and Brandon Williams as United's left-back options.

But Shaw has long been criticised for a lack of attacking output, while Williams – who signed a new four-year deal in August – has failed to oust him.

It is hoped Telles will offer a greater source of flair and attacking prowess from the full-back position than United's previous options.

The Juventude academy product has created an average of two chances per 90 minutes in the Primeira Liga since the start of last season, while he has scored 13 goals and set up another 10.

While few would expect Telles to reach such figures in the Premier League, it highlights how effective he can be in the final third.

By comparison, neither Shaw nor Williams have registered an assist since the 2019-20 Premier League season began, while the latter has a solitary goal and the former has none.

And in terms of chances created, Williams has averaged 1.2 key passes every game and Shaw just 0.9.

There were also serious questions raised of Shaw after Sunday's 6-1 humiliation at the hands of Tottenham, with the left-back partly culpable for at least two goals.

Manchester United have completed the signing of Brazil international left-back Alex Telles for a reported £15.4million (€17m) from Porto.

Telles, 27, has signed a four-year contract with the option for an additional 12 months, and arrives in a cut-price deal due to him having just one season left on his agreement with Porto.

United had been linked with Telles for a couple of weeks, with the club seemingly opting to go for him after reportedly refusing to agree to Real Madrid's terms in negotiations for Sergio Reguilon, who joined Tottenham.

Nevertheless, rumours of their interest in Telles and Reguilon did initially raise eyebrows due to the presence of Luke Shaw and Brandon Williams as United's left-back options.

But Shaw has long been criticised for a lack of attacking output, while Williams – who signed a new four-year deal in August – has failed to oust him.

It is hoped Telles will offer a greater source of flair and attacking prowess from the full-back position than United's previous options.

The Juventude academy product has created an average of two chances per 90 minutes in the Primeira Liga since the start of last season, while he has scored 13 goals and set up another 10.

While few would expect Telles to reach such figures in the Premier League, it highlights how effective he can be in the final third.

By comparison, neither Shaw nor Williams have registered an assist since the 2019-20 Premier League season began, while the latter has a solitary goal and the former has none.

And in terms of chances created, Williams has averaged 1.2 key passes every game and Shaw just 0.9.

There were also serious questions raised of Shaw after Sunday's 6-1 humiliation at the hands of Tottenham, with the left-back partly culpable for at least two goals.

 

Manchester United have left it late again, but they are finally adding more new faces to the squad in this transfer window in the form of Edinson Cavani and Alex Telles.

Cavani, who has been a free agent since leaving Paris Saint-Germain in June, is reportedly joining the Red Devils on a one-year contract with the option of a second, while Telles arrives from Porto in a deal worth in the region of £15.4million (€17m).

Cavani became PSG's record goalscorer in his seven years in France, scoring 200 times in all competitions to help them to win 19 trophies.

He certainly has the pedigree to be a strong addition to the United ranks, but they have endured mixed fortunes in the past when it comes to South American signings.

Here are their previous 18, ranked from worst to best...

18. Rodrigo Possebon (2008-10)

Possebon squeaks onto this list as a Brazil-born player, even though he represented Italy at youth level.

Signed by United from Internacional in 2008, he mustered three league appearances before a fruitless loan to Braga and then a return to Brazil. He last played for Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam.

 

17. Radamel Falcao (2014-15)

Falcao, the man who tore through defences for fun with Porto, Atletico Madrid and Monaco, looked as though he had practically forgotten how to play football when he pulled on the red shirt at United, even if he did manage four goals in 26 Premier League appearances.

Just to rub it in, he returned to Monaco in 2016 and promptly became brilliant again. He's now at Galatasaray.

16. Kleberson (2003-05)

A World Cup winner snapped up for approximately £6.5million - what could possibly go wrong? Pretty much everything, it turns out.

Kleberson played 20 league games between 2003 and 2005 before being shipped out to Besiktas.

 

15. Guillermo Varela (2013-17)

Becoming David Moyes' first signing was probably never going to work out for the best.

Varela spent four years at United, two of which saw him leave on loan, before he went to Penarol to get his career back up and running. He now plays for Copenhagen and started in the 1-0 loss to his old club in last season's Europa League quarter-final.

 

14. Alexis Sanchez (2018-19)

He had some moments - the winner in the comeback against Newcastle United, the FA Cup strike against old club Arsenal - but they did not exactly justify the reported basic wage of £300,000 per week.

Sanchez has gone some way towards rekindling his career alongside good friend Romelu Lukaku at Inter - another player who could not convince Ole Gunnar Solskjaer of his importance.

 

13. Angel Di Maria (2014-15)

His audacious lob against Leicester City showed the sort of quality he could offer United as a then-British record signing (£60m, according to reports). Sadly, in that same game, United collapsed to lose 5-3 and Louis van Gaal seemed to lose all faith in attacking football of any kind.

Di Maria never seemed to gel with Van Gaal, nor did he ever settle in Manchester, and he was sold to Paris Saint-Germain for a loss within a year. He has, of course, been exceptional in France.

 

12. Andreas Pereira (2011-)

A Brazil international born in Belgium, Pereira had a long wait to break into United's first team on a regular basis. Many supporters are still wondering when he will justify the patience.

The midfielder has talent, for sure, but whether he has enough to become a mainstay over the coming years remains to be seen. He was given plenty of opportunities to impress last season but failed to do so consistently, and a loan move to Lazio for 2020-21 was considered the best for all parties.

 

11. Juan Sebastian Veron (2001-03)

Veron is another expensive Argentina star who scored a memorable goal in a 5-3 game for United - on that occasion, it was when they came from 3-0 down to beat Tottenham at White Hart Lane.

Veron was a good example of the right player signed at the wrong time. United still had great quality in midfield in 2001, when Veron joined from Lazio; within a couple of years, that strength in depth had evaporated, and the world's most right-footed footballer would have been a welcome addition.

 

10. Anderson (2007-15)

A combative, hard-working presence in the United midfield, Anderson seemed to have a peculiar habit of kicking the ball as hard as possible regardless of whether he was shooting from 35 yards out or passing to a team-mate behind him.

He certainly got a huge medal haul – seven major trophies in eight years, no less – but his crowning achievement at Old Trafford was having a song to the tune of Black Lace's 1984 hit 'Agadoo'. And, yes, he was better than Kleberson.

 

9. Fred (2018-)

Like Sanchez, Fred was said to be a man coveted by Manchester City only for United and Jose Mourinho to get in the way. Like Sanchez, the £47m midfielder proved initially to be a redundant presence in the squad, apparently not valued by Solskjaer.

Unlike Sanchez, Fred has managed to prove his worth to the manager and was arguably their most consistent midfielder in 2019-20. His place in the first XI is far from guaranteed, though, after Donny van de Beek's arrival from Ajax.

 

8. Marcos Rojo (2014-)

Injuries, including serious knee damage, and a proclivity for a reckless challenge or two have dogged Rojo's past couple of seasons and may leave many wondering why he is so high in this list.

Well, it's easy to forget the important part he played in Mourinho's first season, when United won the EFL Cup and Europa League. Such was his determination to run through the proverbial brick wall for his boss, he asked for a banana to give him an energy boost while playing in the last-16 win over Rostov.

 

7. Fabio (2008-14)

Whether or not he really was the most talented of the Da Silva twins, as was claimed, Fabio was certainly not the most effective in his Old Trafford career, although he won plenty of silverware.

Although a full-back by trade, Fabio made two rather decisive appearances in midfield for United. One was in a 2-0 FA Cup victory over Arsenal, when Alex Ferguson somehow pulled off a win with Fabio, Rafael, Darron Gibson and John O'Shea as the central four; the other was during a 3-2 home defeat to Blackburn Rovers on New Year's Eve in 2011, a match that convinced Paul Pogba he had no immediate future at the club.

 

6. Diego Forlan (2002-04)

Forlan's best days were after he left Old Trafford, when he would become a fine forward for Villarreal and Atletico Madrid. He retired last year to a general hum of respect and admiration.

United fans will always remember him for a winning double against Liverpool in 2002, but his talent was just a little too raw for him to establish himself in the north west permanently. Still, he won the Premier League and FA Cup and cost under £7m.

 

5. Rafael (2008-15)

A popular figure like his brother, Rafael simply offered more quality and consistency in the United team, his best season coming as first-choice right-back when they last won the league in 2012-13.

Van Gaal was not a big fan, so he was sold to Lyon in 2015. Five good years in France came and went and he now plays for Istanbul Basaksehir, meaning he will get an Old Trafford reunion in this season's Champions League group stages.

4. Gabriel Heinze (2004-07)

Although he was a touch heavy-handed with challenges at times - he really did like to lead with his elbows when jumping for headers - Heinze was an excellent player for United despite his second season being ruined by a major knee problem.

In fact, he would likely have stayed for longer had his place not been usurped by Patrice Evra, who was signed as cover following that injury and went on to become one of the club's finest full-backs in years.

 

3. Sergio Romero (2015-)

Okay, he has not played as often as others on this list, but Romero has essentially established himself as the most accomplished back-up goalkeeper in the world at United.

Hugely dependable when called upon, he was also first choice in the successful Europa League campaign of 2016-17 and kept a clean sheet in the final against Ajax. He has barely put a foot wrong.

 

2. Antonio Valencia (2009-19)

Some fans lost patience with him in his final few months, when he seemed to be phased out of the squad by Solskjaer with little explanation, but Valencia had a commendable career at United after joining from Wigan Athletic in 2009.

His decade at Old Trafford yielded two Premier Leagues, two EFL Cups, an FA Cup and a Europa League, as he marauded down the right flank as a wide midfielder and later as a first-rate converted full-back. He was the club's Players' Player of the Year twice, in 2011-12 (as a winger) and 2016-17 (as a defender), and served as club captain.

1. Carlos Tevez (2007-09)

He's not exactly the most popular man in the red half of Manchester given his move to City in 2009, but even the angriest of Red Devils cannot deny Tevez's impact.

He spearheaded an attack containing Wayne Rooney and Cristiano Ronaldo - one of the most fearsome United have ever had - and led Ferguson's side to two Premier Leagues, an EFL Cup, a Club World Cup and the Champions League in just two years.

Ousmane Dembele out, Memphis Depay in?

Barcelona want to reunite former Netherlands head coach Ronald Koeman with Lyon captain Memphis Depay.

And Dembele is believed to hold the cards amid Manchester United links.

 

TOP STORY – DEMBELE TO UNLOCK DEPAY TRANSFER?

Ousmane Dembele's exit is the key to Barcelona signing Lyon star Memphis Depay, according to Fabrizio Romano.

Lyon captain Depay has an agreement with Barca, but the LaLiga giants must reportedly first sell forward Dembele before bringing in the Dutchman for a rumoured €25million fee.

Dembele is open to joining Manchester United, who are believed to be eyeing the Frenchman as an alternative to Borussia Dortmund star Jadon Sancho.

United are poised to complete the signings of free agent Edinson Cavani and Porto full-back Alex Telles on Monday's deadline.

 

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- Goal confirmed Juventus are close to signing Fiorentina star Federico Chiesa. The Italy international is set to join Juve on an initial two-year loan deal, with an obligation to buy permanently for €40million if certain conditions are met.

Juve are free to bring in Chiesa as Douglas Costa prepares to move to Bayern Munich on loan, reports Goal. The 30-year-old previously played for Bayern between 2015 and 2018.

- Sky Sports says Milan and Chelsea are in talks over a loan deal for defender Antonio Rudiger. The Germany international is free to leave Chelsea, with Paris Saint-Germain and Tottenham also reportedly interested.

- Fabrizio Romano claims Roma are poised to sign Chris Smalling from United. Smalling spent the 2019-20 season on loan at Roma.

- Arsenal outcast Matteo Guendouzi is nearing a loan switch to Bundesliga side Hertha Berlin, according to Goal.

Manchester United's problems in the transfer window have reportedly continued as they target Federico Chiesa and Alex Telles.

The Premier League giants have had a tough window so far, with only Donny van de Beek arriving from Ajax.

That is their only inclusion despite links to the likes of Borussia Dortmund star Jadon Sancho and Telles, and their progress is still seemingly slow ahead of the window closing on Monday.

 

TOP STORY – MAN UTD'S CHIESA BID REJECTED, SNUBBED OVER TELLES

Manchester United had a loan enquiry for Fiorentina attacker Chiesa turned down, according to The Telegraph.

As they struggle to land a deal for Sancho, United have been linked with Chiesa and Barcelona's Ousmane Dembele.

Chiesa, a 22-year-old Italy international, has made a fine start to this season, scoring once and providing an assist in two Serie A games.

United seemed closer to bringing in Telles, but O Jogo reports Porto did not even respond to their first bid for the left-back – believed to be around £11.8million (€13m) – as the Portuguese giants see it as unrealistic.

 

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- After Luis Suarez's arrival at Atletico Madrid, Diego Costa is linked with a move away. AS reports Paris Saint-Germain are considering a move for the forward, and it adds Atletico could look to replace him with free agent Edinson Cavani.

- Manchester City's transfer business in this window could be done. The Sun reports any plans for the Premier League side to bring in a left-back – either Bayern Munich's David Alaba or Ajax's Nicolas Tagliafico – are reliant on a late bid being received for Oleksandr Zinchenko.

- Are Bayern Munich looking for a back-up for star Robert Lewandowski? Sport Bild reports the Bundesliga champions want to sign Hoffenheim forward Andrej Kramaric. The Croatia international scored twice against Bayern in the Bundesliga on Saturday and is up to seven goals in three games in 2020-21.

- Tottenham are reportedly looking at Benfica striker Carlos Vinicius. Football.London says Spurs are hoping to loan the striker with an option to buy for £36.3m (€40m). Carlos Vinicius scored 24 goals in 47 games in all competitions last season.

- Staying at Spurs and Sky Sports reports Celtic have made an approach for Tottenham left-back Ryan Sessegnon. However, it says finances are problematic, while multiple Premier League clubs are also keeping an eye on Sessegnon.

- Andreas Pereira is set to leave Manchester United. Fabrizio Romano reports a deal between United and Lazio has been signed for a loan with option to buy for €27m (£24.5m).

Will he or won't he?

That's the question regarding Jadon Sancho and a possible move to Manchester United.

United, however, are reportedly bullish about their chances of prising the England international from Borussia Dortmund.

 

TOP STORY – SOLSKJAER CONFIDENT IN SANCHO PURSUIT

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has told Borussia Dortmund star Jadon Sancho he expects the blockbuster transfer to be completed, according to Dagbladet.

United have so far been unable to prise Sancho from Dortmund, who refuse to budge on their £108million (€120m) asking price, with the transfer window set to close on October 5.

However, Solskjaer appears confident of landing his number one target.

 

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- Barcelona could announce the signing of Ajax full-back Sergino Dest on Tuesday, reports Fabrizio Romano. Bayern Munich are also trying to prise the United States international from Amsterdam.

- The Telegraph says Tottenham are eyeing Bournemouth forward Josh King, who was previously linked to United.

United are closing in on Porto full-back Alex Telles. Romano claims personal terms have been agreed, with final details and agents commission remaining as United and Porto negotiate a fee.

- The Guardian reports Tottenham have not given up on signing Inter centre-back Milan Skriniar. Inter are holding out for £55m (€60m) but Spurs are only prepared to pay between €30m-€35m. Napoli's Nikola Maksimovic could reportedly replace Skriniar in Milan.

- According to L'Equipe, Leeds United are nearing a deal to sign Bayern midfielder Michael Cuisance. Leeds have been unable to meet Udinese's demands for star Rodrigo De Paul.

Marcelo Brozovic has realised Inter want to sell him as the Croatia international eyes an exit, reports Calciomercato. It comes as Inter chase Chelsea midfielder N'Golo Kante, who has since been linked to United.

- Romano says Milan are confident of completing a deal for Bodo/Glimt star Jens Petter Hauge, who impressed during the Europa League qualifier at San Siro.

Memphis Depay remains Barcelona's preferred transfer option, while Manchester United want Jadon Sancho and Alex Telles in this window.

LaLiga giants Barca have been linked with numerous attackers as they rebuild under Ronald Koeman.

Depay has seemingly been the favourite to join, and it appears nothing has changed.

 

TOP STORY – DEPAY THE FAVOURITE TO JOIN BARCELONA

Depay is in pole position to join Barcelona from Lyon, according to Mundo Deportivo.

The report says Depay, 26, fits the profile and salary expectations at Barca.

Depay and Koeman worked together while the latter was in charge of the Netherlands between 2018 and 2020.

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- United are still hoping for two signings this transfer window. The Sun says the Red Devils are looking to land Borussia Dortmund star Sancho and Porto left-back Telles .

- Arsenal could be close to strengthening by signing Houssem Aouar . Telefoot says the attacker has agreed to join the club, with Lyon and Arsenal set for talks over a fee.

- As they continue their search for a defender, Manchester City may be close to making a decision. Goal reports the Premier League club are in talks with Benfica over Ruben Dias , in a deal that could see Nicolas Otamendi  go the other way. Meanwhile, ESPN says Sevilla are expecting an improved bid from City for Jules Kounde after an initial £50.2million (€55m) offer was rejected.

- Chelsea may not be done spending just yet. The Mirror reports they want to make another move for West Ham midfielder Declan Rice , and it could lead to Jorginho joining Arsenal .

- Sergino Dest is expected to join Barcelona and Guillem Balague claims the Ajax right-back should officially join them next week. Barcelona sold Nelson Semedo to Wolves this week.

- Could there be late movement in the transfer window for Tottenham ? The Sun reports Spurs are in talks to sign Inter defender Milan Skriniar and are prepared to pay between £25m (€27.4m) and £30m (€32.9m), which is well below Inter's valuation.

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