Man United jump ahead of Liverpool in race to sign Burnley striker Danny Ings
Published 14/04/2015 | 07:55
Manchester United are favourites to sign Danny Ings after holding talks with Burnley about a summer deal.
Liverpool maintain an interest in the player and were prepared to exploit a Premier League loophole to guarantee a transfer in the summer. But, reports The Daily Mail, Louis van Gaal is attempting to use the same method to trump their rivals and secure the services of the 22-year-old.
Liverpool wanted to sign Ings in the January transfer window and loan him back to Burnley, but were prevented doing so by Premier League regulations.
Ings has become one of the most sought-after strikers in Europe and United are keen to ensure that they win the race for his signature. Real Sociedad, Tottenham and Manchester City are all interested in the player.
The player is out of contract in the summer and, due to his age, Burnley will receive around £5 million in compensation if he moves to a domestic rival.
The Mail also reports that Ashley Young is willing to take a pay cut in his basic salary to prolong his stay at Old Trafford.
United beat Liverpool to sign Young from Aston Villa for £17m in 2011 and he signed a five-year contract understood to be worth around £120,000-a-week.
He is hoping for a three-year extension and is willing to restructure his salary. His representatives are poised to hold further talks with United chief executive Ed Woodward over the coming weeks.
Meanwhile, United are set for talks with Juventus over a deal to sign Paul Pogba, claims The Metro.
Arsenal and Chelsea are also keen on a deal, but reports say United have requested a meeting ahead of a possible summer transfer.
It is believed the Red Devils are ready to bid £54m plus Robin van Persie to do business, although a £70m cash deal has not been ruled out.
United are also considering a £28.1m transfer bid for PSG's Lucas Moura after his contract talks stalled.
Moura's current deal runs out in 2017 and he reportedly wants a new £4.3m-a-year contract, but PSG are only willing to offer £2.8m-a-year, according to Le10 Sport.
This has supposedly led to 'tense relations' between player and club and United could swoop for a player they missed out on in 2012.
And finally, Real Madrid will block any move by United to lure Gareth Bale back to the Premier League this summer, says The Mirror.
United are hopeful they can take advantage of Bale's uncertain future at the Bernabeu by offering him a starring role in Louis van Gaal's Old Trafford revolution.
But former Real assistant boss Zinedine Zidane, in charge of the club's reserve team, said there was no way the club would allow Bale to leave this summer.
Zidane said: "Real Madrid buy the best players in the world, they don't sell them. Of course other clubs will be interested in him, he would improve any squad in the world.
"But the president has said he is not for sale - and that is because he is not for sale. That will be the answer to Manchester United or any other club that asks the question."