Thursday 14 December 2017

Manchester United linked with £70million move for Monaco winger

Monaco's Bernardo Silva
Monaco's Bernardo Silva

Evan Bartlett

Manchester United are said to be "plotting" a £70m bid for Monaco winger Bernardo Silva, with Jose Mourinho offloading several high-earning players to free up his wage budget.

The Old Trafford club are already hot on the trail of Antoine Griezmann and Portuguese international Silva would add to their playmaking ranks in behind.

Silva has impressed in Ligue 1 and the Champions League this season, including scoring the opener in Monaco's win over Tottenham at Wembley and a brace this weekend as his side beat Marseille 4-1.

The 22-year-old shares the same agent as Jose Mourinho in Jorge Mendes, which would appear to make the move more of a possibility, but The Sun reports that Real Madrid are ready to enter a bidding war with their former manager to secure the player's signature.

United are also rumoured to be lining up a bid for Kevin Gameiro, another of Atletico Madrid's forwards, according to reports in Spain.

The 29-year-old Frenchman has bagged seven goals since joining from Sevilla in the summer - where he scored 29 last season.

According to Don Balon, United will battle PSG - where Sevilla's former manager Unai Emery is now in charge - to sign Gameiro in the summer.

In more bad news for Atletico, Chelsea have reportedly joined the race to sign winger Yannick Carrasco.

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The Belgian international has previously been linked with a move to Old Trafford but the Daily Star reckons Antonio Conte might be willing to trigger his £86m release clause.

Memphis Depay's time at United looks all but over with the club agreeing a £21m sale to Lyon.

Although the Old Trafford club will make a small loss on the player Louis van Gaal signed for £25m, they will be pleased to offload a player who was on £100,000-a-week until 2019.

(© Independent News Service)

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