Manchester United are quickly closing in on a return to competitive action. With the World Cup reaching its conclusion this weekend, the Magpies will soon be back to their usual routine in the Premier League and domestic cups, with a Carabao Cup clash against Burnley on Wednesday evening, followed by a showdown with Nottingham Forest on December 27th.
Before then, however, United have been keeping themselves ticking over with a couple of friendlies against Spanish opposition, although back-to-back defeats against Real Betis and Elche, albeit with a depleted squad, will have done little to inspire confidence.But while club football may have been on hold over the past few weeks, the transfer speculation has been as rampant as ever. Here is Sunday morning’s round-up of the latest Manchester United news...
Moukoko future in doubt
Reported United target Youssoufa Moukoko is still yet to receive an official contract extension offer from Borussia Dortmund, according to transfer guru Fabrizio Romano. The highly-rated teenage striker is set to be out of contract in Germany at the end of the season, with concrete resolution in sight just yet.
And that could pique the interest of the Red Devils, as well as Chelsea and Liverpool, who were all credited with an interest in the precocious talent by The Times earlier this week. In response to the ongoing situation, Romano told Caught Offside: “There’s still no official proposal from Borussia Dortmund for Youssoufa Moukoko. It’s still an open situation, but I’m told Dortmund will have to act fast with a new contract otherwise the Premier League could be the destination, more so than La Liga. It’s now up to Dortmund.”
De Gea exit-bound?
United goalkeeper David de Gea could be on his way out of the club, according to an update from Sky Germany journalist Florian Plettenberg. The Spanish stopper has been a regular under Erik ten Hag, but is swiftly approaching the end of his current deal at Old Trafford, which is set to expire in 2023.
Despite playing 1,260 minutes of Premier League football this season, however, it is understood that the Red Devils will not exercise an option to extend his stay at the club for another year. Instead, the 32-year-old could be allowed to leave on a free transfer after 12 years in England. Plettenberg suggests that De Gea himself would be eager to remain with United, but that Ten Hag has already set his sights on signing a new number one in the summer transfer window.