Manchester United are preparing to face Aston Villa in the Premier League this weekend. The Red Devils were knocked out of the EFL Cup by West Ham United midweek, in a game where Ole Gunnar Solskjaer rested nearly all of his first-team stars.
Manchester United are in a two-horse race with Manchester City for the services of Barcelona star Ousmane Dembele. Meanwhile, the Catalans are preparing to start talks with Paul Pogba over a move to Camp Nou.
On that note, let’s take a look at the main Manchester United transfer stories from September 24, 2021.
Manchester United in a two-man race for Ousmane Dembele
Manchester United are locked in a race for Ousmane Dembele, who is also wanted by Manchester City, according to The Hard Tackle via El Nacional. The Red Devils have invested a fortune in their attack this summer, bringing in Jadon Sancho and Cristiano Ronaldo. However, Dembele’s current deal with Barcelona expires next summer and the Premier League giants plan to get him a cut-price deal in January.
Manchester United are a longtime admirer of the Frenchman, but the move to Old Trafford has yet to materialize. The Frenchman has been blowing hot and cold since joining Camp Nou in 2017. At just 24, Dembele’s career has been ravaged by injuries. In his time, the French can be unplayable, which explains the obsession of the Red Devils for him.
Manchester United have failed with quite a few attempts to sign the player over the years. The Red Devils are well stocked in the offensive department, which is why a decision for Dembele doesn’t make sense. Maybe the Premier League giants are drawn to the fact that he could be available at a bargain price.
Barcelona prepare for Paul Pogba talks
Barcelona are planning to speak to those around Paul Pogba regarding a move to Camp Nou next summer, according to The Hard Tackle via El Nacional. The Frenchman’s current deal with Manchester United expires next summer. Pogba is an integral part of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s squad and the Red Devils remain desperate to tie him to a new deal.
However, the Frenchman has yet to sign an extension and the Catalans are hoping to convince him to part ways with Manchester United. If Pogba fails to sign a new contract before the end of the year, Barcelona will start talks in January for a possible move this summer.
Manchester United interested in Borussia Dortmund defender
Manchester United are interested in Dan-Axel Zagadou, according to Transfer Market Web. The Borussia Dortmund defender’s current contract expires in a year and the Bundesliga side have yet to convince him to sign an extension. The Red Devils are watching the situation with great interest, although the 22-year-old’s injuries could be a cause for concern.
Nevertheless, Manchester United will try to sign him for free next summer if Dortmund fail in their efforts to extend their stay. However, the Red Devils will face competition for his signing from Bayern Munich.