Manchester United 'monitoring Torino striker Andrea Belotti ahead of summer transfer window'
Manchester United are reportedly tracking Torino striker Andrea Belotti ahead of a summer move as the Premier League club look to bolster their attacking options.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side have been near unstoppable going forward since the Premier League restart, with Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood working in tandem to boost their chances of making the top four.
But Solskjaer is still looking for options to add to his talented front line, having been hampered by a series of injuries throughout the campaign that has blighted momentum.
And according to Tuttosport, United are monitoring Torino star Belotti. The 26-year-old has been the Serie A club's talisman for the past five seasons, scoring 92 goals in 187 games.
United may face competition from Inter for the Italian's signature, with Antonio Conte a keen admirer of the striker.
The Italian outlet adds that United will have to better Fiorentina's £36m bid submitted in January if they are to land the striker, although a £90m release clause for foreign clubs still exists in Belotti's contract.
However, United won't be expected to meet that valuation, with Belotti eager to test himself beyond Torino. The club are expected to promise him European football if he commits to another season at Stadio Olimpico.
Odion Ighalo and Jesse Lingard hail 'unbelievable' Manchester United team-mate
Odion Ighalo and Jesse Lingard have hailed ‘unbelievable’ Manchester United forward Mason Greenwood as he continues to enjoy a breakthrough season at Old Trafford.
Greenwood, who made his Red Devils debut last year at the age of 17, has scored 16 goals in all competitions this season, establishing himself as one of the most highly-rated young players in world football.
The Manchester United academy graduate has been particularly impressive since the season resumed last month, scoring four goals in his last six matches and combining well with fellow forwards Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial.
Ighalo and Lingard have both hailed Greenwood, with the teenager described as ‘unbelievable’ and a ‘driving force’ in the United team.
Lingard told 90min: ‘He’s a good lad. He’s humble. He’s obviously waited a long time for his chance, and each time he plays, he produces, he helps the team.
‘He’s got skills in his locker, he’s got goals in his locker. He’s really been a driving force for the team.
‘Of course, we have a lot of young players as well who can add to the team, and when they get the chance, I’m sure they’ll be ready.
‘Like I said, Mason’s took his chance, he’s always been ready, he’s always willing to learn. The most important thing is he’s fully focused and he’s humble at the same time.’
Lingard added: ‘He’s been scoring goals since he was young. That’s nothing new for him, and he’s obviously brought that to the big stage as well.
‘You see him after training, he’s practising every day, he’s working on both feet. I still don’t know what foot he is!
‘He might be left, he might be right, but it seems to be working. I’ve seen it in training anyway, the things that he can do, and he’s getting lots of games as well.’
Ighalo has seen his game-time reduced by the emergence of Greenwood but insists it has been a ‘joy’ to watch the teenager and his fellow forwards in action recently.
The Nigeria international told MUTV: ‘They are doing so well. Seeing them playing every week is a joy.
‘ Rashford has come back from his injury and is doing well. Martial is scoring goals, Mason Greenwood is unbelievable, he is such a good finisher with both feet.
‘The team is doing well and the three forwards are scoring goals and that’s what we need – goals win games. And I don’t forget Bruno [Fernandes] with the assists and goals too. I think the mentality is getting stronger every time.
‘ As a professional, you have to be ready, you have to have that mental strength to be ready .
‘ We train hard to keep fit and I’m always ready when I’m called upon, and I will give 100 per cent. You always have to stay focused. ‘
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Manchester United face Chelsea in the semi-finals of the FA Cup on Sunday.
Grealish needs to be more like Fernandes&Silva’ – to convince Manchester United
Aston Villa star Jack Grealish needs to become more like Bruno Fernandes and David Silva if he is to convince reported suitors such as Manchester United, claims Phil Neville.
Grealish has been very good for Villa this season and there is a feeling that the summer transfer window will earn him a big move to a big club, with Manchester United leading the chase for the £60 million rated star.
But to earn a move to a big club, Neville believes their talismanic captain needs to raise his game and deliver the kind of consistency that has tempted United and City into moving for the likes of Fernandes and Silva over the last few years.
He told Match of the Day: “He’s the biggest influence on them.
“You talk about the last 13 games, they’ve only scored five goals. He hasn’t scored any, and his assists have been really low as well.
“He takes up brilliant positions, he’s got outstanding ability. What I saw in this game was the end product, the end product to assist a goal or score a goal.
“For him, the next level up is to produce match-winning performances, goals and assists.
“The lad has got great ability, there’s a lot of pressure on his shoulders, but looking at the stats, in the last 13 games, the lack of goals for Villa – yes it can be aimed at the centre-forwards, but I think it’s probably his lack of a final pass.
“When he goes to the next level, and I think he can go to the next level, and he’s at one of the top clubs, he’s got to produce goals and assists all the time.
“That’s not a criticism, it’s just saying that at the next level over 13 games, look at Bruno Fernandes or David Silva, they’re producing those moments every single game, and the consistency is fantastic.”
Grealish is no-where near the finished article just yet and needs to produce the kind of numbers that Fernandes and Silva does, but maybe a move to a club like United would help him achieve that?
Pep Guardiola believes Thiago Alcantara would excel in the Premier League with Liverpool linked with a summer transfer for the Bayern Munich star.
Guardiola gave Thiago his first taste of senior football while both were at Barcelona with the pair also working together at Bayern.
Thiago has reportedly turned down the chance to extend his stay at Allianz Arena beyond 2021 with Bundesliga giants now expected to cash in on the midfielder.
Liverpool have been strongly linked with a transfer with reports even suggesting that personal terms have been agreed with the player.
And Guardiola, who is in charge at Manchester City, believes Thiago would have no problems settling in in the Premier League.
When asked to comment on Thiago's links to Liverpool at a press conference on Friday, Guardiola responded: “No doubt about it. A player who plays for Barcelona and Bayern Munich can play in the Premier League.
“Of course he can play. He’s an exceptional player, but I don’t know what he’s going to do.”
There have been questions as to where Thiago would fit into this season’s Premier League champions.
But former Reds defender Glen Johnson feels the midfeilder would work his way into contention for a starting berth, providing Jurgen Klopp made a slight tweak to his system.
Johnson said: "When you play against certain opponents, if he was given the free role as like a No 10 and let’s say Fabinho and Henderson in front of the back four then I could see that working wonders, because he’s a fantastic player and he can open up defences.
"If an away back four has got to worry about [Sadio] Mane, [Mohamed] Salah and [Roberto] Firmino, and then you’ve got Thiago floating around them, that’s going to keep them very occupied.
"Every team needs to strengthen. "ot so much in the starting XI but just in the situation where [if] they get two or three injuries early on then they’re going to need a bigger squad that can push the first team.
"When the team are playing the way they are and getting as many points as they are it’s hard to improve on that XI."
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