Manchester United 'keen on Kondogbia' after losing out on Bellingham and more transfer rumours
Manchester United are interested in signing Valencia midfielder Geoffrey Kondogbia, according to reports.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is hoping to add quality and depth to his squad this summer to build upon their potential and turn them into Premier League title contenders.
While a winger in Jadon Sancho and a playmaker in Jack Grealish are the club's top targets, the Norwegian is also keen on signing a centre-midfielder.
Birmingham City prodigy Jude Bellingham was a United candidate but the 17-year-old has instead opted to join German giants Borussia Dortmund.
As a result United will have to identify alternative targets and, according to FootMercata, via the Daily Express, Kondogbia is one of them.
Valencia have failed to qualify for European football this season and the loss in revenue combined with the financial implication of the coronavirus pandemic will reportedly lead the club to selling many of their star players this summer.
Exciting winger Ferran Torres has also been linked with a switch to Old Trafford but it's claimed that United and Tottenham are also showing interest in French defensive-midfielder Kondogbia.
It's claimed that the 27-year-old is keen on a move to England and could be available for as little as £20million.
Meanwhile, United look as through they will miss out on Bayer Leverkusen hotshot Kai Havertz as Chelsea are reportedly closing in on the signing.
The Athletic report the news that the 20-year-old could join Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech in a huge summer of business for Frank Lampard’s side.
M.E.N. Sport reported in June that Havertz was open to a move to Old Trafford as he was keen to make the switch to the Premier League this simmer, but appears that Chelsea will be his destination instead.
Gareth Bale's agent issues transfer update to Tottenham and Man Utd amid Real Madrid frustration
The agent of Gareth Bale has revealed he is perfectly happy and prepared to stay at Real Madrid for the next two years despite not playing.
Jonathan Barnett has broken the Bale camp's silence after a turbulent few weeks that have seen the former Tottenham man frozen out by Zinedine Zidane.
Bale was an unused substitute for Real’s opening matches of La Liga, before he angered the Spanish press with his antics in the stands.
He then cut an awkward figure as Madrid celebrated that success in front of the watching world before he was left out of the squad completely for Sunday's final league match as Zidane asserted his authority.
But despite the problems, Barnett has insisted that Bale is more than happy to sit things out in the Spanish capital.
"Gareth is fine. He has two years left on his contract," he told BBC Sport.
"He likes living in Madrid and he is going nowhere.
"He is still as good as anyone else in the team. It's up to [Real Madrid manager] Zinedine Zidane."
Before he added on a move away this summer: "Of course there's been interest but there's hardly a club in the world which can afford him.
"It's a great loss that he's not in the Real Madrid team at the moment but he will not
"Gareth is not looking to outlast Zinedine Zidane. Mr Zidane has been very successful.
"There's no hatred. Mr Zidane just does not want to play him.
"Gareth trains every day and he trains well."
Man United enter the race to sign€50m-rated England international
Red Devils have been advised to seal the transfer of promising young West Ham United defensive midfielder Declan Rice.
Pundit John Barnes believes Declan could be an ideal long-term Nemanja Matic replacement for Man United, though he’s also been heavily linked with Blues in recent times.
Man United and Chelsea could battle for the signing of Rice this summer, and Barnes has explained why he thinks the English winger could be just what’s needed in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s squad.
Barnes said: “Regarding the ongoing transfer rumours on Declan Rice, I am not sure that he would come into Manchester United and take over that defensive midfield role, especially as Nemanja Matic has recently signed a two-year contract.
Red Devils supporters will perhaps hope their club can secure the signing of England international this summer, even if it doesn’t seem an urgent priority.
For one thing, it’s always useful beating a rival like Blues to the signing of a top footballer, who would undoubtedly do a job at London club as well.
Chelsea manager may well feel he could do with injecting some fresh blood into his midfield, with Declan an ideal long-term successor to the likes of N’Golo Kante and Jorginho.
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