Man Utd transfer round-up – Centre-back contingency plan plus Pogba latest

With the domestic transfer window open until October 16, teams in the Premier League have a few more days to sign from the divisions below.

Manchester United were busy on the international deadline day, bringing in free agent Edinson Cavani, Facundo Pellistri, Alex Telles and reaching an agreement for Amad Diallo, who will join in January.

Whether the club dip their toe back into the market for a player from the Championship is uncertain.

What seems more probable is that United will use this time between now and next summer to line up various transfer targets in a bid to avoid a repeat of the saga which saw Jadon Sancho remain a Borussia Dortmund player.

Here is the latest Manchester United transfer round-up…

Pogba has support of squad despite Real comments

Midfielder Paul Pogba retains the backing of his teammates despite stating it would be a “dream” move to play for Real Madrid.

Pogba has been linked incessantly with a move to the Spanish giants, and with less than a year remaining on his United contract, each day that passes means an Old Trafford departure becomes a greater possibility.

“Yes, all footballers would like to play for Real Madrid. Maybe it is a dream. It is a dream for me. Why not one day?” Pogba is quoted as saying in a press conference at the French national team’s Clairefontaine base.

Despite these revelations and the subsequent, fresh links to Madrid, Pogba is well supported among the United players, with some even believing he is the best player the club have at their disposal, according to the Manchester Evening News.

Pogba has the option to extend his current United deal by a year, but is yet to enter into talks with club chiefs over a new deal.

United squad upset at Romero treatment

The Daily Mail report that United’s players are unhappy at third-choice goalkeeper Sergio Romero being denied the opportunity to join Everton on loan.

Deadline day passed not without incident for the goalkeeper, whose wife was scathing of her husband’s club on social media. Romero has been forced down the pecking order at United with the return of Dean Henderson, and faces a prolonged spell on the sidelines.

Romero’s United colleagues have reportedly expressed their discontent at the treatment of the goalkeeper’s treatment.

They believe he was priced out of a last-minute loan to Premier League rivals Everton, where he would have had a chance of regular football.

United’s refusal to accept a straight loan move without a fee appears to have spoiled Romero’s chances of first-team football this season, as the Argentine has also been omitted from the club’s 25-man Europa League squad.

Centre-back contingency plan in place

 

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United could add another central defender in January if Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s side do not improve at the back over the next few months.

ESPN report that United could turn their attention to Manchester City target Jules Kounde, who helped Sevilla to Europa League glory last season.

The news comes in the wake of the club’s joint-heaviest home defeat at the hands of Tottenham Hotspur before the international break, with captain Harry Maguire currently out of form.

Despite spending £80million on the England defender last summer, United chiefs are reportedly willing to delve into their pockets again.

France U-21 international Kounde was a top target for rivals City this summer, who eventually chose Ruben Dias to supplement their own defensive options.

United would be expected to move on one of the club’s current out-of-favour defenders in order to make room for Kounde within Solskjær’s squad, with Eric Bailly, Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo atop the list of potential exits.

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