Transfer News Today: Man United move on to new £50m defensive target as Lindelof deal stalls


Mourinho turns to £50m defender

It seems that this window is going to see a constant stream of defenders linked with Manchester United, and next on that list appears to be Greek stopper Kostas Manolas. The Roma defender was heavily linked with a switch to Chelsea or Arsenal in the summer and has only improved since, proving himself to be one of Serie A’s strongest defenders.

The 25-year-old is being looked to after the deal for Victor Lindelof appears to have hit something of a brick wall. Manolas is likely to cost somewhere approaching £50m, with his current club hoping to get a price in excess of that if possible.

Jose Mourinho is eager to sign a world class defender, both for this term and in preparation for the next few years. The Portuguese wants his man to have half a season to settle before attacking their first full campaign and with Manolas looking a perfect for English football, he may just be a better signing than the much talked about Lindelof.

 Read Jamie Case on United Target Lindelof

 

Shock defender move from Conte

It seems Antonio Conte is determined to surprise everyone with his transfer business this winter. After being linked with a move for Swansea striker Fernando Llorente, Conte and Chelsea are now reportedly lining up an attempt to bring Simon Kjaer to the club from Fenerbahce.

At 27, Kjaer has already played nearly 60 times for Denmark and is considered one of the Turkish club’s best assets. With Nathan Ake returning to Stamford Bridge, this move is unexpected but it is clear the Italian boss is wary of the slight downturn in performance at the back in recent weeks.

Kjaer would be happy playing anywhere in Conte’s back three and is at the peak of his powers, he also offers a real goal threat, notching three in the league already this term.

 

Wilfred Bony set for Pellegrini reunion

Chinese football is collecting Premier League players who were once pretty good but now aren’t playing much, like they are going out of fashion. The next one in the sights of the Super League is Manchester City striker Wilfried Bony, who has had little impact since a loan move to Stoke in which he has scored just two times.

However, former manager Manuel Pellegrini is now the boss of Hebei China Fortune (yes, that’s really their name) and is very keen to be reunited with player he shelled out £28m to bring to the Etihad.

The Ivorian striker is thought to be interested in the switch, with the huge wages on offer obviously a huge factor. An £11m offer for Bony is said to have been lodged and it is now just down to the clubs and the player to thrash it out.