There is something inherently wrong at the club and they will continue to throw money into a black hole in search of the answer.
They exclusively claim that Lyon striker Moussa Dembele and Sean Longstaff of Newcastle midfield fame will be targeted in a £90m double swoop.
Ed Woodward has apparently informed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer that ‘he will have significant funds to spend’ in the winter, with the manager most keen to boost his attacking options. Dembele has been mentioned in that regard before, identified as their ‘No. 1 target’ after some extensive scouting.
United ‘believe he can be lured’ from Lyon for about £50m, with Jeremy Cross throwing in the interesting titbit of saying the club ‘tried to sign Alvaro Morata in the summer but dropped their interest following doubts about his motives’.
Anyway, the Dembele move will be accompanied by ‘a fresh bid’ for Longstaff, with United of the belief that the current crisis at Newcastle will see their £50m summer demands drop to around £40m by January.
Solskjaer will presumably be in charge of spending such sums. But The Guardian do throw an unemployed Italian spanner into the works.
Massimiliano Allegri has apparently ‘been learning English’ with an eye on taking ‘a new role in the Premier League,’ particularly ‘taking over from’ Solskjaer in the event United sack him.
Allegri watched the end of Tottenham as we know them from the stands in north London, has ‘been sounded out by several clubs’ in the top flight and ‘is believed to have identified United as a potential employer’.
United ‘have no intention’ of bringing Solskjaer’s reign to an early end. But Allegri ‘is expected to be on a two or three-man shortlist’ if they do and he isn’t even bothered about whether they qualify for the Champions League.
Over to Mesut Ozil now, and while considering the recent claims that Arsenal want to loan their highest earner out in January, they add that the Gunners ‘fear they will be unable’ to offload him.
Arsenal will consider permanent or temporary offers for Ozil in the winter, ‘but there is a concern the playmaker is ready to sit tight’. He is happy in London, albeit ‘affected’ by ‘security fears’ after he and Sead Kolasinac were attacked by thugs in the summer.