Man Utd made Aston Villa keeper Emiliano Martinez a transfer target to replace David de Gea
Manchester United have put a sought-after Aston Villa star on their transfer radar, while Bayern Munich are set to attack Leeds – both in every last Paper Talk.
MEN UTD EYE EMILIANO MARTINEZ
Manchester United have made Aston Villa keeper Emiliano Martinez a transfer target as a potential replacement for David de Gea, according to a report.
The Red Devils have long enjoyed the form of Spain international De Gea since his move to Old Trafford in 2018. But since the 2018 World Cup, his form has come into question more than ever.
Mistakes have crept into his game, especially during the 2019/20 season. As such, academy product Dean Henderson had a spell last season as the club’s number one.
De Gea has since regained his place returning to his best form. But at 31, United are starting to consider other options.
While Henderson is De Gea’s obvious successor, reports have claimed that he wants a new challenge due to a constant lack of playing time lately.
As a result, the Star of the day claims that Argentina international from Villa Martinez is firmly on United’s transfer shortlist.
The 29-year-old has been a standout player at Villa Park since his move from Arsenal in September 2020. He has made 54 appearances so far, keeping 20 sheets clean.
United have reportedly watched Martinez “several times” and consider him a “very suitable” player to replace De Gea.
But the Red Devils would only make a move for him if De Gea leaves before his contract expires in the summer of 2023. United are also said to be ready to pay Â£ 50million for him.
Martinez is one of the first names on Villa’s roster and continued to impress early in Steven Gerrard’s reign as manager.
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Bayern Munich are preparing a â¬ 50million (Â£ 42million) offer for Leeds winger Raphinha. (Mundo Deportivo)
Liverpool are also watching the Brazilian, as well as West Ham winger Jarrod Bowen. (Echo of Liverpool)
The Reds will face Mohamed Salah in the Premier League’s decisive clash next Sunday against Chelsea following an agreement with the Egyptian FA regarding his participation in the Africa Cup of Nations. (Daily Mirror)
Meanwhile, former Red Stephen Warnock has ‘no doubt’ Liverpool will bind Salah to a new contract. (Daily Mirror)
Tottenham are aiming for a trio of free transfer signings, with Chelsea center-back Antonio Rudiger on their schedule. (ESPN)
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Aston Villa manager Steven Gerrard will miss the club’s next two games following a positive Covid-19 test. (The Guardian)
Manchester United think they have the advantage over Liverpool and Chelsea in the race for Bayer Leverkusen star Florian Wirtz. (Star of the day)
But Blues boss Thomas Tuchel has other plans to bolster his midfield ranks by keeping Crystal Palace lender Conor Gallagher next season. (Daily Express)
Still, Chelsea have four key defenders out of contract this summer and Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink has warned his former side of an escalation of the team’s problem. (Daily Mirror)
Burnley can do better, with 10 players without a contract at the end of the season. However, manager Sean Dyche urged his team to focus to avoid relegation. (Daily mail)
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Newcastle boss Eddie Howe has called for “realism” about his side’s transfer plans in January, despite the looming prospect of a relegation battle. (Daily Express)
Indeed, the Magpies have ended a move for Man Utd striker Anthony Martial and will now look elsewhere. (Football insider)
Nemanja Matic has admitted that United interim manager Ralf Rangnick faces an unenviable task to make the Premier League’s top four. (Daily Mirror)
Everton boss Rafael Benitez has insisted he is confident youngster Lewis Dobbin will sign a new deal, following an extension for compatriot Jarrad Branthwaite. (Echo of Liverpool)
Brentford boss Thomas Frank is confident defender Rico Henry will be called up to England if he continues his current rise. (Daily mail)
Davinson Sanchez praised Tottenham manager Antonio Conte for his attention to detail and perfectionism, which the defender says is helping to turn things around at Spurs. (Daily mail)