Manchester United face competition from Real Madrid in their bid to sign Erling Braut Haaland.
United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes their shared nationality may prove decisive in the hunt for the 19-year-old Norwegian, but Real Madrid are determined to snap up Haaland in the new year.
Having scored a stunning 18 goals in 11 games this season, Leeds-born Haaland is in the form of his life, which will be of no surprise to Solskjaer.
He coached him at Molde for one season and has always believed in his potential, but Real boss Zinedine Zidane is also a fan and a bidding war is expected.
Another youngster in Solskjaer’s sights is Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Kai Havertz.
Liverpool also have their eye on the 20-year-old German and this time it’s Jurgen Klopp who hopes he can use patriotism to his advantage.
Havertz, who was called into the Germany squad last year, is highly regarded in the Bundesliga, and United and Liverpool have both had their scouts at Leverkusen of late. But the Mirror says before the youngster makes any decision, “he’ll speak to Germany boss Joachim Low first”.
Valued at £80m, Havertz wants to ask the advice of his national coach as he’s also aware that Manchester City, Borussia Dortmund and Barcelona have also been mentioned as suitors.
“I listen to many people but in the end it will be my decision,” said Havertz. “I will embrace any advice Low will give me because he has a lot of experience.”
Mandzukic deal ‘agreed’
It will require the Red Devils to hand over £10m in readies to the Italian champions, but that is a price that United are prepared to pay.
Solskjaer believes the Croatian ace can “beef up his misfiring front line” and Juventus are ready to offload the 33-year-old as he’s longer part of their plans.
Matic to Milan?
Inter Milan are “targeting” United midfielder Nemanja Matic.
The Serbian is a bit-part player these days at Old Trafford, with Paul Pogba and Scott McTominay preferred by Solskjaer, and he’s considering his options as he enters the last few months of his contract.
Inter boss Antonio Conte is “keen to reunite” with Matic after their time together at Chelsea, and the Express says that the Italian club are “preparing a three-year contract worth €5m [£4.4m] per season”.