The Red Devils are expected to prioritize a new face on the wing and center-back, with Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho and Pau Torres – who played for Villarreal in the final – two key targets.
An Old Trafford legend encouraged his former team to finish signing Sancho, insisting the Three Lions star would solve an attacking ‘problem’.
Torres, meanwhile, has spoken honestly about his future heading into the final as he prepares for a summer loaded with interest in his services.
There is also an update on Jose Mourinho’s plans to sign one of his former United players, with the latest reports from Italy suggesting his hopes have received a blow.
Here’s the Manchester United transfer roundup on Thursday.
Mourinho “blocked” by Roma council
Jose Mourinho’s hopes of a meeting with Nemanja Matic are almost over after the Roma bosses decided not to bid for the Manchester United midfielder.
It depends TuttoMercatoWeb, who says Matic’s demands for a € 7million per year (£ 6.1million) contract were deemed too costly.
The news is a blow to Mourinho and Matic, who are reportedly keen to join forces at Stadio Olimpico as the former takes over as Roma manager this summer.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is said to be ready to sanction the transfer, Matic, 32, valued at around € 10m (£ 8.7m).
Torres makes a statement
Pau Torres has posted a passionate update on his future ahead of Villarreal’s confrontation with Manchester United in the Europa League final.
The 24-year-old Spain international has become one of La Liga’s top defenders and is said to be on the Red Devils’ center-back list.
But Torres, who has been on Villarreal’s books since childhood, says his life is “tied” to his childhood club.
“For now, I think as a player dressed in yellow, I see my life tied to this club,” he told the Pure Football podcast.
“For now I have a contract here [until June 2024] and I don’t see beyond this finale or what might come this summer.
“God willing, I can be in Euros. I only want the first title for my club, for my people, and then to represent Spain in a tournament as big as this. “
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Sancho could remedy the “problem”
Manchester United have been urged to remedy their weakness on the right wing by club legend Gary Pallister.
The Red Devils have reportedly rekindled their interest in Borussia Dortmund striker Jadon Sancho in recent weeks and Pallister claims the Englishman “will excite United fans next season”.
“The side is not the finished item and hopefully there will be some additions, maybe Sancho because that right side has been a problem for United all season,” the former center-back said . SBK Sportsbook.
“They finished too far behind City in what has been a strange season.
“Sancho is exciting and had a great time in Germany scoring goals and getting assists. He looked like he was set to play last season but Dortmund played hardball and he didn’t cross the line.
“I think he can’t wait to come. United had (Mason) Greenwood play on the right because he is not strong enough to play in the middle and then there is Daniel James who I hope can improve and deliver even more next season in the goal to keep the role, so someone like Sancho would be great for the competition and a real no-brainer.
“He’s the type of player who would excite United fans next season. “