Mancini could return to Manchester
Roberto Mancini could be considered a “wild card candidate” to be installed at the head of Manchester United from next summer. The Telegraph reveals the Red Devils are eyeing a shock blow to the former Manchester City boss. Mancini could become available if Italy fail to qualify for the 2022 World Cup, but a job at Old Trafford might even be enough to turn his head if he isn’t sacked by the Azzurri. Mauricio Pochettino, Erik ten Hag and Brendan Rodgers are also being considered for the role.
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Paper Round’s point of view: Mancini’s return to Manchester would certainly be something. His ties to Manchester’s blue half could prove to be a stumbling block, especially since he was the first manager to win the Premier League title for City. However, he has proven to be an elite tactician during his current stint in Italy where he won Euro 2020 and he has also brought talented young people to the senior squad. Despite all of this, Pochettino, Ten Hag, and maybe even Rodgers all seem to be a better fit. Mancini has proven to be slightly unstable in his previous club roles, while United need calm and stability.
Man Utd join battle for Adeyemi
The Mirror see Manchester United as a possible destination for Red Bull Salzburg striker Karim Adeyemi. The 19-year-old is said to be wanted by a host of top European clubs, including Liverpool, Bayern Munich, Barcelona, Borussia Dortmund and Arsenal. However, former Salzburg boss Ralf Rangnick has just been appointed interim boss at Old Trafford, which has opened the door for a potential transfer for Adeyemi. The youngster is valued at around £ 34million and could be available for sale in the January transfer window.
Paper Round’s point of view: Adeyemi is the latest German prodigy in high demand. He’s already scored 15 goals this season in just 25 appearances across all competitions, so it makes sense that top Europeans are eyeing him before the winter window. Would Manchester United be an ideal destination for him? Probably not. The Premier League club already have a promising young striker at Mason Greenwood, so his minutes at Old Trafford would be limited. Dortmund, Barcelona or Arsenal would make a lot more sense if Adeyemi is looking for first-team football.
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Real Madrid increase Rudiger’s interest
Real Madrid are increasingly confident in their pursuit of Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger, according to Goal. The Germany international is fast approaching the expiration date of his current contract at Stamford Bridge and will be allowed to open negotiations with foreign clubs from January. Goal reveal Rudiger is “not interested” in signing a new deal with Chelsea, and now Real Madrid are “prioritizing” a decision for the 28-year-old. Los Blancos are feeling “optimistic” about bringing Rudiger to the Spanish capital next summer.
Paper Round’s point of view: It’s a nightmare for Chelsea. Rudiger has been one of Europe’s best center-backs since Thomas Tuchel took the reins from West London earlier this year. If the Blues defender leaves Stamford Bridge, he will have to pay huge fees to sign a first-class replacement. It seems the stumbling block is his salary demands, but there is no doubt that he deserves a significant pay raise. It will be a huge mistake if Chelsea lose him this summer – especially with Andreas Christensen and Thiago Silva also approaching the end of their contracts.
West Ham plans to hit the January transfer market
West Ham United are set to strengthen their squad in the January transfer market, with David Moyes admitting the club are planning to challenge the top teams in the Premier League. The Mirror reveals that English duo Jesse Lingard and James Tarkowski top the Hammers list. The pair will be available for a reduced fee due to their contractual situations, as both are expected to become free agents at the end of the season. Moyes is also considering a new striker, with Basel striker Arthur Cabral on the cards.
Paper Round’s point of view: West Ham is once again enjoying a supreme season under Moyes. The former Manchester United manager is having fun at London Stadium and the Hammers are currently in fourth place in the Premier League. They beat him in the Europa League and are still in the Carabao Cup after knocking out defending champions Manchester City. It makes sense to try and strengthen their squad in January so they can continue to compete on all fronts for the remainder of the season.
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