Transfer News: Man U turned down £34m Koulibaly deal before signing Varane, Borussia Dortmund considering Timo Werner as Erling Haaland replacement
According to a report, Manchester United opted against signing Napoli center-back Kalidou Koulibaly in the summer.
In the transfer window, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer made strengthening his defense a priority, and the Red Devils were linked with Sven Botman, Jules Kounde, and Cristian Romero. Raphael Varane was eventually bought by Manchester United from Real Madrid for a price of £34 million.
Borussia Dortmund considering Timo Werner as Erling Haaland replacement
According to a report, Borussia Dortmund has identified Chelsea striker Timo Werner as a possible replacement for Erling Braut Haaland.
Haaland has been strongly linked with a transfer away from Signal Iduna Park due to a £68 million release clause that becomes activated next summer. As a result, Dortmund is prepared to lose the Norwegian international and has already begun the search for his replacement in the attack.
Liverpool ’emerge as contenders for Robert Lewandowski’
The Reds have emerged as potential suitors for Bayern Munich target man Robert Lewandowski, according to reports.
The 33-year-old’s deal with the German giants expires in the summer of 2023, and he is said to have told the club of his intention to seek a new challenge the following year.
As a result, Lewandowski has been linked with a move to the Premier League, while Real Madrid have reportedly identified the Poland international as a suitable replacement for Erling Braut Haaland.
Manchester United ‘make Paul Pogba, Bruno Fernandes contracts top priorities’
According to Fabrizio Romano, The Red Devils have made new contracts for Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba “priorities.”
Fernandes’ contract at the Threatre of Dreams is set to expire in the summer of 2025, but the club reportedly wants to reward the Portuguese playmaker with a lucrative new deal.
Meanwhile, Pogba is set to become a free agent at the conclusion of the current season, although the France Midfielder is said to be leaning toward signing a new deal with the English Giants.
Chelsea ‘to cash in on Antonio Rudiger against Thomas Tuchel’s wishes’
The Blues are reportedly planning to sell Antonio Rudiger, against manager Thomas Tuchel’s preferences.
Over the last eighteen months, the Germany international has established himself as a crucial part of Tuchel’s backline, but he is now in the final year of his contract with the Champions League holders.
The German center defender has already discussed the possibility of signing a new deal at Stamford Bridge, but according to a recent report, Chelsea are struggling to persuade him to put pen to paper.