Man Utd news LIVE: Ed Woodward could approve £400m transfer budget, four-player shortlist

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Man Utd transfer news LIVE updates: All the latest news, gossip and updates from Old Trafford

Sunday, December 15

  • Manchester United are considering a double swoop for Lautaro Martinez and Leandro Paredes
  • Ed Woodward is set to hand Ole Gunnar Solskjaer an enormous £250million transfer kitty
  • That figure could rise to £400million if Paul Pogba is sold for his £150m valuation
  • Erling Haaland has told Ole Gunnar Solskjaer he wants to sign for Manchester United in January

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Wanted: Lautaro Martinez and Leandro Paredes

Manchester United are considering a double swoop for Lautaro Martinez and Leandro Paredes.

That’s according to the Mirror, who claim Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants the Argentine duo at Old Trafford.

Inter Milan striker Martinez, 22, has a £92million release clause in his contract while Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Paredes would reportedly command a £36m fee.

The pair are said to be aware of Manchester United’s interest and could join Solskjaer’s youthful ranks next summer.

Man Utd transfer news LIVE updates: All the latest news, gossip and updates from Old Trafford

Man Utd transfer news LIVE updates: All the latest news, gossip and updates from Old Trafford (Image: GETTY)

The budget…

Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward is set to hand Ole Gunnar Solskjaer an enormous transfer kitty.

The Red Devils are looking to bolster their squad ahead of the January transfer window to help secure Champions League qualification.

The Sun claim Solskjaer will be given a whopping £250million next year and that figure could rise to £400m if Paul Pogba is sold for his £150m valuation.

The report claims United could splurge on Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho, Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly, Sporting Lisbon playmaker Bruno Fernandes and Norwegian hotshot Erling Haaland.

Man Utd transfer news LIVE updates: All the latest news, gossip and updates from Old Trafford

Man Utd transfer news LIVE updates: All the latest news, gossip and updates from Old Trafford (Image: GETTY)

Erling Haaland January deal

Erling Haaland has told Ole Gunnar Solskjaer he wants to sign for Manchester United in January.

Reports suggest Solskjaer flew to Austria this week to meet with the highly-rated youngster.

And the Mirror claim Haaland has told the United boss he would like to move to Old Trafford when the transfer window reopens next month.

The 19-year-old missed Salzburg’s game against Hartberg on Saturday ahead of Austria’s two-month winter break.

That means he could have played his final match for the club if a big-money move materialises next month.

Man Utd transfer news LIVE updates: All the latest news, gossip and updates from Old Trafford

Man Utd transfer news LIVE updates: All the latest news, gossip and updates from Old Trafford (Image: GETTY)

Jesse Lingard interview

Jesse Lingard has revealed how a heart-to-heart with Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer helped give him a second chance to kick-start his season.

The 26-year-old midfielder found himself taking on more family responsibilities for his younger brother and sister after his mother fell ill.

Lingard admits the extra burden had impacted on his playing performances during the first part of the current campaign.

“I am normally quite bubbly and want to put smiles on people’s faces, but people have seen the change in my ways,” Lingard told the Daily Mail. “I have been down and glum; just worrying. I felt like everybody just passed all the stuff to me and it weighed on my shoulders. It was like, ‘Here you go Jesse, you deal with this on your own’.

Lingard added: “I wasn’t performing and he was on me all the time. He (Solskjaer) wanted more from me. I felt it was best to get everything off my chest and tell him why my head wasn’t right, so I knocked on his door.”

Man Utd transfer news LIVE updates: All the latest news, gossip and updates from Old Trafford

Man Utd transfer news LIVE updates: All the latest news, gossip and updates from Old Trafford (Image: GETTY)

Wayne Rooney return…

Wayne Rooney is convinced he has still got what it takes to prosper in the Premier League as he targets a return with Derby.

The former Everton and Manchester United striker will resume his career in England next month after joining the Rams as player-coach from MLS side DC United, and promotion back to the top flight and the chance to take care of unfinished business are at the top of his agenda.

“I still felt I could do it when I was at Everton, but other people made their decisions on that,” Rooney said. “Now my ambition is to get Derby back in the Premier League and hopefully play my part there for them.

“Ryan Giggs was able to play into his late thirties in the Premier League and Gareth Barry says he wants to do it at 40.”

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