Man Utd transfer round-up as Leverkusen in for Red Devils star plus Pogba latest

Man Utd could be braced for a frantic January transfer window if Mino Raiola gets his way.

The super-agent dropped the bombshell last week that Paul Pogba was looking to leave the club next month.

Pogba has done little to play down the reports, despite reaffirming his commitment to United so long as he was wearing the shirt.

United are under increasing pressure to sell Pogba as his contract approaches its final year – but will we see a big money move in January?

Meanwhile, Solskjaer has plenty of other decisions to make regarding his squad which sets him up for a busy start to the new year.

Here are the latest transfer rumours from Old Trafford.

Leverkusen in for Williams

Brandon Williams (R) could be allowed to go out on loan

Bayer Leverkusen are reportedly chasing a loan move for Brandon Williams.

The 20-year-old could be heading out of Old Trafford on a temporary basis to get some regular first-team action.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is due to make a decision on Williams’ immediate future in January, and The Telegraph report Leverkusen are at the front of the queue if United are willing to let him go.

Smith doubts Rice move

United have been linked with a move for West Ham midfielder Declan Rice
United have been linked with a move for West Ham midfielder Declan Rice

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer may have missed out on Jadon Sancho in the summer, but he still made some big moves in the transfer market with Donny van de Beek, Alex Telles and Edinson Cavani all arriving.

But their start to the season has been a mixed bag, with a home defeat to Crystal Palace and a 6-1 thrashing by Spurs at one end of the scale, and a tremendous 2-1 win over PSG in Paris at the other.

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Former Man Utd striker Alan Smith feels Declan Rice would be a solid signing for his old club, but doubts the West Ham star will complete a move to Old Trafford.

“I like Declan Rice as a player and I think he would be a great addition – and is a British-based player, which obviously helps,” Smith told American Gambler.

“I think he’s one that is a bit more old school than a lot of defensive midfield players are now.”

However, Smith feels Solskjaer won’t bid for Rice due to the presence of a current United star.

“It all depends on how good Scott McTominay is going to be, as you don’t want to get someone like-for-like that is already coming through the system,” Smith added.

“He’s obviously someone that Ole holds in high regard, he sees him in training every day, and you wouldn’t want to block the pathway of a young lad coming through the United system.”

Juve want Pogba swap deal

Juventus are willing to let Paulo Dybala go to seal Pogba's return
Juventus are willing to let Paulo Dybala go to seal Pogba’s return

Juventus are prepared to offer either Paulo Dybala or Federico Bernadeschi in exchange for Paul Pogba if United are willing to let the midfielder go.

Finances at the Italian club are tight, meaning Juve have had to accept they are unlikely to be able to meet United’s asking price.

ESPN report that Juve are now hopeful of tempting United into a swap deal, rather than a straight cash sale, though are targeting next summer to complete the move.

Like Pogba, Dybala is out of contract in 2022, and would appeal to United, who he almost joined last year.

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