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MANCHESTER UNITED'S search for January reinforcements continues.
The Red Devils are looking at Spurs target Krzysztof Piatek, but AC Milan want any deal done this week, while there could be a breakthrough with Sporting for Bruno Fernandes.
Get the latest transfer news and gossip from Old Trafford here…
WHY WE LOST ERLING
MANCHESTER UNITED boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has confirmed that they pulled out of the race to sign Erling Haaland due to his agent Mino Raiola's demands.
One of Europe's hottest prospects, Haaland ended up signing for Borussia Dortmund for just £18million.
But it wasn't the transfer fee that United had any issue with, but the demands coming from Raiola and the player's father, Alf-Inge.
MailOnline reports that the pair “wanted a significant share of the player's future sales value”.
And now, in a press conference ahead of United's home game against Burnley, Solskjaer has shed more light on why the deal for the 19-year-old never got over the line.
He said: “It's important that we use common sense.
“There are other things too when you sign players, that you have to keep in control.
“You can't give agents the control by giving buyout clauses and stuff.
“That has been touted around, that is for me, we have to be in control.”
NO NEED FOR BALE OUT
GARETH BALE'S agent claims the Wales superstar, who has been linked to Manchester United, will see out the rest of his Real Madrid contract.
The 30-year-old attacker, on a eye-watering £650,000-a-week contract until the summer of 2022, was close to leaving the Spanish giants last year following a public fall-out with boss Zinedine Zidane.
A big-money move to Chinese side Jiangsu Suning collapsed at the 11th hour while injury and illness has limited Bale to just 14 Real appearances this season.
But Jonathan Barnett, speaking at the Association of Football Agents meeting in London, said: “He's got another two-and-a-half years left on his contract, and he's fine.
“He will be there, everything will be fine. That's what I've always said. I've never deviated from that.”
bale's od club Spurs had been linked with a shock loan bidfollowing the long-term injury to star striker Harry Kane.
But Barnett, who quipped he is an Arsenal supporter, rejected those claims when he added: “He's one of the best players on earth, why would he go somewhere on loan? That's ridiculous.
“Not many clubs can actually afford him anyway. He's happy, he'll play at Real Madrid and hopefully, win a couple more things with them.”
BORUSSIA Dortmund are in talks with Italian giants Juventus to sign ex-Liverpool midfielder Emre Can, who has also been linked to Manchester United and Spurs.
According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, Can could join Dortmund permanently if they can agree a fee for a player Juve rate at between £21million to £25m.
The 26-year-old wants to make a move this month so he can get more game-time.
He fears he may lose his place in Germany's squad for the summer's European Championship if he doesn't stack up more regular minutes.
He has barely played this season, having only made eight appearances across all competitions for Juve so far, under manager Maurizio Sarri, having scored no goals.
He has also been left out of their Champions League squad.
There is also interest from the likes of Everton and, AC Milan.
AC Milan want any deal for Tottenham and Manchester United target Krzysztof Piatek to be concluded by the end of the week.
The Polish striker's future has been in doubt this month with Zlatan Ibrahimovic's return to the San Siro and a £32million price tag has been mooted.
But according to Tuttosport unless the Rossoneri receive a suitable offer by the end of the week Piatek won't be going anywhere.
Spurs were believed to have had a swap deal involving Juan Foyth and Victor Wanyama rejected earlier this month.
TOUCH AND GO
Top doctor Johnny Wilson believes Marcus Rashford is only a doubt to be fit in time for Euro 2020, due to his stress fracture of he back.
The clinical director at 108 Harley Street said: “In the Premier League there have been seven players over the last 10 years that have reported the same injury as Rashford.
“Their average return-to-playing timeframe was 133 days. Today the Euros are 142 days away, so it is touch and go. He has a chance but everything has to go right.”
He added: “A unilateral fracture would be a fracture on either side of the vertebrae and a bilateral one would be the left side and the right side having fractured.
“It’s a little bit more serious if it’s a bilateral one because the vertebrae might be a little bit unstable and more prone to slipping forward, which can cause nerve impingement, sciatica or disc herniation.
“Ninety per cent of those guys will return to play pain-free within four months but for 10 per cent their recovery might not go so well.”
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