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Transfer Talk: Man Utd have inside track for Dortmund’s Bellingham

The summer transfer window is closed for the top leagues in Europe! After a summer full of international football, countless clubs waited until the last minute to pull off their transfers. See all the major deals here and check out how we graded the biggest signings. But just because the window is shut until January, that doesn’t mean the rumours won’t keep coming.

TOP STORY: Man Utd have inside track for Bellingham

Manchester United are in pole position to sign Borussia Dortmund youngster Jude Bellingham, according to The Sun.

The report states that the Red Devils’ attempts to impress the midfielder began before his move from Birmingham City to the Bundesliga side in 2020, laying the foundation for a future move to Old Trafford.

Bellingham, 18, was given plenty of special treatment back in April 2020, as Sir Alex Ferguson took the player and his family on a tour of United’s training ground, while Ole Gunnar Solskjaer also spent time with him in an effort to persuade him to join United. He eventually chose Dortmund for immediate first-team football, but was still impressed by United’s efforts.

Bellingham has since impressed in the Bundesliga and in the Champions League, and was part of the England squad which finished runners-up to Italy at Euro 2020.

Those performances also mean Man United aren’t the only club monitoring Bellingham, as Chelsea and Manchester City are also being linked.

It has previously been reported that any club who wants to bring him in would need to pay at least €100m. If United are willing to pay that, their previous conduct regarding Bellingham could work in their favour.

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10.44 BST: Sources have told ESPN Brasil that Edinson Cavani does not feel marginalised at Manchester United by the signing of Cristiano Ronaldo, and intends to stay at the club.

Cavani, 34, opted to sign a new one-year deal with the United in the summer rather than return to South America to finish his career. However, the arrival of Ronaldo has added a new dimension to the club’s attacking options and could limit the Uruguay international’s first-team opportunities.

But sources says Cavani does not feel intimidated by Ronaldo returning to the Red Devils, having played alongside greats like Luis Suarez, Kylian Mbappe, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Neymar.

10.00 BST: Declan Rice is reported to be one of Manchester United‘s key transfer targets for next season, but West Ham United first-team coach Kevin Nolan says he would not part with the midfielder if the transfer fee hits nine figures.

“When you watch him play, he just seems in control of everything,” Nolan told the BBC’s Football Daily podcast. “For me, he’s going to get better. Putting a transfer value on him, I wouldn’t sell him for £100m.”

PAPER GOSSIP

Inter Milan are looking into a January move for Manchester United midfielder Donny van de Beek, reports Calciomercato. They are hoping to negotiate a loan deal with the option to make the move permanent. The Dutchman has struggled to get game time since his move from Ajax to Old Trafford, and the Scudetto winners were even thinking of making enquiries last winter. There will be no chance of a deal if he starts getting into the team, but that seems unlikely.

Crystal Palace are showing interest in signing Orlando City SC striker Daryl Dike but are put off by the transfer value of £18m, according to The Sun. The United States international impressed during aa loan spell at Barnsley in the second half of last season, and has scored three goals and an assist in eight games since returning to Major League Soccer in the summer. However, Palace are looking for somebody who can grow into the team rather than starting straight away, and feel Orlando’s demands are too much.

– After Juventus beat AC Milan to the signing of Kaio Jorge, Tuttosport reports that the two Italian giants could face another battle for Fiorentina frontman Dusan Vlahovic. La Viola are demanding a transfer fee of at least €40m for the Serbian, which was too much for either side during the summer, but they could both be in a position to pay that by next year. That price, however, could rise further if he impresses again this season – which is what Fiorentina have gambled on.

Southampton are targeting Hull City’s Keane Lewis-Potter, with their top scout having checked on him last week and intending to monitor him for the rest of the year, according to The Sun. The Saints are in the market for domestic bargains and it is suggested that the Tigers might need to offload him for the funds in January or the summer.

– Ferencvaros have announced that they have signed 32-year-old attacking midfielder and winger Marko Marin. The former Germany international has represented the likes of Chelsea, Sevilla FC , Werder Bremen and Anderlecht during his career.

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