Man Utd news LIVE: Woodward sees Griezmann as transfer bargain, De Ligt open to move

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Sunday, April 5

  • Manchester United chief Ed Woodward thinks he can sign Antoine Griezmann for a bargain price when the transfer window reopens
  • Matthijs de Ligt is open to moving to the Premier League in a major boost for the Red Devils
  • United have been told to sell Paul Pogba for £100million and sign Jack Grealish as his replacement for £30m less
  • Stay tuned for all the latest news and gossip as Express Sport brings you up to speed throughout the day

Woodward and Griezmann

Ed Woodward thinks he can bring Antoine Griezmann to Manchester United for a bargain price this summer, journalist Duncan Castles has claimed.

Speaking on the Transfer Window podcast, he said: “Griezmann turned 29 last month so he’s at that point in his career where your valuation and your worth in the transfer market goes down inevitably.

“You have to find another club who is prepared to take him.

“Everyone knows that Barcelona are in difficult financial situations.

“Everyone knows that the dressing room didn’t want Griezmann to come in the first place and want him out now and that Barcelona are looking for a replacement.

“So all of those things reduce his value and that’s why I think you will see a club like Manchester United, who tried to sign Griezmann in the past and value him as a player, value him as a commercial asset as well, that’s part of their thinking in trying to sign him two years ago, say: ‘Well let’s just have a look at this and see if there is a serious bargain to be had.

“‘How far can Barcelona be pushed? Who else is interested in taking the player? How much competition is there on the market?

“‘And maybe we can get someone we were prepared to spend the majority of our transfer budget on two years ago at a fraction of that cost and if that is the case, perhaps that’s a better route to go down than the one we’d originally been playing’.”

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De Ligt open to Premier League move

Manchester United target Matthijs de Ligt would prefer to leave Juventus for the Premier League rather than La Liga this summer.

That’s according to The Sun, who say his preference is a move to England.

United are eyeing De Ligt, 12 months after he turned them down in favour of Juventus.

The Netherlands international has struggled to adjust to life in Serie A ever since his blockbuster arrival.

And United are hoping to land him in a swap deal involving Paul Pogba.

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United told to sell Pogba and sign Grealish

Former Sky Sports regular Andy Gray believes United should sell Paul Pogba in order to sign Jack Grealish.

“We don’t know how football is going to come through this,” he said.

“We don’t know if football is ever going to be the same again and whether It’ll affect player values and salaries. We’re entering a world of unknowns.

“But when the dust settles, if I could sell Pogba for £100m and bring in Grealish for £70m I would do it in a heartbeat. It’s a no brainer.

“United still might be able to get their money back on Pogba.

“He’s pretty much failed at United. Is it his own fault or just bad luck with injuries? I think it’s probably a combination of the two.”

Solskjaer urged to stay loyal to De Gea

Former United goalkeeper Chris Turner believes Ole Gunnar Solskjaer should stand by David De Gea, despite Dean Henderson’s fine form.

“De Gea broke into the first team when he was only 21. Henderson is already two years older and I’m certain he could do the job but ditching De Gea would be a huge call,” he told the Mirror.

“The best solution might be another season on loan with the Blades. He can get all the fulfilment he needs there while he continues to develop at a good club doing very well in the Premier League.

“But that would mean a third year there and Henderson may want to be settled with a permanent deal and his future sorted.

“And what then? Solskjaer would only be putting off the big decision.”

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