Manchester United may face a battle to keep a homegrown star amid allegations of a Newcastle approach, Unai Emery’s bid to reconcile with a former Arsenal man at Aston Villa has failed, and Tottenham is reportedly holding negotiations over a £34m-rated defender, according to Thursday’s Transfer Gossip.
NEWCASTLE IS CONSIDERING A RISKY MOVE FOR SCOTT MCTOMINAY.
Newcastle is apparently contemplating a high-value bid for Manchester United’s Scott McTominay.
After making his debut under Jose Mourinho, the indigenous Red Devils midfielder has established himself as a reliable figure in the United engine room. He has already made over 200 appearances for United and scored 18 goals.
Despite having already made 21 appearances this season, he has never been considered a sure starter. Indeed, Erik ten Hag’s summer pursuit of Frenkie de Jong cast new uncertainty on his starting position.
While only Christian Eriksen joined the club to bolster the midfield, he has competed with Fred for a starting berth this season.
While he is a popular player among supporters for his honest efforts, his performance in Tuesday’s Carabao Cup quarter-final win over Charlton was heavily criticized.
The possibility of leaving Old Trafford this month is becoming more prevalent.
McTominay has a major fan in Newcastle manager Eddie Howe, according to Craig Hope of the Daily Mail.
The Magpies’ boss is looking for midfield reinforcements to help his team finish in the top four.
Indeed, Howe is considering offers for Youri Tielemans and Moises Caicedo.
However, there is growing optimism that a deal for McTominay might be completed as soon as this month. While he is said to prefer staying at Old Trafford, Howe is apparently preparing a proposal of roughly £44 million to put Ten Hag’s determination to the test.
Newcastle will make a bid for Scott McTominay, according to Keith Downie.
Rumors of a relocation to St James’ Park for the Scotland international appear to be gaining traction.
However, rather than signing McTominay on a permanent basis, Sky Sports reporter Keith Downie thinks Howe is hoping to sign him on loan.
Downie, speaking to Givemesport, explains why Ten Hag will most likely reject the offer.
“The one thing they’ve got in common [McTominay, Tielemans, and Caicedo] is they’ve all played in the Premier League. I believe there was a recent interest in McTominay, possibly on loan, but I don’t believe Manchester United is interested.”
The Lancaster native makes roughly £78,000 per week and is under contract at Old Trafford until 2025.
Eriksen is one individual who appreciates what he does for United. And earlier this season, the Dane was effusive in his praise for McTominay.
“I think you can see from the games that Scott has done extremely well,” he told the United website.
“I believe we were looking for each other and seeing where we were in the first few ones, but now I think we’re starting to have a nice connection.”
MATTEO GUENDOUZI FALL SHORT VILLA SEE BID
According to reports, Aston Villa’s attempt to entice Matteo Guendouzi back to the Premier League has failed.
With Marseille, the former Arsenal player has pushed his game to the next level. And such was the form that he was named to Didier Deschamps’ squad for the World Cup in Qatar.
He only appeared once, in Qatar, when Les Bleus advanced to the final, where they were defeated by Argentina on penalties.
It all bodes well for Guendouzi, who had a falling out with Mikel Arteta during his time at Arsenal.
He had loan periods away, including one with Hertha Berlin in Germany, which rapidly turned bad.
The transfer to Marseille, on the other hand, has defined him.
Guendouzi has been offered a speedy return to the Premier League after making his move to OM permanent in the summer of 2022.
Aston Villa, whose manager Unai Emery signed Guendouzi at Arsenal in 2018, has made an approach.
However, the Daily Mail reports that their £26.5 million bid for the midfielder has been rejected.
According to the report, OM is interested in signing Angers player Azzedine Ounahi, who is also wanted by Leeds.
They want the Moroccan to work alongside Guendouzi rather than replace him. As a result, Emery has been urged to explore elsewhere, as Guendouzi is not for sale.
Villa may now turn to Weston McKennie instead since the American appears to be on the market at Juventus.