Man Utd lead hunt for Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger as Real Madrid rebuffed by £20m demand

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Manchester United in pole position for Rudiger

The Sun reports that Manchester United are now leading the race for Chelsea’s German defender Antonio Rudiger. The 28-year-old rejected Chelsea’s £140,000-a-week offer and Real Madrid were also put off by the player’s demand for a £20m signing fee. However, Manchester United’s Ralf Rangnick is keen and his weekly salary of £220,000 is not immediately an issue.

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Paper Round’s point of view: United have generally been unwilling to raise player transfer fees over the course of the year, which seems silly considering the huge sums they actually spent. However, wages aren’t an issue when it comes to agreeing terms for players, so Rudiger’s expectations don’t appear to be a deciding factor, and United need to replace Harry Maguire.

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Three clubs for Van de Beek

Manchester United midfielder Donny van de Beek could leave Old Trafford soon, according to a report in The Mirror. The 24-year-old Dutch player is wanted by Newcastle United but Everton and Wolverhampton Wanderers have now joined the hunt for the player, although United boss Rangnick is unwilling to lose the player midway through the season.

Paper Round’s point of view: Van de Beek is clearly not happy with the situation at the club and his boss doesn’t seem desperate to actually use him, so while Rangnick might have legitimate concerns over the depth of his squad if United were more sensibly organised. , he would act to bring another midfielder on at least one loan and allow the Dutchman to move forward to help his World Cup ambitions.

Arteta set to be offered a new contract

Arsenal are keen to offer manager Mikel Arteta a new two-year contract. His current deal runs in 2023, which the Daily Mail say would mean he would be free to return to Manchester City when Pep Guardiola is expected to leave the Etihad. Any new contract would give the 39-year-old Spaniard a £5million pay rise as the club are happy with the manager’s progress.

Paper Round’s point of view: Arteta’s progress is unmeasured in the league, so far, as they have finished eighth in two consecutive seasons. But there’s no denying he’s built a younger squad and is on his way to a promising squad overhaul, and it looks like with continued support in the transfer market, Arteta could soon challenge for Champions League places.

Scott set for Villa loan

Manchester City veteran Jill Scott is close to agreeing a loan deal with Aston Villa, reports The Telegraph. The 34-year-old England international is keen to be a few minutes ahead of the Women’s European Championships, and after spending part of 2020/21 at former club Everton she could move on for the rest of the season. season at Villa in order to have a chance of being chosen by the national team.

Paper Round’s point of view: Scott has extensive international experience, having played 153 times for England and contributing 25 goals from midfield, as well as nine appearances for Great Britain. At 34, she appears to be on the decline as her chances at Manchester City have diminished, but she can still offer a lot to a side like Aston Villa, at least in the short term.

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