Man Utd transfer round-up: Red Devils ‘win race’ for Brazil starlet, Paul Pogba U-turn
In early December, there was huge speculation over Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s future as Manchester United boss.
The Red Devils had crashed out of the Champions League at the hands of RB Leipzig and they found themselves far adrift of the Premier League frontrunners.
Fast forward one-and-a-half months and things are looking much more rosy at Old Trafford.
United sit top of the table by two points and have negotiated a tricky fixture run impressively, with victories over Burnley and Fulham and a draw at Liverpool in their last three league games.
Paul Pogba’s performances have been key in bringing about the upturn in form, and there is growing confidence the Frenchman could stay on at Old Trafford despite his agent’s claim he would like to leave.
Meanwhile, United have reportedly won the race to sign a promising Brazilian youngster, while a defender is set to depart before the end of the January window.
Here is Friday’s Manchester United transfer round-up.
Manchester United are in pole position to sign promising Palmeiras forward Gabriel Veron, according to Sport .
The report adds United are favourites to sign Veron, 18, ahead of local rivals Manchester City and La Liga giants Barcelona.
United are believed to have worked behind the scenes to secure the Brazil youth international, who can play on either flank and has 15 goal involvements in 34 senior games for Palmeiras.
Arsenal were also linked with Veron in December and manager Mikel Arteta is reportedly an admirer.
Contradicting his agent Mino Raiola for a second time, Paul Pogba insisted he is happy at Manchester United after he scored the winner at Fulham earlier this week.
Pogba’s fine form and United’s rise up the Premier League table mean Old Trafford chiefs are increasingly hopeful the Frenchman will sign an extension at the club, according to various reports.
“I love winning, it’s all about winning. I will always be happy when I win, and I will always be happy when I’m on the pitch,” said Pogba.
“Today we won, so I’m happy. The day we lose I’ll be angry again. This is me.”
In December, Raiola claimed that Pogba is “unhappy” with United and declared he would like to leave Old Trafford.
Marcos Rojo will wait until the transfer deadline on 1 February before deciding on his next move, claims Argentine outlet TyC Sports .
The report adds Rojo has agreed in principle to return to his homeland to join Boca Juniors, but he is waiting to see whether any European club bids for him.
The 30-year-old defender has not featured for Manchester United this season and his contract at Old Trafford expires this summer.