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Manchester United could get a first-hand glimpse of a cheaper alternative to Raphael Varane when the Red Devils face Roma, while a Nigerian striker dreams of a move to Arsenal, according to Thursday transfer rumors.


Manchester United could get a first-hand glimpse of a cheaper alternative option to Raphael Varane when they face Roma on Thursday night.

The Red Devils face the Italian side at Old Trafford in the first leg of the Europa League semi-finals.

A player who could line up against Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men is a central defender on loan Marash Kumbulla.

The 21-year-old joined Hellas Verona in September last year, signing a two-year loan deal that includes an obligation for Roma to buy the player in the summer of 2022.

The four-cap Albanian international, valued at £ 24.3million by Transfermarkt, has made 23 appearances and scored twice for the Serie A squad this quarter.

Kumbulla missed both sets of the quarter-final victory over Ajax with a torn meniscus. However, he was an unused replacement this weekend against Cagliari and could return to the starting XI in the absence of suspended Gianluca Mancini against the Red Devils.

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If it appears, a report in the Daily Express claims it would give United a close look at a player they might be looking for to try and land.

The talented Albanian was on United’s radar last summer and is seen as a cheaper alternative to central-back Varane’s main target.

the Real Madrid star wants to move on this summer but it would cost United around £ 60million to strike a deal.

Kumbulla would cost much less and would initially be seen as a fallback option for Victor Lindeloff and Eric Bailly, who signed a new deal with United this week.

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Chelsea will step up plans to re-sign Romelu Lukaku in a deal worth over £ 90million. (The sun)

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Jorge Mendes wants to bring Nuno Espirito Santo to Tottenham. (The sun)

The general managers of the six rebel clubs in the European Super League have all resigned from their Premier League positions. (The sun)

Chelsea will listen to offers in the order of £ 40million for Tammy Abraham. (The telegraph of the day)

Oliver Giroud and Thibault Courtois were captured discussing the disappearance of Timo Werner in tunnel footage. (Daily Mirror)

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Arsenal are looking for alternatives to Martin Odegaard and preparing a cheap decision for Borussia Dortmund star Julian Brandt. (Daily mail)

Brendan Rodgers reiterated his happiness at Leicester after pushing back Tottenham’s new interest. (Daily mail)

Norwich manager Daniel Farke is on the list of German clubs Eintracht Frankfurt and Wolfsburg. (Daily Express)

A proposed decision to bring Celtic forward Odsonne Edouard to Liverpool is off, according to reports. (Daily Star)

Bruno Fernandes enjoys life at Manchester United so much that he may want to expand his role in management after hanging up his boots. (Daily Star)

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Watford is in talks with Chelsea over signing Ike Ugbo. The striker is on loan at Cercle Brugge and could cost £ 5million. (Athletic)


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John Kennedy is set to become Celtic’s sporting director and the Hoops want him to work closely with main target Eddie Howe, who remains on track to become Neil Lennon’s permanent successor this summer. (Scottish sun)

Rangers are looking for Heerenveen’s much-loved midfielder Joey Veerman but could lose Ianis Hagi. (Scottish sun)

St Mirren could attack Scottish Cup rivals St Johnstone with a blow to winger Michael O’Halloran. (Scottish sun)

SPFL bosses are preparing for a potentially explosive dramatic day off the pitch on Thursday. They will attempt to defuse another hugely controversial Covid-19 crisis. (Daily check-in)


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