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Man Utd transfer news, gossip and rumours: Edinson Cavani among options amid Marcus Rashford blow

Man Utd transfer news, gossip and rumours: Edinson Cavani among options amid Marcus Rashford blow

Wanted: A striker

Video – Solskjaer confirms Rashford stress fracture and hints at emergency signings

Paper Round’s view: United’s decision not to replace Romelu Lukaku is coming back to haunt them now, with a sizeable chunk of the season left to play, too. Rashford was hitting form just as United’s top-four push was gathering momentum, but their defeat at Liverpool without the England international highlighted their weakness up front, particularly when Anthony Martial fired a glorious chance wildly wide when trailing 1-0. Forget a short-term replacement, United need someone in for the long-haul. January’s a tough time to do it, but they require someone capable of leading their challenge for the Champions League places so they can go on to attract the very best in the summer.

Spurs turn to Slimani

Paper Round’s view: Plenty of names being banded around for Spurs, but it’s never easy in the January transfer window, and less so now Manchester United are set to start looking now.

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Video – Barca face competition for Serie A wonderkid – Euro Papers

PSG open Neymar talks

Paris Saint-Germain have opened contract extension talks with Neymar’s representatives, Telefoot reports – via the Daily Mail. Despite Neymar’s attempts to leave PSG last summer, the French champions are hopeful the Brazilian will extend his stay in France. However, that could well depend on their fortunes in the Champions League.

Paper Round’s view: Neymar is halfway through his initial five-year contract at PSG, but has seemingly been itching to leave ever since he signed on the dotted line. It would be a surprise if Neymar stayed beyond this year, never mind 2022, but as the report suggests, he would have a good reason to stay if PSG can finally triumph in Europe.

Koulibaly to PSG?

Paper Round’s view: Barely a week (day?) goes by without Koulibaly’s name featuring in gossip columns across Europe. He’s now in his sixth season at Napoli without being snapped up by a larger European club. A long time. Are Napoli pricing suitors out? Or do these persistent rumours have little substance? A combination of the two, you would think.