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Sunday's Manchester United transfer talk news roundup: Kalidou Koulibaly, Milan Skriniar, Nicolas Otamendi

Sunday's Man Utd transfer talk: Koulibaly, Skriniar, Otamendi
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Sports Mole rounds up the latest transfer talk for Manchester United on Sunday, July 12.

Manchester United must now turn their attention to the summer transfer window having left their business until late in January.

The Red Devils brought in Bruno Fernandes and Odion Ighalo in the final days of the winter window but are still expected to be active in the summer as they aim to restore their former glories.

Here, Sports Mole rounds up the latest news on possible comings and goings from Old Trafford.

Sunday morning's Manchester United transfer talk news roundup:


Zinedine Zidane admits James Rodriguez may never play for Real Madrid again

Real Madrid midfielder James Rodriguez pictured in Copa del Rey action in February 2019© Reuters

Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane has conceded that James Rodriguez may have played his final game for Los Blancos following a turbulent campaign.

The Colombia international has stepped out onto the pitch just eight times during the 2019-20 La Liga season and has not been in Zidane's squad for their last two matches.

Speculation has been rife surrounding Rodriguez's future following his struggles at the Bernabeu recently, and when asked in a news conference if the midfielder would pull on a Real Madrid shirt again, Zidane simply said: "I don't know."

Rodriguez has only played 78 minutes of football since the Spanish top flight returned to action, starting in Madrid's victory over Real Sociedad before being replaced by Marco Asensio.

With Rodriguez's current deal in the Spanish capital set to expire next summer, Manchester United, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Arsenal and Everton are all said to be closely monitoring the situation.

The 29-year-old has scored 37 goals in 125 appearances for Los Blancos since arriving from Monaco in 2014.



Kalidou Koulibaly pours cold water on Liverpool, Man Utd links

Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly pictured in October 2019© Reuters

Kalidou Koulibaly has insisted that remains focused on his time with Napoli amid persistent speculation linking the defender with a move away this summer.

Koulibaly has been linked with several high-profile clubs having starred in the heart of the Napoli defence, with Manchester United, Liverpool, Manchester City, Paris Saint-Germain and Barcelona all rumoured to be weighing up approaches.

A recent report claimed that Liverpool and Man United had made contact with Napoli regarding a proposed summer move, but Koulibaly has affirmed that he remains committed to the Serie A outfit.

Speaking to La Gazzetta dello Sport, the Senegalese centre-back said: "In football, you never know what happens. I never spoke to Napoli about leaving. If we have to find a solution, we will find it, but I have never talked about the transfer market.

"I also read in the newspapers about my future. But I only want to think about playing, I am 100% [committed to] Napoli and it bothers me to be linked, every day, to this or that European club.

"We will see what the president (Aurelio De Laurentiis) will decide and if he proposes to extend my contract, that would allow me to end my career here.

"At the moment, I still have a three-year contract and I am not thinking of anything else but Napoli."

Koulibaly, who has turned out 19 times in the league this season, would supposedly cost in the region of £72m despite the financial implications of the coronavirus pandemic.


More transfer news from Manchester United:

Philippe Coutinho 'sets deadline for decision on future'
Barcelona's Philippe Coutinho will not make a decision on his future until Bayern Munich's 2019-20 campaign has ended, according to a report. Read more.

Michael Zorc: 'Borussia Dortmund will not sell Jadon Sancho on the cheap'
Borussia Dortmund will not sell Jadon Sancho this summer unless their full valuation is met, according to the club's sporting director Michael Zorc. Read more.

Manchester United 'make £58m Milan Skriniar bid'
Manchester United make a £58m offer for Inter Milan defender Milan Skriniar, according to a report. Read more.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admits Manchester United's summer plans are "up in the air"
The Old Trafford club can still win the FA Cup and Europa League and finish in the Premier League's top four. Read more.

Manchester United closing in on £50m Federico Chiesa?
Manchester United are allegedly close to agreeing a £50m deal with Fiorentina for attacker Federico Chiesa. Read more.

Manchester United 'still expect to sign Jadon Sancho'
Manchester United remain confident of completing a deal for Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho, according to transfer expert Duncan Castles. Read more.

Manchester City offer two players in part-exchange for Kalidou Koulibaly?
Manchester City are reportedly prepared to include Nicolas Otamendi and Oleksandr Zinchenko in part-exchange for Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly. Read more.

Liverpool, Manchester United 'make contact over Kalidou Koulibaly deal'
Liverpool and Manchester United reportedly make contact with Napoli over the potential signing of centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly. Read more.

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