Dortmund enter Mandzukic race, United handed transfer boost – Paper Round
Bruno Fernandes, Mario Mandzukic, Pep Guardiola, Leroy Sane and Emre Can feature in Tuesday’s Paper Round.
Man Utd boost on Fernandes
Paper Round’s view: It’s looking as though it could be a straight battle between United and Spurs to sign the goalscoring midfielder, but you would imagine United have the financial edge. Both sides, however, face a battle to reach the Champions League places in the Premier League – maybe Fernandes will wait until the summer before choosing his next move.
More competition for United
Paper Round’s view: It’s tough for any potential suitors to see how Mandzukic is faring given he hasn’t played a single minute of domestic football this season. The 33-year-old retired from international duty last year as well, so United and Dortmund will be wary of going in somewhat blind this January.
Bayern still keen on Pep and Sane?
Paper Round’s view: While Sane to Bayern seems a good bet, the rumours linking Guardiola with a return will only die down if he comes out himself to say he will categorically not leave City. With it being the international break, he’s perhaps not in a position to do that, but there will be questions for him to answer in the upcoming press conference before City’s Premier League match against Chelsea on Saturday.
Can unhappy at Juve
Paper Round’s view: It’s always tough when the new guy comes in and takes your place (yes, you, Aaron Ramsey) and so Can has a big decision to make. Where can he guarantee first-team football? Manchester United have been linked with the German – is isn’t out the question to say he would not be guaranteed a start there too.