Morata bid rejected while United eyes shift to Turin

Afternoon Bulletin

SPECIAL EFFECT

Lingard opened up about the positive impact Jose Mourinho has had on the team and on himself. Lingard went from strength to strength and became a vital part of the first team, appearing in 43 fixtures along the way. He also signed a new deal at the club. Lingard said: “‘Each day you are learning and you can see from the manager about game-management and what he wants you to do on the pitch. Especially when winning games. So you are learning and learning well.’

‘It’s good that the manager trusts me. He was playing me in different positions. At a big club sometimes you are going to be in and sometimes you are going to be out, but it’s how you deal with that.”

TEAMING UP

Marcus Rashford has revealed that he will welcome Alvaro Morata with open arms should the player complete a move to United. Rashford said: “t a big club you are going to attract big players and that’s what we want. Anyone who can come in and help the club win trophies, which is the ultimate aim, they are the players we want to bring in. Good competition is important if you want to be successful.”

RAIDING TURIN

Manchester United may make a bid for Paolo Dybala after missing out on Antoine Griezmann. He was cost about the same as Griezmann and after signing Pogba last summer, a move for the Argentine may be on the cards. A like for like replacement for Griezmann, Dybala brings goals, creativity and the spark United seemed to be lacking this season. But Juventus will hold out for a massive deal and the player himself is said to be settled in Turin.

MORATA BID REJECTED

Manchester United reportedly had a £52m rejected by Real Madrid for the transfer of Alvaro Morata. De Gea is not part of the deal but Madrid will hold out for at least £78m. Morata scored 20 goals in all competitions despite limited playing time. Morata is also said to be looking forward to a reunion with Mourinho, the coach who first gave him his break at the Bernabeu.

LINDELOF OPENS UP

Benfica defender Victor Lindelof opened up about a potential transfer to Old Trafford. He played down his chances of leaving but hinted that the situation may change following his involvement with the National team. Lindelof said: “‘I’m not saying anything about that [interest from United]. I say what I always say – I have a contract with Benfica, and that’s what I’m focused on. I just try to focus on what’s important for me. I know a lot of things get written, but I don’t think its right for me to read it all the time. It wouldn’t suit me to read rumours. My thoughts are with the national team. After that I’m going on holiday, so we’ll see. But I have a contract, and that’s where my thoughts lie. That’s my answer.’