United bolster scouting network and learn what prompted Lukaku to choose United over Chelsea

Afternoon Bulletin

UNITED TARGETING HAMSIK?

Marek Hamsik has admitted that he would find it difficult to reject an offer from Manchester United should United make the move to sign the Napoli winger. The Slovenian reportedly rejected a number of advances Europe’s biggest teams earlier this summer but decided to stay put in Naples. However, he admitted that he would find it difficult to reject an opportunity to wear the United red. Hamsik has slowly earned a reputation as one of Europe’s best creative midfielders.

LATEST ON JOSE’S CONTRACT SITUATION

After Jose claimed that he was comfortable in running down his contract at United before signing a new deal, United reportedly will move to secure the future of the Portuguese manager by opening contract talks in November. Mourinho is currently in the second year of a three year deal he signed last May. Mourinho has already led United to three trophies and have begun the Premier League with a blitzkrieg start.

SIGNING THE SCOUT

Manchester United have manager to prize away Lech Poznan’s Piotr Sadaowski to improve United’s scouting network. Widely considered as one of the best Polish scouts, United’s move will see them target emerging targets directly from Eastern Europe where not many clubs have a substantial network. He is the latest addition to United’s network of scouts after Mourinho previously managed to convince Juventus top scout, Javier Ribalta to head United’s division.

LUKAKU EXPLAINS DECISION

It is no secret that Romelu Lukaku rejected the opportunity to play for the Champions to seal a transfer to the side that finish sixth in the standings. Lukaku admitted that the decision was an easy one given his desire to play for Jose Mourinho ever since he was 11 years old. Lukaku said: “‘I wanted to play for him since I was 11, when you get another chance you don’t say no. I’m grateful for second opportunity. He’s always been the same, a man who wants the best from his players every day. He doesn’t give us a rest on the pitch, he wants us to fight in training and on the pitch and that’s what I like about him.”

2018 WINDOW TO CLOSE EARLIER

The English summer transfer window will close earlier than the usual late August-early September date as Premier League club voted to make sure all incoming deals must be confirmed before the kick of the football. However, United are believed to have been against the move siding with neighbors City as they Mancunian clubs tried to lobby the other clubs to vote against the divisive move. The move now means that European clubs can sign players even after the English window has shut meaning sides can lose their top players without having the opportunity to recruit a replacement.