Liverpool and Leeds in £21m battle as Van de Beek swap becomes possible

Arnaut Danjuma stood out against Manchester United and Liverpool will have to fight the Premier League competition to sign the winger.

Diogo Dalot won’t be happy to hear that Arnaut Danjuma is being followed by two Premier League clubs. The poor lad had a nightmare against the Villarreal winger mid-week and could soon be struggling to make peace.

Liverpool were known admirers and scouts probably left on Wednesday quite impressed. Manchester United’s closest rivals are clearly enjoying themselves, as Leeds had also piqued their interest.

They are ‘watching’ Danjuma and Football Insider adds that the former Bournemouth man will be kept in mind ‘when assessing wide forward goals with the potential to play at a high level in the Premier League’. They already have one of the best at the moment.

Villarreal spent 21 million pounds on the Dutchman in the summer. Expect valuations to rise slightly as Liverpool and Leeds follow suit.

Manchester United could probably do worse, but attack is the position they least need to work on. There is still a gaping hole in the midfield, but still a ‘furious’ Donny van de Beek never seemed further removed from the first-team struggle.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer tried to downplay the frustration of the Dutchman that he has not been addressed against Villarreal, but a problem remains. Van de Beek got 141 minutes in all competitions this season – only marginally more than Dan James.

An exit in January seems possible and Calciomercato advises ‘paying attention to the traces of Milan and Juventus’. They believe that Serie A would suit Van de Beek much better. Italy ‘could really be the right place to relaunch’.

In terms of Juventus, Aaron Ramsey’s departure would open up a team space, while Milan could target Van de Beek in the event that Franck Kessie, a Manchester United target, to leaf through.

Barter agreement, anyone?

Sean Longstaff has fallen off Old Trafford’s radar as Newcastle struggled to judge the bouncing ball. Everton will retain a stake in both the midfielder and team-mate Allan Saint-Maximin.

The claims are buried in an independent match preview by Tony Evans, who calls Longstaff “a more likely near-term option” than Saint-Maximin, but says both will be watched in January.

Longstaff seems like a realistic shot, although he is back in the first team. Saint-Maximin would be hard to come by; he loves it there and Mike Ashley doesn’t seem to have realized he could take another decent blow to him.


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