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Man Utd news LIVE updates: All the latest news and transfer gossip from Old Trafford

Wednesday, February 12

  • Manchester United are in talks to sign Napoli forward Dries Mertens
  • Mertens is also wanted by Premier League rivals Chelsea and Arsenal
  • Mauricio Pochettino would relish another Premier League assignment
  • Manchester United are eyeing Jack Grealish and James Maddison

Timo Werner latest

Liverpool are still very interested in signing Timo Werner from RB Leipzig.

That’s according to German newspaper Bild, who claim Jurgen Klopp could launch an approach for the 23-year-old in the summer.

The report claims Juventus, Inter Milan, Chelsea and Atletico Madrid are all monitoring the Germany international, who has struck 25 goals in 30 appearances this season.

It’s believed Werner could be available for around £51million due to a release clause in his contract, which expires in June 2023.

Hakim Ziyech battle

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been given the backing of the club to continue his long-term plan of overhauling his squad and the Red Devils are preparing to fight with Chelsea over Ajax star Hakim Ziyech.

The 26-year-old has had several impressive seasons for his team in the Eredivisie but the midfielder also caught the eye of many clubs when he helped Ajax reach the semi-finals of the Champions League last season.

Ziyech signed a new three-year deal last summer, but according to The Sun, United, Chelsea and Arsenal are all interested in him.

However, while Solskjaer is keen to overhaul his squad he might have to act quickly if he is to sign Ziyech at the end of the season.

This is because the report claims Chelsea are preparing a £45million bid to try and bring him to Stamford Bridge.

Mauricio Pochettino interview

Former Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino would relish another opportunity to manage in the Premier League.

Before leaving Tottenham, the 47-year-old had previously been linked with Manchester United, as well as Spanish giants Real Madrid.

And Pochettino revealed he would be tempted by another job in the English top flight if the right opportunity presented itself.

“To be honest, I would love to work in the Premier League,” he told Sky Sports’ In The Pink podcast. “It’s going to be difficult, I know, and for now it’s a moment to wait and we’ll see what happens.

“It’s a moment of recovery, to think about yourself a little bit, and to be ready because in football always something can happen and you need to be ready. I’m ready and waiting for a new challenge. I have the belief and confidence that the next challenge will be fantastic.”

Jack Grealish and James Maddison plan

Manchester United are plotting a bid to sign Jack Grealish and James Maddison.

The two playmakers have impressed this campaign for Aston Villa and Leicester respectively.

And both are likely to be involved in Gareth Southgate’s England squad for the upcoming European Championships, but could be set for a big-money transfer shortly afterwards.

The youngsters recently holidayed together in Dubai during this week’s Premier League winter break, and are believed to be good friends.

And The Sun claims United will try to use their friendship as a way in to sign the pair in a £160million double swoop this summer.

‘Safe standing’ seats

A Manchester United fans’ group says it welcomes the club’s application to have 1,500 rail seats installed at Old Trafford, intended to allow supporters to stand in safety.

The club applied for permission to the local Safety Advisory Group (SAG) in December and hopes to be given the go-ahead to introduce a safe standing section.

United have experienced long-running problems with fans refusing to sit down in parts of their all-seater Old Trafford ground but rail seats are designed to lock into a folded position, giving fans space to stand.

“We hope to see this progress as quickly as possible as we have long argued that rail seats are a safety enhancement as well as popular with many fans whether they prefer to stand or indeed prefer to remain seated throughout the game in other areas with an unobstructed view,” a statement from the Manchester United Supporters Trust (M.U.S.T) said on Tuesday.

“The North East Quadrant (lower) was selected initially as it has been an area where persistent standing has been established dating back over more than six years.”

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