The Transfer Lens – Ilkay Gundogan to Man Utd? Mangala to Man...

The Transfer Lens – Ilkay Gundogan to Man Utd? Mangala to Man City?


It’s finally happened! The January transfer window burst into life this afternoon with Chelsea confirming the signing of former midfielder Nemanja Matic for a whopping €25m.

The Serbian signed a five-year deal at Stamford Bridge, and will be a huge boost for the club in their quest for silverware this season.

On today’s Transfer Lens, I take a look at trending rumours from both Manchester clubs. See if you agree with me as I attempt to dismantle some more tricky tabloid transfer gossip!

1. İlkay Gündoğan to Manchester United?

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With more flicks in his name than Cristiano Ronaldo can pull of in a five minute stretch, Borussia Dortmund’s İlkay Gündoğan has been the subject of growing speculation this month, with the German midfielder’s current contract set to expire in 2015.

Dortmund have been trying hard to tie the 23-year-old down with a new long-term deal, but according to prominent German newspaper ‘Bild‘, both Manchester United and Real Madrid have lodged offers for the player, with Gündoğan still undecided as to where his future lies.

“I will soon make a decision that will be well considered,” Gündoğan was quoted to have said in Bild,

“It’s still really open.”

Check the full story here, which we covered earlier this morning.

Tom’s Verdict: It is abundantly clear that United need midfield reinforcement, and considering the host of names linked with a move to Old Trafford this month, and David Moyes’ globetrotting antics this week, the club are surely moving forward on a number of targets.

Gündoğan would be a sensational signing for Moyes. Still only 23, it is clear that the German has a long and bright career ahead of him. The midfielder is strong with or without the ball, has an excellent reading of the game, has an eye for the spectacular, and is a leader on the pitch.

Moyes should not be in France, or in Italy – he should be sat outside Gündoğan’s Dortmund abode, putting all his focus into persuading the star to come and save his and United’s season.

2. Eliaquim Mangala to Manchester City?

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Manchester City, who look set to sell Joleon Lescott this month (according to the Telegraph), are targeting a big-money swoop for Porto’s young defender Eliaquim Mangala.

French publication L’Equipe claim that City are back in for the 22-year-old, having failed to strike a deal with Porto last summer.

Manchester United and Chelsea have shown an interest in the past, but they along with Manuel Pelegrini’s City are faced with a price tag of £37m, with Porto desperate to hold on to the French centre-back.

Tom’s Verdict: That’s quite a price tag! It’s pretty safe to say that nobody will be paying that, not even mega-bucks Man City!

But Mangala remains one of the brightest defensive prospects in world football, and based on that, should fetch a hefty fee.

City’s defensive problems this season, especially away from home, have been evident. Kompany and Nastasic have been out injured a few times; ‘stop-gap’ centre-back Demichelis will not be around long; and Lescott, as I mentioned before, is set to leave.

If Pelegrini can haggle the price down, Mangala would be a superb summer signing for the club.

What do you think? Should the Manchester clubs go for it? Let me know in the comments below…


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  1. Pls do any of you have Ed wood cell phone numbers? Pls give it to me@+2347030398108.sign those two B.Dotmud players 2 enter your name in United fans good book

    • United have got to get rid of the owners in order to compete with man city chelsea barcelona real maddrid p.s.g monaco wake up united we are a disgrace in the transfer market

  2. Manutd need to be serious for onces. Moyes should try and sign quality players since he has it in mind to sell players. Players like ilkay should be sharply signed and many others time is not on our side the season is ending little by little.

  3. moyes why you don’t go for ribeiro and dede? Thi boys are read to play 4 man utd. Don’t go 4 players who don’t want to play 4 man utd, chelsea they hav bring new boy and they hav good sqaud. U are always scouting 4 nothing, u hav money but don’t want to buy 4 big money player, even 4 e20m. No one will sell his player to man utd 4 a cheap price. No cheap player 4 moyes

    • totally agree with you bro, moyes should not waste precious time on unlikely targets. the likes of koke, vidal and reus will never sign for our team. i dont even think it proper to re-sign pogba especially considering the arrogant manner in which he left the club. we can risk spending on ribeiro and banega. all the great players come from humble backgrounds. these two have shown desire to play for manchester united let us try them. so far there is no guarantee that any newly acquired player will turn out good. sometimes even the most promising have failed. it is always a gamble.

  4. Man united have plenty underperforming players moyes y not use dem for make way to get ur target for instance use kagawa for reus and ilky and table £15 for contrao he worth it dan those ur nonsense luk shaw and old bains that is not diff from our old evra,infct I think am done with english players cos they are average baller

  5. UNITED had a good team for last years competition, but lets face it about 50% of the BPL teams have spent millions in tallent and its about time United do the same because with Spurs,Liverpool,City,Chelsea,Arsenal, and all those other teams getting so much talent we really cant compete the problems isnt Moyes its the lack of talent at united so plz take out the piggy bank and lets get shopping or well end the season in embarasment.

  6. moyes go for llkaly …he is strong en spectacular passed almost resembling wayne rooney long passes ..but moyes seem settled en this the only opportunity to seal the debt he failed over fabregas

  7. What is Ben Arfa still waiting for at Newcastle utd? He’ll be glad to play ucl games. Get him and up you are.

  8. Moyes should sign gundugon, reus and mangala dis january so that we can look strong than the we ar now

  9. Man City should not sell Lescott. He is still a useful defender and has improved with age and experience. If Pellegrini wants to sell a defender, he should sell Boyata, petulant, unpredictable and a yard too slow. He has been given opportunities to improve but basically, this lad isn’t good enough. Sell him.

  10. why r we only scouting in europe? these clubs cant sell us any player now. in brazil i think we can get all what we need. everton,dede & others are waiting while we cheat ourselves there in europe 4get. money wasting bt u wood & moyes u wl kill us am too young for depression/cva

  11. When shall Moyes sign any of those players? Being “interested” or “linked with” is not enough! It is now or never!

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