EPL Insider: Welbeck in Manchester United U-turn

The forward is set to stay at Old Trafford following the departure of David Moyes, while there are complications in Manchester City’s pursuit of Eliaquim Mangala and Fernando


Danny Welbeck is set to stay at Manchester United following the sacking of David Moyes.

The striker was understood to be weighing up his options ahead of the transfer window after finding himself at odds with the Scot.

Welbeck was becoming increasingly concerned about a lack of first-team opportunities at Old Trafford.

But the England international, who is in the frame for a place in Roy Hodgson’s World Cup squad, will fight for his place in the squad under a new manager this summer.

Tottenham and Everton are believed to have been monitoring the situation, but are now set to be disappointed by the forward.

– By Paul Clennam


Manchester City will have to stump up a combined €64 million to land long-term targets Eliaquim Mangala and Fernando from Porto.

The Premier League leaders made a move for both players in January, but the deal broke down.

Rivals Manchester United are also understood to have enquired about Mangala, but Porto believe the centre-back is bound for the Etihad Stadium.

Porto own 56.67 per cent of Mangala’s rights, but 90% of Fernando’s.

And, in what could prove to be a complicated transfer, City may be able to put together a cheaper deal for the pair by paying more for Fernando than Mangala – despite the defender being valued at €18m more than the midfielder – so Porto pocket more of the total fee, rather than a third party.

Mangala is valued at €46m but City could get him for €12m less, while Fernando is now seen to be worth €30m after signing a contract extension in January.

Monaco put together a similar deal last season for Porto pair Joao Moutinho and James Rodriguez, who moved to France in a combined €80m deal.

– By Paul Clennam

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