Semi Finals are not good enough for Manchester United

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has stressed that just reaching a third semi-final of the season alone isn’t good enough for Manchester United, as his side gears up for Sunday’s Europa League showdown with Sevilla.

Having bowed out in the final four of this year’s Carabao Cup and FA Cup, the Red Devils are looking to go one better when they take on the in-form Spaniards at the weekend.

Meanwhile, plans are already in place for next season and it seems United are close to signing Kalidou Koulibaly. United had previously made an offer for the player in 2018, which was rejected. However, the finances at Naples have taken a turn for the worse since they last rejected United’s offer.

It is something of an open secret that the club now needs to sell players and at 29, Koulibaly is one of their most valuable assets and is at an age where it is now or never in terms of cashing in on him. And with United already in the champions league, the move would be appealing.

We could be seeing Koulibaby pull on a united shirt next season for somewhere around 70 million euros.

Manchester City sign Nathan Ake from Bournemouth

City agreed a £40million fee, rising to a potential £41m, with the relegated Cherries last week and the 25-year-old has signed a five-year contract.

Ake is City’s second signing of the delayed summer transfer window, after the club landed Spain Under-21s winger Ferran Torres from Valencia.

With Aymeric Laporte missing five months of the current season through injury and Guardiola appearing to lose faith in a John Stones-Nicolas Otamendi partnership, midfielder Fernandinho often played as a makeshift centre-back.

Ake comes to the Etihad to strengthen City’s options at the back.

Ake was a youth player at Chelsea and had loan spells at Reading, Watford and Bournemouth before joining the Cherries permanently for £20m in 2017.

Chelsea reportedly had a buy-back option but chose not to exercise it.

Former Watford manager keen on Hornets duo

That’s according to Spanish publication AS, who report the Watford duo are on the list of Gracia’s transfer targets at current club Valencia.

The La Liga outfit represent Gracia’s first managerial role since being releived of his Vicarage Road duties in September 2019.

The Spaniard led Watford to their first FA Cup final since 1984 – albeit ending in a crushing defeat to Manchester City – and the Hornets’ progression to the final was largely thanks to the endeavours of forward Gerard Deulofeu.

Deulofeu is currently recovering from surgery on a ligament injury in his home country and didn’t feature for Watford following the season’s resumption.

With the Hornets now preparing for life in the Championship, the vultures will be circling around their best players, with Kiko Femenia also in the crosshairs.

The 29-year-old right back is also reported to be a target for Valencia as Javi Gracia looks to improve on their 9th placed La Liga finish this season.