8am Man Utd news LIVE: Saul Niguez £70m transfer ‘very close’, club working on another TWO signings, Jadon Sancho latest – The Sun

MAN UTD are preparing for the return of the Premier League, with the full squad now back in training.

And that squad could become significantly stronger in the summer, with a £70m deal for Saul Niguez reportedly "very close", according to claims in Spain.

Follow live Man Utd updates and transfer gossip below…

  • TRIPLE THREAT

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be given the money to make THREE major signings this summer, according to reports.

    The transfer market looks to be hit significantly by the coronavirus pandemic, but Manchester United still want to bring in new players.

    Spanish website Todo Fichajes claim a £70million deal for Atletico Madrid midfielder Saul Niguez is 'very close' to becoming a United player.

    And according to the Evening Standard, the Red Devils want three summer signings with Jadon Sancho their top target with Jack Grealish, Jude Bellingham and another striker on their radar.

    United have had to redraw their transfer plans, they will still have a significant advantage over their rivals this summer.

  • GOOD MORNING, MAN UTD FANS

    Miralem Pjanic seems to have ruled out a move to Old Trafford while fellow target Kai Havertz has been urged to do the same… by a United legend.

    Juventus' Bosnia midfielder Panic who has also been linked with PSG and Chelsea, has reportedly insisted he is only interested in joining Barcelona.

    And in fact Mundo Deportivo claim the 30-year-old has already agreed to sign for the La Liga giants once the season finally ends.  

    Meanwhile, ex-United striker Dimitar Berbatov has urged Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Kai Havertz to snub the English game for now — so he can bulk up and develop his game.

    With Chelsea and Man City also keen, Berbatov said: “I’d like to see Havertz in the Premier League but it is a bit too early for him.

    “He will need a bit more muscle. He should stay at Leverkusen and develop even more, get that experience which will help him.”

    United's Europa League hopes face a headache due to the new government-imposed 14-day quarantine on UK arrivals from June 8

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's men are 5-0 on Austria's LASK in the last 16  – ahead of the return at Old Trafford.

    And in the virtual but real world, United are suing the makers of Football Manager for allegedly infringing trademark by using the club name “extensively throughout the game”.

  • JOSE: I WAS A SILLY BERGA

    Ex-Chelsea and Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho admits he was a “d***head” to his Inter Milan Treble-winning side of 2010.

    The Spurs chief also revealed he was violent with his players and told them “they had won the Scudetto of s**t” following a defeat to Bergamo.

    Mourinho lifted the Serie A title, the Coppa Italia and the Champions League in 2009-10.

    The Portuguese, 57, said: “I’m never fake, I’m original. It’s me and that’s it. I was also a d***head but that was me.”

    Mourinho lost his cool with his Inter squad following the 3-1 defeat to Bergamo in January 2009.

    He told Gazzetta dello Sport: “I was very violent with the players — I told them they had won the Scudetto of s**t.

    “It was only afterwards I understood I had hurt them and I apologised.”

  • YOU MUST BECOME HEAVYWEIGHT HAVERTZ

    Dimitar Berbatov has urged Kai Havertz to snub the Premier League for now — and bulk up.

    The Bayer Leverkusen midfielder, 20, has been linked with Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City and United and enhanced his growing reputation with two goals in Monday’s 4-1 win over Werder Bremen.

    But ex-United striker Berbatov, who left Leverkusen to join Spurs in 2006, believes Havertz is not yet tough enough to leave his native Germany.

    Berbatov, 39, said: “I’d like to see Havertz in the Premier League but it is a bit too early for him.

    “He will need a bit more muscle. We all know how defenders can squash you and smash you into pieces.

    “He should stay at Leverkusen and develop even more, get that experience which will help him for when the time comes to go somewhere else.”

  • BAYERN DECLINE TO PAY COUTINHO FEE

    Bayern Munich will spark more talk of Philippe Coutinho returning to the Premier League by declining to pay a £110million option to buy the Barcelona playmaker.

    Chelsea, Manchester United and even old club Liverpool have been linked with the Brazil star, 27, although financial restraints due to the coronavirus pandemic make a summer transfer less likely.

    Bayern chairman  Karl-Heinz Rummenigge told Der Spiegel: “The option expired and “we haven't activated it.

    “Now we're going to draw up squad planning internally (for next season) and we'll see if he still has a role to play with us or not.”

    Coutinho started just 15 of Bayern's 25 games, coming on as substitute eight times, before the Covid-19 lockdown halted football action. 

    But with Barca insisting he could still have a role back at the Nou Camp, he hopes to impress now the Bundesliga has restarted.

  • BAY IN WAIT FOR SANCHO

    Bayern Munich have emerged as major rivals to Jadon Sancho's host of Premier League suitors, like United and Chelsea.

    Reports in Germany suggest the Bundesliga champions regard the Borussia Dortmund attacker as an alternative to Manchester City's Germany wideman Leroy Sane.

    England star Sancho has bagged 19 goals and 17 assists for German giants Dortmund in all competitions this season.

  • FAR FROM A DON DEAL

    Swansea boss Steve Cooper insists rumoured United target Joe Rodon would be far from cheap.

    Wales centre-back Rodon has been linked with Old Trafford all summer.

    But Cooper says no club has yet come in for the 22-year-old.

    He told the BBC: “Joe is an outstanding player and just as good a person as well.

    “But there hasn’t been any interest at the moment and I know he is a talking point and somebody tells me he is in the papers.

    “But there has been absolutely nothing official going on… the whole market is going to be interesting.. because I don’t think there will be loads of players bought with fees.

    “I don’t think the chairman will be selling anyone on the cheap, that’s for sure, because we have got a good few assets at the club and we don’t want to lose them.”

  • PREM 'CONFIDENT' OF RETURN

    Premier League chief executive Richard Masters insists they are “as confident as we can be” about restarting in June.

    He said the Prem would be “flexible” about a restart date, having previously targeted June 12 after the coronavirus pandemic halted action on March 13.

    Masters told the BBC: “There is some momentum. We've taken the first step.

    “It's great for everybody, including the fans, to see our players back on the training ground.”

    He said the Prem would learn from the Bundesliga's return last weekend, which went smoothly despite being behind closed doors.

    British football could even be played out to empty stands until next year.

  • UTD SUE MAKERS OF FOOTBALL MANAGER

    United are suing Football Manager's makers for allegedly infringing trademark by using the club name “extensively throughout the game”.

    ESPN report that Sega and SI are also accused of infringing United's trademark by replacing the official club crest “with a simplified red and white striped logo”.

    United say the game's publisher and developer uses the club's name but not the crest – unless customers download it.

    In reply the game makers claims the club's name has been used since 1992 in Football Manager and its forerunner Championship Manager “without complaint by the claimant”.

    United's barrister Simon Malynicz QC asked Mr Justice Morgan at a remote hearing on Friday to allow the club to add allegations involving “the practice of supplying 'patches' or 'mods,' essentially downloadable files containing replica trademarks, which consumers then incorporate into the game”.

    Malynicz added: “Consumers expect to see the club crest next to the name Manchester United … and this failure to do so amounts to wrongful use.”

    Sega and SI responded in writing, saying: “The claimant has acquiesced in the use by the defendants of the name of the Manchester United football team in the Football Manager game and cannot now complain of such use.”

  • CUT-OUTS FOR SHUT-OUTS

    Three Premier League clubs are interested in having cardboard cut-outs in empty stands when top-flight football returns.

    SunSport understands those behind the new ‘Stay at Home – Be at the Game’ project have held talks with club officials – two sides in the top half of the table – about adopting the concept.

    If those discussions prove successful, then £20 recyclable and water-proof cut-outs could be placed in stadiums when the Premier League resumes in June.

    Some of the money raised will be donated to the NHS in the fight against coronavirus.

    Top US sporting bodies like the NBA and MLS have also shown an interest as international sport looks set to return behind closed doors in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.

    It is the brainchild of ingenious German super-fan Ingo Muller, who has organised almost 14,000 cut-outs of fans and season-ticket holders for his beloved Borussia Monchengladbach.

    It will go live to the world when the Bundesliga side face Bayern Leverkusen at the Borussia-Park on Saturday afternoon.

  • UTD IN THE KOUL RUNNING

    Napoli star Kalidou Koulibaly is reportedly again a major target for Manchester United in the summer with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side desperate to sign a centre-back.

    The 28-year-old – valued at around £70million – could be on the move at the end of the season after six years spent in Serie A after joining from Genk in 2014.

    United are alleged to have made an £89m bid for the defender last year, and are ready to make a new offer for him at the end of the campaign.

    Due to the coronavirus pandemic, Napoli are unlikely to receive an offer of that amount again, with his price tag drastically dropping.

    According to the Daily Express, the Red Devils have made bringing a centre-half to Old Trafford their No1 priority.

  • THREE INTER WON

    Liverpool and Chelsea target Timo Werner is one of three players Inter Milan are tipped to chase in a bid to unseat champions Juventus.

    Italy's Tuttosport claim RB Leipzig's Germany frontman and PSG record scorer Edinson Cavani, who was linked with Manchester United last season, are at the front of their list.

    Cavani, 33, will be a free agent at the end of the season, making him an attractive proposition for Inter after they seemingly missed out on another player hunted by Chelsea, Napoli forward Dries Mertens.

    Inter's third apparent target remains a mystery – but it is thought they will prioritise top young Italian talent.

    Fiorentina duo Federico Chiesa and Gaetano Castrovilli, plus Brescia’s Sandro Tonali, are among the suggested names.

  • KOP SHOULD STOP SAN UTD DEAL

    Chelsea and United target Jadon Sancho is one of three possible signings Liverpool should prioritise, says Anfield legend John Barnes.

    The former England winger thinks Jurgen Klopp should pursue Borussia Dortmund’s England attacker Sancho, plus Leicester City's Turkey defender Caglar Soyuncu and Real Sociedad’s Spain centre-back Diego Llorente.

    But it is RB Leipzig and Germany striker Timo Werner who remains the player most commonly linked with a huge summer switch to Liverpool.

  • BARCA CRACK MIRA DEAL

    Chelsea and Manchester United target Miralem Pjanic has ruled out moving to London and is determined to join Barcelona, reports say.

    The Bosnia midfielder, 30, has also been linked with PSG as Juventus chief Maurizio Sarri is prepared to let him to.

    But Mundo Deportivo claim he has already agreed to sign for Barca once the season finally ends.

    Pjanic was reportedly eager to switch the Serie A champs for the LaLiga kings.

    And Barcelona also wanted to add experience to the midfield, to help a batch of rising stars coming through.

    A deal with Juve could see Barca's Brazil midfielder Arthur, 23, head the opposite way on a season-long loan.

    Chelsea boss Frank Lampard was reportedly willing to let Jorginho head to Turin in a bid to land Pjanic.

  • EURO LOCK-OUT?

    Chelsea, Manchester United and City's European hopes are in doubt after the government confirmed a two-week quarantine on UK arrivals from June 8.

    No exemptions are being given to sports stars, potentially causing a real headache for British clubs left in Europe.

    It means should Real Madrid fly to England for the second leg of their last-16 tie with Pep Guardiola's side, the Spanish giants would have to wait in complete lockdown for two weeks before being able to train and then play the match.

    Similarly, Chelsea are due to fly to Germany to play Bayern Munich which would again cause the same problems for Frank Lampard's men when they return to England.

    United are still in the Europa League, beating LASK 5-0 in the first leg of their last-16 clash in Austria with the second leg at Old Trafford, while Wolves and Scottish side Rangers could also fall victim to the new crackdown.

  • UTD EYE £10m NU KID ON THE BLOCK

    United are willing to pay £10million for Sporting Lisbon whizkid Nuno Mendes on the advice of former Old Trafford midfielder Nani, reports say.

    Left-back Mendes, 17, has just a year left on his current deal with the Portuguese giants, having rejected a two-year extension amid interest from leading European clubs.

    Mendes has yet to play a senior match but has trained with Sporting's first-team squad.

    And his performances have obviously attracted the attention of Nani who has put in a glowing review to United chiefs.

    Nani spent eight years at Old Trafford before eventually returning to boyhood club Sporting in 2018.

    Now pacy, skilfulMendes could soon follow in his footsteps, according to the Daily Star.

  • NO GO DIOGO

    United are keen to keep Diogo Dalot, despite interest from Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain.

    The right-back and winger was hailed as the future by Jose Mourinho after he joined from FC Porto in 2018.

    The Portuguese, 21, had a groin injury which kept him out for most of the first-half of the season, but ESPN say boss, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is determined to keep him at Old Trafford.

  • NEW HAZARD TO WORRY ABOUT

    Dimitar Berbatov has tipped Man Utd and Liverpool target Kai Havertz to become Eden Hazard’s long-term replacement at Chelsea.

    The former Spurs and Man Utd striker told Betfair: “I think it is interesting to see Chelsea linked with him, they haven’t really replaced Hazard since he left and it was always going to be difficult to do so.

    “I think for sure they need to go for a young player with a lot of football ahead of them, if that is the case then they will also have to be patient as well because sometimes young players need time to adjust to the physicality and speed of Premier League.

    “Havertz is an option for them but it has only been the first week back of the Bundesliga and I hope that he continues to way he has comeback, by scoring and producing the goals that he has done so far.”

  • WATCH OUT

    Manchester United star Scott McTominay has named his top academy prospects at the club to watch out for.

    The Scotland international has moved up himself from the youth team to become a first-team regular.

    Speaking to the club's official website, the 23-year-old said: “For the younger boys? There's a lot.

    “You see Di'Shon [Bernard], Largie [Ramazani], Jimmy [Garner], you see Mason [Greenwood], obviously, coming in and Mason's on his way to being established.

    “He's not quite at that level of being a regular first-teamer, and that's what Mason has to strive to become.

    “He's one of the most talented players that I've seen for a long time – his left-foot, right-foot shooting is ridiculous.”

  • FLIRTY DOZEN

    Cristiano Ronaldo has got United fans talking after sharing a picture of himself during the Champions League triumph of 2008.

    The Juventus star shared the image of himself, Rio Ferdinand and team-mates with the famous trophy.

    What a team that was!

  • BRAN THE BRAVE

    Brandon Williams is clearly missing matchday football.

    The young left-back, 19, has posted a picture of himself taking a throw-in on Instagram.

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  • BAME CONCERNS

    The Government will today be asked for immediate research on whether BAME players are at enhanced risk by the planned return to contact training, reports MARTIN LIPTON.

    PFA deputy chief executive Bobby Barnes will urge the country’s deputy chief medical officer, Jonathan Van Tam, to intercede and demand proper answers.

    The fears of the players has been articulated by Watford’s Troy Deeney, worried about the impact of potential Covid-19 infection on his five-year-old son.

    Chelsea have also given fearful N’Golo Kante dispensation not to return to training unless he feels confident in his health and safety.

    But while Barnes has previously spoken to Premier League chiefs over the concerns, asking for more research to be undertaken before the green light can be given by the players, the union chief will now press the issue again.

    By going direct to Van Tam at a three-way video meeting this afternoon, also attended virtually by League bosses and medical chiefs, Barnes wants to make it clear that the issue must be properly addressed before players will assent to a full training ground return.

  • JAD-ON HOLD

    Jadon Sancho’s proposed £100million-plus move to Manchester United is “on hold”, according to reports.

    Borussia Dortmund are said to be waiting until the transfer market returns to normal after the financial meltdown brought about by coronavirus.

    The Telegraph report that fees and wages are expected to drop by 50 per cent when the summer window opens.

    But Dortmund are determined to get what ex-Man City kid Sancho, 20, is worth and will reportedly hold out for the full £100m figure.

    Sancho has two seasons left on his deal with the Bundesliga club but will still command a big fee before his final year, after costing them just £8m.

    Due to the coronavirus pandemic and a lack of Champions League football, net debts soared to £429m – a rise of £127.4m.

  • ‘BRI-LLIANT

    Hannibal Mejbri is going to start in the Manchester United reserves next season before being considered for the first team.

    The Frenchman, 17, is seen as the most promising young talent in the Old Trafford youth ranks.

    Along with Ethan Laird and Largie Ramazani, Mejbri is likely to start his season in Premier League 2 before aiming for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first-team squad, according to MEN.

    James Garner and Dylan Levitt are the other two players close to first-team action after playing games in the reserve division.

    Hannibal has already provided three assists in five games in Premier League 2 this season and such form could see him fast-tracked behind Mason Greenwood into the first-team.

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