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MAN UTD are increasing their preparations for the return of the Premier League on June 17.

We've the very latest on the long-running saga with Jadon Sancho after the forward netted a hat-trick against Paderborn, while Chris Smalling looks destined to remain at Roma.

Follow all the very latest news from Old Trafford below…

  • MAN UTD ROUND-UP

    It's all go at Old Trafford ahead of the Premier League's expected return on June 17.

    The club's players are all now back in contact training, with the top-flights latest round of testing showing zero active cases of coronavirus.

    Jadon Sancho has been linked with a move to United all year and announced his return to the Dortmund side in some style this evening.

    The Englishman netted a classy hat-trick as BVB teed off after the break, hitting the net SIX times against lowly Paderborn.

    And in an emotional moment, the Three Lions star unveiled a shirt sporting a message of support for George Floyd.

    In terms of outgoings in the North West, Chris Smalling's United exit for Roma has 'basically been negotiated' according to Gazetta dello Sport.

    The English defender has become the odd man out at Old Trafford after a decade at the club and his loan is extended until the Italian season can resume.

    Roma expect to be able to do a deal to let him stay at the Stadio Olimpico.

    The situation with Odion Ighalo's loan continues to rumble one, with reports suggesting that United are set to get an extension.

    The Nigerian striker, 30, was set to leave Old Trafford TODAY after his spell from CSL club Shanghai Shenhua ends.

    If an extension is successful, he could reportedly stay at United until January 2021.

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9.15pm Man Utd news LIVE: Sancho ‘overweight’ in Dortmund loss, Pogba Juventus talks, Solskjaer wants Ighalo to stay – The Sun

MANCHESTER UNITED are pressing on with training ahead of the Premier League's likely restart in June.

But they could be without Odion Ighalo, who Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says he wants to stay until the end of the season but will be recalled by Shanghai Shenhua this week if a deal cannot be reached.

Get all the Red Devils news and updates here…

  • OLD LADY COUNTS PENNIES

    Juventus have told Paul Pogba to drop his £11million-a-year wage demands if he wants a return to the Old Lady.

    According to Tuttosport, the World Cup winner will have to lower his salary expectations and can expect a lower rate than he earns at Old Trafford.

    Pogba was a world record £89m signing when he re-joined United in 2016.

  • GREAL DEAL

    Man Utd tried to sign Jack Grealish from Aston Villa in 2012, former boss Alex McLeish has claimed.

    The midfielder, 24, is being linked with a summer move to Old Trafford.

    But Big Eck says United's interest goes way back.

    He said: “At that moment [2012] we felt people were getting in contact with him to leave Villa.

    “That was one of the main reasons to get him involved with us [in the first team].

    “He would have been on the bench anyway because of the casualties we had. He was the best youngster coming through.

    “When we played Man United we heard he was in a restaurant being courted by one of the agents to try and get him to Man United.

    “We were a bit alarmed about that so we fought well to keep him. We knew he loved Villa, his old man as well. We had them in speaking to them. They’re lovely people.”

  • OD MAN IN?

    Odion Ighalo's agent says his man is “very close” to reaching an agreement with Man Utd.

    The Nigerian’s loan spell at Old Trafford expires this week.

    His future is still unclear, with reports claiming Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants to keep him.

    But a decision is being complicated over talks with Ighalo's parent club Shanghai Shenhua.

    Ladi Salami said: “On the one hand, the Super Eagle [Nigerian] feels very good in Manchester, with which it is very close to a salary agreement.

    “Negotiations with the Chinese are ongoing and are going well.”

  • HEN-D OF THE ROAD

    Man Utd are set to let Dean Henderson stay at Sheffield United for the rest of season – despite his loan deal expiring in June.

    The England hopeful, 23, is currently on loan at Bramall Lane with United chiefs facing a moral dilemma over whether to recall him.

    United and the Blades are both vying for the final Champions League qualification spot, worth £60million.

    But Old Trafford chiefs are set to be kind and allow him to finish off the 2019-20 season at Sheffield United.

    The current campaign has been on pause since March after the coronavirus pandemic forced all sport into lockdown.

    Premier League chiefs are now hoping to restart next month, with Friday June 12 the initial proposed date, although some reports claim it could be pushed back to June 26.

  • OD ONE OUT

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admits he wants to extend Odion Ighalo’s loan deal with the striker set to leave at the end of the week.

    The Red Devils boss told MUTV: “The loan deal went until the end of May now, so obviously he’s supposed to be going back.

    “We’re in dialogue. They’ve been great towards us, his club, and allowed him to play for his dream club.

    “It’s been a dream for him and hopefully he can finish off what he started, hopefully with a trophy for us.

    “At the moment, nothing has been agreed. Their league is going to get started soon so we’re just waiting to see.”

  • BEATEN TOON IT

    Newcastle have opened talks with Philippe Coutinho and lead Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea in the race to sign him, according to reports.

    The Magpies have moved to land the ex-Liverpool man ahead of their imminent mega-money Saudi backed takeover.

    Reports earlier today suggested the Gunners plan to start discussions with the 27-year-old soon while United and Chelsea have been linked for months.

    But the Toon have beaten the Premier League trio to the punch and begun talks with the playmaker and his camp, according to Spanish outlet Mundo Deportivo.

  • SOL PROPRIETOR

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says Man Utd are doing all they can to keep Odion Ighalo, despite his loan deal running out at the end of this week.

    He told the club website: “The loan deal went until the end of May now, so obviously he’s supposed to be going back.

    “We’re in dialogue. They’ve been great towards us, his club, and allowed him to play for his dream club.

    ”It’s been a dream for him and hopefully he can finish off what he started, hopefully with a trophy for us.

    “At the moment, nothing has been agreed. Their league is going to get started soon so we’re just waiting to see.”

  • STRIKING GOLD

    United are considering moves for Timo Werner and Moussa Dembele, according to reports.

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is looking at buying a younger, explosive striker in the summer.

    According to Goal, two of those on his wish list are Werner and Dembele.

    At 24 and 23 respectively, they have enough experience to come straight into the starting XI but should have their best years ahead of them.

  • GIFT OF THE RAB

    Real Madrid have reportedly joined the race to sign Rabbi Matondo from Schalke.

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side have been heavily linked to the former Manchester City academy star.

    According to Diario Madridista, Madrid president Florentino Perez is keeping a close eye on Matondo.

    It is reported that Matondo's progress in the Bundesliga has “not gone unnoticed” by Zinedine Zidane.

  • 'LOOKING SHARP'

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has revealed how the Manchester United squad have been getting on at training.

    During an MUTV Group Chat interview, he said: “We're back in training which has been great.

    “The boys have been fantastic, the weather's been good and they've enjoyed.”

    Before he added: “Everyone's looking sharp, everyone's been in a good mood and we've been splitting up in groups so fours and five together and they've really done well.

    “Hopefully, they can as I said, step up and go to bigger training groups but so far it's been good.”

  • THREE & EASY

    The Premier League have finally given the go head for 3pm games to shown live on TV – with some matches even set to be aired for FREE.

    Top-flight bosses have dropped its opposition to the game being shown to compensate for them being behind closed doors.

    The long-standing blackout was lifted last month, but Prem bosses initially claimed they still wouldn't allow 3pm matches to be broadcast.

    But now they have had a “change of heart”, according to The Times – with the previously blocked games now allowed to be shown.

    There are 92 Premier League matches left to be played this season, with the restart pencilled in for June 12, although some fear it may be more like June 26.

    Every match will be broadcast via some medium to make up for the fact fans are not allowed to watch live from inside the stadium.

  • EXCLUSIVE

    United's players have returned to training fit and healthy, delighting medical staff.

    SunSport understands that not a single player has reported back overweight despite the coronavirus delay to the season.

    Two or three stars, including keeper David De Gea, have returned to social distancing sessions LIGHTER because of doing less weight training.

    Conditioning staff are said to be “chuffed to bits” that the players have been looking after themselves in lockdown.

    United are concentrating more on cardio exercises this week and “are hoping the restrictions will be lifted quicker” so they can introduce some of the gym equipment.

  • OD MOVE

    Dimitar Berbatov has claimed the Premier League should bend the rules to allow United to sign Odion Ighalo's replacement.

    The striker's loan deal is set to expire on May 30 – and he could return to Shanghai Shenhua if fresh terms are not agreed.

    Berbatov said: “United need to know what is happening with him.

    “If they know they will lose him, they need to find someone else to replace him.”

    Before he added: “If a team is losing a loan player because of the situation, the federation should allow a team to get someone else because of the situation.

    “If Ighalo goes, United should be allowed to get a replacement.”

  • GREAL DEAL

    Alex McLeish has revealed Manchester United tried to sign Jack Grealish when he was in charge of Aston Villa.

    Speaking to the Claret and Blue podcast, he said: “When we played Man United w heard he was in a restaurant being courted by one of the agents to try and get him to Man United.

    “We were a bit alarmed about that so we fought well to keep him.

    “We knew he loved Villa, his old man as well.

    “We had them in speaking to them. They're lovely people.

    “That asked for something and the club went it's too much but, finally, you come to an agreement and everybody's happy.”

  • THIERR UP

    United reportedly rejected the chance to sign Thierry Henry before he joined Arsenal as Sir Alex Ferguson claimed “he's always f***ing injured”.

    According to Old Trafford's former head of security Ned Kelly the Red Devils were the Frenchman's “first choice” ahead of the Gunners.

    Kelly told beIN Sports: “In the tunnel after the game my phone goes, Eric's [Cantona] older brother Jean-Marie says, 'Ned, tell Alex [Ferguson] that Thierry Henry wants to come to the club',

    “Now this was before he went to Arsenal, his first choice was Manchester United. So I go to the boss and say, 'boss, I've just had Jean-Marie Cantona on the phone, he had said Henry wants to come to the club'.

    “He [Ferguson] says, 'no way, he's always f****** injured'. He went to Arsenal, the rest is history.”

  • NOT TOO KEANE

    Teddy Sheringham has claimed Paul Pogba lacks the Roy Keane factor that United need.

    He told Sky sports: “People mention top players and captains. When things weren't going right in our time, Roy Keane put things right.

    “He would drive our team on, he would dig deep and make sure we had a say in every game we played in because of his desire.

    “When you look at Pogba, yes, he may be a talented boy, but does he have the same mentality?

    “Does he really dig deep and get Manchester United out of the mire when the going gets tough? The answer for me is NO.”

  • HEN PECKED

    United have ordered Antero Henrique to get them Correntin Tolisso, according to reports in France.

    The former PSG sporting director is being lined up as a potential director of football at Old Trafford.

    According to Le 10 Sport, the club are hoping to recruit Tolisso when he leaves the Allianz at the end of the season.

  • OD SITUATION

    United are set to lose Odion Ighalo this week as talks with Shanghai Shenhua over extending the stay have stalled, according to reports.

    The Nigerian, 30, made a last-ditch loan move to Old Trafford in January as emergency cover in attack to replace injured Marcus Rashford.

    His contract with the Red Devils runs until May 31, four days after the Europa League final was scheduled to take place.

    With the season suspended, SunSport reported that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wanted to extend the loan spell by a further three months to take in the end of the season.

    But his parent club Shanghai Shenhua have so far rejected that proposal – and want him back to start preparations for their new season which is due to kick-off in late June.

    And according to ESPN, the Chinese Super League team are unwilling to budge on their stance.

  • ON THIS DAY

    Beckham, into Sheringham…

    AND SOLSKJAER HAS WON IT!

    May 26 for every United fan is a special day.

  • IN HIS IMAGE

    Contract rebel Angel Gomes has named Andres Iniesta as the footballer he tries to emulate as the skilful attacking midfielder stalls over a new contract.

    Hopes that the 19-year-old WILL sign a new deal at United are increasing after his increased presence on the club’s official channels.

    Gomes told ManUtd.com: “In terms of who I model parts of my game on, I’d say [Andres] Iniesta. He was always one of my idols.

    “[He was] a big player I watched while growing up. [He played] in similar positions as me and I’ve always tried modelling my game on Iniesta.

    “In terms of footballers when I was young it was always Ronaldinho, the Brazilian players, Robinho [plus Portuguese] Cristiano Ronaldo at the time.

    “I remember the Joga Bonito stuff with the freestyling and stuff like that. As a youngster, all you wanted to do was practise skills, so I’d say players like Ronaldo [were my inspiration].”

  • OLD LADY COUNTS PENNIES

    Juventus have told Paul Pogba to drop his £11million-a-year wage demands if he wants a return to the Old Lady.

    According to Tuttosport, the World Cup winner will have to lower his salary expectations and can expect a lower rate than he earns at Old Trafford.

    Pogba was a world record £89m signing when he re-joined United in 2016.

  • GLAZE INTO THE FUTURE

    Manchester United owners the Glazers were only willing to let Saudi investors buy 20 per cent of the club, according to reports.

    That is because the family want to see United restored back to the top of the Premier League tree.

    It had been previously claimed that the Glazers were willing to sell for between £2billion and £3bn.

    But despite mounting debt, placed over the head of the club, the Glazers’ presence appears to be constant for the foreseeable future, according to the Athletic.

  • MARC OF THE MAN

    Marcus Rashford has revealed that 2.8MILLION children have received meals during lockdown with money he has helped raise, along with a special recognition award from the city of Manchester.

    The United striker tweeted: “Wouldn’t normally share these types of things but this certificate is not just for me, it belongs to you all.

    “Each and every one of you that has contributed the few £s you can, you’ve all made a huge difference.

    “2.8million children a week are receiving meals they otherwise wouldn’t have during this lockdown because of YOUR help.

    “I couldn’t have done any of this without the help of you all and @fareshare.

    “From being young I knew that if I ever got in a position that I could help I would and I’m so proud of what we’ve achieved so far.”

  • TRICKY DEVIL

    Cristiano Ronaldo looked ready to go at Juventus training before rounding off the session with an incredible trick shot.

    The Portuguese star, 35, flicked a football into a basketball hoop from long range, proving he's not going to be rusty following lockdown.

    Ronaldo let out a roar as the ball tickled the net on its way down – reminiscent of his infamous Ballon d'Or outburst.

    And he looked in top shape as he put in the work ahead of a proposed return to action on June 13.

  • NO FORGIVENESS

    Cesc Fabregas admits he is still angry over Wayne Rooney's “dive” during Arsenal's famous 'Pizzagate' clash with Manchester United… sixteen years later.

    The Red Devils ended the Gunners' 49 game unbeaten run after their incredible Invincibles season and the Spaniard has lifted the lid on the fiery match.

    Fabregas said: “We were so disappointed, we were angry, we were upset for the way it went.

    “Don’t get me wrong, it had to come to an end the Invincibles, the 49 games, and it can happen. It was at Old Trafford, against a great team, against a great Manchester United team.

    “But I think it’s the way it happened. First of all, Gary Neville, what he did to [Jose] Antonio Reyes, mamma Mia!”

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Man Utd join Timo Werner transfer hunt with Liverpool and eye Lyon striker Moussa Dembele with Ighalo loan ending – The Sun

MANCHESTER UNITED are considering moves for Timo Werner and Moussa Dembele, according to reports.

The Red Devils took Odion Ighalo as a quick-fix loanee for the second half of the season when Marcus Rashford fractured his back.

But the Nigerian's deal at Old Trafford expires on May 31 and with Shanghai Shenhua unwilling to permit an extension, he is set to return to the Chinese Super League team in time for their season starting.

And while Ighalo certainly filled a hole during his brief stint at Old Trafford, scoring four goals in eight appearances, he was never deemed a long-term solution up front.

That is why Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is looking at buying a younger, explosive striker in the summer.

According to Goal, two of those on his wish list are Werner and Dembele.

At 24 and 23 respectively, they have enough experience to come straight into the starting XI but should have their best years ahead of them.

Werner has a release clause of around £51million which expires on June 15 but United face a near-impossible task of persuading the German to join them rather than runaway league leaders Liverpool.

Reports stated Jurgen Klopp held a "virtual meeting" with the forward – who has scored 30 in 38 this season – over Easter in an attempt to convince him to move to Merseyside.

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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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8.15am Man Utd news LIVE: Sancho has ‘understanding’ to leave Dortmund, Sanchez blasts Mourinho ‘atmosphere’ – The Sun

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

And Raul Jimenez's dad has commented on interest from the club, while Jadon Sancho reportedly expects his move to Old Trafford to be completed in the summer in line with an "agreement" he has with Dortmund.

Follow live Man Utd updates and transfer gossip below…

  • OH TEDDY, TEDDY

    Teden Mengi could become the latest United youth star promoted to the first-team following his outstanding displays in training.

    At just 18, the centre-back is yet to make his senior debut with the attention on breakthrough stars such as Brandon Williams and Mason Greenwood.

    However the coming months may provide the ideal opportunity for Mengi to make the step up.

    Having sat on the bench for the Red Devils' Europa League trip to Astana earlier in the year, the local lad is faring up well against first-team regulars in training.

    Specifically, in measurements taken of the squad's individual workouts during football's shutdown, Mengi is said to have clocked the fourth-fastest running speed of the entire club.

    Only Jesse Lingard, Axel Tuanzebe and first-placed Daniel James clocked a quicker pace than the teenager in this top-speed test.

  • 'THEY ARE SAID TO BE VERY HONOURABLE'

    There is a “very high chance” Jadon Sancho will leave Borussia Dortmund this summer, according to David Ornstein.

    He told The Athletic's Ornstein and Chapman podcast: “Sancho was expecting to move this summer and there's still a very high chance that will happen.

    “There's an understanding between Sancho and Borussia Dortmund that if the right price arrives that he can go and there's no expectation that Dortmund wouldn't honour that.

    “They are said to be very honourable in these sort of situations.

    “They're looking for no less than €120million [£107m], some say to me no less than €130m [£116m] and that certainly the figure that they want is around what they received or agreed for Ousmane Dembele.”

  • MORNING, RED DEVILS FANS

    Paulo Dybala is reportedly set to extend his stay at Juventus until 2025 to deal Manchester United a major blow.

    The 26-year-old was close to joining the Red Devils last summer, only for the Old Lady to pull the plug, with the ex-Palermo ace since becoming a key player under Maurizio Sarri.

    Prior to the coronavirus pandemic bringing a halt to the football calendar, Dybala had chipped in with 13 goals and 12 assists in 34 games in all competitions

    Such has been his impressive form, Juve's sporting director Fabio Paratici told Sky Sport Italia of the club's intentions to keep hold of the forward.

    He said: “We're working to extend Paulo Dybala's contract. We want him as part of Juventus for many years.”

    Meanwhile, Bruno Fernandes stunned Manchester United staff with his new-found pace while Jesse Lingard and Dan James record the quickest sprint speeds during lockdown.

    The Old Trafford new-boy, 25, is not known for his lightning speed, using his skill and guile over raw pace on the pitch.

    But Fernandes left staff gobsmacked as he ranked amongst the top sprinters during lockdown.

    United's players were tracked using GPS devices during the enforced break, with Fernandes up there with the quickest.

    During home training sessions, Man Utd stars were monitored on such things as distance covered and top speed.

    And Fernandes clocked an impressive 21.3mph in his best effort not far off eventual winner James on 22.9mph.

    Axel Tuanzebe, Lingard and Under-18s captain Teden Mengi finished just behind James.

    Finally, Man Utd players arrived for training for the first time in over two months after getting the all-clear from their coronavirus tests.

    Red Devils stars last worked out at their Carrington complex on March 13 but are now back to business following a vote from Premier League clubs to approve a formal return to the training ground.

    The agreement to move to “Stage One” of the training protocols will see all 20 top-flight squads beginning basic work from today.

    United captain Harry Maguire was among the first arrivals at Carrington on Wednesday morning alongside Fred, Scott McTominay and Nemanja Matic.

    Academy prospects Angel Gomes, Mason Greenwood and Tahith Chong were also pictured after the club ordered the players to arrive at staggered times throughout the day to undergo sessions in small groups.

    The likes of Paul Pogba, Fernandes and Odion Ighalo then arrived in the afternoon alongside a masked Sergio Romero.

  • OLE IN ONE

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says he would rather have “a hole in his squad than an a**ehole”.

    Solskjaer said: “I’d rather have a hole in the squad than an a**ehole. Personality is so important. We’re a team in a team environment.

    “You want players to have a bit of ego and edge but they have to be able to adapt.

    “In March 2019, players were physically tired, mentally tired and we had injuries. The players started with negative thinking, whereas now it’s positive thinking.

    “There were other things I didn’t like last year, some personal agendas which couldn’t be sorted out until the summer.

    “There will always be players who want to play more in football, but if a team is to be successful then players have to be available at different times.

    “I feel in this group we don’t have one bad apple.”

  • EXCLUSIVE BY DUNCAN WRIGHT

    Real Madrid and neighbours Atletico are the latest big Spanish club to make it known they are willing to sell some of their stars.

    That is sure to put Premier League giants including Man Utd, Chelsea and Arsenal on red alert.

    SunSport revealed this week how Barcelona have effectively invited offers for all but three of their players as they desperately look to plug a hole in their finances.

    Now it has emerged that LaLiga rivals Real and Atleti are also in the market to offload players as the cost of the Covid-19 crisis begins to bite.

    The top clubs in the Premier League have all been made aware that the two clubs in the Spanish capital are open to do business for the majority of their players.

    Real are still trying to pursue a plan to find the resources to sign Neymar from Paris Saint-Germain, but to do that they would need to bring in a huge amount of funds.

    Gareth Bale is one of those they would be happy to move on to get his £650,000-a-week wages off their books, but others are also available.

    But the problem for the Spanish giants is the value of players is likely to drop markedly when football resumes, and they may not get the kind of fees they would hope.

  • EXCLUSIVE BY DUNCAN WRIGHT

    THE Premier League's big return to training has been hampered – by sticky balls.

    All 20 top flight clubs have now resumed work in strictly controlled sessions as part of Project Restart aiming to complete the season.

    But the coating of disinfectant being smeared on all the balls has reacted in the scorching temperatures across the country, causing the surface to become tacky.

    Some players have complained they are now running slowly on the already dry grass in the few ball drills they are able to enjoy in Phase One of the training programme.

    SunSport has learnt how just two days into the new regime stars are claiming they are “pointless” and “ludicrous”.

    They claim the sessions are not fit for purpose to help them build up match fitness ahead of the planned return to action next month.

  • JIM BEAM

    Raul Jimenez's dad admits he's delighted the Wolves star is being linked with top sides including Man Utd and Juventus.

    He said: “Raul has always said it's something very cool (to hear of the interest).

    “He's very happy at his club, hopefully getting into positions for Champions League and Europa League at the moment. Always for him, all of that will be very gratifying, very cool to hear those comments.

    “Right now is the time of rumours, God willing the league hopefully resumes next month and that's where we are right now.

    “The rest, there is nothing. He's only commented on what he sees that they publish, but nothing at the moment.

    “Later, if there is something different, we will see. But now, yes, they are mere speculation and rumours.”

  • PLEA BARGAIN

    Man Utd are considering a surprise move for Alassane Plea.

    The Standard claims the Borussia Monchengladbach star could be heading to Old Trafford this summer after impressing in Germany.

    United could be willing to pay as much as £25m for the French forward.

  • GREAT SCOTT

    The government has announced a “renewal taskforce” to help sport return – with ex-England footballer Alex Scott on board.

    Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden wants advice on “how to get sport back safely in a way that works for both clubs, players and supporters alike”.

    And amid gradual easing of the Covid-19 lockdown, he said the government are looking for “new and different ways to get industries back up and running”.

    Dowden added: “Finding creative, crowd-free ways to navigate coronavirus is the biggest challenge for our recreation and leisure sectors right now”.

    But he confirmed the government are looking at a gradual process, rather than a sudden return, and insisted that safety concerns will remain the priority.

  • WINDS OF WINTER

    Arsene Wenger has called for the January transfer window to be axed as out-of-favour players “give up”.

    The Arsenal legend who is now FIFA's head of global development, has suggested changes to the game in the wake of the coronavirus crisis.

    The Frenchman said: “I am for the abolition of the January transfer window

    “Managers don't deal with this second window well.

    “In October, as soon as a player does not play anymore, he tries to find a solution elsewhere and waits for January to leave,

    “He is no longer mobilised, he gives up.”

  • HAVING A LAUGH

    SunSport can exclusively reveal Kai Havertz is a target for Man Utd, Chelsea and Liverpool.

    The Bayer Leverkusen ace has been sensational this season.

    But the Premier League trio also have to content with interest from Bayern Munich.

    Leverkusen could also be looking for a major fee after valuing Havertz at £100million before the start of the coronavirus crisis.

  • POG'S DINNER

    Andre Gray has hit out at Paul Pogba critics as he says no-one can get near the Manchester United star on the pitch.

    Speaking to Threesixtytv, the Hornets ace said: “People talk about [Paul] Pogba and it annoys me.

    “Whenever I’ve played against Pogba, four or five times now, no-one can get near him.

    “He might not set the world on fire and score top-corner goals. But you cannot get near the kid – he’s always somewhere you’re not and you can’t fathom it.

    “Until you’re on the pitch with him, you’ll never understand. From the stands it’s like ‘oh, he’s turned him’. When you play the game and understand the midfield positions, you cannot fathom him.”

  • ON THE PAUL

    Paulo Dybalais reportedly set to extend his stay at Juventus until 2025 to deal Manchester United a major blow in their pursuit of the player.

    The 26-year-old was close to joining the Red Devils last summer, only for the Old Lady to pull the plug, with the ex-Palermo ace since becoming a key player under Maurizio Sarri.

    Prior to the coronavirus pandemic bringing a halt to the football calendar, Dybala had chipped in with 13 goals and 12 assists in 34 games in all competitions

    Such has been his impressive form, Juve's sporting director Fabio Paratici told Sky Sport Italia of the club's intentions to keep hold of the forward.

    He said: “We're working to extend Paulo Dybala's contract.

    “We want him as part of Juventus for many years.”

  • UNITED FRONT

    Man Utd players arrived for training for the first time in over two months after getting the all-clear from their coronavirus tests.

    Red Devils stars last worked out at their Carrington complex on March 13 but are now back to business following a vote from Premier League clubs to approve a formal return to the training ground.

    The agreement to move to “Stage One” of the training protocols will see all 20 top-flight squads beginning basic work from today.

    United captain Harry Maguire was among the first arrivals at Carrington on Wednesday morning alongside Fred, Scott McTominay and Nemanja Matic.

    Academy prospects Angel Gomes, Mason Greenwood and Tahith Chong were also pictured after the club ordered the players to arrive at staggered times throughout the day to undergo sessions in small groups.

    The likes of Paul Pogba, Bruno Fernandes and Odion Ighalo then arrived in the afternoon alongside a masked Sergio Romero.

  • BRU-NO WAY

    Bruno Fernandes stunned Manchester United staff with his new-found pace while Jesse Lingard and Dan James record the quickest sprint speeds during lockdown.

    The Old Trafford new-boy, 25, is not known for his lightning speed, using his skill and guile over raw pace on the pitch.

    But Fernandes left staff gobsmacked as he ranked amongst the top sprinters during lockdown.

    United's players were tracked using GPS devices during the enforced break, with Fernandes up there with the quickest.

    During home training sessions, Man Utd stars were monitored on such things as distance covered and top speed.

    And Fernandes clocked an impressive 21.3mph in his best effort not far off eventual winner James on 22.9mph.

    Axel Tuanzebe, Lingard and Under-18s captain Teden Mengi finished just behind James.

  • BIKE RAK

    Ivan Rakitic headed out for a family bike ride after putting Europe's top clubs on red alert by hinting at a Barcelona exit this summer.

    The Catalan giants are prepared to cash in on the Croatian veteran this summer to raise funds of their own.

    The 32-year-old has just one year remaining on his deal at the Nou Camp.

    His availability is set to spark a transfer scramble with clubs across Europe including Juventus, Inter Milan and Atletico Madrid set to pursue a deal.

    Rakitic has also attracted attention from Premier League giants Manchester United and Tottenham.

    The Red Devils attempted to land Rakitic in January but the move was blocked because his wife Raquel wanted to remain in Barcelona.

    And the happy couple looked more than content in Spain as they embarked on a family bike ride with their two daughters and their golden retriever, with the midfielder also hopping on an electric scooter.

  • COUT ABOVE

    Manchester United and Chelsea were urged to make a move for Barcelona's Philippe Coutinho by Owen Hargreaves.

    The formerUnited and Bayern Munich midfielder believes the Brazilian would be a welcome addition back to the Premier League.

    Speaking on BT Sport, the 39-year-old said: “I love his game, I love him as a player.

    “He is obviously going though a bit of a tough time after leaving Liverpool.

    “Barca didn’t work and Bayern hasn’t really worked, but there is still plenty of time and I would never count him out.

    “I would love to see him back in the Premier League. He makes a lot of teams better.

    “Premier League teams are probably the only ones with the capacity to sign him and, let’s be honest, when he was here he was a dream to watch.”

  • PLEA BARGAIN

    Man Utdare reportedly lining up a swoop for Borussia Monchengladbach star Alassane Plea.

    The Standard claims Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has made contact with the French forward’s representatives over a stunning move to Old Trafford this summer.

    Plea, 27, joined Gladbach from Nice for around £20m in 2018 and has gone on to score 24 goals in 64 matches.

    The Frenchman’s latest strike came in Saturday’s 3-1 win at Eintracht Frankfurt.

    And it’s reckoned Plea is available for just £25m when the transfer window opens.

  • ON THE BALLO

    Man Utd have “identified” Monaco left-back Fode Ballo-Toure as a potential summer transfer target.

    The 23-year-old only joined the Ligue 1 club for £10m from Lille back in January 2019 and made 21 appearances this campaign until it was suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic.

    Now France Under-21 international’s displays have caught the eye of Red Devils boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, according to The Times.

    They claim Old Trafford scouts believe Ballo-Toure would provide perfect competition for Luke Shaw and Brandon Williams.

    It also states United are on the lookout for cut-price deals once the window re-opens amid the financial uncertainty over the Covid-19 outbreak.

    However, they could be tempted to swoop for the Monaco defender, who is under contract until 2023.

    Ballo-Toure began his career at Paris Saint-Germain before joining Lille in 2017, and it was an impressive two-year stint there in the French top-flight that persuaded the Principality to swoop for his services.

  • RON WITH THE WIND

    Nani claims Cristiano Ronaldo talked openly of leaving Manchester United for Real Madrid before his world-record switch, claiming he’d “had enough.”

    Ronnie swapped Old Trafford for the Bernabeu in 2009, netting the Red Devils £80million.

    But Nani, who was Ronaldo’s housemate in Manchester, claims his compatriot made no secret of his desire to quit United during his final Premier League season.

    He told the UTD Podcast: “Some days he [Ronaldo] was telling us openly, ‘I’m here six or seven years now, I think it’s enough for me’.

    “But it was always, ‘I will see, I will see’, but we never though it [Real Madrid move] would happen so fast.

    “After we won the league in the second year he left, he produced a great season so we were still surprised.”

  • DOR OPEN

    Jadon Sancho remains likely to leave Borussia Dortmund this summer with Manchester United at the front of the queue, according to reports.

    The 20-year-old has persistently been linked with a move away from Signal Iduna Park this season – but the financial effect of the coronavirus has changed the financial dynamics of every club in Europe.

    Ed Woodward himself last month warned of the changes that fans would see in the transfer market this summer.

    But according to The Athletic, the Red Devils are still in contact with Borussia Dortmund and a deal remains likely.

    Speaking on the Ornstein & Chapman Podcast, the former said: “Sancho was expecting to move this summer and there’s still a very high chance that will happen.

    “There’s an understanding between Sancho and Borussia Dortmund that if the right price arrives that he can go and there’s no expectation that Dortmund wouldn’t honour that, they’re said to be very honourable in these sort of situations.

    “They’re looking for no less than €120million [£107m], some say to me no less than €130m [£116m] and that certainly the figure that they want is around what they received or agreed for Ousmane Dembele.”

  • PLAY ON

    Uefa chief Aleksander Ceferin is “absolutely sure” fans will be back in stadiums “very soon” despite fears football faces 12 months of being played behind-closed-doors.

    When asked why he felt the disease would not impact football in the long-run, Ceferin told The Guardian: “It's a serious situation but it is going down now and we are being more cautious.

    “We know more about the virus and in general I'm an optimistic person.

    “I don't like this apocalyptic view that we have to wait for the second and third waves or even a fifth wave … people you know are likely to die one day, but do we have to be worried today? I don't think so.

    “We are ready and we will follow the recommendations of the authorities but I'm absolutely sure, personally, that good old football with fans will come back very soon.”

  • 'BE A BIT KINDER'

    Ex-Manchester United star Luke Chadwick has accepted apologies from Gary Lineker and Nick Hancock for cruel jibes about his looks.

    The ex-footballer recently admitted gags about his appearance on BBC's They Think It's All Over killed his confidence.

    It came at the time he was trying to make his mark at Premier League giants Manchester United.

    Chadwick's revelations led to host of the hit 1990s show Hancock and team captain Lineker issuing apologies for their behaviour.

    Former Spurs and England star Lineker responded on Twitter, saying: “I was part of that show, therefore, I too would like to apologise to @luke_FFF for any hurt caused.”

    And Hancock told BBC Breakfast: “Listening to Luke is incredibly humbling.

    “He's shown so much more generosity and understanding and good judgement than we did at the time. I’m appalled for him and at myself.”

  • WHO WILL LAND HIM?

    PSG are reportedly considering a bid for Manchester United target Erling Haaland while worrying over Kylian Mbappe's future.

    Real Madrid continue to be strongly linked with the French striker, whose contract expires in 2022.

    Talks are said to have struggled so far amid talk of a potential release clause and a £600,000-a-week wage – that would match Neymar's salary in Paris.

    But alternative plans are being made, according to Marca, in the form of Borussia Dortmund star Haaland.

    Real Madrid and Manchester United appear to be the frontrunners for the Norwegian's signature, the Red Devils having come close to signing him in January.

    With 13 goals in 12 games for the Bundesliga club, any doubts over his talents have evaporated and he notched yet again on German football's return from a two-month shutdown against Schalke 04 on Saturday.

  • 'WASN'T PREPARED'

    Marcus Rashfordadmits he has struggled to cope with the attention of being a Manchester United star.

    In an ATP Tour chat with two-time Wimbledon champion Andy Murray, Rashford confessed: “I can’t say I’ve ever really enjoyed the attention off the pitch.

    “That’s one thing growing up as a footballer that you never think about.

    “You always think about playing in the first team and scoring goals for United or at Old Trafford or any stadium. But you forget how your life can change overnight.

    “Things that you can do with your friends, things that you can do with your family, the places you can go, it all changes.

    “And I probably wasn’t as prepared for that bit as I was the actual going on the pitch and playing.

    “For me that bit was the easier bit. It obviously took a lot of hard work to get there but when the opportunity came up I felt ready to step up.”

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Man Utd confident of pulling off huge £220m triple transfer swoop for Jadon Sancho, Jack Grealish and Jude Bellingham – The Sun

MANCHESTER UNITED are reportedly confident of luring Jadon Sancho, Jack Grealish and Jude Bellingham to Old Trafford in a £220million triple swoop.

The Red Devils are set to invest heavily at the end of the season as the club looks to mount a charge to win their first Premier League title since 2013.

Despite teams suffering as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, the Manchester Evening News state that United believe they have the resources to be able to spend big in the summer.

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Man Utd ‘to sign Barcelona starlet Jurado’ as they agree transfer terms with 16-year-old after he rejects Nou Camp deal – The Sun

MANCHESTER UNITED have reportedly agreed a deal to sign Barcelona youngster Marc Jurado this summer.

Diario Sport claims the 16-year-old right-back has struck personal terms with United after snubbing a Nou Camp contract extension.

Jurado has come up through the ranks at Barcelona for the past nine years.

However, he has decided to try his luck in England despite still being a teenager – just like Cesc Fabregas and Gerard Pique.

Barcelona were confident of keeping Jurado tied down to the club after seeing fellow prospects Ansu Fati and Ilaix Moriba commit to new deals.

However, United are now toasting the capture of the highly-rated prodigy as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer looks to invest in youth and bring back the glory years to Old Trafford.

One man who may be waiting a while for his United switch is Jason Sancho.

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Man Utd ‘ready to shelve Jadon Sancho transfer plans’ and wait until next summer to seal £100m deal from Dortmund – The Sun

MANCHESTER UNITED are reportedly ready to shelve their move for Jadon Sancho and wait until next summer to seal £100million deal from Borussia Dortmund.

The Red Devils have been leading the chase for the 20-year-old England international attacker for months, with both Man City and Chelsea also keen.

Dortmund are refusing to lower their valuation on the star and are under no financial pressure to sell once the transfer window re-opens.

Now the Daily Mirror claims that could lead to United postponing a swoop for Sancho until the summer of 2021.

United have been working on the move for months and believed they were close to getting it over the line.

The Old Trafford club’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has already warned fans that huge transfers look unlikely due to the “realities that face the sport” amid the coronavirus.

And today’s report states they “clearly have concerns about spending that level of money not just from a financial point of view but how it would be viewed by society” this summer.

Now Dortmund believe Sancho could now stay for at least another season and are already planning for that scenario.

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Newcastle join Man Utd in £70m Koulibaly race with Napoli defender ‘interested’ in transfer if takeover goes through – The Sun

NEWCASTLE have reportedly joined Manchester United and Liverpool in the race for Napoli ace Kalidou Koulibaly.

Football Italia claims the Premier League side are keen on making the Senegal international their new star defender if their Saudi takeover is completed, with Koulibaly also interested in a switch.

Newcastle are on the verge of a £300m buyout, potentially paving the way for a huge influx of cash for a squad overhaul.

Ex-Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino is already favourite to take over from Steve Bruce.

And it appears Newcastle’s new owners already have their gazes fixed on 28-year-old Koulibaly.

The giant centre-back is in his sixth season at Napoli and has clocked up a whopping 233 appearances.

He has long been linked with a move to England, and Man United are understood to retain an interest in his services.

Most recently, Liverpool have been tipped to make a bid for £70million-rated Koulibaly.

But it could be Newcastle who win the race for his signature should they welcome new owners to St James’ Park.

However, it’s reckoned the takeover is being put on hold with the Premier League feeling “abandoned” by the government for having to rule on such a morally and politically perilous decision.

That’s due to issues over broadcast piracy allegations against the Saudi state, with an announcement now set to wait until next week.

Discussions about when football can resume are taking priority at the top level instead.

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8am Man Utd news LIVE: Jadon Sancho transfer LATEST, Rabiot scouted ‘several times’, Berbatov tips Kane to make transfer – The Sun

OLD TRAFFORD chiefs are gearing up for a busy summer.

With the Premier League pencilled to return on June 12, Man Utd are also looking forward to the transfer window where their No1 targets are reportedly Jadon Sancho and Jack Grealish.

Follow all the latest updates from Old Trafford below…

  • ROJO YOU DON’T

    Manchester United will take action on Marcos Rojo after he broke lockdown rules by smoking and playing cards with friends.

    The Old Trafford club will remind Rojo, 30, who is on loan at Estudiantes, of his responsibilities.

    The Argentina defender was filmed socialising with friends in his native country by his brother Franco despite social distancing guidelines.

    Footage was posted to and removed from social media – but not before others were able to grab it

    President Alberto Fernandez recently extended lockdown in Argentina until May 10.

  • SANCH-NO

    Jadon Sancho should REJECT a move to Manchester United, according to their former captain Paul Ince.

    Ince told Paddy Power said: “Sometimes as a player, it’s about looking at a team’s manager and coaching staff and whether they’d take you to that next level. That’s a decision Sancho will need to make.

    “We know that Pep [Guardiola] is experienced in that area, we know he can improve a player. But can Ole Gunnar Solskajer? We don’t know that, whatsoever.

    “He’s clearly trying to develop a young team, so that will help, but in terms of actually the man to man management and development of someone like Sancho, he’s a total unknown.

    “To use myself as an example, when I went to Inter Milan, I became a far better player under Roy Hodgson.

    “What I’m saying is, Sancho needs to consider all of those factors, culture, environment, team and ultimately the manager.”

  • MORNING, UTD FANS

    Paul Pogba and Marcus Rashford have sent reassuring messages to United fans via the club website as they battle to keep their fitness up in lockdown.

    Unsettled French World Cup winner Pogba, still being linked with a return to Juventus, said “We have got to stay motivated, there is no other choice.

    “I still have goals in my head and one day hopefully this [pandemic] will stop.”

    And as England striker Rashford continues his rehab he insisted he has never lost focus.

    He said: “It has been a tough period for me, the last few months, obviously being injured.

    “But in the last few weeks I have been able to step on it a bit more, so I have just been getting my head down and working.”

    Meanwhile, Wayne Rooney has claimed former youth-team sensation Ravel Morrison was far better than his contemporaries like Pogba.

  • PREM TESTS START

    Premier League players are already taking coronavirus tests.

    About 40,000 testing kits – costing about £4million – are to be bought by the League in a bid to get games resumed.

    But one major club has already started sending out kits to their players’ homes to test themselves.

    All Premier League clubs are set to resume training by next Monday on an individual basis although some have already opened their doors to players.

    It is hoped that full squad training will start on May 25 but football authorities are waiting for Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s approval to ease some lockdown measures on Thursday.

    The only way that the 92 remaining Prem games can take place is to complete mass testing.

    But it is still possible for some clubs and organisations to source test kits from abroad even though there is a debate over the reliability of some.

  • NO PLAY, NO PAY?

    Premier League players who opt out of football’s return may have to sacrifice their wages.

    A number of stars have expressed concerns about plans to resume the coronavirus-interrupted season next month.

    Top-flight clubs will assure players they will only be asked to return to training when it is completely safe to do so.

    But those who remain unconvinced face being told to take unpaid leave.

    One Premier League executive told SunSport: “This is a really sensitive issue and something we are absolutely determined to avoid if at all possible.

    “We know there are players who are understandably anxious and there is no question of forcing them to play against their wishes.

    “We hope we can give all our staff the assurances they need to willingly return to work in the next few weeks. But we will need to know which players will not be available for selection and it is likely they will be asked to forego their salaries during their absence.”

  • RASH CHALLENGE

    Marcus Rashford says he's using his time in lockdown to speed up his recovery from injury.

    The Man United forward has been out of action since January this year following a back problem he suffered during an FA Cup third round clash against Wolves.

    Rashford, who's scored 14 times in 22 league appearances this season, says rehab has been a “tough period” for him.

    The Old Trafford star told United's official web site: “I have sort of had my head down. It has been a tough period for me, the last few months, obviously being injured.

    “'But in the last few weeks I have been able to step on it a bit more, so I have just been getting my head down and working.”

  • POG'S GOALS

    Paul Pogba reckons the Covid-19 pandemic hasn't altered the goals he's set himself ahead of his return from injury.

    The French midfielder has been receiving treatment for a foot problem which led him to make just eight appearances for United so far this season.

    Pogba told United's club website: “We have got to stay motivated, there is no other choice.

    “It is a period and we don't know until when it will be like this, but I still have goals in my head and one day hopefully this [pandemic] will stop.”

  • RON 'CAN GO FOR PELE'

    Gary Neville also reckons Cristiano Ronaldo can go for Pele's record of 1000 goals.

    His former United team-mate said: “I have no doubts he wants to play til his late 30s and early 40s.

    “I genuinely believe he wants to beat Pele's record, I think he wants to beat Pele's numbers, I think that's where he's at inn his mind.

    “He wants to be the greatest of all time, that's his sole drive, if he does become the greatest of all time the teams he plays in will win trophies and be successful.”

  • DRIVE OF RON

    Gary Neville has revealed how Cristiano Ronaldo was obsessed with individual awards, because that helped the team.

    Neville said: “His drive was out of this world to become the best in the world.

    “He's one of very few players to announce that individual trophies were important to him.

    “He was absolutely driven that 'no I want to be the best player in the world' and it's important that I'm the best player in the world because in turn it'll help my team.

    “It was a different angle in terms of looking at it and he just wanted to be the very best in the world and it's so important to him, what he's done over many years is absolutely exceptional.

    “It's so special, his achievements are amazing and he's worked hard for it.”

  • NEV VS RAVEL

    Wayne Rooney has compared Ravel Morrison to Gary Neville in his Sunday Times column, where he lists reasons why players make the grade at senior level after being promising youngsters.

    He said: “I remember watching Ravel Morrison thinking he had everything required for a player in his position.

    “He was brilliant. He was confident. He nutmegged Nemanja Vidic three times in the space of a minute in one training game.

    “But he struggled with lifestyle and his environment which was sad for him – because I saw Paul Pogba come through, Jesse Lingard, all these players and Ravel was better than any of them by a country mile.

    “Gary's not a great footballer player but he worked in every minute of every training Session and made the most of everything he had.

    “He had a fantastic career through hard work.”

  • UNITED ROUND-UP

    Premier League chiefs are targeting a return to action on June 12 – and clubs are slowly getting their players back into individual training.

    Man Utd are set to do the same, but there's also plenty of transfer speculation swirling at Old Trafford.

    The Red Devils have reportedly sent scouts to watch Juventus midfielder Adrien Rabiot “several times” already this season.

    And it will only intensify speculation that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is preparing a summer raid for the Frenchman, who left PSG on a free to join the Italian side.

    According to Tutto Mercato, United scouts have been in attendance during Juve's Champions League games.

    The 25-year-old has started three of them, coming off the bench in another.

    While Juventus transfer chief Fabio Paratici doesn't reckon Paul Pogba will leave Man Utd this summer – but only because of his huge wage demands.

    Pogba is thought to earn £290,000-a-week at Old Trafford, a figure Paratici believes few sides can match.

    He told Sky Sports Italia: “Paul Pogba is a fantastic player, we know him as a champion.

    “But something will change after the coronavirus crisis, because logically the salary demands someone at his level would have had before are now more difficult to get hold of.

    “Or, at least, he’ll have fewer clubs prepared to pay that money.”

    And in a boost for United fans hoping the England captain will make his way up the M6, Dimitar Berbatov has called for Harry Kane to follow his example and swap Spurs for Manchester.

    Berbatov told 5 Live's Football Daily: “When they came of course I knew I would be making people disappointed – especially Tottenham fans – but I was following my own path.

    “I knew if I missed that chance another one might never come. This is how it is in football.

    “The same situation is happening with Harry Kane at the moment, exactly the same.”

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