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 Borussia Dortmund ace Jadon Sancho, while Saul Niguez has revealed his long-awaited 'new club'.
Follow all the very latest news from Old Trafford below...
Manchester United midfielder Jesse Lingard has reportedly asked Chris Smalling and Ashley Young what life is like in Italy.
Lingard found it difficult to nail down a regular starting spot under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer prior to the season being halted due to coronavirus.
Inevitably it has led to speculation that the 27-year-old might exit Old Trafford this summer.
And according to The Independent, Lingard seems to fancy an Italian job.
The newspaper reports that he “has been in regular contact with Chris Smalling and Ashley Young about what Italy is like”.
It adds that “the midfielder is greatly tempted by a move to Serie A”.
ON YOUR MARCS
Marcus Rashford believes he will be ready to face old boss Jose Mourinho on the first day of Project Restart.
The Manchester United forward has been sidelined since he suffered a stress fracture of his back in mid-January.
However he was one of the first players to return to Carrington after it re-opened following the Coronavirus shutdown.
And the signs are that his hard work has paid off – as he has told friends will be fit for the first game.
That is scheduled to be away to Tottenham – where his old boss Mourinho is currently in charge.
SOMETHING NEW FOR BRU
Manchester United's new hero Bruno Fernandes has revealed his excitement at the “fantastic” opportunity to play alongside Paul Pogba later this month when the Premier League resumes.
The January transfer hit told Mario Djurovski on an Instagram Live: “I think Paul is one of the best players in Manchester and in the world.
“He was injured for a lot of time. The opportunity to play side to side with him is fantastic because you want to play with the best players you can.”
JUSTICE FOR GEORGE FLOYD
Anthony Martial's wife Melanie joined protesters in Paris in the wake of the tragic death of George Floyd.
She wrote on Instagram: “JUSTICE AND EQUALITY FOR ALL ✊🏼✊🏽✊🏾✊🏿 SAY NO TO RACISM
“I would also like to tell you that today I moved not only for the police blunders, but for racism in general…
“Know that today I saw people of all origins come to support the same cause! That of fighting against racism and injustices ✊🏼✊🏽✊🏾✊🏿
“Some speeches brought tears to my eyes, suffering in my eyes, on the faces of these people moved me. I am horrified to see that in 2020 racism still exists
“Let's change things”
MORE FROM DIOGO DALOT
There was only one man, given that he a Portuguese Man United star, that could have been Diogo Dalot's hero growing up…
Quizzed on that very subject by Man United's official website, Dalot replied: “Cristiano [Ronaldo].
“I’ve said that many times. I think there’s not a lot more to talk about.
“He’s an example and he showed everyone how good he is. For me, he’s been a role model since the beginning.”
Manchester United full-back Diogo Dalot has spoken of his joy at seeing compatriot Bruno Fernandes hit the ground running at Old Trafford.
He told the club's official website: ““It was very good.
“I think it was more something that helped me a lot as well, when you have a Portuguese guy that you know as well, in your team, sharing all the moments that you shared with the other ones but now a friend.
“It’s fantastic to have him there and more of that feeling that he’s a very good player for the team and for the club.
“That makes me happy the most and it’s unbelievable for me and for everybody.”
Marcos Rojo wants to extend his loan spell at Estudiantes… because he is just about to become a father.
The Argentine was shipped out in January after failing to convince boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer that he was worthy of a starting XI place at Old Trafford.
But injury and the coronavirus pandemic limited him to just one appearance.
The move being made permanent is difficult with United demanding a £9.5million fee – but newspaper El Dia claim that upcoming fatherhood has made Rojo determined to stay in La Plata.
THE HOLY GREAL
Manchester United target Jack Grealish has named the Premier League player he'd most like to emulate… Manchester City's Kevin De Bruyne.
He told Sky Sports: “De Bruyne! I just love him. I think he's unbelievable, and I probably try to base my game on him a little bit, especially when I play at No.8
“I think De Bruyne has absolutely everything. He has that much stuff, he doesn't get enough credit.
“He's probably the best player in the Premier League, and is up there with Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Kylian Mbappe at the moment.”
Marcos Rojo is set to return to Manchester United from his loan spell in Argentina, despite pleading to remain in his homeland for another six months.
Defensive ace Rojo was allowed to leave Old Trafford in January after failing to impress boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
But the 30-year-old fared little better in South America as he mustered just ONE appearance for loan side Estudiantes before coronavirus gatecrashed the season.
Speaking to local radio programme Estudiantes Y Su Gente in April, Rojo said: “If it depends on me, I will speak to Manchester United's management about the possibility of staying here for another six months.
“I will feel a tremendous sense of pain if I have to leave after playing in so few matches. I am completely recovered now, and fit to play once more.”
Rojo's manager at Estudiantes confirmed that it is likely the player will have to return to England when his loan finishes at the end of June.
Leandro Desabato told Radio Late 931: “We have to wait, but Rojo is likely to leave.
“The loan is due, and if Manchester do not want to continue loaning, it’s understandable.”
THE REAL DEAL
Chelsea and Manchester United are set to be joined by Real Madrid in the race for Jadon Sancho, according to reports in Spain.
The British pair have long been linked with the Borussia Dortmund superstar, with the Red Devils believed to be occupying the driving seat.
But according to AS, Real Madrid are also keen on signing the 20-year-old… although want to do so next summer.
This would mean Sancho remaining at BVB for another year… and the German giants potentially relenting on sticking to their valuation of over £100million.
Saul Niguez's much-anticipated “new club” announcement was NOT a reveal that he'd be heading to Old Trafford.
In fact, the Atletico Madrid star announced a new academy project sponsored by Nike.
The 25-year-old used his social media channels to announce the launch of “Club Costa City”, who will be based in Elche.
Formed alongside the Spanish international's brother, the new club will bring together 30 teams and around 500 players from a range of age categories in the city.
PREM CORONA SCARE
One Premier League player has tested POSITIVE for coronavirus from one club, but they remain anonymous.
The league said in a statement: “The Premier League can today confirm that on Monday 1 June and Tuesday 2 June, 1197 players and club staff were tested for COVID-19. Of these, one has tested positive from one club.
“Players or Club staff who test positive will now self-isolate for a period of seven days.
“The Premier League is providing this aggregated information for the purposes of competition integrity and transparency.
“No specific details as to clubs or individuals will be provided by the League and results will be made public after each round of testing.”
Birmingham City want “guaranteed cash” if United are to land Jude Bellingham, according to reports.
ESPN claim that the Blues know they need cold hard cash after the coronavirus crisis and need a large slice of the transfer fee up front.
United had been proposing a structured deal that allows them to make a series of payments over years with incentives.
But Birmingham know there are several parties interested and Borussia Dortmund, Chelsea and Arsenal are also in the hunt.
Bellingham had a tour of the Carrington training complex before the coronavirus lockdown, where he met Sir Alex Ferguson as well as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for a tour and talks.
PREM FIXTURES UPDATE
The Premier League have not announced the dates and kick-off times of their fixtures because the broadcasters are scrambling to get their ducks in a row.
Sky Sports, BT Sport, BBC Sport and Amazon have all paid for rights and are set to broadcast live games, even thought the BBC only has a highlights package.
But the four media bodies have to announce the fixtures at the same time.
That means we won't hear about firm dates and kick-off times until potentially NEXT WEEK.
Luckily we already know Manchester City are playing Arsenal on June 17, as well as Aston Villa vs Sheffield United
For fans who have waited nearly three months to watch their team in some form or another, that doesn't leave much time to decide which beer, crisps and pizza to buy for their Premier League viewing.
NO ACTION AGAINST SANCHO
The DFB has revealed that there will be NO action against Jadon Sancho, his Dortmund team-mate Achraf Hakimi, Schalke's Weston McKennie and Monchengladbach's Marcus Thuram for their protesting slogans in support of murdered George Floyd.
The German FA said: “Of course, the DFB control committee always has the requirements of the FIFA football rules and the DFB regulations in mind.
“In the specific case, however, these are targeted anti-racism campaigns by the players, which are committed to values for which the DFB also stands and always stands for.
“Therefore, no proceedings will be initiated, even with comparable anti-racism campaigns, in the next few weeks.”
Berbatov is excited at the thought of Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba playing together though.
The Bulgarian said: “It will be the first time we get to see Fernandes and Pogba play together and it will be interesting to see if they can hit it off, they will have had the chance to get to know each other in training but that is totally different to a game.
“It could be a great partnership and I am sure that Pogba’s return is a massive boost and will give huge confidence to the whole team.
“One player doesn’t define a team, but when you have good, quality, confident players putting all their effort in to help the team then you are going to succeed.”
WILL POG START?
Dimitar Berbatov reckons Paul Pogba could start on the bench as the Red Devils get set to return to football at Tottenham.
The former Old Trafford striker told Betfair: “United have had a huge boost in Paul Pogba returning to fitness. It is great news for the team.
“The dangerous thing is that he hasn’t played for so long, so hopefully he has prepared well and he will be ready to play at 100 per cent again.
“Is he going to start? I’m not too sure.
“Coming back from a long injury may impact him starting, it will be interesting to see if Solskjaer puts him straight into the battle.
“I’m sure if the manager asks Pogba how he feels and if he is ready, then Paul will say ‘of course I am ready.”
Ryan Giggs has been awarded Athletic Bilbao’s prestigious one-club man award.
Recipients include Celtic’s Billy McNeil, Barcelona’s Carles Puyol and AC Milan star Paolo Maldini.
Athletic said in a statement: “Giggs, who has played 963 matches as a Red Devil, has been twice at the old San Mamés.
“The first time was with Wales, scoring a goal, and the second was with the United in the unforgettable Europa League play-offs, where Marcelo Bielsa’s team eliminated the British team.
“Giggs experienced the elegance of our fans in that match with a unanimous ovation when he was substituted in the 68th minute.”
SEE YOU LATER
Brandon Williams reckons it is “impossible” to get near Paul Pogba and Daniel James in training.
The English full-back told BT Sport: “You’re not getting near him, his arms are so strong he’s so tall.
“You won’t see the ball all you see is the guy in front of you and he’ll be gone.
“He’ll turn you and shoot and just do whatever he does because he’s got all the skills.”
'ELEGANCE OF ZIDANE'
Bayer Leverkusen assistant Marcel Daum reckons Kai Havertz reminds him of Zinedine Zidane.
He told talkSPORT: “Everyone is asking about Kai Havertz. For me, he has the elegance of Zidane.
“If you see his movement, he's very elegant, he's always calm, he has great passing ability.
“What a lot of people don't see, because we watch him every day, is that he's pretty fast. That's a big bonus.
“He's a great player; he's scoring goals, he's great in the air and he's pretty fast. It's up to him how far he can go.
“I can't say he will be the best German player ever, but he has the talent and there are no limits. He's displaying signs of Zidane.”
VALUE FOR MONEY
SunSport has collated the most-expensive players in football after the coronavirus crisis.
Football has been hit severely, with some clubs paying their players in full, while others have reduced their wages.
Here is how transfer values will look after the crisis.
The 'new Lionel Messi' Thiago Almada is on Manchester United's three-man wishlist if they cannot complete the £105million signing of Jadon Sancho.
Bournemouth's David Brooks and Schalke winger Rabbi Matondo are also on their wanted list, should they miss out on Sancho, according to the Manchester Evening News.
Real Madrid are the latest club to pursue Borussia Dortmund and England star Sancho, 20.
But Argentina starlet Almada is the jewel in the crown for United if they cannot get Sancho.
He plays for Club Atlético Vélez Sarsfield in Bueno Aires and is wanted by several top clubs.
The 19-year-old can play up front or on the wing, which would give United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer more options.
Time is running out for Chelsea, Manchester United and Liverpool to sign striking superstar Timo Werner for under £50million, according to reports.
The Premier League giants only have 12 days before Werner's £49m release clause at RB Leipzig expires.
Sky Sports report that clubs have until Monday June 15 to guarantee a price for the highly-rated Werner.
Previously, clubs were not too concerned about the release clause expiring as they assumed the coronavirus crisis would drive transfer fees down.
However, the confirmation of Inter Milan's sale of Mauro Icardi to Paris Saint-Germain for £54m has thrown a spanner in the works.
At 24, Werner is three years younger than Argentine ace Icardi and Leipzig are therefore unlikely to accept less for their star asset once his clause expires.
PREM STREAMING ON AMAZON
Amazon is set to stream live Premier League games, WITHOUT the need for a Prime membership.
The online shopping giant-turn-video-service will broadcast 33 games for free in the UK.
Great news for footie fans!
BREAKING: Amazon to show all four of their Premier League fixtures for free, including the four BBC and those on Pick TV, that makes about 33 matches on free-to-air TV. @TheSunFootball
— Daniel Cutts (@Journo_Slash) June 3, 2020