MAN UTD are pressing on with their transfer business, with a first summer signing now confirmed in the shape of goalkeeper Radek Vitek.
Jadon Sancho and Sergej Milinkovic-Savic may also be closing in on moves but Paul Pogba is reportedly considering buying himself out of his contract.
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Erling Haaland has revealed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer helped turn him into the deadly finisher he is today thanks to some shooting practice early on in his career.
The on-fire Borussia Dortmund star, 19, rejected the chance to team up with his former Molde boss at Man Utd in January.
The former Red Bull Salzburg striker recalled one particular game – with his Molde side taking on Brann – where Solskjaer changed the course of his future with some top tips.
They immediately paid dividends, with Haaland scoring four times in the opening 20 minutes.
Speaking to Eurosport, Haaland revealed: “Before that game, Solskjaer and I did some practice on finishing. Not just crosses. I remember he taught me some easy rules.
“That was something he taught me in the days before that game. He has taught me a lot to be calm, and also be on your toes and come to those situation where the ball is coming.
“It is then you have the chance to score. He deserves a lot of credit for teaching me that.”
Man Utd and Barcelona have reportedly joined Arsenal in the race for highly-rated Real Madrid youngster Cesar Gelabert.
AS claims the 19-year-old Spanish attacking midfielder could make a shock exit this summer after failing to agree a new Bernabeu contract.
Gelabert’s current deal expires in 2021.
And that’s apparently opened the door for some of Europe’s elite to make their move.
Gelabert joined Real from Hercules in 2015 and is thought to be one of Los Blancos’ top prospects.
He has played 13 times for the Castilla ‘B’ team this season.
And it’s reckoned Arsenal have been keeping tabs on Gelabert for some time after sending scouts to watch him against Chelsea and Spurs.
Accrington Stanley owner Andy olt has warned thousands of players are at risk of being out of work due to COVID-19.
Holt fears Coronavirus will mean games being played in front of crowds – the lifeblood of clubs below the top flight – is not possible for a long, long time.
In that case, clubs will struggle to pay existing wage bills, let alone adding to them, while cash for next season via Premier League solidarity payments is already being spent now.
The Stanley supremo told SunSport: “Players are the biggest expenditure and it’s obvious that they are going to take a lot of pain.
“At the end of this season, nobody will be offering contracts to players.
“Any that do will be offering contracts not as generous as the ones in the past.
“Literally, thousands of players are not going to have contracts. I know people are arguing that we should pay 100 per cent of contracts, but if there’s no cash, they won’t be getting paid.”
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Jadon Sancho has been urged to snub Manchester United and stay at Borussia Dortmund for two more years by team-mate Marco Reus.
The in-demand England winger, 20, is being chased by not only United, but also Chelsea and Liverpool – amongst other European giants – this summer.
Sancho seems keen to move on, too, with Dortmund chiefs all-but giving him the green light to quit.
But now the former Manchester City youth product has been urged to stick it out at the Bundesliga giants by Reus, who claims there is “nowhere better for him”.
Speaking to Bild, Reus said: “He should stay one more, maybe two years at Dortmund.
“In my view, there is currently nothing better for him.
“Then he can take the really big step, as an even more complete player who can continue to develop with us as a regular in the team.”
Sam Allardyce has laid into politicians demanding footballers take pay cuts – but called on players to do their bit to say the jobs of staff at their clubs.
The former England boss claims the MPs queuing up to stick the boot in on well-paid stars should concentrate on the real challenge of helping the country through he Covid-19 crisis.
Allardyce, 65, said: “Politicians should stay out of it.
“They’ve got enough to be coping with, rather than trying to create a problem within the game, and within the public and within the press.
“We don’t see anybody writing about other top sportsmen who earn millions and millions of pounds, cutting their wages by 30, 40 or 50%.
“So it’s the same old, same old. It’s always headed at the footballers.”
Speaking on beIN Sport's Keys and Gray Show, he added: “There are not too many Premier League Clubs who won’t go into debt with this problem – if it continues – by just paying full wages.
“Deferral of payments should obviously be done by players, and I think this all erupted through the furloughing of staff outside of the football club.
“If I was the manager I’d sit down with the players and say ‘can we not support the staff and keep them on their wages?’… because without them you haven’t got a football club.
“You just need those people. They love the football club. Most have been there for years and years and years, and you just need to support them in these hard times.
“Footballers and Premier League footballers can support the staff who are worried about their families and worried about where the next wage packet is coming from.”