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Sancho ‘pushing for Man Utd transfer ahead of Euro 2020’, Haaland unlikely after Cavani deal, Heaton ‘set to join’

JADON SANCHO remains Manchester United's top summer transfer target, according to Gary Neville.

And reports suggest that the England star is pushing for a £78m move, which could be completed before Euro 2020.

Sancho has gone up in the pecking order of Man Utd targets following Edinson Cavani's contract extension, which means a new striker is unlikely to be required for another year.

Meanwhile the Red Devils are said to be on the verge of signing Tom Heaton as backup goalkeeper.

Sergio Romero and Lee Grant are almost certain to leave the club this summer while the club may only be big enough for one of David de Gea and Dean Henderson.

Get all the latest Man Utd news and transfer updates here...

  • SOL DESTROYING

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has congratulated Manchester City for winning their third Premier League title in four years.

    He said: "First of all congratulations to Manchester City for winning the league, very worthy champions, we've got to hold our hands up.

    "That is where we want to be. We are not there yet, they have put the bar where it is and it's up to us now to take the next step.

    "That's a long process, we know what we want to do. Of course, this is not the position we want to be in.

    "But the sensible answer is that we pushed City to the last 10, 12 days of the season.

    "They have been lauded, and rightly so, as one of the best teams that have been in the Premier League, they have shown where the bar is.

    "We've got to be big enough to hold our hands up, I don't mind doing that, but we know we want to get there and that is the next step we have to make.

    "Hopefully we can come together as a team and club and push next season."

  • VALENCIA BIDS FAREWELL

    Former Manchester United star Antonio Valencia has announced his retirement from football today.

    The Ecuadorian played 339 times during a decade-long spell at Old Trafford, winning six major honours in the process.

  • HARRY HELL

    Harry Maguire is now looking a major doubt for Manchester United’s Europa League final and the Euros due to his ankle ligament injury.

    Whn asked whether he will be fit for the clash with Villarreal, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said: “The good news is it wasn’t broken, there was no fracture, but a ligament injury is serious.

    "If I'm very positive that is maybe stretching it, I'm hopeful he might be ready for it.

    "I don’t think he’ll play in the league again but we'll do everything we can to get him ready for the final.

    “You always try to look after players long-term, if he’s fit he’ll play for us, if he's not, he won’t.

    “We're hopeful he's ready and if he’s ready for us he’ll be ready for the Euros."

  • MAK HIM AN OFFER

    Chelsea legend Claude Makelele has become an ambassador for the Congolese FA.

    And one of his first tasks could be to persuade Manchester United star Aaron Wan-Bissaka to turn out for the the Leopards.

    United's £50million defender Wan-Bissaka has Congolese heritage and played for their Under-20 side in 2015.

    The right-back, 22, has since won England Under-21 caps and was called into Gareth Southgate's senior side in 2019.

    But he is yet to make a senior appearance for England and finds himself behind Kyle Walker, Kieran Trippier, Reece James and even out-of-favour Trent Alexander-Arnold in the pecking order.

  • STONEY STANDS DOWN

    Casey Stoney has resigned as Manchester United Women’s boss days after her team narrowly missed out on a Champions League spot.

    Stoney’s surprise resignation comes almost two months after she said she would consider it a “personal failure” to miss out on the contest.

    The former centre-back, 38, has been at the helm of the Red Devils since June 2018 following the team’s reestablishment in March that year.

    And the ex-England skipper led the team to a swift promotion to the WSL from the Championship in 2019 achieving successive fourth-place finishes in two seasons.

    The Telegraph reports Stoney, who began her journey as a footballer at the age of 12 at Chelsea, is thought to have been displeased with the training conditions for her side in recent months.

    It is also thought clubs from around the world - including the top-flight women’s sides in the USA - are interested in the straight-talking United gaffer.

  • SER LONG

    Sergio Ramos looks likely to end his 16-year spell at Real Madrid after reports in Spain detailed a lack of progress in contract talks.

    Los Blancos club president Florentino Perez is said to have met the defender twice in recent months to thrash out a renewal.

    But, according to Marca, their last face to face ended with both parties looking towards a fresh start in the summer.

  • IN GOOD KOMPANY

    Andreas Pereira has revealed he is willing to leave Manchester United in the summer to join Vincent Kompany’s Anderlecht side.

    Speaking to Eleven Sports, he said: “I will not close the door on any club. The main thing is that I want regular playing time.

    “So if Vincent Kompany was to phone me, or a club such as Club Brugge. It would depend on what kind of project they put forward, and what they have in mind.

    “If it is something positive that fits with my own ideas, then why not?”

  • PORT OF CALL

    Cristiano Ronaldo could move back to Lisbon this summer after old club Sporting CP qualified for the Champions League.

    Tuesday’s 1-0 victory over Boavista secured the club’s first Primeira Liga title in 19 years and earned big congratulations from the Portuguese star.

    Ronaldo showed his pleasure at their success with an Instagram post and is strongly linked with a move back to Estadio Jose Alvalade.

    And, according to AS, that opportunity moved one step closer with Sporting’s title triumph.

    The Leoes have secured a place in next season’s Champions League group stage – something Juventus are struggling to do.

    Andrea Pirlo’s side lost 3-0 to AC Milan on the weekend, leaving them three points adrift of the top four ahead of Wednesday’s trip to Sassuolo.

  • ALTERNATIVE LINE-UP

    Here is another way the Red Devils could set-up at Old Trafford against fierce old rivals Liverpool.

    Which do you prefer?

  • UNITED FRONT

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer made ten changes for Manchester United’s defeat to Leicester City on Tuesday night.

    Just 48 hours later they are set to face Liverpool in their re-scheduled fixture on Thursday evening.

    Here is how we think they will line-up.

  • MOYES’ FAVOURITE

    West Ham captain Mark Noble has revealed Jesse Lingard is David Moyes’ favourite player at the club.

    And the Hammer skipper revealed new signing and ex-Manchester United man Jesse Lingard is currently the Scot’s No1 man.

    Noble said: “Jessie Lingard at the minute, mate. They live in the same apartment block as well. The gaffer loves it as well.

    “Jessie will be with all of us and the gaffer will go like, ‘Jess, thanks for bringing me that bottle of wine the other night!’. Jess will just swallow his adam’s apple, he won’t have a comeback.”

  • KAHN’T IMAGINE

    Bayern Munich legend Oliver Kahn claims the Bundesliga champions can’t sign Borussia Dortmund ace Erling Haaland in the summer.

    Kahn, who will take over from Karl-Heinz Rummenigge as CEO later this year, believes the prospect of Bayern spending over €100million (£86m) for a player is “unimaginable”.

    The club director told Bild: “Sorry, whoever spoke about that didn’t understand the situation.

    “A package that costs – as we heard – over €100m is unimaginable for FC Bayern at the moment.”

    This is a major transfer boost for Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea, Real Madrid and Barcelona who’ve been keeping tabs on Haaland

  • ESL PENALTIES

    As reported earlier, Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus are under UEFA investigation for their involvement in the European Super League fiasco.

    The three elite clubs are facing a two-year ban from the Champions League unless they agree to give up on their ESL plans.

    Last month, 12 clubs, including Manchester United, attempted to break away and form this closed competition but nine of them pulled back and signed a declaration with UEFA promising that if they ever try to break away they will be fined €100million (£86m).

    However, Real, Barca and Juve are not giving up on their plans and thus an investigation has been launched that could lead to a two-year ban from UEFA’s elite competition and thus a £100m loss per year

  • KROENKE STANCE

    Arsenal staff have been informed that the Kroenke family are not intending to sell the club despite fan dissatisfaction.

    That is according to The Athletic, who report the announcement was made during an all- staff call on Monday.

    This poses as a major blow for Spotify co-founder Daniel Ek, who is trying to buy the club with the help of Patrick Vieira, Thierry Henry and Dennis Bergkamp.

    Gunners supporters have staged two protests against majority shareholder Stan Kroenke’s ownership after the European Super League fiasco, which involved Manchester United, and are planning another one on their final Premier League match of the season against Brighton on May 23.

  • KLOPP ON UNITED

    Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp described Manchester United's packed fixture as a "crime".

    United will have to play three matches in five days after their game with Liverpool was postponed due to fans protesting at Old Trafford and The Lowry Hotel.

    That forced Red Devils boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to weaken his team that lost 2-1 to Leicester on Tuesday

    Klopp said: "It was the lineup that I expected because I knew he had to make changes.

    "They play on Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday and I've said this many times, with all the things that happened, to play Sunday-Tuesday-Thursday is a crime. It's not the fault of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and the players, so if it was me, would I have done the same? Yes"

  • FERN GRASP

    Atletico Madrid have stepped up contract renewal talks with star midfielder Marcos Llorente.

    Manchester United have made contact with Llorente and are planning an €80million (£69m) bid.

    The Spain international has also attracted interest from Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain as well.

    According to AS, this has prompted Atletico to make haste in their efforts of tying up the 26-year-old to a new deal

  • SANCHO PUSH

    Borussia Dortmund ace Jadon Sancho is pushing his agent to secure a transfer in the summer.

    That is according to Manchester Evening News, who claim that Sancho felt let down that his representative Emeka Obasi failed to materialise a move to United following protracted negotiations.

    This comes after reports suggesting that United want to land the winger before the summer’s delayed Euro 2020 competition.

    Dortmund are reportedly open on letting the England international go for a cut-price after making a “gentlemen’s agreement” with him that will allow him to leave if certain conditions are met

  • JAD DO IT

    Reports from Bild suggested that Manchester United want to sign Borussia Dortmund star Jadon Sancho before this summer's delayed Euro 2020 competition.

    Sky Germany have backed that claim saying that United wish to wrap up the transfer of Sancho as soon as possible.

    The Euros start in June 11 and the winger is expected to be part of England manager Gareth Southgate's side.

    The 21-year-old has reportedly made a "gentlemen's agreement" with Dortmund that would allow him to leave the club if certain terms were met

  • UEFA ACTION

    UEFA have opened a disciplinary investigation into Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus over their involvement in the European Super League fiasco.

    Last month, 12 elite clubs joined forces in their bid to form a closed competition which sparked global outrage from fans, players, coaches and pundits.

    Last week, the other nine 'founding members', including Manchester United, signed a 'Club Commitment Declaration' with UEFA that saw them agree to a €100million (£86m) fine if they entered into a similar breakaway project in the future.

    UEFA released the following statement: "In accordance with Article 31(4) of the UEFA Disciplinary Regulations, UEFA Ethics and Disciplinary Inspectors have today been appointed to conduct a disciplinary investigation regarding a potential violation of UEFA's legal framework by Real Madrid CF, FC Barcelona and Juventus FC in connection with the so-called 'Super League' project.

    "Further information regarding this matter will be made available in due course"

  • PEP TALK

    Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand praised Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola after his Premier League title win.

    Ferdinand said on BT Sport: "You've got to give credit where it's due.

    "Pep and his men have bounced back. He went back to the drawing board, fixed things up and they came out flying. Deserved champions.

    "I love him, he's a maverick. This season, what he's done especially, tactically the way he's changed his team.

    "He's thickened up his midfield, got more bodies in, played with a false number nine, getting more bodies in the midfield to control the pace of the game, not making it a basketball game, up and down. It was more about controlling possession, strangling teams"

  • YES, BUTT

    Manchester United hero Nicky Butt understands the reason behind the fans' protests against the Glazer family but has urged the supporters to keep it peaceful.

    United fans staged a demonstration at Old Trafford as well as The Lowry Hotel and some of them even broke into the team's ground almost two weeks ago.

    Butt told Manchester Evening News: "I think everyone has a freedom to say what they want and have their thoughts heard, but you can sometimes overstep the mark and it did that the other night.

    "Obviously nobody wants to see police officers being injured, that spoils it because there’s a lot of good fans out there who want to protest the right way"

  • HAALAND WARNING

    Borussia Dortmund are confident that star striker Erling Haaland is going to stay at the club.

    Haaland has attracted immense interest from Europe's biggest hitters, such as Real Madrid, Barcelona, Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea.

    But Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke believes the Norway international is going to stay and advised the doubters to remember how they thwarted United's intense interest for Jadon Sancho last summer.

    Watzke told SportBild: "Your assumption is fundamentally wrong: Because there are no conditions from us.

    “I have the clear expectation Erling Haaland will still play for us next season. And I don’t worry about anything else.

    “I suspect they also know about the contractual situation and our attitude. I’m really completely relaxed here. With Jadon Sancho, nobody believed us until deadline day last summer that he would stay – and he is still here today”

  • SOU-PER MAN

    Arsenal legend Ian Wright claims Brighton star Yves Bissouma should snub a move to Liverpool and opt for Manchester United.

    Wright said on the Wrighty’s House podcast: “You look at Bissouma and Bissouma is looking at Liverpool, and we know that Liverpool have had their problems this season.

    “If you’ve got to choose between Liverpool and Man United in the current climate, I’m probably going to go with Man United.

    “What’s going on at Liverpool is there are a lot of players getting into that 30 age bracket – [Virgil] Van Dijk, [Jordan] Henderson, the three guys up-front.

    “You think to yourself, yeah Liverpool magnificent what they have done the last couple of years.

    “But you look at Man United and what Man United are on the cusp of doing and it’s a much more attractive proposition right now.

    “And I’m not being disrespectful for Liverpool. But where’s the funding?”

  • GREEN PASTURES

    Premier League hall of famer Alan Shearer is confident Manchester United ace Mason Greenwood is going to experience tremendous success in his career.

    Shearer also described Greenwood as "the most natural finisher England have", and that includes Tottenham superstar Harry Kane.

    The Newcastle legend told The Athletic: "Mason Greenwood is going to score a stack of goals over the next 10 to 15 years.

    “That’s my confident prediction. I also believe he’s the most natural finisher England have and that includes Harry, who has worked prodigiously to make himself one of the best players in the world.

    “Greenwood has a left foot, a right foot and a short backlift, allowing him to get his shot away quickly. If we need to score a goal, I’d be very happy to chuck him on”

  • KANE RULE HIM OUT

    Manchester United are still keeping tabs on Tottenham star Harry Kane.

    That is according to Football Insider, who claim that United are still after an elite striker even though Edinson Cavani signed a one-year extension with the club.

    Kane is among their top targets even though his £100million evaluation is fraught with complications.

    The Red Devils have also been linked with Borussia Dortmund superstar Erling Haaland

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