1.15pm Man Utd transfer news LIVE: Jadon Sancho deal expected, Alex Telles ‘agrees five-year deal’, Sarr considered – The Sun

THE transfer window continues for Manchester United – and reports suggest they are on the verge of landing Porto's Alex Telles.

And the Red Devils hierarchy are also said to be confident of signing Jadon Sancho for less than the £108m Borussia Dortmund are demanding.

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  • 2,000 CLUB

    Chelsea joined Manchester United and Arsenal in a very exclusive club this week.

    Their victory over Brighton on Monday night saw the club register their 2,000th point in the Premier League (1,077 matches).

    They are only the third side to achieve this feat since the competition began in 1992, after United (2,234) and the Gunners (2,014).

  • DAVE SAVES FOR NOW

    David De Gea has been told he will start the season as Manchester United's No1 – but warned his place is under threat from rookie Dean Henderson.

    The Spain keeper made a series of high-profile blunders last term while Henderson impressed at Sheffield United.

    Solskjaer said: “Yeah, you keep your place in the team or you play when you play well, it doesn’t matter if you’re a keeper or a striker or full-back.

    “Of course, keeper is a different position on the pitch. There are less physical demands compared to an outfield player that you will rotate more maybe.

    “But you need competition, and you need to get that competition to push each other so we can get the best possible performance out of one of them.

    “Hopefully the two of them will always be performing when they play.”

  • HITTING THE PEAK WITH BEEK

    More from our analyst Higginbotham…

    He added: “The beauty of the current United squad is that many of them can play a variety of positions — and Van de Beek is exactly the same.

    “At Ajax he proved he can play higher up the pitch before also showing he can play the deeper role when Frenkie de Jong left for Barcelona.

    “So what you may find is the midfield trio of Van de Beek, Pogba and Fernandes will interchange into the No 10 slot as all of them have the intelligence and are capable of sitting back when needed.

    “Without Nemanja Matic they will be a bit open defensively but we will then potentially see only one of the full-backs going forward, to ensure they always have at least four men behind the ball as the other one will tuck inside.

    “It certainly won’t be the case of any of the front four missing out, as some are expecting.”

  • VAN THE MAN

    SunSport analyst Danny Higginbotham reckons Donny van de Beek is the ideal signing to improve the

    He said: “The arrival of Donny van de Beek at Manchester United will bring fluidity to their midfield.

    “After the restart, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s line-up was predictable and his lack of options off the bench was telling.

    “In United’s last 14 Premier League fixtures he made only TWO attacking substitutions before the 77th minute.

    “But now with Van de Beek, Ole will have options to unpick defences.

    “Because when the Dutchman is partnered with Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes, while it may look like a 4-2-3-1 on the team sheet, in reality it will be different.”

  • MARC MY WORDS

    Liverpool left-back Andy Robertson reckons Marcus Rashford deserves to be the first Manchester United player to get a standing ovation at Anfield.

    Both Robertson and Rashford have selflessly worked hard during lockdown to help those less fortunate than themselves by supporting various schemes supporting the poor and vulnerable.

    In an interview with The Times, Robbo said: “Everyone can do better. Even though I’m active, I believe I can do better.

    “The two words that everyone’s saying [during the pandemic] are ‘Marcus Rashford’. He made politicians overturn the decision [not to extend free school meals] because he wanted every kid to get fed. What he’s done was amazing, outstanding.

    “Once the fans are back in, Marcus Rashford could be the first Man United player to get a standing ovation here. He’d definitely deserve it because thousands of families are getting fed now.”

  • BALE FORCE

    Gareth Bale looks set to become one of the highest earners in the Premier League when he completes his loan move back to Tottenham.

    He will still get paid his full £650,000 per week – more than anybody else in England's top flight.

    Spurs will cover around £325,000 each week for the Wales hero, £125,000 more than their next big-money earner, Harry Kane.

    Here's how he matches up against the rest of the Premier League's most-paid stars, with David De Gea top of the pile.

    At United, Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial also squeeze into the top ten.

  • BEEHIND THE WHEEL

    Donny van de Beek splashed out £150,000 on a swanky new Range Rover.

    Manchester United's new star wasted no time in investing in the luxury set of wheels after his £39million transfer from Ajax went through earlier this month.

    Pictures from the Guy Salmon dealership in Knutsford, Cheshire show a black Range Rover SVAutobiography sitting on the forecourt with Van de Beek's name on it.

    A green “SOLD” sticker was attached to the windscreen with the Dutchman's name spelled incorrectly.

    It read: “MUFC – Van der Beek. Sales executive name: Chris Aven.”

  • GAME DAY

    The Red Devils begin their Premier League campaign this evening with a home clash against Crystal Palace.

    They were not in action last weekend due to the mandatory 30-day break following their Europa League run into August.

    It meant the trip to Burnley was postponed and Soskjaer's men face Palace, who beat Southampton 1-0 on the opening day.

    This evening's game kicks off at 5.30pm but stay tuned throughout the day for pre-match build-up.

  • CUP A LOAD OF THAT

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has chosen not to lay out any specific aims for this season, but says he is expecting Man United to improve on last term and challenge for trophies.

    He commented: “The boring answer is we have to keep on developing! We have to keep on improving and have that culture going forward of trying to improve every single day.

    “The way we finished the season was strong but also we finished it with a bit of a bitter taste because of the last game we lost to Sevilla in the semis – a game that we played really well in and could have won.

    “So we’re getting closer and closer to challenging and winning trophies and we need to take it another step forward.

    “I know there are loads of other clubs really looking to improve and everyone always wants to do that every season.”

  • GARNERS ATTENTION

    James Garner has been unveiled at Watford after completing his loan move to Vicarage Road.

    The 18-year-old Manchester United midfielder will wear the No 16 shirt while with the Hornets this season.

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  • PRETTY BRY, AND A NICE GUY

    Donny van de Beek has a reputation for boasting the same box-to-box drive that made Bryan Robson a legend.

    But it is the midfielder’s personality which has convinced Captain Marvel he will become a crucial member of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s culture club at Manchester United.

    He said: “It means so much when you have players with personality who also want to communicate and step up to the plate. These are qualities Ole has brought in with signing the likes of Bruno Fernandes, Harry Maguire — and now Van de Beek.

    “From what I’m being told he is a great lad, everybody inside the club is saying this. He’s chatty, personable. You can see that he’s a really nice guy.

    “Everybody talked about how friendly and chatty he was when he came in. And I’ve been talking to Edwin van der Sar who is chief executive at Ajax, he says the same thing.

    “He comes across like Bruno, who I have met several times, and who is a brilliant lad. He harmed everyone when he arrived, so he’s got great communication skills but he matches that to being a winner — the same as Van de Beek.”

  • MORNING, RED DEVILS FANS

    Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is fuming Mason Greenwood was not given a rest by England.

    The Norwegian revealed that they pleaded with the Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate not to call the 18-year-old up for his debut against Iceland as he needed a breather.

    But Solskjaer was shocked that not only was he called up but immediately put in front of the media to do a press conference.

    Following the game against Iceland Greenwood was kicked out the squad having, with Phil Foden, invited two girls back to the team hotel.

    Solskjaer did not reveal who will start in goal today against Crystal Palace as the battle between David De Gea and Dean Henderson hots up.

    SunSport understands outcast defender Chris Smalling is wanted by Antonio Conte’s Inter Milan who are prepared to cough up all of his £120,000-a-week wages to enable a 12-month loan.

    Manchester United have agreed a five-year contract with Porto left-back Alex Telles, according to RMC.

    The club are said to be fuming at the social media storm surrounding their lack of transfer action and fear for the negative effect it is having on the squad.

    Dutchman Donny van de Beek could debut today after splashing £150k on a swanky new Range Rover, SunSport understands.

  • SHAPING UP

    Donny van de Beek has a reputation for boasting the same box-to-box drive that made Bryan Robson a legend.

    But it is the midfielder’s personality which has convinced Captain Marvel he will become a crucial member of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s culture club at Manchester United, writes KEN LAWRENCE.

    Robson reckons boss Solskjaer is putting together a squad that reminds him of the team that first won the Prem under Sir Alex Ferguson 27 years ago.

    He said: “It means so much when you have players with personality who also want to communicate and step up to the plate. These are qualities Ole has brought in with signing the likes of Bruno Fernandes, Harry Maguire — and now Van de Beek.

    “From what I’m being told he is a great lad, everybody inside the club is saying this. He’s chatty,  personable. You can see that he’s a really nice guy.

    Everybody talked about how friendly and chatty he was when he came in. And I’ve been talking to Edwin van der Sar who is chief executive at Ajax, he says the same thing.”

  • DODGY DEALERS

    Agents know Manchester United are incompetent when it comes to transfers, claims journalist Julien Laurens.

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side have missed out on a number of signings this summer including top target Jadon Sancho.

    United are irritated by a social media frenzy over their lack of transfer activity and are concerned the reports could have a negative impact on the team.

    The respected journalist fumed to ESPN: “Is this some sort of a joke? Are they kidding me? Are Manchester United actually not understanding the frustrations of their own fans?

    “I'll tell you why they're frustrated, the Manchester United fans, and I think if I was Ole Gunnar Solskjaer I would be frustrated.

    “Not for the fake news or transfers and being linked with players they're not really linked with.

    “No, no, for the players they were in for, but they keep missing out, year after year, summer after summer. The same thing happening every time.”

  • NEW DONNY

    Donny van de Beek could make his Manchester United debut against Crystal Palace on Saturday.

    The Dutchman signed from Ajax for £39million.

    And fans could get their first sighting of him in a competitive fixture when the Red Devils start their Premier League season tomorrow.

  • SMILE LIKE YOU MEAN IT

    Headline-grabbing Manchester United duo Harry Maguire and Mason Greenwood were all smiles in training.

    The England pair will be hoping to put their controversial summer escapades behind them as the Red Devils kick-off their Premier League campaign vs Crystal Palace tomorrow.

    Maguire's Mykonos saga rumbles on with the £85million man awaiting a retrial.

    Greenwood was sent home from England duty after making his debut having broken Covid rules by meeting up with girls in the hotel.

    And the 18-year-old was then seen inhaling hippy crack on video.

    In photos shared by team-mate Jesse Lingard on his Instagram story, both can be seen flashing their pearly whites despite recent strife.

  • TELL TELL

    Manchester United have reportedly agreed a five-year contract with Porto left-back Alex Telles.

    It comes after Tottenham pipped them to the signing of Sergio Reguilon, who has joined Spurs from Real Madrid.

    They have instead set their sights on 27-year-old Telles, and according to RMC, the player has agreed personal terms with United.

    A transfer fee is yet to agreed between the two clubs as PSG also remain interested in the defender.

  • SOL SEARCHING

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer confessed he is concerned about Harry Maguire's state of mind after his Mykonos ordeal.

    The Red Devils captain, 27, is awaiting a retrial after initially being given a suspended sentence for assaulting police, verbal abuse and attempted bribery.

    The Norwegian previously confirmed he would continue as skipper.

    Solskjaer said: “Knowing Harry, he's a very strong character so hopefully he can put that apart.

    “But naturally as a human being, it will be in the back of his mind what's happened this summer.

    “Apart from that, you have just got to see how it develops with Harry. Personally I think he will be able to focus on his football but then who am I to … you can't predict how people will react.

    “He's been focused so hopefully that process will just go on and, of course, we know it's something that will go on in the legal department over there.”

  • ER WE GO

    Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has bigged up Eric Bailly's recent showings in training.

    The Norwegian tipped the 26-year-old defender for a big role this season as United get their league campaign up and running against Crystal Palace tomorrow.

    He told the club's website: “Don’t forget Eric Bailly. He missed up until February and missed more than half of the season.

    “But he came back stronger and stronger and, towards the end of the season, he looked really strong.

    “So I think we’ll see a lot of Eric. He’s looked really strong in training as well.”

  • MARTIAL LAW

    Forward Anthony Martial has been named Manchester United's Players' Player of the Year.

    The Frenchman took home the gong for the 2019-20 season.

    He bagged 23 goals and 12 assists in 48 appearances.

  • WINGING IT

    Manchester United are thought to have drawn up a three-man shortlist as they hunt for a new winger.

    ESPN claims the Red Devils are considering moves for Inter Milan’s Ivan Perisic, Bayern Munich’s Kingsley Coman and Juventus’ Douglas Costa.

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is apparently looking at the trio after struggling to strike a deal for Borussia Dortmund ace Jadon Sancho, 20.

    United are thought to have agreed personal terms with the England star, with agent fees also progressing well.

    But Dortmund are thought to want near £110million for Sancho and Solskjaer is looking at alternatives.

  • ANTI-SOCIAL

    Manchester United are reportedly irritated by a social media frenzy regarding their lack of transfer dealings.

    ESPN reports Red Devils bosses fear it may have a negative impact on the squad.

    In this window United have extended Odion Ighalo's loan from China and spent £39million on Donny van de Beek.

    But the big issue dominating the talk is a potential £100m plus deal for Borussia Dortmund's Jadon Sancho.

    The England star's future has been the big will he or won't he debate online.

  • PREDICTED XI

    Here is how we expect Manchester United to line-up against Crystal Palace tomorrow.

    We're tipping Daniel James to start against Roy Hodgson's side after Mason Greenwood was sent home from England duties.

    And Donny van de Beek has a chance to start against the Eagles at Old Trafford.

    Solskjaer also confirmed Luke Shaw is fit, as well as Paul Pogba, after shaking off an injury picked up late last season.

  • VAN DRIVER

    Donny van de Beek has splashed out £150,000 on a swanky new Range Rover.

    Manchester United’s new star wasted no time in investing in the luxury set of wheels after his £39million transfer from Ajax went through earlier this month.

    Pictures from the Guy Salmon dealership in Knutsford, Cheshire show a black Range Rover SVAutobiography sitting on the forecourt with Van de Beek’s name on it.

    A green “SOLD” sticker was attached to the windscreen with the Dutchman’s name spelled incorrectly.

    It read: “MUFC – Van der Beek. Sales executive name: Chris Aven.”

    The flash motors are available from £140k for the basic model up to an eye-watering £177k for personalised packages.

    SunSport understands Van de Beek paid £150k for his.

  • WATFORD ON GARNER

    Here is what the Hornets had to say about United's young midfielder James Garner, who has joined them on loan for the season.

    The 19-year-old is set to get more first-team experience at Vicarage Road after moving from United's reserves.

    Watford said: “Highly-rated Manchester United youngster James Garner will spend the 2020/21 campaign with Watford after agreeing a season-long loan.

    “The sought-after 19-year-old midfielder started three times in the Europa League last season and has made seven first-team appearances since his Premier League debut in February 2019.

    “In addition, Garner was named Manchester United’s Under-23 Player of the Year last term, scoring eight goals in 10 “Premier League 2 games and captaining the team for much of the season.”

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