Man Utd transfer news LIVE: Haaland £64m release clause in two weeks, Sancho full DEBUT, Mbappe top striker target

MAN UTD have reportedly made Kylian Mbappe their top striker target after drawing up a list of four world class forwards.

The Red Devils are not expected to move for the Frenchman this summer but are said to be willing to meet his high wage demands to sign him for free next summer.

Erling Haaland, whose £64m release clause kicks in on September 1, Harry Kane and Lautaro Martinez are also being looked at.

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  • Jake Lambourne

    NOT SO S-MART

    Anthony Martial is NOT a fan of his new look.

    Watch the clip below of the Frenchman describing his bold haircut.

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  • Jake Lambourne

    GUNNAR SIGN MORE

    Manchester United still want to make one more signing this summer but need to sell first, according to reports.

    The Red Devils have enjoyed a busy transfer window, adding Jadon Sancho, Raphael Varane and Tom Heaton to their star-studded squad.

    According to the Manchester Evening News, United are exploring the possibility of signing another midfielder before the end of August.

    Doubts have been raised about the strength of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s midfield, with many unconvinced by Fred and Scott McTominay.

    There are also huge question marks over Paul Pogba’s future, with the Frenchman entering the final year of his Old Trafford contract.

    And some believe Nemanja Matic’s best days are behind him after the ex-Chelsea star turned 33 last month.

    It’s believed United would like to bring in another top-class player but need to shift some deadwood before they can do anymore business.

  • Jake Lambourne

    CRIS CROSS

    Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri has confirmed that Cristiano Ronaldo will be staying at the club.

    The Man Utd legend has been linked with a return to Old Trafford, as well as moves to join Real Madrid and PSG.

    With just one year left on his contract in Turin, it has been rumoured that Ronaldo could seek a new challenge.

    However Allegri has rubbished those reports, as he said: "Cristiano told me he’s staying at Juventus.

    "He’s not leaving the club and it was never a problem, he’s training so well."

  • Jake Lambourne

    LU BEAUTY

    David Luiz has emerged as a transfer target for Flamengo with the club reportedly looking to link him up with Man Utd star Andreas Pereira, who has joined on loan.

    Brazilian news outlet Globo reports the club have made contact with Luiz’s representatives. 

    The Daily Mail claims the player – who has 57 Brazil international caps – has had meetings with Flamengo’s football director Bruno Spindel and vice president Marcos Braz. 

    It is thought the duo are keen on strengthening their ranks by bringing some of football’s biggest names to the Marcarana. 

    And Globo claims the financial details of a contract has already been agreed upon.

    However, it is thought Luiz, who is currently residing in Brazil, wants to have more time to weigh up his options.

  • Jake Lambourne

    DIM VIEW

    Former Man Utd striker Dimitar Berbatov believes Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side will outclass Southampton at St Mary's on Sunday.

    The Red Devils icon if of the opinion that United will ease to a 4-1 win on the south coast.

    Speaking to the Metro, he said: "Based on what Man United did in their opening game, I have big expectations of them.

    "For Southampton, they will have to keep up the tempo this season, otherwise they will be in trouble.

    "I don’t see the Saints getting anything from this though."

  • Jake Lambourne

    IRN BRU

    Relax Man Utd fans and watch Bruno Fernandes' fantastic hat-trick against Leeds last week.

  • Jake Lambourne

    WALKING IN MEMPHIS

    Barcelona forward Memphis Depay has revealed he left Man Utd for Lyon after he revealed his team-matse didn't understand why Jose Mourinho failed to play him.

    Speaking to El Periodico, he said: "Jose Mourinho came and I fought to get into the team but I think the idea of giving me a chance was never in his head.

    "He never gave me an opportunity. Never.

    "I went to his office but it changed nothing. It was a very difficult period, I felt that I was training well and the players themselves did not understand it.

    "[Paul] Pogba and Zlatan [Ibrahimovic] told me: 'Why don't you ever play?' For me that was the confirmation that I had no chance.

    "And I realised that I didn't want to be in a big club without playing."

  • Jake Lambourne

    RAF THAT

    Former Man Utd defender Rafael da Silva has revealed what current player at the club he loves watching.

    Like many other United fans, the defender singled out Bruno Fernandes.

    Speaking to Sky Sports, he said: “He is crazy. When he came to Manchester United everyone knew he was a good player, but not that good.

    “He’s been amazing. It’s fun to watch him play. He’s a very clever player.

    “I love watching him play for United.”

  • Jake Lambourne

    TCHOU OF CLASS

    Man Utd are interested in signing French midfield sensation Aurelien Tchouameni, according to reports.

    Transfer guru Duncan Castles said: “He [Tchouameni] is an obvious fit for Manchester United if the change in midfield happens that we’ve been talking about for so long, which is that Paul Pogba doesn’t sign a new contract at Man Utd or is sold this summer.

    “Again, most likely avenue for that to happen is Paris Saint-Germain at present.

    “Then you bring in Tchouameni who would certainly be much lower maintenance than Pogba, should be more consistent in his performance.

    “If they have that space in their squad created by Pogba, then Tchouameni is one of the options to replace.

    “He would be cheaper than options like Declan Rice, who has been mentioned as an option for them. I’m told Monaco value him at around €40m [£34m].”

  • Jake Lambourne

    MOY BIEN

    David Moyes admits he is still a big fan of Manchester United’s Jesse lingard – amid speculation West Ham will bid for the England midfielder before the transfer window shuts.

    Hammers’ boss Moyes confirmed he “hopes to do some more business” in the next 11 days.

    And asked about Lingard he said: “The questions are not for me, the questions are for Manchester United. 

    “But you know we enjoyed having him.”

    And of possible upcoming transfers, Moyes added: “We have been trying hard and we are trying to add to a good group of players and give ourselves more options at different times.”

  • Jake Lambourne

    TAKING THE MIC

    Former Man Utd striker Michael Owen believes Man Utd will beat Southampton 3-1 at St Mary's on Sunday.

    He told BetVictor: "Manchester United looked outstanding in that home win over Leeds. Don’t get me wrong, I think Leeds made it easy for them but some of United‘s play was superb.

    "[Paul] Pogba and [Bruno] Fernandes were sensational and created chance after chance. I was glad to see [Mason] Greenwood on the scoresheet and believe that he really could become a world-class striker.

    "United are still to add [Jadon] Sancho and [Raphael] Varane to the starting eleven so they are looking good at the moment.

    "Southampton started well at Everton and new man Adam Armstrong took his goal superbly. The way they faded in the second half is worrying though and aside from Armstrong, I don’t see where the goals can come from.

    "They conceded the second most amount of goals in the league last year, and I don’t see much improvement in that area so far.

    "I can’t see anything but a United win here. They looked in great form last week and I fancy them to exploit what is an error-prone Saints defence."

  • Jake Lambourne

    FRIGHT NIGHT

    Arsenal legend Ian Wright fears Manchester United could be unstoppable this season with new signing Raphael Varane at the back.

    On his show with Kelly Coates, Wrighty and Kelly, the he said: "For him to go to Manchester United now, in his prime. It’s a magnificent signing. He’s a top player."

    And, alongside Harry Maguire and Luke Shaw in United's defence, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer now have a world-class team.

    Wright added: "Now they’ve got world class next to Harry Maguire and, for me, Luke Shaw is world class. That’s it. It’s shored up.

    "He’ll mark the space and go and try and get into the places where they’ll try and turn and get at someone like Harry Maguire. He’ll snuffle that out.

    "We’re talking about a defensive unit now, which matches the front end in respect of quality. It’s frightening."

  • Jack Figg

    MORNING, UNITED FANS

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insists Jadon Sancho is in "contention" for his full debut in Sunday's Premier League clash at Southampton – despite United's 5-1 opening day win at Leeds.

    New £77million wideman Sancho came off the bench as Bruno Fernandes' hat-trick led last Saturday's romp.

    But boss Solskjaer says England attacker Sancho is now fully fit and pressing for a start.

    The Norwegian has also bigged up new centre-back Raphael Varane.

    Solskjaer said of the France and ex-Real Madrid star: “He’s quick, strong, good in the air, he can play with both feet.

    “The short answer is everything about him is what you want… everything about him is class.”

    United have reportedly drawn up a four-man striker shortlist for next summer – including Kylian Mbappe.

    Current main centre-forward Edinson Cavani, 34, is also out of contract in 10 months’ time and is widely expected to join Boca Juniors.

    ESP suggest PSG speedster Mbappe, 22, is under consideration alongside Erling Haaland, Harry Kane and Lautaro Martinez.

    Kane and Haaland are rated at £150MILLION but it’s believed the Borussia Dortmund goal machine has a £64m release clause that comes into play on September 1.

    Finally, Solskjaer says he and Paul Pogba are leaving the France midfielder's contract talks to club officials as their focus is on the pitch.

  • Ian Tuckey

    BOSSES CAN'T FORCE PLAYERS TO BE VACCINATED

    Premier League bosses admit they are powerless in their battle to get stars vaccinated.

    Arsenal and Chelsea both have players in isolation ahead of tomorrow’s derby as Covid continues to cause havoc.

    Gunners quartet Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette, Willian and Alex Runarsson all tested positive last week, while Chelsea duo Christian Pulisic and Ruben Loftus-Cheek were ruled out yesterday.

    Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta was shocked that last week’s opener at Brentford was not called off — even though they did not request a postponement.

    Arteta, who only has Aubameyang from the Covid-hit players back in training, said: “We had an incredible 48 hours before that match which created a big uncertainty and probably an unprecedented Arsenal line-up.

    “For me, it was simple. My best players have Covid and they cannot play.

    “So we did what we had to do and the club doctor explained the situation, how it had developed and the risks that we considered.

    “But the regulators decided that the best thing to do was to play the game."

  • Ian Tuckey

    PEREIRA OFF FOR FOURTH LOAN

    Manchester United are describing Brazil midfielder Andreas Pereira's FOURTH loan exit as a "fresh challenge".

    Having been at Old Trafford since 2014,the 25-year-old has had previous temporary spells with Granada, Valencia and Lazio.

  • Ian Tuckey

    UTD CHASE SECOND WIN

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer takes Manchester United to Southampton on Sunday looking for the near impossible – improving on last Saturday's 5-1 openingwin over Leeds.

    And United's players looked hungrier than ever in their final training session before travelling south.

  • Ian Tuckey

    OLE: POGBA REMAINS FOCUSED

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says he and Paul Pogba have put aside his future to focus on Manchester United's strong start to the season.

    Old Trafford boss Solskjaer is leaving contract talks to club officials and the France midfielder's representatives.

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  • Ian Tuckey

    ATALANTA JOIN DIALLO 'LOAN HUNT'

    Manchester United winger Amad Diallo, 19, is set to be loaned out – withold club Atalanta reportedly eyeing an eleventh-hour bid

    TuttoAtalanta say the Serie A side Atalanta want the Ivory Coast star on loan for the season in a "last-minute operation."

    Diallo joined the Red Devils from Atalanta in an initial £18.7million deal, linking up with his teammates in January after playing just five senior games for the Italians.

    The fee could eventually rise to £37million though after add-ons are included.

    He made eight appearances for United in the second half of last season, scoring once.

    But Jadon Sancho's £73million arrival at Old Trafford means game time will be even more limited, so a loan deal has been sanctioned to further his development.

    According to talkSPORT, Manchester United are in advanced talks with Sheffield United about a loan deal.

    So any potential offer from Atalanta must be hastily put together before the Blades make their move.

  • Ian Tuckey

    GREENWOOD WILL 'NEVER BE UTD'S MAIN MAN IN ATTACK'

    Manchester United legend Andy Cole believes that wonderkid Mason Greenwood isn't cut out to be the club's star centre forward.

    Cole, the third-highest goalscorer in Premier League history, has fears over the pressure that comes with being the main man in attack.

    And although Greenwood is talented enough to play across the frontline, Cole believes his long-term future isn't as a No9.

    He told Premier League Productions: "I don't actually think that Mase [Greenwood] wants to play as a centre forward.

    "That is a difficult, difficult role – to be a No9… that's pressure.

    "If you play off the left or right that's different, but being a No9 at Old Trafford [is tough]."

    Cole has named Erling Haaland and Harry Kane as tow potential long-term successors to the No9 throne.

    But hasn't ruled out a key role for Greenwood to play across the frontline.

    He continued: "I think with Mase's talent he's fortunate that he can play across the front line.

    "But listening to some of the coaches, Fletch [Darren Fletcher], people like that who I speak to, I don't think he's fixed on becoming a No9."

  • Ian Tuckey

    COTTEE AND RIO BACK HAMMERS’ TAKEOVER

    Tony Cottee has joined Rio and Anton Ferdinand in backing PAI Capital’s West Ham takeover bid.

    Ex-England striker Cottee scored 146 goals in 336 appearances for the Hammers and is very much a fans’ favourite, which could be a huge asset in helping the consortium win over supporters.

    In an official statement, Cottee said: “I’ve been following the bid closely and have had detailed discussions with the PAI team recently.

    “Having got to know the people involved and having had the opportunity to learn more about their plans, I’m pleased to announce that I’m fully behind PAI bid.

    “Everyone knows how much this club means to me.

    “I want the best for the West Ham players, the staff, and the fans, and I’m confident that PAI will deliver on all fronts.

    “We’ve spoken at length about what is needed – those discussions have included Rio, Anton [Ferdinand] and the rest of the bidding team – and we are all on the same page about what can be done.

    “There is a real passion from everyone involved, and a confidence that we can reach the goals we have set out to achieve – the first one, of course, is getting the fans to believe in this bid.

    “We want the fans to support this, and I’m hoping that I can help with that conversation.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    MBAPPE ON 4-MAN UTD TARGET LIST

    Manchester United have reportedly drawn up a four-man striker shortlist for next summer – and Kylian Mbappe is on it.

    The Paris Saint-Germain hitman's current deal runs out in June 2022 and has been linked with a move to Real Madrid.

    United's current leading forward Edinson Cavani, 34, is also out of contract in 10 months' time and is widely expected to join Boca Juniors.

    According to ESPN, the Red Devils are keeping a close eye on Mbappe's situation and are ready to meet his high salary demands.

    The World Cup winner, 22, would be a sensational replacement for Cavani after hitting 79 goals in 82 Ligue 1 appearances for PSG.

    But it's thought Mbappe's preferred choice is a move to the Spanish capital before September after weeks of speculation.

    The other three players rumoured to be on United's shortlist are Erling Haaland, 21, Harry Kane, 28, and Lautaro Martinez, 23.

    Kane and Haaland are rated at £150MILLION but it's believed the latter has a £64m release clause that comes into play on September 1.

  • Ian Tuckey

    LEVITT'S DUN DEAL

    Scottish Premiership side Dundee United have signed Manchester United youngster Dylan Levitt on loan.

    The 20-year-old joins until the end of the season following a call-up to the Wales squad for Euro 2020.

    Levitt played once during the tournament and is aiming to make his Tangerines debut against St Johnstone on Sunday.

    The club are awaiting international clearance before Tam Courts can name him in his line-up for the trip to Perth.

    Levitt made his Manchester United debut in November 2019 before a pair of loan spells last season.

    After five appearances for League One Charlton, he made the move to Croatia with Istra 1961, where he played nine times.

    He joins fellow Red Devils prospect Reece Devine in gaining first-team football in Scotland, and the St Johnstone loanee could face his Old Trafford colleague on Sunday.

    Levitt is the tenth United player to be sent out on loan this summer with Amad Diallo tipped to be the next, with a move to Sheffield United in the works.

  • sstreet

    SAN THE MAN

    Jadon Sancho is giving Ole Gunnar Solskjaer the type of headache all managers dream of for Sunday's Prem clash at Southampton.

    Bruno Fernandes' hat-trick led last Saturday's 5-1 mauling of Leeds – with £73million new boy Sancho coming off the bench.

    But Solskjaer insists Sancho is in "contention" to start – meaning a huge selection dilemma.

    The Norwegian chief has also bigged up new centre-back Raphael Varane.

    Solskjaer said of the France and ex-Real Madrid star: “He’s quick, strong, good in the air, he can play with both feet.

    “The short answer is everything about him is what you want.

    “The Champions League wins he’s had, the World Cup win, everything about him is class.”

    Meanwhile, any interest United have in signing Germany ace Leon Goretzka has taken a huge blow.

    The 26-year-old has reportedly agreed a new deal with Bayern Munich.

    But it's also claimed fellow midfielder Jesse Lingard could still leave before the transfer window – to seek regular first-team football.

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