2pm Man Utd transfer news LIVE: Donnarumma talks, Bruno Fernandes rejects new contract, Cristiano Ronaldo 'offered'

MANCHESTER UNITED have reportedly held talks about the possibility of signing AC Milan goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma.

Meanwhile, SunSport can reveal that Bruno Fernandes is refusing to sign a new contract as he looks for assurances that United will continue being ambitious in the transfer market.

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  • Josh Graham

    CITY SLICKERS

    Manchester City reportedly insisted on an ‘anti-Man United’ clause as part of Brahim Diaz’s transfer to Real Madrid.

    The 21-year-old was highly-rated at the Etihad but grew frustrated after only getting 15 appearances during his two-and-a-half years at the club.

    That forced City to cash-in on the Spaniard forward in January 2019 just six months before he could exit for nothing.

    Madrid splashed out £15.5million for Diaz, who is now on-loan in Italy with AC Milan.

    However, City did ensure that there was no chance of their ex-starlet going straight on to their neighbours.

    Reports claim Etihad chiefs included a remarkable 'anti-Man United clause’ in the agreement to take him to Bernabeu.

    That clause stated that Madrid would be liable to pay a 40 per cent sell-on fee if they were to let Diaz move to 'another Manchester club.'

  • Josh Graham

    TEENAGE KICKS

    How Manchester United could line up against West Ham – with Amad Diallo potentially in line for a Prem debut.

     

  • Josh Graham

    GOOD ENOUGH, YOU'RE OLD ENOUGH!

    Amad Diallo is the latest goalscoring teenage sensation to play for the Red Devils.

    He is just a touch older than team-mates Mason Greenwood and Marcus Rashford were when they bagged their maiden European goal.

  • Josh Graham

    GOLDEN OLDIE

    Manchester United legend David Beckham rolled back the years to nail the crossbar challenge at Inter Miami.

    David Beckham boasts ‘I’ve still got it’ as he nails crossbar challenge in football training

  • Josh Graham

    RAPH AND READY

    Raphael Varane's Real Madrid contract talks are reportedly 'progressing well', in a blow to Manchester United.

    The Frenchman is a key man in Zinedine Zidane's team, and has even skippered the LaLiga champions on occasion this season.

    But speculation has begun to mount surrounding his future, with his current contract set to expire in 2022.

    Manchester United are one of the teams 'monitoring' Varane's contract situation, and have even reportedly made him their No1 target in finding a new partner for Harry Maguire.

    But according to Marca, talks over a new deal for the 27-year-old in Madrid are 'progressing well'.

    And an agreement is expected to be reached 'soon'.

  • Josh Graham

    ANT-ERNATIVES

    Erling Haaland and Harry Kane are reportedly Manchester United’s top targets if they decide to replace Anthony Martial in the summer.

    The French striker is fighting for his future as an unproductive season comes to an end.

    Anthony Martial trudged off injured at half-time for Manchester United against AC Milan last nightCredit: Getty Images – Getty

    With just seven goals in all competitions, he has struggled to keep his place in the team after Edinson Cavani’s arrival on the scene.

    And the Mirror report on a potentially huge deal being considered if Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants to make a change.

    Borussia Dortmund star Haaland and Tottenham’s Kane are named as being on the Red Devils’ radar.

    A fee of around £150million has been touted for the Norwegian, who became the fastest-ever player to hit 20 Champions League goals in the week.

    That record was taken off Kane and the Spurs star notched a brace of his own against Dinamo Zagreb last night.

  • Josh Graham

    HARRY UP

    Manchester United skipper Harry Maguire was overheard giving his team-mates an X-rated blast last night.

    The centre-back was fuming with his pals for giving the ball away during the 1-1 draw with AC Milan in the Europa League last 16 first leg.

    Maguire told his team-mates to 'stop giving the f***ing ball away', according to MEN journalist Samuel Luckhurst.

    The captain was blue in the face with himself, however, after somehow missing from one yard out.

  • Josh Graham

    MAD START

    Amad Diallo bagged his first senior Manchester United goal in the 1-1 draw against AC Milan.

    The Red Devils were pegged back late on in the Europa League last 16 tie but the Ivorian made his mark off the bench after Anthony Martial's injury.

    His neat backwards header had given Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side the lead and his team-mates were quick to congratulate the 18-year-old.

    Skipper Harry Maguire – who failed to score from a yard out – said: "He’s a young boy and he has got a big future.

    "Obviously coming on at half time and trying to impress and he scores really early, and that gives him confidence. You can see day in, day out in training that he is really starting to improve on his intensity and his tempo of his play. He is going to be a big player for us."

    Solskjaer said it was 'a great moment for the kid' after he caught out Milan keeper Gianluigi Donnarumma – who is being linked with a move to Old Trafford.

  • Josh Graham

    BIRTHDAY BOY

    Manchester United wished keeper Dean Henderson a happy birthday online – but the youngster may not be feeling so cheery after letting in a late goal against AC Milan last night.

  • Marc Mayo

    STOCK, DROP AND ROLL

    Manchester United co-owner Avram Glazer has put £71million of his shares up for sale on the stock market.

    Tuesday has been set for the sale of the assets, which would slightly decrease the Glazers' majority ownership of the club.

    The sale would see Avram's personal share drop to 10.2 per cent.

    Whereas the Glazer family will control 74.9 per cent, down from 78 per cent.

    A club statement confirmed: "Manchester United will not receive any proceeds from the sale of any Class A Ordinary Shares by the Selling Shareholder."

  • Marc Mayo

    GET IT DON

    Manchester United and Chelsea have begun talks with agent Mino Raiola over signing AC Milan goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma, according to reports.

    The giant stopper is out of contract this summer, leading to much speculation surrounding his future.

    According to transfer journalist Duncan Castles, Donnarumma could leave his boyhood club upon the expiry of his current deal.

    He told The Transfer Window Podcast: "Our information is that both Chelsea and Manchester United have been in talks with Raiola about Donnarumma."

  • Marc Mayo

    FOR REAL?

    Cristiano Ronaldo could be on his way back to… Real Madrid.

    Spanish outlet El Chiringuito reported last night on the Man Utd legends's agent Jorge Mendes contacting Los Blancos about a sensational return.

    Both the club and player are thought to miss one another although Madrid do not see the deal as feasible.

    Juve's poor Champions League performances are said to have upset Ronaldo although the favourable tax situation in Italy compared to Spain is, according to Marca, conducive to him staying put.

    Nevertheless, rumours are building that he could leave the Bianconeri and the next few weeks could well see movement back towards the Bernabeu.

    Credit: AP:Associated Press
  • sstreet

    DON THE MARCH

    Manchester United have held talks regarding the possibility of signing Gianluigi Donnarumma from AC Milan, according to The Transfer Window podcast.

    The Italian is available on a free transfer this summer and is said to be demanding £165,000-a-week, with the Italian club only willing to offer £125,000.

    Duncan Castles told the podcast: "Our information is that both Chelsea and Manchester United have been in talks with Raiola about Donnarumma.

    “It looks like Donnarumma has an opportunity to move to England, should he choose to.

    "Accompanied by the commission that Raiola seeks and would want for free transfer of such a valuable asset.

    “There is an opportunity for either club and others to secure Donnarumma on a longer-term contract without there being a fee."

    Man Utd's relations with Raiola have been strained recently, after the agent said Paul Pogba wants to leave the club in the summer, so it remains to be seen how that would affect any pursuit of Donnarumma.

    The Red Devils are also in a strong position as far as goalkeepers are concerned, with both David De Gea and Dean Henderson at the club, so Chelsea's need is arguably greater.

  • Etienne Fermie

    MORNING MAN UTD FANS

    AC Milan scored a late equaliser at Old Trafford last night to leave United an uphill climb going into the second leg with the tie poised at 1-1.

    Milan had two goals disallowed in the first-half – one for a blatant offside before Franck Kessie was harshly judged to have handballed it in the build up to his stunning volley.

    But the main talking point of the first-half was Harry Maguire missing the easiest chance the world has ever seen from all of one yard in the latter stages.

    The centre-half somehow hit the post from point blank range.

    But that didn’t matter just five minutes into the second period when Amad Diallo got on the end of Bruno Fernandes’ impressive ball over the top and executed a brilliant back-header which looped over Gianluigi Donnarumma.

    United dug in and looked like they would hold on for a precious clean sheet.

    But in the second minute of stoppage time, Simon Kjaer got on the end of a standard looking in swinging corner.

    His glanced header was straight at Dean Henderson but he failed to tip it over and it went in to give Milan a valuable away goal.

    Maguire admitted there were no excuses for his miss after the game but did say ‘That’s why I’m not a forward’.

    And Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said: “Very disappointed to conceded with one of the last kicks of the ball, or head.

    “That makes it harder of course, but it was always going to be going down to the second game there, anyway.

    “I’ve seen him [Henderson] save them, but it’s the structure that we lose. We dropped too deep and we get blocked off and they get the header on.

    “We should have attacked the ball with the men we had there.

    “We were a bit too slow with the possession. That’s the learning we have to get into ourselves, we have to perform every single week.

    “We’re playing against good teams. Probably a draw is a fair result.”

    Elsewhere, Premier League stars are being quizzed on how they can fix the VAR mess.

    Surveys are being sent out to all 20 top-flight clubs in an unprecedented move by league chiefs.

    Managers, captains and top brass from clubs will provide feedback on the  system which has been ridiculed all season.

    The shambles reached a new low on Wednesday after Manchester City’s Phil Foden was denied a stonewall penalty against Southampton.

    It sparked outrage from City boss Pep Guardiola, with fellow Prem bosses rounding to blast VAR yesterday.

    League chiefs will now finally listen to their frustrations and surveys are expected to be returned by next Friday ahead of being discussed at the next shareholder meeting on March 25.

  • William Pugh

    GLOVES ARE OFF

    Paul Scholes has slammed Dean Henderson after the goalie’s costly error handed AC Milan a crucial away goal against Manchester United in the Europa League.

    He told BT Sport: "He should save it. He's trying to make it a little bit more difficult than it should be. 

    “First and foremost, keep the ball out of the net. He should save that. There's no doubt about that and he will know that."

  • William Pugh

    KJAER FREE

    SIMON KJAER broke hearts in Manchester after his last-gasp goal cancelled out super-sub Amad Diallo's header to give AC Milan the advantage in their Europa League tie.

    The Ivorian, 18, showed Anthony Martial how to do it with the goal that should have downed AC Milan after replacing the lacklustre, misfiring Frenchman at the break.

    Just five minutes later he had his first goal for Manchester United with his first effort on goal for the club in just his third appearance since coming here.

    What a goal it was too anticipating Bruno Fernandes chipped ball forward to get between defender and goalkeeper and expertly execute a flick head back over Gianluigi Donnarumma and in.

    Read More: Man Utd 1 AC Milan 1 Match Report

  • William Pugh

    SOLSKJAER'S THOUGHTS

    Man Utd boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer gave his post-match thoughts to BT Sport: "Very disappointed to conceded with one of the last kicks of the ball, or head.

    "That makes it harder of course, but it was always going to be going down to the second game there, anyway.

    "I've seen him [Henderson] save them, but it's the structure that we lose. We dropped too deep and we get blocked off and they get the header on.

    "We should have attacked the ball with the men we had there.

    "We were a bit too slow with the possesion. That's the learning we have to get into ourselves, we have to perform every single week.

    "We're playing against good teams. Probably a draw is a fair result."

  • William Pugh

    'NO EXCUSES'

    Harry Maguire says there is no excuse for him missing an absolute sitter from all of one yard out against AC Milan.

    The United skipper admitted he should have scored but also said that's why he is not a striker.

  • William Pugh

    OLE TAKE THAT

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admitted a draw was probably a fair result after Simon Kjaer's stoppage time header earned AC Milan a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford.

    But the Norwegian was disappointed with the nature of the late goal as his side conceded a precious away goal.

  • William Pugh

    FRENEMIES RE-UNITED

    Luke Shaw has sent Manchester United team-mate Dan James to the naughty corner… for celebrating goals 'like a little kid'.

    Left-back Shaw gleefully trolled the winger, saying: "He just doesn't know what to do, he just runs about!”

    The Wales speedster, 23, has now hit five goals in 17 games across all competitions this season, one short of his personal best. But as Liverpool legend Alan Hansen almost told BBC'S Match of the Day in 1995: "You can't celebrate anything like kids."

    At least, not according to Shaw. The eight-cap defender is urging James to upgrade his goal-salutes, just like he has the rest of his contribution on the pitch this campaign.

    Shaw told Adidas: “I said to Jamo, 'we need to get you a new celebration because what you're doing isn’t good enough!’

    “He's like a little kid isn't he? He just doesn't know what to do. He just runs about!”

  • William Pugh

    FULL-TIME!

    Man Utd 1 – 1 AC Milan

    Late drama at Old Trafford as Simon Kjaer's stoppage time header earns AC Milan a 1-1 draw to take into the second leg.

    Amad Diallo put United ahead on 50 minutes with a skillful back header.

    That came after a first-half which saw Milan have two goals disallowed and Harry Maguire missing the easiest chance the world has ever seen.

    But ultimately United could not hold on and the Red Devils have it all to play for in the second-leg.

  • William Pugh

    GOOOOOOOOOAAAALLLL – KJAER!

    90+1. And Milan have nicked an equaliser at the death!

    And more importantly an all important away goal.

    Simple in-swinging corner from the left, Kjaer meets it at the near post and glances a header straight at Henderson but the backup keeper fails to tip it over and it goes past him to make it 1-1!

    Should have saved it.

  • William Pugh

    SIMPLY THE BEST

    Bruno Fernandes has come to Cristiano Ronaldo’s defence following Juventus’ shock Champions League exit last night.

    The Italians were stunned by 10-man Porto in Turin as the visitors progressed to the quarters on away goals after a 4-4 aggregate draw.

    The defining moment came in extra time when Sergio Oliveira’s free-kick flew under Ronaldo’s outstretched leg and past Wojciech Szczesny’s outstretched hands.

    Ronaldo has since come under fierce criticism for failing to stand his ground in an attempt to block the long-range strike – instead jumping and turning his back.

    However, Manchester United star Fernandes insists his Portugal team-mate remains one of world football’s best players. And Juve’s defeat cannot be blamed on Ronaldo when there were ten other players on the field wearing the famous black-and-white strip.

    Fernandes told Gazzetta: “Ronaldo? Cristiano is one of the greats in the history of football. His mentality inspires those who practice this sport. He has won a lot, but no one can win alone.”

  • William Pugh

    GOOOOOOOAAAAAALLLL – DIALLO!

    Man Utd 1 – 0 AC Milan

    50. What a goal!

    Bruno Fernandes with a straight ball lobbed down the field, Amad Diallo ran behind the last defender and connected with a clever back header that looped over Donnarumma.

  • William Pugh

    HALF-TIME!

    Man Utd 0 – 0 AC Milan

    An action packed first-half has seen Milan have goals chalked off twice!

    The first was a mile offside but Franck Kessie's impressive volley was disallowed for handball in much more controversial fashion.

    However, the biggest talking point of the half was Maguire's miss from one yard out just before half-time.

    I mean come on Harry!

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