2pm Man Utd transfer news LIVE: New away kit details leaked, Milenkovic 'impressive offer made', Kounde fee cut to £50m

MANCHESTER UNITED are leading the chase for Nikola Milenkovic and have made an 'impressive offer', according to reports in Italy.

Meanwhile the Red Devils could be set to wear a retro away kit next season.

Stay up to date with our blog, below, for all the latest from Old Trafford…

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  • Etienne Fermie

    DEVILISH LIONS

    Four Manchester United stars have been named in Gareth Southgate's 26-man England squad for upcoming matches against San Marino, Albania and Poland.

    Dean Henderson, Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw and Marcus Rashford will all have the chance to impress again on the international stage.

    And Jesse Lingard, currently on loan at West Ham, has also received a stunning recall.

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    LIKE MIKE

    Manchester United have touched down in Milan ahead of their crunch Europa League clash this evening.

    And Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's men have headed straight to tonight's venue, in order to fully take in their surroundings.

    Mike Phelan, Solskjaer's assistant, has taken to Twitter to offer fans a little update.

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    FULL HOUSE

    Manchester United legend Darren Fletcher has finally accepted an offer on his plush mansion after slashing £250,000 off the asking price.

    The retired footballer, who had returned as a first team coach at United, had put the six-bedroom property at the start of last year for £3.25million.

    However after eight months with no sale, Fletcher decided to reduce the price to £3m in September.

    And estate agent Gascoigne Halman has announced the luxury mansion is now sold subject to terms and conditions.

    It is thought the buyer must have offered around the asking price.

    Scot Fletcher, 37, had lived in the property with wife Hayley and twin sons Jack and Tyler since July 2009, when he paid £2.45m.

    Darren Fletcher has sold his luxury mansion
  • Etienne Fermie

    KAI'S THE LIMIT

    Rio Ferdinand revealed Chelsea's 'silky' Kai Havertz reminds him of his old Manchester United team-mate Dimitar Berbatov – but urged the German to get stuck in.

    On BT Sport, he said: "Not all players come here and hit the ground running. Buy you can see the quality is there.

    "We saw when he was at Bayer Leverkusen in previous years that he is a hugely talented footballer and it is going to take him time.

    "But in the end, he will get there because he is somebody who has a good feel for the game.

    "He reminds me a little of [Dimitar] Berbatov in how cool, calm and collected he is.

    "He is very silky, he plays on the edge of the game a little bit at times, and drifts about.

    "Once he gets that part of his game, I think everything will fall into place."

    Havertz helped Chelsea to victory over Atletico Madrid last nightCredit: AP
  • Etienne Fermie

    HAR HAA LAND

    Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand wants his old side to sign a new striker in the summer.

    And he'd be perfectly happy with Harry Kane or Erling Haaland.

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    S-MART MOVE

    Manchester United are plotting a shock move for Aston Villa goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez to replace David de Gea and Sergio Romero, according to reports.

    The Red Devils are set to undertake a major overhaul of their goalkeeping department this summer.

    Romero, 34, has long been linked with a move away after a public fall-out with the club following his failed loan move to Everton last summer.

    The Argentine is out of contract this summer and is almost certain to leave on a free.

    But Man Utd have also finally decided to call time on De Gea's long spell at the club, according to Football Insider.

    The Spanish stopper, 30, signed a bumper new contract in September 2019 worth a staggering £375,000 per week until the end of the 2022-23 season.

    However, his form since has been rocky with United considering replacing him with Dean Henderson.

    United, though, are not pinning all their hopes on Henderson being their No1 for the future.

    The club are reportedly eyeing up moves for TWO goalkeepers to replace De Gea and Romero.

    And top of that list is Aston Villa's former Arsenal stopper Martinez – who has kept 14 clean sheets in 27 Premier League games this term.

    Emi Martinez has been in excellent form for VillaCredit: Rex
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    GUNNAR BE BACK

    Diogo Dalot will return to Manchester United at the end of his loan spell at AC Milan.

    The full-back has been on loan at the Milan club this season after falling out of favour at United.

    Speaking ahead of United's Europa League second-leg last-16 clash with Milan at the San Siro on Thursday night, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said: "The plan was always for Diogo this season, or the main thing for Diogo, was to be fit.

    “He never managed to be fit for a long spell when he was here [and was] unfortunate with injuries.

    “Now he's kept fit all season; he's been available for them. He's playing at a big club, big expectations, [with the] great history of the club, so it's been a good year for him.

    "So, of course, I've been very pleased with his development this season, and he's our player and we're looking forward to having him back.”

    Dalot has made 11 appearances in Serie A this seasonCredit: PA
  • Etienne Fermie

    FRED IN THE FACE

    Man United fan Usain Bolt has torn into midfielder Fred.

    He told CNN: "I think Fred should not be in the midfield.

    "I think he is lacking so much.

    "He works hard, but he's lacking passing and he gives away a lot of cheap fouls in bad areas."

    Fred is a regular in the Man United midfieldCredit: Reuters
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    BE NICE

    Fastest man in the world and Manchester United fan Usain Bolt believes that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is 'too nice' to deliver success at Old Trafford.

    Asked by CNN if he believes the Norwegian is the man for the job, he replied: "If he changes… He's too nice.

    "That's the only thing I can say, he's too nice. He never really says anything bad about any player, even if they don't play good and that's the only thing.

    "But if he changes and really pressures the players, you know what I mean, calls them out sometimes when they really didn't put their all into it, then I feel like he should stay because he is cool and the fans love him."

    Man Utd fan Bolt has had his say on OleCredit: Getty – Contributor
  • Etienne Fermie

    ALESS IS MORE

    Manchester United could make a move for AC Milan star Alessio Romagnoli, according to reports in Italy.

    The centre-back has been a regular for Stefano Pioli's side, although Chelsea loanee Fikayo Tomori has impressed in his place alongside Simon Kjaer of late.

    In order to raise funds to sign Tomori permanently from Chelsea, Il Milanista claim that Milan could cash in on former AS Roma youngster Romagnoli.

    Everton are also believed to be keen.

    Alessio Romagnoli could leave AC MilanCredit: Getty
  • Etienne Fermie

    MILAN BOUND

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side travel to AC Milan for tonight's huge Europa League second leg clash.

    And Man United have confirmed the travelling squad in contention to play:

    GOALKEEPERS: David de Gea, Dean Henderson, Lee Grant

    DEFENDERS: Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Brandon Williams, Harry Maguire, Victor Lindelof, Eric Bailly, Axel Tuanzebe, Luke Shaw, Alex Telles

    MIDFIELDERS: Fred, Nemanja Matic, Scott McTominay, Paul Pogba, Donny van de Beek, Bruno Fernandes

    FORWARDS: Amad Diallo, Daniel James, Mason Greenwood, Marcus Rashford

  • Etienne Fermie

    UNITED WE STAND

    Manchester United take on AC Milan tonight in their crunch Europa League round of 16 second leg.

    The Red Devils have work to do, after drawing 1-1 at Old Trafford.

    And yesterday, boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer put his players through their paces ahead of the big match.

    Harry Maguire puts in work in the middle of the rondoCredit: Getty
    Paul Pogba and Edinson Cavani go through their actionsCredit: Getty
    Aaron Wan-Bissaka plays a passCredit: Getty
  • Etienne Fermie

    NIK OF TIME

    Manchester United are interested in signing Fiorentina defender Nikola Milenkovic, according to reports in Italy.

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is believed to be after a new centre-back this summer.

    And Calcio Mercato claim that Milenkovic is a 'concrete objective' for the Old Trafford club.

    La Republicca also report that the Serbian has turned down a new contract, with his current deal set to expire in 2022.

    Nikola Milenkovic is on Man Utd's radarCredit: Rex
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    MORE DE BOER ON DONNY

    In conversation with talkSPORT 2 regarding Donny van de Beek's future, Ronald de Boer added: "His agent also told me that of course he’s not happy that he’s not playing.

    "He’s only had two starts under Solskjaer and that’s not what he hoped for when he joined Man United.

    "He’s not worried, of course he wants to play every game. But he’s not worried that he can’t succeed.

    "He has to have a review after this year, asking where do I stand? Do I have a possibility to succeed here or not? Otherwise, I have to make a move.

    "We will see where he’s heading next year, maybe he stays at Man United or maybe another club is interesting for him.

    "But he’s not panicking at all, he told his agent he’s so happy at Man United because the club is one of the best in terms of how they treat him, he feels loved."

    Ronald de Boer opened up on Donny's futureCredit: Keith Campbell – The Sun Glasgow
  • Etienne Fermie

    RON THE WAY UP

    Donny van de Beek does NOT want to return to Ajax from Manchester United, according to Ronald de Boer.

    The Dutch legend told talkSPORT 2: "I spoke to Ajax and they said there’s no truth in it at all.

    "He’s just focusing on his recovery on his ankle, and it’s not true that he asked Man United to leave."

    Donny van de Beek doesn't want to leave Man UnitedCredit: PA
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    GOOD MORNING UNITED FANS

    David de Gea and Paul Pogba have proved their return to fitness but not their right to starting spots for United's Europa League crunch night at AC Mian.

    Dean Henderson has done little wrong as De Gea's deputy between the sticks while United's midfield is looking slick without Pogba.

    But Edinson Cavani is out injured as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's men visit Italy bidding for a quarter-final place after a 1-1 first-leg draw.

    Cavani's fellow striker Marcus Rashford is determined to defy pain during games and delay an operation until after the Euros, despite hurting his shoulder back in November.

    Rashford said: “What’s needed after, we will deal with that. My main focus is just being available for the games.”

    Meanwhile, it's been a quiet past 24 hours day for speculation over United launching a summer bid for Europe's most wanted hitman, Borussia Dortmund sensation Erling Haaland.

    Instead Eintracht Frankfurt ‘s Portugal striker Andre Silva is being tipped as a cut-price alternative.

    Silva has matched Haaland’s 19-goal Bundesliga total this season.

  • Ian Tuckey

    NO MARC OF PAIN

    Marcus Rashford is determined to play through the pain barrier and delay a shoulder operation until after the Euros.

    The Manchester United forward has been managing the problem since injuring it last November.

    He can feel discomfort during games and has to manage his recovery between matches but it clear he does not want surgery to hamper the end of the season or his place in the Three Lions squad for the summer.

    Rashford said: “To be honest I just focus on the next game at hand and that’s just the way I deal with it. What’s needed after we will deal with that. My main focus is just being available for the games.”

    Rashford has missed only one of United’s 45 games this season but the 23-year-old insists he is not at risk of burnout and that time for a rest will come when he is retired.

    He said: “I know my body and I know what I can do physically and that’s it. I take one game at a time, it’s the life of a footballer, we can rest when we retire and for now I’m happy playing as many games as I can. I recover from games quite well and from injuries well, I have no doubts or fears.”

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    'REDS JOIN BERGE CHASE'

    Liverpool have Tottenham and Arsenal in pursuing Sheffield united midfielder Sander Berge – who Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer knows "more or less everything about".

    Norwegian Burge is still battling a long-term hamstring problem but is tipped to depart in the summer, should bottom side Blades go down.

    Aston Villa have also been linked with the 23-year-old, rated at around £22million.

    And last December,  before Burge's injury, Solskjaer hinted at his interest in his fellow countryman.

    Tribal Football quoted Solskjaer as saying: “I know more or less everything about Sander from the time in Norway.

    “I have talked a lot with Kjetil Rekdal about him."

    Former Norway midfielder Rekdal is manager of Norwegian club Ham-Kam.

  • Ian Tuckey

    SILVA SERVICE CHEAPER OPTION TO HAALAND

    Eintracht Frankfurt 's Portugal striker Andre Silva has been tipped as a cut-price alternative for Manchester United to dream summer signing Erling Haaland.

    Silva has matched Haaland's 19-goal Bundesliga total this season.

    The suggestion is super-agent Jorge Mendes could be keen on the 25-year-old making a huge summer move.

  • Ian Tuckey

    JESSE, STONES IN ENGLAND RUNNING

    Jesse Lingard and John Stones are close to England recalls, according to The Guardian.

    Manchester United midfielder Lingard, 28, has been in sensational loan form for West Ham.

    And Man City centre-back Stones, 26, has revitalised his career this season just like Pep Guardiola’s squad have reinstated their Premier League dominance – after handing it to Liverpool last term.

  • Ian Tuckey

    UTD ARE EUROPE'S ‘MOST SUSTAINABLE' CLUB

    Manchester United have the most sustainable squad in Europe.

    That is the headline news from a study which suggests United should be challenging for glory both in the Champions League and the Premier League.

    The CIES Football Observatory released its findings on sustainable squad management with United ruled the top dogs.

    Clubs were ranked on three main areas with age structure, group stability and contractual policy assessed to determine the most sustainable teams.

    The report claims the Red Devils are well placed to qualify for the Champions League ‘without too much difficulty’ in the coming seasons, and are also in a position to ‘eventually lift again the Premier League trophy’.

    United are leading the way as the most sustainable European club with Real Sociedad and Athletic Bilbao next best.

    Tottenham are ranked fourth highest for sustainability with Premier League leaders Manchester City below in fifth spot.

  • Ian Tuckey

    I’M SHAW GRATEFUL

    Luke Shaw is tipped b many to be England’s first-choice left-back in time for this summer’s delayed Euros.

    And not even the usual suspects like Bruno Fernandes matched his form for Manchester United over the past month.

    After picking up their player award for February, the 25-year-old tweeted his thanks to those who backed him.

  • Ian Tuckey

    POGBA AND DE GEA BACK BUT CAVANI OUT

    David de Gea and Paul Pogba are fit to return for United’s Europa League last-16 away tie with AC Milan following the 1-1 first leg draw.

    But striker Edinson Cavani misses out after initial hopes he would make it.

    And despite De Gea’s availability, Dean Henderson will hope to keep his place.

    Credit: PA
  • Ian Tuckey

    BEEK DOWN IN THE MOUTH

    Ajax legend Ronald de Boer claims Donny van de Beek is ‘not happy’ at Manchester United.

    The midfielder, 23, has started just two Premier League games after his £40million move from the Dutch giants last summer.

    Donny van de Beek is unhappy with his lack of minutes at Man Utd

    However, De Boer insists there’s no truth to speculation that Van de Beek wants out of Old Trafford.

    De Boer, now assistant manager of Ajax’s youth team, told TalkSport 2: “I spoke to Ajax and they said there’s no truth in it at all.

    “He didn’t ask to speak to them. He’s just focusing on his recovery on his ankle. and it’s not true that he asked Man United to leave.

    “His agent also told me that of course he’s not happy that he’s not playing.

    “He’s only had two starts under Solskjaer and that’s not what he hoped for when he joined Man United.

    “He’s not worried, of course he wants to play every game. But he’s not worried that he can’t succeed."

  • Ian Tuckey

    TED TALKS NEW DEAL

    Man Utd starlet Teden Mengi has signed a new three-year deal at the club until June 2024.

    The 18-year-old defender made his senior debut in the Europa League last season.

    Mengi was promoted to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first-team squad at the start of this season.

    He joined Wayne Rooney’s Derby in January to gain more experience after playing ten times for the Red Devils’ Under-23s in the first half of the season.

    Mengi has already starred six times for Rooney’s Rams.

    The young centre-back has been at Old Trafford since the age of seven, coming through the academy and captaining age group sides through the ranks.

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