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Man Utd are preparing for a busy summer on and off the pitch with the Premier League pencilled to return on June 12.

The Red Devils are also looking forward to the transfer window where their No1 targets are reportedly Jadon Sancho and Jack Grealish, while the idea of a swap between Paul Pogba and Aaron Ramsey has some support among the United hierarchy.

Follow all the latest updates from Old Trafford below…

  • PER SHAPED

    Manchester United midfielder Andreas Pereira has claimed that he wouldn't sign for another Premier League side.

    He told Globo Esporte’s podcast GE Santos: “For now, I only dream of playing here. But of course, as a player, you would always like to play for another big club.

    “I really like Barcelona and Real Madrid, they are top teams too. Bayern Munich. But at the moment I’m focused here at Manchester United.

    “They provided everything for me since I was 16. So, I’d play here my whole life until I won everything here, then I’d go to Santos. So from here to play for another team in England, I think it’s difficult. I don’t think I’d do it. Not in England.”

  • ANGEL DELIGHT

    Manchester United have made a last-ditch £30,000-a-week offer to Angel Gomes to sign a new deal before he quits for free this summer.

    The 19-year-old is out-of-contract on July 1 and a number of Premier League clubs – including Chelsea – are eyeing a swift move.

    United are desperate to stop that happening, and have put forward hefty terms to stop one of their prize young assets from quitting.

    It is understood the fresh terms are around £30,000-a-week PLUS additional bonuses for appearances, goals and trophies won.

    The deal's structure would be similar to the one recently handed to Tahith Chong, who put pen to paper on a long-term contract.

    Gomes is already believed to be on a staggering £17,000-a-week, despite making just five first-team appearances.

    The England Under-20 international – who joined the club as a schoolboy – wants to stay as long as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer can assure him on first-team action.

  • KISSED BAY BAY

    Manchester United missed out on signing Alphonso Davies in a bargain transfer because they waited too long before he eventually joined Bayern Munich.

    The 19-year-old Canadian – who signed a new five year deal – has been a revelation in Germany this season, making 29 appearances this season and forcing experienced left-back David Alaba to move to centre-half.

    Davies signed for the Bundesliga champions from Vancouver Whitecaps FC in 2018 for just £10million.

    Nick Huoseh, who coached Davies, told Sky Sports: “When Jose Mourinho was there, he really wanted him but it never happened.

    “They waited and waited, and at the end I don’t think they had the same vision and belief as Munich.

    “I met with one or two other clubs, but speaking with the Bayern guys and seeing their plan I thought it was the best place for Alphonso.’

    “Honestly, I was being offered things that guys might jump on but Bayern had a small squad, Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben were retiring, and it was just a good fit.”

  • TACO BALL

    Manchester United could reignite their interest in £38.5million-rated Hirving Lozano this summer, according to reports.

    The Red Devils were believed to be chasing the Mexican last year, but missed out when Napoli smashed their record transfer fee to land the tricky attacker.

    Lozano’s debut season in Italy has been less than satisfactory however, with the 24-year-old struggling for minutes prior to football’s coronavirus-enforced suspension.

    And according to Corriere dello Sport, United chiefs are attracted by not just Lozano’s footballing abilities – but also his potential marketing value.

  • MAR TO THINK ABOUT

    Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be faced with a tactical dilemma when having a fully-fit squad to select from at football’s restart.

    By the middle of June, Marcus Rashford is expected to be available for action along with Paul Pogba.

    The striker’s return from a back injury may be gradual given it will come over six months after his last outing.

    But United will need to hit the ground running in the fierce race for Europe, where they sit three points behind fourth-place Chelsea but only five ahead of ninth-place Arsenal.

  • SHANGHAI NOON

    Odion Ighalo could leave Manchester United and return to China before the Premier League restarts.

    The striker has just one month left on his loan and the Chinese Super League season is set to start in June or July.

    If Shanghai Shenhua chose to recall Ighalo, United would reportedly have little choice but to let him go.

    However, the Manchester Evening News reports that the Red Devils are “relaxed” about the prospect of losing the Nigerian with Marcus Rashford set to return to fitness.

  • WERN BURN

    Timo Werner will reject Chelsea and Manchester United in favour of signing for Liverpool, German reports say.

    The RB Leipzig striker, who has a release clause of £51million, has his heart set on joining the European champions to work with German manager Jurgen Klopp.

    According to Bild, Chelsea and United have contacted Werner’s agent to register their interest in a summer move, but the player is said to have no interest in the pair.

    The problem for the 24-year-old is Liverpool do not want to commit to signing him just yet until they find out what effect the coronavirus pandemic will have on their finances and the transfer market.

    And The Guardian reports that Anfield bosses have reached out to Werner’s representatives to work out a way to delay a transfer until later in the summer.

    But they run the risk of his modest £51million release clause expiring in June, then allowing Leipzig to crank up the asking price for their star striker.

  • HOW COULD YOU

    Howard Webb has revealed that he wanted to see Cristiano Ronaldo miss a penalty for Manchester United – after realising he’d made his biggest-ever mistake.

    In April 2009, a match between the Red Devils and Tottenham at Old Trafford turned in the home side’s favour after a controversial penalty call.

    With United 2-0 down, Michael Carrick hit the deck after a challenge from Heurelho Gomes and the referee pointed to the spot, only for replays to show the goalkeeper clearly getting the ball.

    Webb told The Athletic: “The one that stands out is one where in the game I knew I got it wrong.

    “It was a Premier League game at Old Trafford — Manchester United versus Tottenham Hotspur in 2009.

    “I could see Carrick got there first and then the goalkeeper clattered into him. It was really an easy penalty award.

    “I was expecting the usual cursory appeal that you get from the players, not the huge look of absolute astonishment and amazement and incredulousness on the look of Gomes.

    “It was obvious within seconds I’d got the decision wrong. There was something more to this.

    “I was left with the decision I had taken with no independent evidence that I’d got it wrong other than a gut feeling, and I was just hoping that Ronaldo would miss the penalty. But he didn’t.”

  • 'DISGUSTING'

    Angel Di Maria's wife has laid bare the “s***” time the pair had during his doomed spell at Manchester United – and how she feared she would be killed in England.

    United smashed the British record transfer fee when they shelled out £59.7million to Real Madrid for the Argentina winger in 2014.

    But he endured a terrible time, scoring only three goals in 27 Premier League appearances before moving to Paris Saint-Germain.

    His wife Jorgelina Cardoso, who Di Maria married in 2011, revealed on a TV show how much she detested England, its people… and even how much make up the women here wore.

    She told Spanish-language show Los Angeles de la Manana: “One day Angel came and told me, 'An offer came in from Manchester'.

    “I said no bloody way and warned him he was going alone. He replied, 'Yes, we are going'.

    “I begged Angel, any place but England. And one year later we were in Manchester, s***.

    “There was a lot of money and the Spanish came out to call us mercenaries. And yes, we were.

    “I didn't like anything at all. The people were all skinny, neat, weird. You are walking and you don't know if they are going to kill you or not.

    “The food is disgusting. The girls all use a lot of make up, like they are dolls.”

  • UNITED NATION

    Manchester United have had some of the finest players born in Britain.

    So here at Sun Sport, we set United End Editor Tom McDermott the task of choosing an all-British Red Devils XI from those players he has watched during his days as a supporter…

  • DOUBLE DECCERS

    West Ham should double Declan Rice's wages in order to keep him at the club, according to Hammers legend Tony Cottee.

    The talented midfielder has been one of the Irons' best players this season and his form has attracted some of the Premier League's biggest sides.

    Manchester United and Chelsea have been most heavily linked although Hammers boss David Moyes recently joked he'd take Blues whizkid Billy Gilmour in return if Rice's old club came knocking.

    But Cottee told the We Are West Ham podcast his old side should pay up in order to hold on to their £70million rated star.

    When asked about Rice's future, Cottee said: “There's only two ways to keep Declan at our football club.

    “That is to win a cup or to play in Europe. They are the only two ways to keep a young talented player like Declan at the club for the next two or three years.

    “The problem is, your career goes so quickly and Dec needs to see the club making progress, he doesn't want to be fighting a relegation battle every year.

    “West Ham need to have a good cup run and be in the top ten.

    “And the one other thing the club can do at this moment in time to protect Declan and to protect the club is to give him a new contract.”

  • SAMP SQUIB

    Serie A side Sampdoria are reportedly considering legal action against Sporting CP over Bruno Fernandes' transfer to Manchester United.

    Portuguese media outline discussions between the clubs that could lead to an official Fifa complaint as the Italians seek £4million from the fee paid by United in January.

    No wrongdoing is suspected of the Red Devils but Sampdoria believe they are entitled to 10 per cent of the profit made by Sporting on the player's move.

    According to A Bola, the Lisbon club insist any clauses held from Fernandes' 2017 switch to Portugal were voided when he officially terminated his contract a year later.

    In May 2018, several Sporting stars cancelled their deals following an attack on the training ground by furious fans.

    A major disagreement with the then-club president was solved by his exit and the likes of Fernandes agreed to new terms to stay with the team.

  • CHIES-ED OFF

    Manchester United and Chelsea have been dealt a transfer blow with Juventus stepping up their pursuit of Federico Chiesa.

    The Fiorentina star, 22, is on plenty of clubs’ radars ahead of the summer transfer window, with Inter Milan also showing interest.

    Goal report Juventus are planning to try and sign the winger after Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso admitted the Old Lady want their man.

    Speaking of interested clubs, he told Radio Bruno Toscana: “There’s Juventus, but there are also other teams in Europe.”

    Commisso added that if the right offer comes in for Chiesa, thought to be valued at around £60million, they will not stand in his way.

    He said: “We had a meeting before Christmas if I’m not mistaken.

    “If he wants to go then I’m sorry, but we’d accommodate him, providing the offer is fair. We must also see what he’s worth.”

  • RAM RAID

    Manchester United could sell Paul Pogba to Juventus in a swap deal for Aaron Ramsey, reports Calcio Mercato.

    Juventus are not currently in a position to afford United's £100m asking price for Pogba, but could offer Ramsey as a makeweight.

    And despite a slow start in Italy, the Welshman is respected by Juve boss Maurizio Sarri, who would only consider selling him in an exchange for the France World Cup winner.

  • GOOD MORNING, RED DEVILS FANS

    SunSport can exclusively reveal that Manchester United have made a last-ditch attempt to keep Angel Gomes at the club this summer.

    The youngster’s contract expires at the end of the season and he is attracting interest from numerous teams including Chelsea.

    However, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is desperate to keep him and has offered a new long-term contract doubling his salary.

    Meanwhile, United could be set for a jolly time in the transfer market this summer with Real Madrid reportedly looking to shift long-term targets Gareth Bale and James Rodriguez.

    The two high-earners look to be joined by three others out of the Bernabeu exit as Zinedine Zidane looks to raise funds and clear space in his squad for new arrivals.

    There’s further good news for United too, with Real said to be lining up a move for Rennes’ Eduardo Camavinga instead of Paul Pogba.

    However, Solskjaer favourite Erling Haaland is also on Zidane’s radar just months after snubbing Utd for Borussia Dortmund.

    Finally, the Red Devils could be joined by Arsenal in the hunt for Jack Grealish.

    Aston Villa’s main man has been in brilliant form this season and is understood to be high on Solskjaer’s wish list.

    But Kevin Campbell is now urging Mikel Arteta to dump Mesut Ozil and replace him with Grealish, which could drive up the midfielder’s asking price.

  • RED-IN-THE-FACE DEVIL

    Gary Neville has become increasingly influential in English football – never before has he enjoyed such leverage in the game.

    Yet although his views are being sought from all corners, there is a fear his voice is becoming a little too loud.

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  • GREALY GOOD

    Kevin Campbell has urged Arsenal to sell Mesut Ozil and join Manchester United in the transfer race for Jack Grealish.

    Campbell told the Metro: “Arsenal need an all-rounder in midfield,

    “Arsenal need someone in the middle of the pitch who not only can create, he can break the play up, but he’s got legs, we miss that. We’ve been a strong spine for years.

    “There was talk of should we go for Jack Grealish or James Maddison, these type of guys would improve Arsenal.

    “No disrespect to Mesut Ozil, but Ozil is on the wrong side of his Arsenal career with a year left on his contract after this.

    “But we need someone who’s going to be in there with legs, we need creativity, and someone that when the games not going particularly well, he can get stuck in and knuckle down as well.

    “We’re being shown up by the likes of Sheffield United, Chris Wilder who has done a fantastic job there, they haven’t got the quality that Arsenal have but they’re above us in the league. Why?

    “Because they’ve got a system and they fight, grab and battle, and they’ve got some quality there as well. If we can’t match these teams, we don’t deserve to be up there.”

  • PREM START FEARS

    Doctors from all 20 Premier League clubs have told football chiefs the proposed season restart is NOT safe in a 100-point letter.

    Medics put together a long letter to PL medical advisor Mark Gillett and director of football Richard Garlick listing 100 questions and potential problems.

    According to The Athletic, the letter – split into ten different sections – revealed multiple Covid-19 concerns they believe have not yet been addressed.

    The concerns, according to the report include:

    • “Approving guidelines that still carry risk of death.”
    • “Liability, insurance and testing for players, staff and their families.”
    • “Possible transmission via sweat and goalkeeper gloves.”
    • “Suspicions that some clubs are already ignoring guidelines.”
    • “Increased risk for black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) groups.”
    • “Ability of emergency services to attend training ground incidents.”

    EXCLUSIVE BY DAN CUTTS

    Man Utd have made a last-ditch £30,000-a-week offer to Angel Gomes to sign a new deal before he quits for free this summer.

    The 19-year-old is out-of-contract on July 1 and a number of Premier League clubs are eyeing a swift move including Chelsea.

    United are desperate to stop that happening, and have put forward hefty terms to stop one of their prize young assets from quitting.

    It is understood the fresh terms are around £30,000-a-week PLUS additional bonuses for appearances, goals and trophies won.

    The deal's structure would be similar to the one recently handed to Tahith Chong, who put pen to paper on a long-term contract.

    Gomes is already believed to be on a staggering £17,000-a-week, despite making just five first-team appearances.

    TWICE AS NICE FOR RICE

    West Ham should DOUBLE Declan Rice's wages in order to keep him out of Man Utd, Chelsea and Arsenal’s clutches, according to Hammers legend Tony Cottee.

    Cottee told the We Are West Ham podcast: “There's only two ways to keep Declan at our football club.

    “That is to win a cup or to play in Europe. They are the only two ways to keep a young talented player like Declan at the club for the next two or three years.

    “The problem is, your career goes so quickly and Dec needs to see the club making progress, he doesn't want to be fighting a relegation battle every year.

    “West Ham need to have a good cup run and be in the top ten.

    “And the one other thing the club can do at this moment in time to protect Declan and to protect the club is to give him a new contract.”

    REAL DEALS

    Real Madrid are set for a mass exodus with reported Man Utd, Chelsea and Arsenal targets Gareth Bale and James Rodriguez on their way out this summer.

    According to Marca, the Bernabeu hierarchy have given strict orders for the club to sell before they buy due to the financial uncertainty surrounding the killer virus.

    Bale and Rodriguez are just two of five big-earners set to be axed by Zinedine Zidane.

    It’s reckoned Paul Pogba, Eduardo Camavinga and Erling Haaland are all on his shopping list.

    PAT DOWN

    Man Utd legend Patrice Evra says he received death threats from 'Liverpool fans in prison' following the Luis Suarez racism row in 2011.

    Speaking on an official Manchester United podcast, Evra said: “Manchester United received so many threatening letters about me.

    “People said ‘We’re in jail, we’re Liverpool fans. When we get out, we’re going to kill you and your family’.

    “For two months, I had security everywhere I went. They were sleeping in front of my house. Everywhere I went, the security followed me.

    “It was a tough time, but I wasn’t scared. My family were scared: my wife and brother, but I wasn’t.

    “I couldn’t understand why people hated me so much. They didn’t know the truth.”

    RONNY'S BACK

    Cristiano Ronaldo has left Madeira to return to Italy with his family after nearly two months on his native island.

    The 35-year-old was chauffeur-driven to the airport named after him so he could board his Gulfstream G200 Galaxy on Monday evening with his girlfriend Georgina Rodriguez and four children.

    The £20million plane departed just after 6pm local time and landed in Turin later on Monday evening.

    Cristiano is expected to have to self-isolate for 14 days on club orders before resuming training with the rest of the Juventus squad ahead of a possible return to Serie A football

    Weekend reports claimed his return plans were being frustrated by Spanish airspace problems.

    But his private jet landed on Sunday in Madeira to take luggage and three staff including a bodyguard to Italy before returning on Monday evening to the island.

    'ON TARGET

    Odion Ighalo has been given tips to improve for Manchester United, even in games where he HAS scored.

    The Nigrian said: “During games… there was even a game I scored in, and he said ‘You should have scored more if you do this or do that’.

    “I thought about it and I know if I would have done what Ole said, I would have scored more. He says: ‘You’re a striker, take the chance’.

    “So I’ve learnt a lot from him, in terms of positioning and how to do one or two things in a game.

    “As a striker, it’s good when a striker is coaching you,” Ighalo added. “And, as a striker, you benefit even more than the defenders.

    “He is someone who has scored goals for a long time and has done a lot for United, so it’s good to learn from him.”

    YOU'RE ALL LIONS

    The England men's team have made a “significant donation” to the NHS, using match fees dating back to September 2018.

    The move, which was instigated and orchestrated by the squad, comes in conjunction with the playerstogether movement involving Premier League players and will go towards the NHS Charities Together.

    A players' fund already exists to support a selection of good causes, with a portion now steered directly towards the under pressure health service during the coronavirus pandemic.

    A statement released on the official England Twitter feed read: “Following positive discussions with The FA, the England senior men's squad are pleased to confirm that a significant donation from their international match fees will be made to NHS Charities Together via the playerstogether initiative.

    “This contribution will be taken from a fund already set aside to support a variety of worthy causes using all match fees collated since September 2018. We are also grateful to The FA for committing their support to the playerstogether initiative for the foreseeable future by helping to raise awareness and funds to assist throughout the fight against COVID-19 and beyond.

    “This is in addition to the senior women's squad's commitment to playerstogether as we stand united as England players behind the nation during this crisis and our collective prayers and thoughts remain with all those affected.”

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