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MANCHESTER UNITED are still aiming to land Jadon Sancho from Dortmund – but the Germans are reportedly sticking firm with their asking price.

And Douglas Costa's agents have held talks with the club in case they turn to other targets.

Get all the latest updates and gossip from Old Trafford here…

  • COUNTING THE COST

    Douglas Costa's have held talks with Manchester United to establish whether the club would be interested in the Juventus winger, according to reports.

    Transfer expert Gianluca Di Marzio on Sky Sports News: “Juventus want him to leave. His agents are moving to find a solution, they have talked to Manchester United, to understand if the would be interested.

    “They will think about it, but the problem is that Douglas Costa is often injured, so this is a problem for a club that wants to buy him.

    “The agents have talked to Manchester United, for sure, and have proposed his transfer.”

  • GOOD MORNING MAN UTD FANS

    Football’s return to pre-season training has been thrown into chaos by the quarantine rules.

    And players have been warned they cannot cheat the system by holidaying in a country outside the UK’s safe list then fly back from a different country which does not require 14 days of isolation.

    The Premier League has written to every club to alert them anyone who has travelled to any of the 155 nations with high levels of Covid-19 must go into lockdown before returning to work.

    Even those testing negative for coronavirus will not be exempted.

    It has been suggested that some anxious players have been holidaying in Spain and then returned to the UK via Greece or Germany to avoid going into quarantine.

    A Government spokesperson said: “If you have been in a country that is not exempt from our travel restrictions, you must self-isolate for 14 days.

    “If you travel from that country to one which is exempt for, say, four days, you will still need to isolate for ten days when you return to the UK.”

    And with most top-flight teams returning to training this week, it has left a number of stars struggling to beat the deadline.

    Elsewhere, SunSport reporter Neil Custis thinks Ole Gunnar Solskjaer simply cannot afford to get lost down an alleyway with a dead end either, as David Moyes did in the summer of 2013.

    The-then Manchester United boss and executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward held out all summer in the belief that they were signing Cesc Fabregas. They held out and held out.

    Moyes and Fabregas even spoke but at the last moment the player decided to stay at Barcelona.

    In the meantime United lost out on other targets in other positions and ended up with just one signing — Marouane Fellaini.

    This is the problem now as they doggedly pursue Jadon Sancho.

    They cannot afford to put all their eggs in one basket by hanging around and hoping Sancho pushes through a transfer from a resolute Borussia Dortmund.

    Finally, David De Gea defended his position at Man Utd by insisting 'I trust in myself' as pressure mounts for Dean Henderson to return.

  • LOCK OUT

    Football's return to pre-season training has been thrown into chaos by the quarantine rules.

    And players have been warned they cannot cheat the system by holidaying in a country outside the UK’s safe list then fly back from a different country which does not require 14 days of isolation.

    The Premier League has written to every club to alert them anyone who has travelled to any of the 155 nations with high levels of Covid-19 must go into lockdown before returning to work. Even those testing negative for coronavirus will not be exempted.

    It has been suggested that some anxious players have been holidaying in Spain and then returned to the UK via Greece or Germany to avoid going into quarantine.

    A Government spokesperson said: “If you have been in a country that is not exempt from our travel restrictions, you must self-isolate for 14 days.

    “If you travel from that country to one which is exempt for, say, four days, you will still need to isolate for ten days when you return to the UK.”

  • OLE AT WHEEL IN SLOW LAIN

    NEIL CUSTIS – Comment

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer simply cannot afford to get lost down an alleyway with a dead end either, as David Moyes did in the summer of 2013.

    The-then Manchester United boss and executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward held out all summer in the belief that they were signing Cesc Fabregas. They held out and held out.

    Moyes and Fabregas even spoke but at the last moment the player decided to stay at Barcelona.

    In the meantime United lost out on other targets in other positions and ended up with just one signing — Marouane Fellaini.

    This is the problem now as they doggedly pursue Jadon Sancho.

    They cannot afford to put all their eggs in one basket by hanging around and hoping Sancho pushes through a transfer from a resolute Borussia Dortmund.

  • SANCHO BLOW

    Manchester United's hopes of luring Jadon Sancho to Old Trafford appear to have taken another blow.

    Borussia Dortmund’s top boss has reportedly hinted they have no need to part with the starlet, who is a top transfer target for the Red Devils.

    The Daily Mail claim Dortmund’s CEO believes his club do not have to sell the player to reduce their outgoings.

    And the London-born starlet’s form has led to his employers placing a whopping £108million price tag on his head.

    However, Manchester United are thought to be reluctant to meet the entire eye-watering cost upfront.

  • WE'RE GUNNAR GET BETTER

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is staying upbeat about next season despite his club's defeat in the Europe League semi-final.

  • KANE WELL ABLE

    Steve McClaren claims Manchester United don’t need £108million Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho.

    And he has urged Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to move for Tottenham striker Harry Kane instead.

    McClaren told Talksport: “The front four are so quick, they’re so exciting and they cause so many problems.

    “Yes, Sancho would improve the squad, but to win big games and cups you need a No9 and you need two damn-good centre-backs.

    “Haaland would have been perfect; a young talented striker, a No9 who can play under pressure – they’re difficult to find.

    “Harry Kane, will they get him out of Tottenham? I doubt it very much but they need someone of that ilk.”

  • JENS UNDER THE LENS

    Norwegian sensation Jens Petter Hauge was watched by a top Manchester United scout on Sunday and admitted: “It’s very positive.”

    Talent-spotter Tommy Moller Nielsen saw the FK Bodø/Glimt left-winger fail to add to his astonishing eight goals in 12 games this season as the Norway League leaders won 2-1 at Sandefjord.

    Moller Nielsen refused to confirm local reports he was scouting the 20-year-old in particular but Hauge told Eurosport: “It’s quite clear. When a club like Manchester United comes on the field, it will always be interesting.

    “If that’s right [United scout watching him], then it’s very positive.

    “But it’s not something I can go around thinking about because then my performance will drop.

    “I have to focus on delivering. I will of course be very flattered if this is true, but I am now concentrating on performing in Glimt.”

  • INS AND OUTS

    Manchester United must reportedly offload a string of players to complete a £108million deal for Jadon Sancho.

    The Standard claims Ole Gunnar Solskjaer must part ways with United’s dead weight in order to have sufficient funds this summer.

    United are coming round to the idea of forking out £108m for the England star.

    But to fund the move, and deals for other expensive signings, they will need to move on a number of fringe players.

    Jesse Lingard and Andreas Pereira are two midfielders who have no future under Solskjaer.

    But it’s in defence where the axe will swing hardest, with Chris Smalling, Phil Jones, Marcos Rojo and Diogo Dalot all reportedly up for sale.

  • EXTENDED BREAKS

    Manchester United and neighbours City are set to miss the first weekend of the Premier League season following their Euro exits.

    Both teams were promised a minimum of 30 days off once they had completed their 2019/20 campaign, but now having both been eliminated, that should mean they only miss the opening round of matches on September 12.

    That has now raised the possibility that both could kick-off their new seasons in midweek in either September 15/16.

    However, The Telegraph claims United want a longer break and have requested to begin the new campaign a few days later.

    It is also believed top-flight chiefs do not want to schedule the Manchester Derby that early in the season due to it being behind closed doors.

    After their respective results over the weekend, the derby has become potentially the only fixture which would be needed to find a slot for later in the season.

  • 'DEVIL'S DECISION'

    David De Gea has defended his position at Manchester United, insisting “I am still the number one”.

    The Spanish goalkeeper has come under pressure this season after a number of calamitous errors not least in the FA Cup semi-final.

    He got the nod over Sergio Romero for the Europa League semi-final on Sunday and conceded twice as United went down 2-1 to Sevilla.

    But De Gea said: “I trust in myself.

    “I have shown my qualities all the years. So I will just stay available for the manager.

    “I'm always ready to play and try to help the team, as I have always done.”

  • SMALL FRY

    Roma are reportedly refusing to give up on a permanent deal for Manchester United misfit Chris Smalling.

    However, SunSport understands United want £20million to let Smalling leave.

    And with coronavirus wrecking finances around the world, Roma are unable to afford that fee.

    But Gianluca Di Marzio claims the Italians are refusing to give up on Smalling and are hopeful of negotiating an affordable fee with the Red Devils.

  • CHONG THE WAY UP

    Man Utd star Tahith Chong wants to emulate players like Kevin De Bruyne and Serge Gnabry after he signed a season-long loan with Werder Bremen.

    Both players excelled in their careers after moving to the Bundesliga from the Premier League.

    And the 20-year-old said: “It’s definitely in the back of your head when you come here.

    “The club’s history and reputation for helping players like Gnabry and De Bruyne advance their careers is always good to hear, so I’m sure this the right place to continue my development.”

  • WHERE WAS THE MAG-IC?!

    Harry Maguire struggled to come to terms with United's Europa League semi-final defeat to Sevilla.

    He said: “It's difficult [to take]. The boys are devastated.

    “We created numerous amounts of chances. We've got to win the game. The best team lost and they punished us for missing the chances. We've been ruthless at times this year, but today we weren't.

    “It means a lot to us. The boys are devastated. We've got a good group of lads.

    “We know what it means to play for this club: losing isn't acceptable. Getting to semi-finals isn't acceptable.

    “We've got to now really concentrate on taking it further, taking another step.”

  • YOUNG FER-NOMENON

    Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand revealed the first time he knew Cristiano Ronaldo was going to be a superstar.

    The TV pundit explained how Ronaldo dazzled as an 18-year-old for Sporting Lisbon in a pre-season friendly against United in 2003.

    He had such an impact that legendary manager Sir Alex Ferguson and chief exec David Gill delayed the team bus by an hour as they desperately tried to sign the Portuguese winger after the game.

    The match was held to christen the opening of the Jose Alvalade Stadium in Lisbon and United wasted no time in beating off the competition to poach Ronaldo for themselves.

  • SEE 'OU LATER

    Manchester United youngster Aliou Traore has completed a season-long loan deal to join French side SM Caen.

    The Red Devils teenager has headed back to his homeland in search of regular first-team football at the Ligue 2 outfit.

    The 19-year-old Frenchman can play either in central midfield or in wide areas.

    He has impressed since his 2017 move from Paris Saint-Germain and scored four goals in 14 appearances for United U23s as they earned promotion last season.

    Traore will wear the number 15 shirt at Caen, who finished 13th in France’s second division last term after being relegated from Ligue 1 in 2019.

    The highly-rated youngster is yet to feature for United’s first-team and recently admitted he was ready to make the jump.

  • JOURNEY ENDS HERE

    Bruno Fernandes has posted a heartfelt message to United fans over the ending of his side's Europa League voyage.

    He said: “Unfortunately our journey in the @europaleague ends here.

    “It wasn’t what we expected. We wanted to be in the final and fight for the trophy we so desired.

    “Whilst we congratulate @sevillafc for making it to the final, we still played well and we didn’t deserve to stop here.

    “It is now time for rest and to reflect so that we come back even stronger and reach the goals we set ourselves for the next season!

    “Thank you to all my team-mates and staff who welcomed me so well over these past months at the Red Devils.”

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    Unfortunately our journey in the @europaleague ends here. It wasn’t what we expected. We wanted to be in the final and fight for the trophy we so desired. Whilst we congratulate @sevillafc for making it to the final, we still played well and we didn’t deserve to stop here. It is now time for rest and to reflect so that we come back even stronger 💪🏻 and reach the goals we set ourselves for the next season! Thank you to all my teammates and staff who welcomed me so well over these past months at the Red Devils. I hope to continue to learn and grow everyday with you, and that we conquer many titles in the future! Together we loose , together we make mistakes and together we grow ❤️ #MUFC

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  • ROUGH LANDING

    United arrived back home after their Europa League loss to Sevilla – with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer still seemingly fuming about his side's defending.

    The Red Devils slipped to a 2-1 semi-final defeat against the European specialists and extended their trophyless streak to three years for the first time in more than 30 years.

    And on his arrival back in Manchester, Solskjaer could be seen looking frustratedly at airport stuff.

    The United boss shrugged and gestured as he got off the shuttle bus, as if he was explaining his tactical disappointment to the bemused worker.

    The rest of the Man Utd squad were also seen arriving home, all wearing face-coverings – with the exception of Paul Pogba, who was sporting a do-rag along with his burgundy club tracksuit.

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  • OUT OF BLACK, INTO RED

    It is becoming increasingly clear why Borussia Dortmund want to sell Jadon Sancho.

    The club have revealed they have made a lost £45million this season, a £61m swing from the £16m profit they made last year.

    Manchester United, who think the player is overvalued at around £108m, have been told to cough up Dortmund’s asking price for Sancho.

    But now it is clear the effect coronavirus is having on football clubs, who cannot invite fans into stadia.

  • BIG FORTNIGHT AHEAD

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has revealed that United are prepared for a hectic few weeks, with the Norwegian determined to get transfer business over the line.

    Solskjaer said: “It’s going to be a strange summer.

    “We’ve only got a couple of weeks away from each other before we get going again. That’s going to be a mental challenge.

    “Of course, we’re going to keep pushing and keep demanding more of the players we have but still we’re looking to improve.

    “It’s a strange one. The league starts very quickly but the market is open for so long.

    “We’ve got to be smart and clever.”

  • COST-BENEFIT

    Manchester United are reportedly considering a move for Juventus winger Douglas Costa.

    Sky Sport Italia claim the Red Devils have been a fan of the Brazilian for several years but have concerns over his injury record.

    Costa, who turns 30 next month, recently revealed he considered quitting football due to his fitness issues.

    The Juve ace has suffered 18 different major injuries during his career – including a calf problem that ruled him out for nearly four months last season.

    Costa has made just seven Serie A starts this term and has struggled to replicate his best form since his move from Bayern Munich.

    He is one of the main players thought set to be sold to raise funds for new Juventus boss Andrea Pirlo this summer.

  • JUVE GOT THE RON MAN

    Juventus reportedly no longer consider Cristiano Ronaldo ‘non-transferable’ and could decide to cash-in for £54million.

    Sport claim Paris Saint-Germain are keeping an eye on developments and may make a move after the Champions League has finished.

    Ronaldo’s super-agent Jorge Mendes has already been offering him out to Europe’s biggest clubs ever since Juventus’ European Cup exit.

    Despite a record-breaking campaign in front of goal and another Serie A title, the Portugal superstar’s season ultimately ended in disappointment.

    Defeats in the Suppercoppa Italiana and Coppa Italia final were compounded by crashing out of the Champions League.

    In the wake of the fall to Lyon, Maurizio Sarri was sacked and replaced by inexperienced club legend Andrea Pirlo.

  • NO TROPHY… YET

    United fans appear to have faith in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer – and that they'll win trophies again soon.

  • BRUNO ON BUST-UP

    Bruno Fernandes has revealed he and Victor Lindelof have buried the hatchet after having a heated argument following Sevilla's winner last night.

    He said: “I think it’s normal when you take a goal.

    “We had 10 minutes after to score again and everyone was mad, it’s not about me or Victor it’s about the team.

    “What’s happened between me and Victor is normal, in football it happens, it’s looking to each other.

    “There will be much more times this happens in other teams.

    “What’s important now is to see the mistakes everyone did and looking to improve in the next games.”

  • RIO WISDOM

    There is a simple explanation for last night's defeat, according to Rio Ferdinand.

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