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MANCHESTER UNITED are gearing up for a big summer in the transfer market, but they could have to sell some big names to afford Jadon Sancho following Ed Woodward's comments.

However, one man who won't be quite as expensive as Sancho is Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who the Gunners are reportedly willing to sell for just £30m.

Follow all the latest Old Trafford news and transfer gossip below…


    An ‘agreement is in place’ for Jadon Sancho to leave Dortmund, according to Bild.

    The English wing sensation, who has scored 17 goals and assisted 19 this season in all competitions, has attracted interest from some of Europe’s top clubs.

    Sancho, 20, is pals with Marcus Rashford and Harry Maguire, having played with them for England.

    But Chelsea remain keen on his services too.

    According to Bild, Dortmund have also lowered their asking price, opening the door for United to make their move.


    Sir Alex Ferguson’s feet are being nailed to the ground by wife Cathy during lockdown.

    The great Scot has been steering clear of meeting people during the pandemic, much against his own inclination.

    Former Old Trafford kitman Albert Morgan said: “I speak to him almost every day and he is on a total lockdown at the moment.

    “He has not been out of the house. I think his Mrs has had to nail his feet down!

    “He is in good form, he is doing his exercises every morning.

    “He has got his dumbbells out, he is on his rowing machine, his walking machine, so yeah he is doing well.”


    Axel Tuanzebe has revealed what the players are up to during lockdown.

    Fitness coach Michael Clegg has told the squad to stay sharp at home.

    Tuanzebe said: “The manager sent me a message that just said: 'Stay training and keep working, we don't know when we'll be back, so we don't want any surprises because there are rumours of how many games, so just be healthy, stay fit and maintain good hygiene.

    “The club has been very supportive and provided plans for training, nutrition and what not to oversee this period.

    “And we do have group chats, FaceTimes, videos of us training and we have our own Instagram page that we follow to sustain and keep up to date with what's going on with the new training.”


    Gary Neville has stressed football would not return for months were it not for the huge economic impact of coronavirus.

    Neville told Sky Sports News: “We're hearing different things every day, but I think if this was a non-economic decision, there would be no football for months.

    “What we're seeing now is that people are assessing risk. What is the risk we're willing to take to bring football back?

    “If people are really serious about putting health first, we wouldn't be discussing football returning at this moment in time, but players themselves will want to go and play.

    “Players at the lower levels will want to go and play because they'll recognise that the alternative is bad – 1,400 players are out of contract in three months so they'll need football to resume so their livelihoods can continue.”


    United may well have the next Kylian Mbappe on their hands.

    That is because Hannibal Mejbri is continuing to excel in the Red Devils academy – even “taking the p***” out of older players in training.

    United snapped up the talented teenager last summer in a £9.3million move after he fell out with Monaco.

    ld The Athletic earlier this season: “He is composed, can go past a player and break a line.

    “He actually takes the p*** sometimes against players a couple of years older than him. He'll feint to strike then drag it and shoot the other way.

    “He has trained with the first team when certain groups have been away. Mainly technical stuff, not what you’d class as full training. In his frame, he is still a kid.”


    United could give their Champions League hopes a major boost by denying Sheffield United Dean Henderson for the final part of the season, according to reports.

    The Blades stopper, 23, is on loan at Bramall Lane from Old Trafford for a second season this term and has been a standout player for Chris Wilder's side.

    His performances between the sticks have put the newly-promoted side into contention of a European spot as they sit just two points behind United with a game in hand.

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's men are fifth which – due to Manchester City's Uefa ban – would be good enough to secure a Champions League spot.

    But with Sheffield United still to visit Old Trafford, United will be desperate to hold off the Yorkshire side's charge to pip them.


    Rio Ferdinand says the football world must respect any government decision regarding the restart of the professional game amid the coronavirus pandemic.

    The UK is on lockdown until at least May 7 but the Premier League is working on its 'Project Restart' to get the 2019-20 season finished, while the English Football League board and its clubs are also holding meetings on a regular basis.

    Former England defender Ferdinand, who works as a pundit from BT Sport, told Good Morning Britain: “We have to go by what the Government says.

    Whatever way they see it, and if they make a decision, we have to respect that.

    “Like the isolation and lockdown period, we've been very respectful of that, listened to the guidelines and stayed with that and I think the football world has to be the same.

    “(We need to be) governed by the powers that be, that make a decision based on the health of the nation and the players as well.”


    It's 24 years to the day since Kevin Keegan went on Sky Sports and ranted about Alex Ferguson, in the classic Fergie mind-games outburst.

    Keegan said in 1996: “When you do that with footballers like he said about Leeds – and when you do things like that about a man like Stuart Pearce…

    “I've kept really quiet but I'll tell you something, he went down in my estimations when he said that. We have not resorted to that.

    “You can tell him now, we're still fighting for this title and he's got to go to Middlesbrough and get something – and I'll tell you, honestly, I will love it if we beat them. Love it.

    “It really has got to me. I've voiced it live, not in front of the press or anywhere.

    “I’m not even going to the press conference but the battle is still on and Man United have not won this yet.”

    Reader… United won it.


    Arsenal are struggling to reach an agreement with Bukayo Saka over a new long-term deal, according to reports.

    United and Liverpool are among the clubs ready to swoop for the 18-year-old if he does not extend his stay.

    According to 90Min, the Gunners have so far failed to tempt him into signing a contract extension.

    The England Under-19 international's current £3,000-per-week deal is set to expire in the summer of 2021.

    Arsenal are prepared to offer him a five-year deal and increase his wages significantly following his breakthrough season at the Emirates.

    Saka has made 10 assists and scored three goals in 29 appearances across all competitions this term.


    United are likely to get nowhere near the £180million they wanted for Paul Pogba, according to reports.

    Global football finances have been hit by the coronavirus crisis and transfer fees are set to tumble.

    That includes for midfielder Pogba, 27, who has spent most of the season out injured.

    Zinedine Zidane’s Real Madrid are front-runners to land the World Cup winner, but have also been hit by the coronavirus crisis.

    Nobody yet knows when football around Europe’s top leagues will resume and the end of the season – as well as the start of a new one – can’t come soon enough for some.

    United signed Pogba for a then world record £89m in 2016.


    Coronavirus-busting technology is already being discussed for crowds AND players, reports NEIL CUSTIS.

    The ‘CLeanTech’ pods are a three-in-one disinfection machine.

    Fans would first stand in front of a screen, much like at passport control, and get their temperature checked.

    If it is too high, suggesting a viral infection, you cannot go any further.

    But if the person is OK, the pod opens and you then enter what is called the ‘Sanitising Tunnel’.

    This is where a combination of UV light and an air-sanitising and purification spray are used to kill off any other germs lingering on clothes or belongings.


    Ronaldo's self-obsession helped him become the player he is today, according to a former United teammate.

    Timm writes in his book Red Devil: “He was quite extraordinary as a footballer and as a person.”

    “Like me, he was bullied when he came to the club. With his hair – which he soon got clipped – and with his almost acrobatic attempt to impress the coaches.

    “He could stand and do 10-15 step overs before he tried to dribble past the opponent.

    “Pass now, just pass, dammit,' shouted Gary Neville and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer constantly to him when we had reserve team matches together.

    “The special thing about Cristiano Ronaldo was that he immediately took the fight against the hierarchy. And he won it.”


    Cristiano Ronaldo is set for another two weeks of quarantine when he returns to Italy.

    Juventus have recalled their foreign stars who headed back to their homelands during the lockdown.

    Although Gonzalo Higuain has gone AWOL, the rest including Ronaldo, Douglas Costa and Alex Sandro are expected to make their journeys in the coming days.

    But as reported by Corriere dello Sport, Ronaldo and his team-mates will need to stay in isolation for a further 14 days upon their arrivals in Italy.

    Serie A sides are allowed to return to individual training on May 4 and team training on May 18.

    That is after Italian prime minister Giuseppe Conte announced the primary stages of lifting the country’s lockdown.


    United could miss out on signing Donny van de Beek as Newcastle look set to enter the race for his signature, according to reports.

    The Ajax star, 23, has been on the Red Devils’ radar for the last year after making a name for himself during the Dutch side’s run to the Champions League semi-finals.

    But according to Le10 Sport in France, the Magpies are showing interest in the midfielder and could make a bid this summer.

    The Dutch star is thought to be valued at around £44million.

    With the Toon edging towards a Saudi-backed takeover, they could soon become the club with the richest owners in the Premier League.

    And they will surely not be afraid to splash the cash to help get the club back to the top of English football once again.


    Classic bit of low-key punditry from the midfield maestro.


    Liverpool have joined Manchester United in the race for Lille star Boubakary Soumare, according to reports.

    Le10Sport claims Jurgen Klopp has thrown his hat in the ring for the 21-year-old as he looks to add another powerful midfielder to Liverpool’s star-studded squad.

    Soumare has already clocked up 51 appearances for Lille since breaking into the first team in 2017.

    He is one of the top-rated French youngsters and has already been attracting admiring glances from Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane.

    Man Utd have also been strongly linked with a £50million bid as they prepare to lose Paul Pogba.

    But Liverpool are now ready to challenge, with Soumare said to be keen on an Anfield switch.


    Premier League clubs have raised concerns about whether Newcastle’s prospective Saudi owners should be blocked for breaching rules.

    The proposed £300million buyout of Mike Ashley, fronted by financier Amanda Staveley for Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, has been welcomed by Toon fans.

    But a number of top-flight clubs have been alerted to regulations that could mean the Saudis fail the league’s ‘owners and directors test’.

    The issue is the ‘pirate’ TV station beoutQ which was accused by the league and other sports governing bodies including Fifa and Uefa of “stealing” broadcasts across the Middle East.

    Prem games were sold to Qatar-based beIN Sports as part of a three-year deal currently worth £328m.

    But fans in the Gulf region were able to watch games through decoder boxes which were linked to the Saudi-owned Arabsat satellite.


    Willy Sagnol believes Paul Pogba will swap Manchester for Real Madrid.

    “All of the conditions are there for Pogba to move to Real Madrid,” ex-France international Sagnol told RMC Sport.

    “Florentino (Perez), Zidane and Pogba all want it.

    “I think Manchester United would be happy as it would allow them to remove his high salary and reinvest the money in new players.”


    United are being linked with Yedder 'nother striker – on the day they heard Arsenal are ready to sell captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for just £30m.

    Monaco's £40m-rated France star Wissam Ben Yedder, 29, is reportedly under consideration by United, Arsenal, Real Madrid, Spurs, Manchester City and possibly Liverpool.

    Ben Yedder's career has taken off since returning to his home country last summer from Sevilla.

    And in just 25 Ligue 1 starts he matched last season's tally of 18 goals.

    There is also talk Liverpool and Manchester United fancy Liille's attacking midfielder Boubakary Soumare.

    The 21-year-old has already caught the eye of Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane.

    PSG record scorer Edinson Cavani, linked with Chelsea and Manchester United in recent months, is said to have offered himself to Inter Milan.

    Meanwhile, Old Trafford legend Rio Ferdinand claims Ravel Morrison should have been a “£100million superstar” – rather than fade away after Sir Alex Ferguson labelled him the best player to emerge from  United's academy in decades.

    Ex-defender Ferdy says the 27-year-old, now on loan at Middlesbrough from Sheffield United, needed a tough mentor at the club.


    The key to lifting the Premier League’s football lockdown for fans could be found in a Hong Kong exhibition centre.

    Because the AsiaWorld-Expo centre is gearing up to host events using sanitising pods people will have to walk through before entering.

    And the coronavirus-busting technology is already being discussed in some football circles as a way to support the gradual return of crowds to grounds.

    The ‘CLEANTech’ pods are a three-in-one disinfection machine.

    Fans would first stand in front of a screen, much like at passport control, and get their temperature checked.

    If it is too high, suggesting a viral infection, you cannot go any further.But if the person is OK, the pod opens and you then enter what is called the ‘Sanitising Tunnel’.

    This is where a combination of UV light and an air-sanitising and purification spray are used to kill off any other germs lingering on clothes or belongings.


    Chelsea new boy Hakim Ziyech has named the Blues, Arsenal and Manchester United players who made him dream of joining the Premier League.

    The Morocco winger, 27, can't wait to team up at the Bridge from Ajax after the Dutch League was finished early due to the coronavirus pandemic.

    The Evening Standard quote the 27-year-old as saying: “The Premier League is a great competition, with fast thinking and technical players.

    “As a kid, I dreamt of playing there. I watched Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United, with Didier Drogba, Dennis Bergkamp, Thierry Henry and David Beckham, and wanted to be like them.”


    Ex-United defender Rafael reckons Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is finally turning the club round after they spent years judging players by the size of their transfer fees not their hearts.

    The twice-capped Brazilian, 28, who left Old Trafford for Lyon in 2015, told Goal: “It has taken too long to get back on track.

    “We started signing expensive players & giving them a lot of money.

    “Just because a player is £150m does not mean he’s good for the team.

    “It depends on the character of the player.”


    Jamie Carragher reckons possible United and Chelsea target Declan Rice could be deployed as a centre-back.

    The Liverpool legend said: “To be honest, he reminds me a little bit of myself. I started in midfield and became a centre back. I’m a big fan of him.

    “There’s a slight criticism in terms of how he receives the ball, there’s an art to that.

    “If you go to the ball and you’re not in a great position, players won’t give you the ball. But he can pass and I think he’s got something about him.

    “At centre back, everything will be in front of him. I think that’s why I was never going to be a great midfield player. In terms of stepping out with the ball, I think he’d be perfect in a back three.

    “Of course, he has to improve in certain areas but every young player has to improve.”


    A growing number of Championship clubs fear being left in the lurch by the Premier League’s rush to complete the season.

    Uefa have set a May 25 deadline for European leagues to decide if they intend to play their current campaigns to the end.

    And while the top-flight clubs are pressing ahead with plans to finish the season behind closed doors, most lower division teams are not in a position to return to action.

    Prem clubs will meet again on Friday to discuss the government’s ‘Project Restart’ plan to get football going again.

    With more than £750million of TV revenue at stake, England’s elite teams are desperate to fulfil their fixtures so they do not have to make a massive refund to Sky, BT and BeIN Sport.

    A number of clubs including Arsenal, Spurs, Chelsea and Brighton have opened their training grounds this week for their players to work individually.

    But an anxious Championship executive has told Sunsport: “There is absolutely no point in the teams from the EFL playing behind closed doors.

    “The money we would get from our TV deal would not outweigh the cost of staging games without paying customers.

    “There are still far too many health risks involved at the moment and I think many players and managers will be reluctant to rush back just for the sake of completing the season before the end of July.

    “The problem is that if the Premier League is saying they can finish by mid-summer, how can the rest of us ask for more time?

    “There is huge concern that they will just go it alone and force the lower league teams to call our seasons off.”


    FIFA’S medical chief wants no more Premier League action until NEXT SEASON –with all football resuming in September.

    Michel D’Hooghe compared the deadly coronavirus pandemic to World War Two, adding: “The world is not ready for competitive football. It is not a matter of money — it is a matter of life and death.”

    The Belgian’s demands were described as “sensible” by Brighton striker Glenn Murray.

    And they are a huge blow for hopes of a summer restart as the Prem has been eyeing a June 8 restart.

    D’Hooghewarned: “If there is one moment where absolute priority should be given to health and medicine, it is this.

    “That is why I ask everybody to be very careful before starting competitions again.“I will be happy if we can have nothing before the start of next season.

    “If they could startthe 2020-21 in September they could eventually avoid a second attack from the virus.”

    His starkwarning came as France became the first of Europe’s big five leagues to officially end their season.

    And D’Hooghe, head of Fifa’s medical committee and a former member of the game’s ruling executive committee,slammed any plans for behind-closed-doors matches.

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