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MANCHESTER UNITED are eagerly preparing for the return of the Premier League when the coronavirus begins to subside.
Jadon Sancho remains a top transfer target while moves for Jack Grealish and Jude Bellingham are firmly on the agenda.
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FOR WHOM THE BELL TOLLS
Sky Sports' James Cooper writes of Jude Bellingham: “Whatever happens with Pogba, it won't interfere with United's intentions to sign a player who's been identified as one of the brightest young talents in world football.
“Again, it's a deal in the balance with a host of Europe's biggest clubs also interested in bringing in a player who's made 35 first-team appearances as a 16-year-old and isn't 17 until the end of June.
“United remain hopeful that a visit to Carrington and face-to-face discussions with the club's power-brokers will convince the teenager and his parents to head to Old Trafford next season.
“I'm under the impression that, at this stage, the plan would be for him to be part of Solskjaer's first-team squad rather than heading back to Birmingham on loan.”
Sky Sports' North West reporter James Cooper has provided an update on Man Utd's summer transfer plans and the players they are targeting.
He states that Jadon Sancho remains a priority for the Red Devils, but there is no certainty as to whether they would be able to afford the £100m fee once the coronavirus crisis is over.
A move for Harry Kane however, “won't happen even if Daniel Levy were to suggest to Ed Woodward he might be prepared to do a deal”.
James Rodriguez is also off the agenda with the United hierarchy believing Jack Grealish is a much better option.
The Red Devils are confident they can do a deal for the Aston Villa captain, particularly if Paul Pogba frees up funds by heading for pastures news.
But top of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's priority list is Birmingham's Jude Bellingham.
Chris Smalling is set for a pay cut with AS Roma after the club confirmed the players had agreed to reduce their remuneration due to coronavirus.
They said in a statement: “AS Roma’s first team players as well as coach Paulo Fonseca, and his staff, have volunteered to forgo four months’ salary this season to help the club navigate the economic crisis that has engulfed the world of football since the Coronavirus outbreak.”
It comes as Smalling's parent club, United, continue to pay their players in full, while SunSport revealed that may change in the next couple of months if coronavirus lockdown continues.
Romelu Lukaku has singled out Mason Greenwood as United's BEST youngster after praising the teenager's icy composure.
The Belgian, who left the Red Devils in a £75million move to Inter Milan in the summer, only played briefly with the 18-year-old last season.
The pair never started a game together under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer but were on the pitch together at the end of United's historic Champions League comeback against Paris-Saint Germain.
Yet Lukaku will have seen enough during training to list his fellow striker as the best youngster at Old Trafford during a Q&A on Twitter.
He tweeted: “Greenwood that boy coldddddd” followed by a “100 per cent” emoji.
Solskjaer's decision not to buy a striker after Lukaku's exit and instead promote Greenwood effectively made the academy graduate his replacement.
The players together initiative began sending funds to the NHS this week.
The scheme, set up by Liverpool's Jordan Henderson, United's Harry Maguire and other top-flight captains, was born on April 8 and hopes to raise £4million to support the National Health Service in the coronavirus crisis.
SunSport understands donations from Premier League players have already been helping hospitals across the country. Leicester ace James Maddison said: “It has been handled brilliantly in terms of the captains putting it all together and keeping clubs in the loop.
“Every single footballer I have spoken to has been so appreciative about how well the NHS are doing.
“We are human at the end of the day.”
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