2pm Man Utd news LIVE: Sancho ‘expects’ United transfer, Traore wanted, Jimenez dad on ‘very cool’ Red Devils – The Sun

MAN UTD chiefs are preparing for the return of the Premier League, with the players now back in training.

And Raul Jimenez's dad has commented on interest from the club, while Jadon Sancho reportedly expects his move to Old Trafford to be completed in the summer.

Follow live Man Utd updates and transfer gossip below…

  • COUT ABOVE

    Manchester United and Chelsea were urged to make a move for Barcelona's Philippe Coutinho by Owen Hargreaves.

    The formerUnited and Bayern Munich midfielder believes the Brazilian would be a welcome addition back to the Premier League.

    Speaking on BT Sport, the 39-year-old said: “I love his game, I love him as a player.

    “He is obviously going though a bit of a tough time after leaving Liverpool.

    “Barca didn’t work and Bayern hasn’t really worked, but there is still plenty of time and I would never count him out.

    “I would love to see him back in the Premier League. He makes a lot of teams better.

    “Premier League teams are probably the only ones with the capacity to sign him and, let’s be honest, when he was here he was a dream to watch.”

  • PLEA BARGAIN

    Man Utdare reportedly lining up a swoop for Borussia Monchengladbach star Alassane Plea.

    The Standard claims Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has made contact with the French forward’s representatives over a stunning move to Old Trafford this summer.

    Plea, 27, joined Gladbach from Nice for around £20m in 2018 and has gone on to score 24 goals in 64 matches.

    The Frenchman’s latest strike came in Saturday’s 3-1 win at Eintracht Frankfurt.

    And it’s reckoned Plea is available for just £25m when the transfer window opens.

  • ON THE BALLO

    Man Utd have “identified” Monaco left-back Fode Ballo-Toure as a potential summer transfer target.

    The 23-year-old only joined the Ligue 1 club for £10m from Lille back in January 2019 and made 21 appearances this campaign until it was suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic.

    Now France Under-21 international’s displays have caught the eye of Red Devils boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, according to The Times.

    They claim Old Trafford scouts believe Ballo-Toure would provide perfect competition for Luke Shaw and Brandon Williams.

    It also states United are on the lookout for cut-price deals once the window re-opens amid the financial uncertainty over the Covid-19 outbreak.

    However, they could be tempted to swoop for the Monaco defender, who is under contract until 2023.

    Ballo-Toure began his career at Paris Saint-Germain before joining Lille in 2017, and it was an impressive two-year stint there in the French top-flight that persuaded the Principality to swoop for his services.

  • RON WITH THE WIND

    Nani claims Cristiano Ronaldo talked openly of leaving Manchester United for Real Madrid before his world-record switch, claiming he’d “had enough.”

    Ronnie swapped Old Trafford for the Bernabeu in 2009, netting the Red Devils £80million.

    But Nani, who was Ronaldo’s housemate in Manchester, claims his compatriot made no secret of his desire to quit United during his final Premier League season.

    He told the UTD Podcast: “Some days he [Ronaldo] was telling us openly, ‘I’m here six or seven years now, I think it’s enough for me’.

    “But it was always, ‘I will see, I will see’, but we never though it [Real Madrid move] would happen so fast.

    “After we won the league in the second year he left, he produced a great season so we were still surprised.”

  • DOR OPEN

    Jadon Sancho remains likely to leave Borussia Dortmund this summer with Manchester United at the front of the queue, according to reports.

    The 20-year-old has persistently been linked with a move away from Signal Iduna Park this season – but the financial effect of the coronavirus has changed the financial dynamics of every club in Europe.

    Ed Woodward himself last month warned of the changes that fans would see in the transfer market this summer.

    But according to The Athletic, the Red Devils are still in contact with Borussia Dortmund and a deal remains likely.

    Speaking on the Ornstein & Chapman Podcast, the former said: “Sancho was expecting to move this summer and there’s still a very high chance that will happen.

    “There’s an understanding between Sancho and Borussia Dortmund that if the right price arrives that he can go and there’s no expectation that Dortmund wouldn’t honour that, they’re said to be very honourable in these sort of situations.

    “They’re looking for no less than €120million [£107m], some say to me no less than €130m [£116m] and that certainly the figure that they want is around what they received or agreed for Ousmane Dembele.”

  • PLAY ON

    Uefa chief Aleksander Ceferin is “absolutely sure” fans will be back in stadiums “very soon” despite fears football faces 12 months of being played behind-closed-doors.

    When asked why he felt the disease would not impact football in the long-run, Ceferin told The Guardian: “It's a serious situation but it is going down now and we are being more cautious.

    “We know more about the virus and in general I'm an optimistic person.

    “I don't like this apocalyptic view that we have to wait for the second and third waves or even a fifth wave … people you know are likely to die one day, but do we have to be worried today? I don't think so.

    “We are ready and we will follow the recommendations of the authorities but I'm absolutely sure, personally, that good old football with fans will come back very soon.”

  • 'BE A BIT KINDER'

    Ex-Manchester United star Luke Chadwick has accepted apologies from Gary Lineker and Nick Hancock for cruel jibes about his looks.

    The ex-footballer recently admitted gags about his appearance on BBC's They Think It's All Over killed his confidence.

    It came at the time he was trying to make his mark at Premier League giants Manchester United.

    Chadwick's revelations led to host of the hit 1990s show Hancock and team captain Lineker issuing apologies for their behaviour.

    Former Spurs and England star Lineker responded on Twitter, saying: “I was part of that show, therefore, I too would like to apologise to @luke_FFF for any hurt caused.”

    And Hancock told BBC Breakfast: “Listening to Luke is incredibly humbling.

    “He's shown so much more generosity and understanding and good judgement than we did at the time. I’m appalled for him and at myself.”

  • WHO WILL LAND HIM?

    PSG are reportedly considering a bid for Manchester United target Erling Haaland while worrying over Kylian Mbappe's future.

    Real Madrid continue to be strongly linked with the French striker, whose contract expires in 2022.

    Talks are said to have struggled so far amid talk of a potential release clause and a £600,000-a-week wage – that would match Neymar's salary in Paris.

    But alternative plans are being made, according to Marca, in the form of Borussia Dortmund star Haaland.

    Real Madrid and Manchester United appear to be the frontrunners for the Norwegian's signature, the Red Devils having come close to signing him in January.

    With 13 goals in 12 games for the Bundesliga club, any doubts over his talents have evaporated and he notched yet again on German football's return from a two-month shutdown against Schalke 04 on Saturday.

  • 'WASN'T PREPARED'

    Marcus Rashfordadmits he has struggled to cope with the attention of being a Manchester United star.

    In an ATP Tour chat with two-time Wimbledon champion Andy Murray, Rashford confessed: “I can’t say I’ve ever really enjoyed the attention off the pitch.

    “That’s one thing growing up as a footballer that you never think about.

    “You always think about playing in the first team and scoring goals for United or at Old Trafford or any stadium. But you forget how your life can change overnight.

    “Things that you can do with your friends, things that you can do with your family, the places you can go, it all changes.

    “And I probably wasn’t as prepared for that bit as I was the actual going on the pitch and playing.

    “For me that bit was the easier bit. It obviously took a lot of hard work to get there but when the opportunity came up I felt ready to step up.”

  • KOUL ON ME

    Man Utd are reportedly back in for Napoli star Kalidou Koulibaly as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer looks to strengthen his defence at the end of the season.

    The Red Devils are known to be long-term admirers of the 28-year-old who has established himself as one of the best centre-backs in Serie A after joining from Genk in 2014.

    It had been claimed that Liverpool were in pole position to sign the Senegal international with Jurgen Klopp looking to partner him with Virgil van Dijk.

    And Newcastle have also been linked with a shock move for the player should their controversial Saudi takeover be completed.

    According to Gazzetta dello Sport via the Daily Express, United have reignited their interested in Koulibaly after learning of the Reds' intent to bring him to Anfield.

    They state that United made an £89million bid for the defender last year, and are ready to make new offer for him at the end of the campaign.

  • SANCH A LOT

    Man Utd may get Jadon Sancho in a bargain deal due to the coronavirus pandemic crippling transfer fees.

    The England winger, 20, was valued in excess of £100m by the German giants – but his valuation could be cut due to the ongoing health crisis.

    As reported by Football London, a senior figure at Borussia Dortmund has acknowledged that “expectations of high fees will go down”.

    Head of sales, marketing and business development Carsten Cramer said: “Usually at this time of year the squad for next season is already done. Maybe you sell some players but the plans are done.

    “Everyone has to be as flexible as possible. I'm very sure the business on loan will become of higher relevance than periods before and for sure it will take a longer time to plan your squad.

    “I'm very, very sure that not on July 1 or even August 1 your team is done. Flexibility is very important, patience will be important.

    “I'm very sure the expectations of high fees will go down as well.”

  • HAAL OF FAME

    The “new Erling Haaland” will join Manchester United on August 22.

    Tromso and Norway U15 striker Isak Hansen-Aaroen impressed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's staff on trial and was snapped up last year, as the Red Devils fended off interest from Liverpool.

    He will now move to Manchester in summer once he has turned 16.

  • HEAR ME RAOR

    Wolves may have to contend with bids from four major sides for Adama Traore this summer, with Manchester United named in the latest reports.

    Manchester City and Bayern Munich are also keen on signing the 24-year-old winger, who appears to finally be meeting his potential at Molineux.

    Much was expected of the Barcelona-born powerhouse when he came through the Catalan club's youth system but he failed to hit those heights at Aston Villa and Middlesbrough.

    This season has seen Traore become an integral part of Nuno Espirito Santo's side however, notching six goals and ten assists across all competitions.

    In fact, he has become something of a big-game player with his Premier League strikes coming exclusively against Tottenham and Manchester City.

    Therefore it is little surprise that Wolves face competition to keep hold of Traore, according to Le10Sport.

  • 'VERY COOL'

    Raul Jimenez's dad has spoken out about interest from Man Utd and Juventus, saying that the Wolves star finds it “very cool”.

    The Mexican's father said: “Raul has always said it's something very cool (to hear of the interest).

    “He's very happy at his club, hopefully getting into positions for Champions League and Europa League at the moment. Always for him, all of that will be very gratifying, very cool to hear those comments.

    “Right now is the time of rumours, God willing the league hopefully resumes next month and that's where we are right now.

    “The rest, there is nothing. He's only commented on what he sees that they publish, but nothing at the moment.

    “Later, if there is something different, we will see. But now, yes, they are mere speculation and rumours.”

  • GOOD MORNING RED DEVILS FANS

    Manchester United players returned to Carrington for socially-distanced training yesterday for the first time since the lockdown started.

    Keeper David De Gea sported a bushy beard as he rolled in for the first time since lockdown.

    The Premier League confirmed there were six positive coronavirus tests from three Premier League clubs this week.

    A total of 748 players and staff were checked and the six individuals will self-isolate for seven days.

    On the transfer front, SunSport revealed Kai Havertz is a target for three Premier League clubs – including United.

    The Bayer Leverkusen star has taken the Bundesliga by storm – adding another two goals on Monday night – and is also wanted by Liverpool, Chelsea and Bayern Munich.

    Elsewhere, ex-United winger Nani claims Cristiano Ronaldo said he’d “had enough” at Manchester United before his switch to Real Madrid.

    Nani told the UTD Podcast: “Some days he was telling us openly, ‘I’m here six or seven years now, I think it’s enough for me’.”

    The Court of Arbitration for Sport will hear Manchester City’s appeal against their two-year Uefa ban from June 8.

    If the ban is upheld, a fifth-placed finish would be enough to secure Champions League football next season – with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men currently fifth.

    Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand has called for his former club to splash out on Jadon Sancho, Kalidou Koulibaly and Saul Niguez in order to reach the next level.

    Reports stated the club are also looking at Borussia Monchengladbach striker Alassane Plea who would cost around £25million.

    And finally Danny Rose believes “without a doubt” his former boss Mauricio Pochettino will eventually manage at Old Trafford.

    The left-back, currently on loan at Newcastle with whom Poch has been linked, reckons his old Spurs gaffer will want to move to a bigger club.

  • WANT PLEA, PLEASE

    Reports state the Red Devils are also looking at Borussia Monchengladbach star Alassane Plea.

    The striker would cost around £25million.

    Plea, 27, joined Gladbach from Nice for around £20m in 2018 and has gone on to score 24 goals in 64 matches.

    The Frenchman’s latest strike came in Saturday’s 3-1 win at Eintracht Frankfurt.

  • POCH PLANS?

    Danny Rose believes his former boss Mauricio Pochettino will eventually manage at Old Trafford.

    The left-back, currently on loan at Newcastle with whom Poch has been linked, reckons his old Spurs gaffer will want to move to a bigger club.

    He told the Lockdown Tactics podcast: “Without a doubt, without a doubt.”

    Asked where he thinks Pochettino will go, Rose replied: “Eventually United.”

  • HAV A GO

    Kai Havertz is a summer transfer target for three Premier League clubs, SunSport can reveal.

    The Bayer Leverkusen star, 20, has taken the Bundesliga by storm this season.

    He added two goals to his tally on Monday night against Werder Bremen and there is a battle for his signature.

    And it is a battle Chelsea, Manchester United and Liverpool are all in – while Bayern Munich also remain keen.

  • CRIS' CRISIS

    Ex-United winger Nani claims Cristiano Ronaldo said he’d “had enough” at Manchester United before his switch to Real Madrid.

    The five-time Ballon d’Or winner left Old Trafford for the Bernabeu in 2009 but Nani, who was Ronaldo’s housemate in Manchester, claims his compatriot made no secret of his desire to quit United during his final Premier League season.

    Nani told the UTD Podcast: “Some days he [Ronaldo] was telling us openly, ‘I’m here six or seven years now, I think it’s enough for me’.

    “But it was always, ‘I will see, I will see’, but we never though it [Real Madrid move] would happen so fast.”

  • ONE CLUB MISSING

    As per reports, it is understood the six positive tests from 748 were from 19 Premier League clubs.

    The final side, as yet unnamed, are understood to have conducted their checks today.

    So those results will be included in an overall total later this week.

  • 'NO SPECIFIC DETAILS'

    More on the news of those six positive test results – and the Premier League have issued the following statement.

    They said: “The Premier League can today confirm that, on Sunday 17 May and Monday 18 May, 748 players and club staff were tested for Covid-19.

    “Of these, six have tested positive from three clubs. Players or club staff who have tested positive will now self-isolate for a period of seven days.

    “The Premier League is providing this aggregated information for the purposes of competition integrity and oversight.

    “No specific details as to clubs or individuals will be provided by the Premier League due to legal and operational requirements.”

  • SIX POSITIVE

    The Premier League has announced six players from three clubs have tested positive for coronavirus as doubts over Project Restart continue.

    Top-flight bosses had pencilled in a return date of Friday June 12 for the first match back from the lockdown.

    The League confirmed there have been six positive test results from 748 players and staff.

    Those individuals will now self-isolate for 14 days.

  • DAVE DON'T SHAVE

    Keeper David De Gea sported a bushy beard as the Spaniard reported for training along with his team-mates.

    Spaniard De Gea was among those showing off his new lockdown look as he pulled into training with a long beard.

    Team-mate Lee Grant was also snapped coming into their Carrington training base for the first time because of the coronavirus pandemic.

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side had recently teamed up for a group session at a field in Cheshire, with Paul Pogba involved.

  • SHARE THE JOY

    Marcus Rashford was sharing the joy on Twitter this morning.

    The United and England striker retweeted this brilliant video that has gone viral in recent days.

    It shows two young lads having the time of their lives with a giant bottle of Lucozade.

    If you haven't seen it, this is well worth 102 seconds of your day!

  • BETTER CALL SAUL

    Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand has called for his former club to splash out on Jadon Sancho, Kalidou Koulibaly and Saul Niguez in order to reach the next level.

    The Red Devils had endured a frustrating season under Ferdinand's former team-mate Ole Gunnar Solskjaer prior to lockdown – although they had shown signs of improvement after the January acquisition of Bruno Fernandes.

    And while the Portuguese's arrival represents a good start, Ferdinand, 41, thinks it'll take another three big-name signings to get the Red Devils competing for major silverware again.

    He told the BBC's Savage Social podcast: “Sancho, Koulibaly and Saul Niguez.

    “I think Harry Kane's been linked but if I'm pushing for an attacking player I'd still go for Sancho, he gives you that little bit of imagination and I think he gives you that little bit of spice that they haven't got at the moment.”

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