8.30am Man Utd news LIVE: Upamecano £35m transfer boost, Joao Felix cut price interest, Dalot set to leave EXCLUSIVE – The Sun
MANCHESTER UNITED supporters are eagerly awaiting the return of the Premier League.
And on the transfer front, the Red Devils are said to be extremely close to completing a deal for Jadon Sancho and have reportedly overtaken Arsenal in the race for Dayot Upamecano.
Get all your Man Utd news and transfer gossip below…
THE ONLY WAY IS UP
Manchester United have leapfrogged Arsenal in the race for Dayot Upamecano, according to France Football.
The Gunners have made the RB Leipzig man a top target but are now said to be in danger of missing out due to their financial woes.
And that has left the door open for United, whose training facilities Upamecano visited before he joined Salzburg in 2016.
The Frenchman has a £53m release clause, but could be allowed to leave for as little as £35m as he enters the final year of his contract.
Chelsea, Tottenham and Man City are also named as potential suitors in the report.
MORNING, UNITED FANS
While transfer speculation over Jadon Sancho and Kalidou Koulibaly simmers nicely, Old Trafford superstars have turned into Pan Utd by taking cooking lessons in lockdown… with alarming results.
With match sharpness going off the boil due to coronavirus halting football action, club doctor Steve McNally revealed some players are in a stew as they top up their culinary skills – and one was bitten by a dog.
Meanwhile, long-time United target Koulibaly is said to be “more interested” in joining a Premier League giant than moving elsewhere in Europe.
In particular, the £90million-rated Napoli centre-back, 28, is “not convinced” by the idea of joining PSG.
And with Jadon Sancho now 8/11 ON for an Old Trafford switch by September 1, Sky Sports pundit Jamie Redknapp claims Borussia Dortmund's England winger, 20, will develop into one of the world's top five players.
That verdict comes as Old Trafford skipper Harry Maguire told the same TV station: “We don't want to be challenging for this Champions League spot, we want to be challenging for titles.”
Diogo Dalot is already fighting for his Manchester United future – just a little more than 18 months after joining, writes Daniel Cutts for SunSport.
The Portuguese full-back has impressed during his first few seasons at Old Trafford, despite a limited number of appearances.
The 21-year-old is regarded as one of the best young full-backs in Europe, with ex-boss Jose Mourinho singling him out for praise.
But Aaron Wan-Bissaka's incredible debut campaign at United has changed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's future plans.
And it is understood the Red Devils would be consider letting Dalot now leave, but only if a sizeable offer was to come in.
Dalot only arrived in Manchester in June 2018 for £19m from Porto, as Mourinho sought a talented youngster at right-back.
But Solskjaer snapped-up Wan-Bissaka in the summer from Crystal Palace for £50m, and he has cemented his place as first choice.
SOU INTO BRU
Graeme Souness has hailed Bruno Fernandes for making a quick impact at Old Trafford.
But the Daily Express say the Liverpool icon reckons United need to make more signings to help out the midfield maestro.
Fernandes played a key part in United's run of 12 games unbeaten across all competitions.
The Portugal star scored two goals and provided three assists in his first five Premier League games this season.
Souness told Sky Sports: “I think the first thought in his head, as it should be for a midfield player, [is] 'get it into my strikers as quickly as I can.
“I think he's a real goal threat, a year ago he got 33 goals for Sporting in all competitions, which is phenomenal for a midfield player.”
IT'S SAUL TOO MUCH
United will have to cough up £135million if they want to bring Saul Niguez to Old Trafford.
The Daily Mail say the Atletico Madrid midfielder is a top target for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's team.
And reports in Spain claim the La Liga side are refusing to consider any offers below the player's £135million release clause.
Niguez, who's scored four times in 37 Atletico appearances this season, is believed to have been on United's radar for some time.
Club officials are reported to have watched the 25-year-old play against Liverpool in the Champions' League earlier this year.
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