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Live BlogRED DEVILS LIVE Updated: 7:35, 30 Dec 2022MANCHESTER UNITED are very close to being taken over by new owners, it’s been reported. David Ornstein has reported that the Red Devils will see their takeover completed ‘very soon’. Elsewhere, the Red Devils have a three-man shortlist for January to add to their attack, according to reports. AC Milan star Rafael Leao, Juventus’ Dusan Vlahovic and World Cup star Goncalo Ramos are the trio mentioned. The club are also being constantly linked with a move for Atletico Madrid’s Joao Felix, as well as his teammate Alvaro Morata. Stay up to date with all the latest from Old Trafford… Good Morning United fans Manchester United’s takeover could be complete early next year, according to new reports. The Red Devils unpopular American owners, the Glazers, revealed plans to sell the club last month. Now the Athletic report that the Raine Bank group, who are overseeing the potential sale of United, are aiming to complete the sale of the club in the “first quarter of 2023”. Meanwhile, Manchester United are still licking their wounds after losing out on Cody Gakpo. Rivals Liverpool swooped for the Dutch striker despite months of speculation that suggested he would end up at Old Trafford. Gakpo has revealed that fellow Dutchman and Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk potentially helped make up his mind with his glowing review of the Merseyside club. Meanwhile, Man United have been urged to go and get Harry Kane. The Red Devils are short a striker after Cristiano Ronaldo’s departure and pundit Dean Saunders believes the Englishman is a guaranteed 20 goals – but warned he could cost as much as £150m. It is not just Kane being touted with big price tags either. Man United target Enzo Fernandez has a release clause worth £105m and it is believed any interested clubs may have to go that high to sign the World Cup breakout star. Chelsea currently appear in pole position but Benfica are trying to fend them off. And Man United legends like Bobby Charlton, Denis Law and Cristiano Ronaldo have paid tribute to Pele, who has died at the age of 92. Man Alive Jude Bellingham snubbed a move to Manchester United, even though they offered TWICE as much as other suitors AND introduced him to Sir Alex Ferguson and Eric Cantona. According to ex-Birmingham CEO Dong Ren, United’s now-former chief Ed Woodward went all out to land Bellingham in 2020 from St Andrew’s. The Red Devils offered the prodigious talent, then just 17, a salary around two times larger than other bidders, who included Chelsea, Leicester, Wolves, Bayern Munich. But the England international opted for Borussia Dortmund where he has flourished in the last two years, with a 112 appearances already under his belt. ‘Wonderful human being’ Manchester United and England legend Bobby Charlton has become the latest to mark the death of Pele.  Charlton, who was a footballing contemporary of the Brazilian great, said: “Pele was a truly magical footballer and a wonderful human being. It was an honour to have shared a pitch with him and I send my sincerest condolences to his family, friends and the Brazilian people.” All the tributes and reaction to the death of Pele can be found here. Marc My Words Christian Eriksen has praised teammate Marcus Rashford after his performance against Nottingham Forest. The England star got on the scoresheet on Tuesday night as he continued his incredible comeback for club and country after a dramatic fall-off in form. Eriksen told club media: “He’s very confident. You can see that in the games, he is looking sharp and really on it. He looks like he is going to create something or he’s going to score something every time. “Hopefully, he can continue what he is doing and take us further.” He’s Ours Benfica have insisted they intend on keeping Enzo Fernandez until the end of the season.  There appears to be big money on the table as Chelsea try and land the breakout World Cup star while Man United also circle.  But transfer expert Fabrizio Romano reports: “Benfica’s official statement on Enzo Fernández: ‘We insist saying that our intention is to keep Enzo here until the end of the season. “‘Benfica clarify that our president Rui Costs never spoke to DAZN about the situation of Enzo Fernández.'” Manchester United pay tribute Man United have tweeted this tribute this evening following the sad news that Pele has died. One of football’s greatest clubs paid tribute to one of football’s greatest player Rest in Peace Gary Neville is among the many footballers paying tribute to Pele.  He has tweeted tonight: “rest in peace the legend Pele. What a smile.” The right-back also shared a picture of them together. Gary Neville shared this heartwarming photo of himself and Pele on Twitter Pele dies at 82 Pele, the greatest footballer of all time, has died at the age of 82. The world of football is in mourning after it was announced the Brazilian icon has passed away in his homeland. Pele had been receiving treatment for a tumour in his colon but stopped responding care. It has now been confirmed that he has passed away. Nicknamed The King, Pele won three World Cups with Brazil between 1958 and 1970, the only player in football history to achieve the feat. His amazing haul of 1,279 goals in 1,363 games, which included friendlies, is recognised as a Guinness World Record. Case in Point There was some scepticism when Manchester United signed 30-year-old Casemiro in August. But most of that has now been completely swept aside due to his incredible, eye-catching midfield performances. His assist for Fred against Nottingham Forest is the first time two Brazilians have combined for a Premier League goal for United. We can expect more of that South American solidity and flair the longer the consistent Casemiro stays around. Towering above the rest – Casemiro has silenced his critics this season Wolves up next Lisandro Martinez is back in United training as the club prepare for a New Year’s Eve trip to Wolves. The centre-back was a notable absentee from the Nottingham Forest win following Argentina’s World Cup win – leaving Luke Shaw to deputise capably at the heart of the defence. Scott McTominay and Victor Lindelof both also missed the game due to illness, while Harry Maguire was only on the bench as he too recovered from sickness. It will be Julen Lopetegui’s first home league game in charge of Wolves and they’ll be looking to build on the Boxing Day win at Everton. Power Serg Arsenal are reportedly “leading the race for long-term Manchester United transfer target Sergej Milinkovic-Savic” with Lazio allegedly set to “finally sell” their star. The 39-capped Serbian international has been linked with a move to the Premier League for years. And Corriere dello Sport are claiming that Lazio do not want to risk losing Milinkovic-Savic for nothing, which could lead to them cashing in come January. Don’t Go Enzo Benfica have tried to convince Enzo Fernandez to snub a record-breaking move to Chelsea and stay with them. The Blues have made the Argentina World Cup star one of their transfer priorities ahead of the January window. Chelsea are willing to pay Fernandez’s £105million release clause with Manchester United and Liverpool also keen. But Benfica are determined to keep the midfielder and club president Rui Costa met with Fernandez upon his return to Portugal on Wednesday. According to The Times, Costa tried to convince the 21-year-old that staying at the club for the remainder of the season would be beneficial for his career. Difference-Maker? It could be a big second-half of the season for Alejandro Garnacho. With Cristiano Ronaldo gone and the young Argentine impressing teammates and manager with his change in attitude, he could be looking to impose himself further in the team. SunSport had a look at the youngster’s progress so far. The young Garnacho is looking to burst onto the scene in the next five months of the season Top Benz Arsenal are in the hunt for Karim Benzema alongside Manchester United, according to shock new reports. The Real Madrid legend is out of contract at the end of the season and speculation is mounting he could move elsewhere. Benzema would be free to talk to foreign clubs from January 1 and Spanish publication Nacional report both the Gunners and United want him. The 35-year-old scored a whopping 44 goals in 46 goals in all competitions last season as he led Madrid to an extraordinary Champions League triumph. Wolves injuries boost Red Devils Manchester United’s next opponents Wolves could be without as many as six first-team players when the teams meet on Saturday. Chiquinho, Pedro Neto and Sasa Kalajdzic are all ruled out of the game with long-term injuries. While Boubacar Traore and Jonny are in a race against time to be ready for the match. Julen Lopetegui won his first game as Wolves manager against Everton. McTominay keen to try away support Manchester United midfielder Scott McTominay has revealed that he would like to watch the club from the away end in the future. He told United Review: “It would be a dream of mine to go in the away end and really experience it because my family are in the away end every week, and they say it’s the best atmosphere they’ve ever been to in their life. “They absolutely love it. Unfortunately for us boys [as players] we can’t quite do that, but in the future I’d love to.” Credit: Getty Thuram ‘in talks’ with United Manchester United are reportedly in talks to sign Borussia Monchengladbach striker Marcus Thuram. The club are aiming to sign another attacker, and according to 90min reporter Graeme Bailey, United have opened talks with the French international’s agent. The Red Devils will have to fight off competition from Tottenham and Arsenal, both of which are listed as interested clubs. LUSAIL CITY, QATAR – DECEMBER 18: Marcus Thuram (26) of France in action during the FIFA World Cup 2022 Final Match between Argentina and France at Lusail Stadium in Lusail City, Qatar on December 18, 2022. (Photo by Mohammed Dabbous/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)Credit: Getty Rashford hailed as ‘fantastic player’ Manchester United defender Victor Lindelof has praised team-mate Marcus Rashford and admitted how difficult it is to defend against him. He told club media: “He is a fantastic player. When he plays with the confidence like this, it makes it even more difficult to defend against him. “But he has been in great form, and I think he performed great at the World Cup as well. “Hopefully, he can just keep going and score some more goals for us because he is very important for us as a team.” Credit: Getty More on United takeover talks A takeover of Manchester United could be completed soon according to The Atheltic journalist David Ornstein. He said: “The Raine Bank who are in charge of this process they are aiming for a complete sale of Manchester United in the first quarter of 2023. “Therefore the Glazer family are not going to sanction a massive outlay of cash on deals at this time of the year. “You will need to watch this space on a takeover because it could be coming very soon and it will be a seismic moment in the history of Manchester United because so many supporters have wanted a change in the hierarchy. “They have had so many changes off the pitch but now it could go to the very top and if Raine Bank who are leading this process get their way, it is going to be a fascinating few months ahead to see who takes charge and leads them into the future.” Eriksen hails ‘very good’ Casemiro Christian Eriksen has praised midfield partner Casemiro for the way he has adapted to the Premier League. He told reporters: “I think people who watch football and play football, they know he can pass. “Obviously, he has come here and really taken the league in his own way. “We are happy with that. It has been, it is nice playing next to him. He gets you that extra space; if you lose the ball, he will get it back, and he is very good on the ball as well.” Credit: Reuters Rashford not the answer for Owen Michael Owen has insisted that Marcus Rashford is not the answer to Manchester United’s striker hunt. He told Amazon Prime: “He is not your main goalscorer. “If you’re at Manchester United, Rashford isn’t going to be scoring you 30 goals a season like a Wayne Rooney, like a Robin van Persie. “[But] He will contribute double figures every year from that left hand side position. “If you think Manchester United will play him down the middle and score 30 goals and be your main man then I would question it.” United are on the lookout for a new striker after Cristiano Ronaldo left the club. Enzo ‘urged to stay’ at Benfica Manchester United transfer target Enzo Fernandez has reportedly been urged to stay at Benfica as it would be beneficial for the rest of his career. The Portuguese giants are desperate to keep hold of the Argentine star, but with interest building in the midfielder, they are facing an uphill battle. According to The Times,  club president Rui Costa tried to convince the 21-year-old that staying at the club for the remainder of the season would help set him up for the rest of his career. United have been linked with the midfielder as a potential alternative to Barcelona star Frenkie De Jong. Credit: Getty United ‘to battle Arsenal for Mannsverk’ Manchester United are reportedly interested in signing Norwegian wondered Sivert Mannsverk from Molde. But they will have to fight off competition from Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal, according to Jeunesfooteux. The 20-year-old midfielder is believed to be available for £9 million, which would make him the club’s record sale, overtaking the £8m transfer of Erling Haaland to RB Salzburg. He has already become a regular for Molde, having made 62 appearances for the club. United told to make Kane move Dean Saunders has urged Manchester United to try and sign Tottenham and England star Harry Kane. In an interview, he insisted that Kane would be capable of netting 20 goals a season for the Red Devils. He told talkSPORT: “Just the focal point down the middle [United need] and someone who can get on the end of crosses and – there’s an example – they need Erling Haaland. “Somebody like Harry Kane, Haaland. Look at Harry Kane’s header [vs Brentford], he has missed a penalty at the World Cup, you put balls in the box for Harry Kane he will get 20 goals a season every season. “If you pay £150 million for Harry Kane, there is a fair chance that he will get you 20 goals. Because he does it every year, consistent. Brilliant header, he just knows what to do. You can’t teach people to do that, I have tried, you can’t.” Credit: Getty Red Devils ‘have three-man shortlist’ Manchester United have reportedly looked at AC Milan star Rafael Leao, Juventus’ Dusan Vlahovic and World Cup star Goncalo Ramos in a bid to add more firepower to their squad. The club missed out on signing Cody Gakpo as a replacement for Cristiano Ronaldo and have switched their attention to those three targets, according to The Mirror. Manager Erik ten Hag has already insisted that his side “has to score more,” and bringing in another forward could be the way of finding a solution to the problem.

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