UNITED NEWS 23:04, 6 Aug 2021Updated: 23:04, 6 Aug 2021MANCHESTER UNITED are set to unveil Raphael Varane after the Real Madrid centre-back flew into the UK to complete a medical.
Meanwhile, reports in Germany suggest the Red Devils are still eyeing a swoop for Bayern midfielder Leon Goretzka.
And we’ve the very latest on Erling Haaland’s future, as well as an important update from Spain on Keiran Trippier.
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Manchester United icon Wayne Rooney has vowed to fight his way out of trouble at crisis club Derby.
The Rams boss kicks of their Championship campaign after being hit by transfer sanctions.
But Rooney, 35, said: “I’m a fighter. I grew up in a council estate in Liverpool and I don’t walk away from challenges easily.
“I’m grateful to Derby for giving me my first chance in management and I want to repay them for that. These players need my help.
“I’m here, I will stay here and do everything to help this club move forward.”
United will only agree to loan Diogo Dalot back to AC Milan if it involves a firm commitment for a permanent signing, according to reports.
Dalot spent last season at the Serie A side, impressing in his 33 appearances.
Milan allegedly want him back but United would only return to the negotiating table if a certain term is met.
BREAKING – PSG CLOSE IN ON MESSI
Lionel Messi has been offered a two-year deal by Paris Saint-Germain and is set to sign for the French giants, according to reports.
Thoughts, United fans?
PRIDE PARK – EXCLUSIVE
Ex-Manchester United star Tom Lawrence knows his late mum Deborah will look down proudly as he leads Derby out as captain on Saturday.
The attacking midfielder has been handed the armband for the season by boss Wayne Rooney.
It raised eyebrows in some sections of the Rams’ support, but it could well be an inspired piece of management from the United legend.
Click here to read Justin Allen’s exclusive interview with Tom Lawrence
Arsenal appear to be out of the race for Wolves star Ruben Neves as Granit Xhaka is set to sign a new deal.
Xhaka appeared close to joining Roma but it seems as if he will be staying at the Emirates after all.
According to Football London, the Gunners were lining up a bid for Neves to replace the Switzerland international in the middle of the park.
This works as a major boost for Manchester United, who are also on the lookout for a midfielder as Paul Pogba could leave.
United have also been linked with Neves during the summer transfer window.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has admitted some of Manchester United’s player are ‘not sure’ about getting Covid jabs.
Solskjaer said: “Yeah, we’ve informed them and some of them are already fully vaccinated, some are not sure.
“But we’re going to have a bigger session with them now because I think it’s important that everyone knows what it’s about.”
A MOVE FOR MESSI?
According to Duncan Castles of the Transfer Window Podcast, Manchester United have contacted Lionel Messi’s representatives about a potential move to Old Trafford that would be worth approximately €50m to the player.
However, United officials understand that they are currently behind Paris Saint-Germain in the pecking order to sign the Argentine legend with the French club able to present a contract of around €75m over two years.
WAIT ON JADON GOES ON
Manchester United fans had to wait a long time for their club to land Jadon Sancho – and they may now have to wait just a little bit longer to see their new man in action.
Speaking to the Manchester United website, boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer today revealed that the England international is yet to train with his new club and won’t be available for this weekend’s friendly with Everton.
Speaking about Sancho and Edinson Cavani, Solskjaer said that the pair are “due to come in after the weekend.”
“There are different circumstances as to why they haven’t joined us yet, but it’s a long season and they had to have a little more time off.
“Hopefully they’ll be fit when they come back in with us.”
Whether Sancho will be up to speed in order to play a part in United’s Premier League opener against Leeds in eight days time remains to be seen.
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Manchester United will be shown live three times in the Premier League during October after the updated television schedule was announced.
The Red Devils begin the month with a lunchtime meeting at home to Everton before taking on another Merseyside club, old rivals Liverpool, three weeks later.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men end October with a trip to London to take on Tottenham.
All three games will be screened by Sky Sports.
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United are closing in on the signing of Raphael Varane and the centre-back could possibly start against Everton on Saturday.
Varane, 28, has flown to the UK and will undergo a medical after spending the time in quarantine.
He is also expected to sign a four-year contract with the option of a further year after United agreed a £47million deal with Real Madrid.
But the Frenchman faces a race against the clock if he is to be confirmed as a Red Devil before Everton visit tomorrow lunchtime.
If the move is finalised, Varane could play his first United game alongside Victor Lindelof in defence.
Harry Maguire is back in training but may not start after missing most of pre-season.
Fellow England stars Jadon Sancho and Luke Shaw find themselves in a similar position so may also have to accept a place on the bench.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been speaking to manutd.com ahead of this weekend’s pre-season clash against Everton.
On the topic of Edison Cavani and Jadon Sancho, who have not yet joined up with the squad, Solskjaer said:
“Hopefully they’ll be fit when they come back in with us.
“They’re due to come in after the weekend.
There are different circumstances as to why they haven’t joined us yet, but it’s a long season and they had to have a little more time off.”
There’s just EIGHT days to go now until Manchester United kick off their 2021/22 campaign.
The Red Devils host bitter rivals Leeds United in what is a mouthwatering clash.
But Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be unlikely to be able to start either Jadon Sancho or Raphael Varane as neither players will be ready to play 90 minutes.
THE WAIT CONTINUES
Manchester United fans are set to have to wait a little longer to see new £73million signing Jadon Sancho in action, ETIENNE FERMIE reports.
The England winger is only expected to return to pre-season training over the weekend after his exertions at Euro 2020.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had originally hoped to get him involved in tomorrow’s Old Trafford friendly against Everton.
But Sancho, as well as fellow new recruit Raphael Varane, now faces a race against time to be involved in United’s Premier League opener versus Leeds next weekend.
Solskjaer, 49, is hopeful that the duo will at least be available from the subs’ bench.
SIGN HIM UP
Manchester United have “taken the initiative” to sign Kieran Trippier, according to Spanish outlet Marca.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is keen to add a full-back to provide competition for Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Luke Shaw.
And Trippier himself is eager to return to England after a successful two year spell in Madrid that included winning La Liga last season.
The 30-year-old wants to return to near where he grew up to see out the final few years of his career, but he does still have another year on his Atletico contract with the club having the option to extend it by a further year.
Manchester United will only agree to loan Diogo Dalot back to AC Milan if it involves a firm commitment for a permanent signing, KOSTAS LIANOS reports.
Dalot joined United from Porto in 2018 following a high recommendation by former manager Jose Mourinho, which led to a £19million deal between the two clubs.
However, the full-back has since struggled to stand out for the Red Devils having only amassed a mere 35 appearances across all competitions.
That led to a successful loan stint at Milan last season where he played a total of 33 matches.
The Portugal international impressed so much that the Rossoneri would love to have him back but United would only return to the negotiating table if a certain term is met.
According to the BBC, the Manchester giants would only allow another loan deal if the Italian giants agree to include a clause for a permanent transfer.
‘THIS IS MY HOME’
Victor Lindelof will not shy away from the challenge for game time due to Raphael Varane’s arrival at Old Trafford, telling manutd.com how happy he is at Old Trafford.
He said: “I’m coming into my fifth season and this is my home.
“I’m very, very happy here, as are my family. Of course, I want to take that role and become more of a leader and fight to help the younger guys to improve as well.
“I think it’s good in a team when you have a few players who can do that – to try to speak and demand a little bit more from the players. I try to do my bit there.”
Paul Pogba certainly enjoyed this finish from training yesterday.
The 28-year-old Frenchman has just 11 months left on his Old Trafford contract and has been linked with a move to PSG.
And although he hasn’t officially rejected United’s extension offer, the Frenchman will take his time before deciding where his future lies, according to the Telegraph.
LOOKING AT LEON
With Paul Pogba’s Manchester United future up in the air the Red Devils are keen to add a midfielder to their ranks.
Saul Niguez has been widely tipped with a move to Manchester, but the club are also still said to be eager to tie up a deal for Bayern Munich midfielder Leon Goretzka, according to reports from Germany.
There had been interest in the 26-year-old earlier in the summer, but that seemed to have cooled in recent days.
That’s because Bayern are said to have opened talks on a new contract for the German international who is in the final year of his contract, but United remain hopeful a deal is still on the cards.
This one isn’t over yet…
SOLSKJAER WANTS MORE
Red Devils boss Ole Gunnar has revealed “anything can happen” in terms of more arrivals this summer, sparking excitement among Manchester United fans.
Atletico Madrid midfielder Saul Niguez has been strongly linked with an Old Trafford switch for a reported £41million.
And speaking on the prospect of new signings, Solskjaer has said: “Anything from now is a bonus.
“I have to say that with the two signings we’ve got, we’ve strengthened where we wanted to strengthen.
“Let’s see what happens. You never know in football.
“Anything can happen, ins and outs.”
GOOD MORNING MAN UTD FANS
Raphael Varane has flown into Manchester to have his medical ahead of his initial £34million move from Real Madrid.
A deal for the 28-year-old French World Cup winner was announced last week but a delay in the paperwork for Varane’s visa meant his flight to Manchester was put on hold.
That is now all sorted, with an official announcement expected shortly.
Meanwhile, United are reportedly hoping to sell 10 players this month to fund moves for Atletico Madrid star Kieran Trippier and Rennes ace Eduardo Camavinga.
Solskjaer is looking to assemble a squad capable of challenging for the Premier League title after back-to-back top-four finishes.
According to ESPN, the Red Devils are looking to recoup £100million, with Jesse Lingard, Anthony Martial, Phil Jones and Diogo Dalot up for sale.
Andreas Pereira, Daniel James, Alex Telles, Axel Tuanzebe and Brandon Williams are also believed to have been deemed as surplus to requirements.
And the Manchester giants are also said to be prepared to cash in on Paul Pogba, who has just a year left to run on his contract.
Chelsea have given up on their pursuit to sign Borussia Dortmund superstar Erling Haaland this summer.
That’s according to The Athletic, who claim that the Blues have turned their attentions on Romelu Lukaku.
Haaland was the west Londoners’ top target but a deal was always going to be difficult following the departure of Jadon Sancho to Manchester United.
It would have also taken an astronomical fee for the west Londoners to land the 21-year-old this month.
The Norway international has also been linked with United, who could try and trigger his £68million release clause that becomes active next summer
West Ham star Declan Rice is keeping his options open but won’t force a move away from the London Stadium.
Rice has returned to training with the Hammers after an break following his exploits at Euro 2020 with England.
The midfielder has been linked with a move to Manchester United as well as Chelsea during the summer transfer window.
According to the Daily Telegraph, however, the 22-year-old is happy enough in east London and won’t try to push for an exit
Jack Grealish posted an emotional message to Aston Villa following his move to Manchester City.
City announced that Grealish, who was previously linked with Manchester United, has joined their ranks following a record-breaking £100million deal.
The forward looked back at his 19-year stint at Villa Park and claimed he remains a Villa fan.
Here’s what the England international had to say:
Arsenal appear to be out of the bidding war for Wolves star, and Manchester United target, Ruben Neves as Granit Xhaka is set to sign a new deal.
Xhaka appeared close to moving to Roma but it seems like he will be staying at the Emirates after all.
According to Football London, the Gunners were lining up a bid for Neves to replace the Switzerland international in the middle of the park but it seems like there is no need anymore.
This works as a huge boost for United, who are also on the lookout for a midfielder as Paul Pogba could leave