united news 9:18, 27 Aug 2021Updated: 9:18, 27 Aug 2021ERLING HAALAND will leave Borussia Dortmund next summer even if they win the Bundesliga, according to reports from Germany.
And Manchester United are said to be firmly at the head of the race to sign Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s fellow Norwegian.
Solskjaer is also said to be keen on Declan Rice, reportedly believing the Red Devils will never be able to challenge for the title without him.
But a more realistic transfer target this summer could be Eduardo Camavinga, with United said to have “accelerated” their interest in the Rennes man.
There are also reports that the Red Devils are prepared to sign Saul Niguez this transfer window, but it must be on an initial loan basis.
And Man Utd can still beat Arsenal to the signature of Kieran Trippier if they choose to, with the defender reportedly set on a move to Old Trafford.
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Jamie Vardy has declared that he would reject hypothetical offers from the likes of Liverpool, Manchester United and Arsenal in order to remain with the Foxes until the end of his career.
A number of top sides have been linked with moves for Vardy over the course of his career, but he has remained loyal to Leicester despite the temptation of Champions League football and a big-money contract.
It appears as though he will continue to show no hesitation in sticking by the club that took a chance on his ability until his playing days are over.
Appearing on the new series of Sky panel show A League Of Their Own, Vardy was asked by comedian Jimmy Carr if he would consider a move to one of the Premier League’s biggest clubs to round off an exceptional career.
The former England striker kept his answer short, sweet and to the point, replying with: “No. I’d stay there [at Leicester] until the end.”
BISS-NESS TO BE DONE
Liverpool have made an opening move for Brighton midfielder Yves Bissouma, according to the Daily Express.
Brighton want around £40 million for the Mali midfielder, but are under less pressure to sell during this transfer window after already unloading defender Ben White to Arsenal for £50 million.
Klopp though faces competition for Bissouma from Manchester United and Arsenal, who have also been tracking the powerful 24-year-old.
Bissouma has become a key part of Albion manager Graham Potter’s team since arriving on a five year contract from Lille in 2018 in a £15m deal.
Cristiano Ronaldo would not be the first Manchester United legend to make the move across the city to Eastlands.
Peter Schmeichel infamously did exactly that towards the end of his career too, and he incurred the wrath of Gary Neville in the process.
The two players met in the tunnel ahead of a Manchester derby in 2002 and with Schmeichel now donning the colours of Manchester City, he went up to his former teammate for a handshake, only to be rejected.
And with a few United fans reminiscing on the moment in response to the Ronaldo rumours, now felt like a better time than most to reflect back on such an amusing incident, so check it out here:
Manchester United are in contact with Jorge Mendes over a stunning return for Cristiano Ronaldo before the transfer window slams shuts, it has been claimed.
Juventus are open to parting ways with the 36-year-old but it’s currently Manchester City who are frontrunners in the race to secure his signature.
talkSPORT’s Alex Crook has claimed United are actually in touch with Mendes over a stunning return for Ronaldo, though a deal appears unlikely.
He tweeted: “(I) understand Mendes has been in touch with #MUFC about a possible emotional return to Old Trafford but looks unlikely.”
WAZZA WEIGHS IN
Wayne Rooney does not believe Cristiano Ronaldo will risk his legacy at Manchester United by joining rivals Man City.
Ronaldo’s agent Jorge Mendes is in talks with City over a sensational move to the Etihad, with the club open to a free transfer if the Juventus star accepts a cut to his £500,000-a-week salary.
But Rooney, who played with Ronaldo at Old Trafford from 2004-2009, has his doubts as to whether a deal will go through because of 36-year-old’s pride in his United legacy.
He said: “I don’t know what to make of it, to be honest.
“If you’re asking me if I think it’s possible then I have major doubts that it is a possibility.
“Cristiano has got a great legacy at United. I don’t think he’s going to move somewhere for financial reasons.”
ED IN HANDS
Manchester United could be set to clash with Edinson Cavani, with Uruguay adamant that they will pick the striker for next week’s internationals.
The Premier League have ‘reluctantly’ banned all of its players from travelling to red list countries for international fixtures next month.
Fifa are desperate for the Prem to reconsider, even trying to enlist the help of Boris Johnson.
And so, it would appear, is Cavani.
When the Premier League announced its decision, the 34-year-old responded with a series of question marks on Instagram.
President of the Uruguayan Football Association Ignacio Alonso is refusing to back down.
He said: “The clubs are obliged to release the players [for Fifa dates] and cannot impose any sanction on the players [if they join their national teams].
“It seems to me that FIFPRO must show its voice on this issue.”
MORNING, UNITED FANS
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer still hopes to land a new central midfielder – but Erling Haaland is his ultimate target.
That’s the pick of the latest transfer talk around Old Trafford as United build up to Sunday’s Premier League clash at Wolves.
But two midfield stars Solskjaer has been linked to this summer now seem out of contention.
Uruguayan Federico Valverde has signed a new Real Madrid contract.
And Atletico Madrid’s Spain ace Saul Niguez is thought to be in talks with Arsenal.
Meanwhile, it’s claimed Borussia Dortmund goal machine Haaland is United’s long-term dream buy.
The Manchester Evening News say Solskjaer and football director John Murtough have ‘mutually’ agreed on the Norwegian as their preferred option.
The Red Devils believe their main squad challenge is to find an eventual successor to Edinson Cavani, 34.
In the short term, United have the chance to avenge last season’s Europa League final loss after drawing Villarreal in the Champions League group stage.
Italians Atalanta and Swiss champions Young Boys complete a testing group.
STILL DALOT TO TALK ABOUT
Manchester United are in talks with Borussia Dortmund over allowing defender Diogo Dalot to leave on a loan transfer.
The 22-year-old right-back signed from Porto for £19million three years ago, but has only featured 35 times in that period.
And according to Sky Sports, the Red Devils are open to allowing Dalot to leave on a loan deal before the window shuts on August 31.
This is despite the Portuguese international being the only obvious back-up right-back to Aaron Wan-Bissaka at Old Trafford.
That is because youngsters Brandon Williams and Axel Tuanzebe have already been farmed out on loan to Norwich and Aston Villa.
Dalot spent last season on loan with AC Milan but returned to the club at the end of the campaign.
And he seemed to be working his way into Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s thoughts with some impressive pre-season displays.
He was then on the bench for Man Utd’s draw with Southampton on Sunday.
JACK’S LYRICAL ABOUT RONALDO
Jack Grealish’s tweets about Cristiano Ronaldo have resurfaced amid rumours linking the Juventus forward and United legend with a transfer to Manchester City.
The 36-year-old superstar could be set to link up with Grealish at the Etihad as he eyes a move away from Italy before the window shuts next Tuesday.
And a series of tweets from Man City’s new £100million man appears to indicate Grealish would be well on-board with Ronaldo joining him at the Premier League champions.
One tweet by the ex-Aston Villa man from 2013 says: “What a shock! The man himself CRISTIANO RONALDO, WORLDS BEST PLAYER DOES IT AGAIN!!”
And another from one year earlier reads: “I actually don’t get Ronaldo ? He’s just scored again ?! He’s to good!! #TeamRonaldo”
There are numerous more referencing Ronaldo, including: “Onto El Classico now! Absolutley buzzing for it!! WATCH boss it #TeamRonaldo”
And another says: “Just found its El Classico next saturday… BOOM !!! Watch Ronaldo RIP up big time!! #TeamRonaldo.”
HAALAND IS ‘UTD’S ULTIMATE TARGET’
Man Utd have reportedly decided Borussia Dortmund ace Erling Haaland is their No1 transfer target.
Credit: Getty The Red Devils are on the hunt for a new striker to succeed veteran Edinson Cavani, whose contract expires next summer.
And according to the Manchester Evening News, manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and football director John Murtough have ‘mutually’ agreed on Haaland as their preferred option.
PSG CHIEF DENIES THEY’LL SIGN RONALDO
PSG president Nasser al-Khelaifi has left Manchester City as clear frontrunners to sign United legend Cristiano Ronaldo – if he leaves Juventus before the transfer window.
Asked on Thursday night if the French giants could recruit Ron, al-Khelaifi ruled it out.
Credit: AFP ON THE PARIS RON-WAY?
Cristiano Ronaldo’s agent Jorge Mendes has reportedly been spotted landing in Paris amid transfer links with Manchester City.
The Express claims Mendes spent Thursday morning locked in crunch talks with Juventus chiefs over a possible Etihad switch for Ronaldo.
Credit: Reuters It’s said the former Manchester United and Real Madrid superstar has already agreed personal terms with Pep Guardiola’s champions.
But while City want to sign Ronaldo on a free transfer, Juventus are reportedly holding out for a fee of around £25million.
However, following his talks in Turin, Mendes was then apparently seen arriving in Paris.
Ronaldo has also been linked with Paris Saint-Germain this summer, despite their high-profile capture of Lionel Messi from Barcelona.
PSG’s star man Kylian Mbappe is wanted by Real Madrid this summer.
And the forward himself has made no secret of his desire to swap France for Spain.
UNITED LAND VILLARREAL REVENGE CHANCE
Manchester United have the chance to avenge last season’s Europa League final defeat after drawing Villarreal in the Champions League group stage.
The Spaniards beat the Red Devils in May with a thrilling penalty shootout to clinch their first-ever major trophy.
UEFA Champions League 2021-22 group stage draw featuring Chelsea, Man City, Man Utd and Liverpool
And Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be eager to make amends when he butts heads with Unai Emery again.
But United also face tricky games against impressive Italian side Atalanta and perennial Swiss champions Young Boys.
And the Red Devils will need to utilise every part of their expensive squad to ensure they reach the last 16, having crashed out of the group stage last year.
United know all about Villarreal after their heartbreaking Europa League final defeat, with star man Gerard Moreno still leading the line after penning a new long-term deal.
However, Emery’s men have drawn their first two games of the new LaLiga campaign without scoring a single goal.
And with £40million defender Raphael Varane in their ranks, United will also be hoping to keep the Yellow Submarine at bay.
Meanwhile, Atalanta are looking to build on last season’s third-place finish in Serie A.
And they have already got off to a winning start this term despite letting goalkeeper Pierluigi Gollini and defender Cristian Romero join Tottenham.
Finally, Young Boys will prove to be no easy task after winning their fourth successive Swiss title last season.
JONES DEAL IS NO SIN
Trevor Sinclair has slammed Rio Ferdinand’s claim that Phil Jones signing a new Manchester United deal is a “waste of time”.
Centre-back Jones, capped 29 times by the Three Lions, extended his contract in February 2019 by four years – before a knee injury ruled him out for 18 months.
United and England legend Ferdinand told his FIVE YouTube channel: “He’s taking up a youth team player’s position in that squad right now. He’s had too many injuries now.
“I am baffled at how he’s still been given a new deal given his past few years at the club. It just doesn’t make sense to me.
“I remember back in the day you’d have to do some absolute graft to get a new deal. You’d have to be putting in performances, you’d have to be a vital member of the team. Phil Jones isn’t that.”
But ex-West Ham and Manchester City wideman Sinclair said: “Of course he (Jones) is going to accept (the new contract). He probably has aspirations of getting into the first team.
“I look at Phil Jones I see a player that has been crippled with injuries over the years, all different kind of injuries as well.
“I don’t see a bad egg, I look at him, I think he looks like a good pro… he’s got a family, he’s got kids, he needs to try and maximise the amount of finance he earns in his career.
“Why would he turn down a contract of Mancheter United? I think the only people that need to be criticised are the people that offered him the contract because it has not worked out again.”
HAMMERS CAN’T LINGER FOR LINGARD
Any hopes West Ham held of nabbing Jesse Lingard back from Manchester United have reportedly all but ended.
The England midfielder was outstanding on loan for the Hammers during the second half of last season.
But it seems more likely he will stay at United after Old Trafford boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insisted the 28-year-old could have an important role to play this season.
Credit: Getty THAT’S SCOTTA HURT
Scott McTominay faces a spell on the sidelines after undergoing surgery on a groin problem.
Man Utd haven’t confirmed how long the Scotland international will be out for, although he will miss the match against Wolves on Sunday.
The club have confirmed: “Scott has undergone surgery for an ongoing groin injury that was causing significant pain when playing.
“Having tried all other treatment options in pre-season, surgery was deemed necessary to resolve the issue.
“We hope to have him back soon.”
‘WILL IS THERE’ FOR CITY’S RON DEAL
Manchester City’s interest in Cristiano Ronaldo seems to be intensifying – with more and more well-placed observers suggesting a deal could even be done this week.
Juve’s Manchester United legend Ron, 36, has also been linked with PSG.
RON URGED TO TEAM UP WITH MESSI
Manchester United legend Cristiano Ronaldo is being dared to link up with Lionel Messi at PSG – rather than join Prem champs City.
Etihad chief Pep Guardiola reportedly want to tempt the Juventus frontman, 36, into a two-year move for £26million.
But former Bulgaria superstar Dimitar Berbatov told Betfair of his ex-Old Trafford team-mate: “Ronaldo would be a good fit at Man City but do I see him going there? I doubt it.
“He is still one of the best in the world but Pep Guardiola’s philosophy might not suit them signing Ronaldo.”
“It’s not impossible that Ronaldo will join Lionel Messi in Paris because PSG can afford anyone they want.
“It would be a crazy thing to see. I think there is something brewing there.
“Those two players are the greatest players of our generation, if not of all time, but when you put incredible players together sometimes it doesn’t work out.
“Egos can complicate things in football.”
TALKS ARE NOT SAUL OVER
Chelsea are said to be still negotiating with Atletico Madrid over a loan deal for midfielder Saul Niguez, who has also been linked with United.
The one-club Spain star, 26, was not picked for the Euros despite having 19 caps.
The Telegraph’s Matt Law says Chelsea hope to agree a temporary move – with an option, rather than an obligation, to buy him later.
Credit: Getty RAMSEY FOR NEVES SWAP ‘OFFERED’
Cristiano Ronaldo’s agent Jorge Mendes has reportedly proposed Juventus swapping their ex-Arsenal star Aaron Ramsey for Wolves’ fellow midfielder Ruben Neves.
Ramsey, 30, has struggled for regular football at the Italian giants, while 24-year-old Neves has shone in the Premier League and for Portugal.
Now La Gazzetta dello Sport suggest Juve could be ready to offload Ramsey – as they try to fight off Manchester City’s interest in ex-United frontman Ronaldo.
GUNNERS CAN FER-GET EURO PUSH
Rio Ferdinand has tipped Arsenal to scrape a top-half finish in the Premier League this season after their horror start.
The Gunners suffered 2-0 defeats in their opening two Prem matches – firstly away at Brentford and then at home to Chelsea.
Manchester United legend Ferdinand told his FIVE YouTube channel: “I would be happy with top ten if I was you lot [Arsenal fans].
“I think you will finish ninth. Let me look at the league table right now, you’re 19th right now.
“Brighton would bang up Arsenal right now! Brighton would be a problem for you lot!”
FED UP WAITING
Man Utd target Federico Valverde has signed a new contract with Real Madrid until 2027.
And Los Blancos have slapped a £856million release clause on the midfielder in addition to giving him a pay rise, according to Goal.
The 23-year-old, who scored three goals and provided one assist in 38 games last season for Madrid, was already tied down until 2025.
The Red Devils had reportedly been lining up the Valverde as a potential replacement for the want-away Paul Pogba.
CITY HINT AT RONALDO TRANSFER
Manchester City’s official Portuguese Twitter account has dropped a huge hint about their reported pursuit of Cristiano Ronaldo.
The page responded to a story about the Man Utd legend joining the club before deleting the tweet just moments later.
OLE WANTS CM
Man Utd boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer still wants to sign a central midfielder this summer, according to the Independent.
The coach reportedly sees a new CM as the final missing piece in his fabulous side, although he may have to wait to sign Declan Rice.
West Ham are believed to have slapped a £100million price tag on the England midfielder and United can’t afford that after spending more than £110m on Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane.
BREAKING NEWS – RONALDO ‘AGREES’ TO JOIN CITY
Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo is reportedly close to joining Manchester City.
According to AS, the Manchester United legend has agreed to move to the Etihad in a swap deal.
It’s believed either Raheem Sterling or Gabriel Jesus will go to Turin, with Juve reportedly preferring the latter.