1.15pm Man Utd transfer news LIVE: Jadon Sancho deadline TODAY, Koulibaly cut price £63m deal, Coman loan wanted – The Sun

1.15pm Man Utd transfer news LIVE: Jadon Sancho deadline TODAY, Koulibaly cut price £63m deal, Coman loan wanted – The Sun

MANCHESTER UNITED may need to make an imminent decision on Jadon Sancho, with Dortmund's deadline for accepting a bid coming up today.

And the Red Devils are reportedly preparing Bayern Munich's Kingsley Coman as a backup option should Borussia not budge on their £108m asking price.

Follow all the latest transfer updates and gossip from Old Trafford below…

  • JAD ENOUGH

    Jadon Sancho had already said his goodbyes to the staff at Dortmund – before meeting up with them again this morning.

    The Independent claim the 20-year-old was so sure he would leave the club before pre-season training resumed.

    But Manchester United have so far failed to reach an agreement with the Bundesliga side.

  • PIRLO SAYS NO

    Andrea Pirlo is showing no mercy as the new Juventus boss by preparing to flog seven stars, according to reports.

    The legendary midfielder, 41, replaced Maurizio Sarri at the Allianz Stadium over the weekend.

    And Pirlo is wasting little time in getting rid of the deadwood he does not want – starting with the likes of ex-Chelsea striker Gonzalo Higuain and Manchester United target Douglas Costa.

    The report also adds that Sami Khedira and Blaise Matuidi are also at risk of being let go with both midfielders 33 years old.

    Finally, defenders Mattia De Sciglio, Alex Sandro and Daniele Rugani could be sold as well.

  • GREEN LIGHT

    Mason Greenwood still wants to score a headed goal for Manchester United's first-team this season.

    When asked which area of his game he is looking to improve, he told Uefa: “I think in headed goals.

    “I've not scored a headed goal in the first team this season.

    “It would be nice to get one of them before the Europa League finishes.”

  • HAV IT

    Kai Havertz is said to be pushing for a move to the Premier League more than Jadon Sancho.

    The Bundesliga stars are both linked with a move to the English top flight.

    Havertz, 21, valued at £90million is subject to heavy interest from Chelsea while United are at loggerheads with Borussia Dortmund, who price Sancho, 20, at £108m.

    According to Sky Sports, of the pair it is Havertz who “is the one who is most keen to move as soon as possible”. 

  • CONTE BELIEVE IT

    Antonio Conte is looking to raid Manchester United again and add Chris Smalling to his Inter Milan squad.

    The defender was deemed surplus to requirements by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer last summer and was shipped off to Roma on a season-long loan.

    He shone in Serie A and made 30 league appearances and even managed three goals and two assists.

    His defending also saw him dubbed “Smalldini” in reference to Italian legend Paolo Maldini.

    Roma are desperate to keep the former Fulham man, who will miss out on their Europa League quest this month, but have been put off by United’s £21m asking price.

  • STAT ATTACK

    Here's some interesting statistics ahead of United's showdown with Copenhagen.

    • The two clubs have only met twice – in the 2006/07 Champions League group stages.
    • In 10 attempts, Copenhagen's only win over an English side in European competition was against Manchester United in 2006.
    • United will be hoping to reach only their second European semi-final since Sir Alex Ferguson's retirement.

    SANCH-GO

    Off he goes…

    Jadon Sancho is on his way to Switzerland with his team-mates. Ouch.

    BREAKING NEWS

    Manchester United have MISSED the deadline to sign Jadon Sancho.

    And the England ace has been named in Borussia Dortmund's pre-season squad and will fly to Switzerland with them as a result.

    The Bundesliga side previously told United they wanted an agreement in place by August 10.

    But the Red Devils refused to meet their £108million asking price.

    And as of this morning, nothing had been announced and Dortmund announced the winger was part of their squad travelling to Switzerland to prepare for next season.

    Lucien Favre will put his players through their paces at a training camp in the Swiss town of Bad Ragaz.

    COP OUT

    Copenhagen head coach Stale Solbakken has admitted his side will have to be “perfect” to beat Manchester United.

    He said: “In order to do that we have to play perfect.

    “We need a bit of luck. We maybe need a United that doesn't fire on all cylinders.

    “We need to be perfect defensively.

    “We need to take that one or two or three chances we get during a game like this.”

    HAIR OF THE POG

    Paul Pogba has been extra work in at the training ground to make up for lost time, revealed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

    Speaking to the club website, he said: “I've answered numerous questions on Paul, and we're delighted that he's back playing.

    “He's fit, he's enjoying his football.

    “Of course, he's got to make up for lost time, and he's trying to do that.

    “He's training extra, he's always a great personality in and around the place, and hopefully we can see him lift this trophy [like] he's done before.”

    COM AND GET ME

    Manchester United have a backup plan in place should Jadon Sancho's move to Old Trafford fall through.

    That comes in the shape of Bayern Munich's Kingsley Coman, according to the Evening Standard.

    Coman is unlikely to feature regularly in Munich next season with Leroy Sane having moved to the Bundesliga champs.

    And as a result, Manchester United are looking into a loan deal, although Bayern Munich would prefer to sell outright.

    D-DAY

    It's a huge day for Manchester United as Dortmund's reported deadline for receiving a bid for Jadon Sancho expires tonight.

    The German side are back in pre-season training this week and expect Sancho to be there.

    Dortmund are also not willing to budge from their £108m asking price at the moment and are said to be disappointed that United have failed to indicate what price they would be willing to pay, reports Sky Sports' Kaveh Solhekol.

    However, he also stated that United will never be in a stronger position to sign Sancho as all other clubs have been priced out of the market due to coronavirus.

    He added that United want Sancho, Sancho wants a move to United and another season of Champions League football at Dortmund as not been enough to convince him to stay.

    GOOD MORNING UNITED FANS,

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will have to let one of his keepers go — with Dean Henderson demanding the No 1 spot.

    David De Gea is under pressure after a series of blunders, while Henderson has had two successful seasons on loan at Sheffield United.

    Neither he nor De Gea want to be the understudy and Sergio Romero will not sit around as third choice.

    Ahead of United’s Europa League quarter-final against Copenhagen tomorrow night, Solskjaer said: “It’ll be difficult to keep three of them, so we’ll see what the decision will be there.

    “I must be the most privileged manager in the world with our goalkeeping department.

    “Sergio, David and, with Dean Henderson coming back, there are three top keepers.

    “The Europa League has also shown how important Sergio has been for us — and David has always been performing.

    “We’ll see what we’ll do going forward.”

    Solskjaer also shared his optimism that Paul Pogba will sign a new contract at United.

    Pogba's current deal at Old Trafford expires next summer but SunSport reported last month he was close to agreeing a new five-year extension.

    And Solskjaer added: “Since coming back from injury he has been a delight.

    “He has worked really hard, he is happy and he is playing well.

    “We are going to see the best of Paul in the next couple of seasons, I’m sure.

    “And I’m looking forward to seeing him grow with this team.

    “He will have to be one of the leaders, one of the main figures, because he is just coming to his peak time as a footballer at 27.

    “I am really looking forward to working with him.”

    Lastly, Tahith Chong could be heading to the Bundesliga with the Man Utd willing to let the winger join Werder Bremen on loan.

    Chong, 20, is reported to have had talks with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on Friday, following his appearance in United’s Europa League game against LASK.

    According to the Daily Mail Bremen are eager to sign Chong on a two-year loan deal.

    PAUL IN

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is optimistic Paul Pogba will sign a new contract at Manchester United.

    Pogba's current deal at Old Trafford expires next summer but SunSport reported last month he was close to agreeing a new five-year extension.

    Speaking ahead of Monday's Europa League quarter-final clash with Copenhagen, United boss Solskjaer hinted Pogba's future lies in Manchester.

    “Since coming back from injury he has been a delight,” said Solskjaer.

    “He has worked really hard, he is happy and he is playing well.

    “We are going to see the best of Paul in the next couple of seasons, I’m sure.

    “And I’m looking forward to seeing him grow with this team.

    “He will have to be one of the leaders, one of the main figures, because he is just coming to his peak time as a footballer at 27.

    “I am really looking forward to working with him.”

    JEEPERS KEEPERS

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has suggested Manchester United are unlikely to go into next season with all three of David de Gea, Sergio Romero, and Dean Henderson.

    He said: “Competition for places is good. We have Sergio, David and Dean there with David backing them up.

    “It'll be difficult to keep three of them at the club. So we'll see what the decision will be there.”

    ITALIAN JOB

    Inter Milan legend Andreas Brehme believes his former side and Bayer Leverkusen are both bigger favourties than United for the Europa League this season.

    “I have no doubt, for me it’s Inter,” he told Gazzetta dello Sport.

    “The Nerazzurri are a great team, although Bayer Leverkusen are strong and have an excellent forward like Havertz, but Conte’s squad takes the lead.

    “I’d say, whoever wins this game has a great chance of raising the Europa League. The semi-final against either Shakhtar Donetsk or Basel is winnable.

    “On the other side of the bracket I think Manchester United will qualify for the finals. But both Inter and Bayer are stronger than the English club.”

    SOL SEARCHING

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has admitted that winning the Europa League would be among his greatest career achievements.

    He said: “I am ambitious — and one of my dreams is to lift the trophy as a manager for this club.

    “That would be the proudest moment of my life.”

    DEVIL MAY CARE

    Borussia Dortmund have moved to quash rumours that Jadon Sancho is set to complete a move to Manchester United after he was spotted in the UK.

    The Bundesliga side travel to Switzerland next week for a pre-season training camp and the club's director of media and communication claimed it was normal for the England star to be back home.

    Sascha Fligge said: “It's common and fine for players to go home before a training camp if they're not risky.

    “The same goes for Jadon [Sancho]. From our point of view, the pictures that have been shown to us so far do not violate.”

    SQUAD GOALS

    Manchester United arrived in Germany ahead of their Europa League quarter final.

    They face Copenhagen after breezing past LASK with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer now faced with major squad decisions.

    He has used the competition to so far offer game time to fringe players.

    But with a United favourites to lift the trophy, Solskjaer could be expected to start with his strongest team.

    Here's höw they are expected to line-up…

    RON HIS WAY TO HISTORY

    Cristiano Ronaldo lives for history, and after another record-breaking season is just 30 goals short of the all-time milestone he most craves – Pele's 767 strikes.

    Ron went to 737 when his double in Friday's 2-1 win over Lyon failed to save Juventus from a shock away goals exit in the Champions League.

    Pele famously netted 1286 times in 1363 matches, making him the stand-out man in the Guinness Book of Records.

    But 519 of those goals were in friendlies so do not count for the official crown.

    That means Portugal superstar Ronaldo, 35, will surely soar to the top within two years – although his 33-year-old great rival Lionel Messi is a menacing fifth on the list with 717.

    Former Real Madrid and Manchester United attacker Ron has suggested he could play until he is 40.

    NOT SO KOUL

    Micah Richards has claimed United target Kalidou Koulibaly will be worth £20million less following his horror showing in Napoli's Champions League defeat to Barcelona.

    He told the Manchester Evening News: “I think his price-tag is £20m less.

    “Everyone talks about how he is supposed to be composed on the ball, he’s aggressive but I see similarities to Mangala – and he went to City and it didn’t really work out for him there so I’m not totally convinced after that performance.”

    TA TA TAHITH

    Tahith Chong could be heading to the Bundesliga with the Man Utd willing to let the winger join Werder Bremen on loan.

    Chong, 20, is reported to have had talks with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on Friday, following his appearance in United’s Europa League game against LASK.

    The Netherlands-born winger made a 25-minute appearance as a substitute during United’s 2-1 win against the Austrian club on Thursday.

    And the Dutch Under-21 international, who’s made just nine appearances in the Europa and Premier Leagues, is keen to get more minutes under his belt.

    According to the Daily Mail Bremen are eager to sign Chong on a two-year loan deal.

    However a loan fee and salary are reportedly yet to be finalised.

    Werder sports director Frank Baumann said: “That we are in exchange is the case. We are in good talks.

    “Several parties are involved. Some things still have to be clarified and we have to agree. As of now, this is not the case.”

    HERR MAJESTY

    Ander Herrera scored an absolute stunner in Paris Saint-Germain training after being set up in incredible fashion by Neymar.

    And the pair will no doubt be hoping they can replicate the sensational goal when they take on Atalanta this week.

    As preparations continue for the Ligue 1 giants' Champions League quarter-final on Wednesday, Herrera staked a claim for a starting spot with his beauty of a strike with his so-called weaker left foot.

    Herrera, 30, took to Instagram to share the clip with his 3.8million followers.

    He wrote: “When you realise you are left footed but you are already 30 years old…” followed by head-in-hands and tongue-out emojis.

    Neymar stood over the dead ball in the D, rubbing his hands in excitement, but rather than take the shot himself, he produced a sublime piece of skill to flick it up and then back over his head.

    And Herrera latched on to it with perfect timing to unleash an unstoppable drive, giving the goalkeeper absolutely no chance.

    GARD OF HONOUR

    MAN U ON BOARD

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and his Manchester United team have taken off for Cologne in their pursuit of Europa League glory.

    The squad posed for a group photo in their masks on the steps to the aeroplane before boarding at Manchester Airport on Sunday.

    Then plenty of the players were snapped once they had taken their seats on board.

    The next stop for the Red Devils is Germany.

    And they hope to be returning in a fortnight with the Europa League trophy for the second time in four seasons.

    United saw off LASK in the last round and face Copenhagen on Monday night in their one-leg quarter-final tie in the restructured knockout stages.

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