1.15pm Man Utd transfer news LIVE: Reguilon ‘very close’ to joining, Bale loan EXCLUSIVE, Racic £28m deal wanted – The Sun

1.15pm Man Utd transfer news LIVE: Reguilon ‘very close’ to joining, Bale loan EXCLUSIVE, Racic £28m deal wanted – The Sun

MANCHESTER UNITED are reportedly closing in on Sergio Reguilon, with the a potential buy-back clause said to be the only sticking point between the Red Devils and Real Madrid.

And Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is also lining up a loan move for Gareth Bale after growing impatient with Dortmund over Jadon Sancho, SunSport can reveal.

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  • 'BE CREATIVE FOR ONCE'

    Journalist and BT Sport pundit Julien Laurens has hit out at Manchester United for their pursuit of Gareth Bale, Douglas Costa and Ivan Perisic.

    He told ESPN FC: “Surely not, surely not. Please Manchester United, be a bit creative for once.

    “He's 31, maybe he wants to come home, maybe he wants to play again more than he did last year, but this would be such a short-term fix.That would even be on loan.

    “Why not invest some of the money in a younger player who has potential, that can grow in your club, that can be there for years and years?

    “Instead of going to get a Bale or even a Perisic on loan or a Douglas Costa on loan, those players who are veterans, who have been from one club to another to another.

    “Come on, it's time to be creative for Manchester United, to try and find better ideas and go in a different direction.

    “I'm not sure what Bale could do in that club, what sort of fix you'd expect him to bring.”

  • DEVIL YOU KNOW

    Former Manchester United star Luke Chadwick has claimed his old club should move for Gareth Bale.

    He told Caught Offside: “I think Bale would certainly give a buzz around the place.

    “He’s obviously had a tough few years and not played the amount of football he would have hoped, but in terms of the sort of player he is, when you talk about Man United players of the past, he’s someone who would get the crowd excited, get fans off their seats.

    “A wide player in the mould of Sancho, Bale, in my opinion would be a fantastic signing. One of those two, or someone in that position, needs to come in.”

  • BALE HIM OUT

    Tottenham have reportedly moved ahead of Manchester United in the race for Gareth Bale.

    ESPN claim that while Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is keen on a loan move for the Welshman, the transfer isn't a priority.

    Bale is said to be interested in a move to United but former club Tottenham are said to hold the advantage after making thier move for the 31-year-old.

  • GREAL DEAL

    Jack Grealish has confirmed he has signed a huge new five-year deal with Aston Villa.

    The England midfielder, 25, was a Manchester United transfer target this summer.

    He said: “It's my club. I'm happy here.

    “The owners have made it very clear to me how ambitious they are and how they want to build Aston Villa.

    “There are exciting times ahead and I am very glad to be part of it.”

  • GETTING SHIRTY

    Real Madrid appear to have moved on from Gareth Bale as Manchester United prepare a bid for the outcast winger.

    Zinedine Zidane has made it clear that he no longer wants the Welshman but, with two years left on his contract, the pair are at an impasse.

    Marca claim the Bernabeu club shop have now taken down any reference to Bale and his No11 shirt.

    It follows his absence from Real's recent release of their third kit, which featured almost every other recognisable face in Zidane's squad.

  • GREAL SIGNS

    Manchester United target Jack Grealish has signed a new Aston Villa contract, keeping him at the club until 2025.

    The midfielder, 25, has been at the club for 17 years and has been a top target for United and rivals City.

  • OWN GOAL

    Manchester United's owners, the Glazer family, take the most money out compared to any club in the Premier League.

    It is quite the contrast compared to Chelsea, whose proprietor Roman Abramovich has pumped £440million into the Blues in the past five years.

    In the same time frame, the Glazers have taken £89m out of United, as well as leveraging the club with debt.

    According to Swiss Ramble on Twitter, United have paid £205m in the past five years – or £40m a year – to fund the Glazers' ownership.

  • KYL-LER BLOW

    Manchester United and Liverpool could get Kylian Mbappe for just £111million next summer – but Real Madrid are favourites for his signature.

    It emerged at the weekend that the 21-year-old striker has told Paris Saint-Germain he wants to leave at the end of the season.

    Mbappe has less than two years remaining on his contract at Parc des Princes.

    And despite being valued at £400m currently, AS claims that could force PSG to sell him for the reduced price of £111m once he enters the final 12 months of his deal.

    And that price would certainly enable the Premier League teams interested in the hotshot to mount a move.

    However, it has also been claimed last night the star only has his heart set on joining one club: Real Madrid.

  • NO DE-PAYBACK

    Manchester United have no intention of using their buy-back option on Memphis Depay, according to reports.

    The ex-Old Trafford winger, who endured a miserable two-year spell at the club from 2015, looks set to join Barcelona from Lyon.

    Former Holland manager Ronald Koeman looks set to be reunited with the Dutch star after a £28million fee was reportedly agreed.

    Depay, 26, was the Nou Camp club's priority target, it has been claimed, and will travel for his medical in the coming days.

    If all goes well then he should be available for Barca's opening game of the LaLiga season against Villarreal on September 27.

    But it appears United have shown no interest in activating the buy-back clause they inserted into Depay's deal when he joined Lyon in 2017, talkSPORT say.

  • SALES RAC

    Manchester United have made enquiries with the agent of Valencia midfielder Uros Racic, 22.

    The Serbia international plays central and defensive midfield and has been valued by La Liga side Valencia at £27.7million.

    Racic was signed for the Spanish club from Red Star in 2018 and has had loan spells at Tenerife and Portuguese club Famalicao.

    Spanish journalist Hector Gomez said: “Let's see if there really is a final offer or if it only remains in interest.”

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  • TESTING LATEST

    The Premier League has confirmed four new positive coronavirus tests this week from the latest round of testing.

    The top-flight returned this weekend for its first round of games with only Manchester City and neighbours United missing due to their European exploits last month.

    A total of 2,131 players and club staff members were tested for coronavirus between Monday, September 7 and Sunday, September 13.

    Four people have now returned positive results and will be required to self-isolate for a period of 10 days.

    A league statement read: “No specific details as to clubs or individuals will be provided by the League and results will be made public after each round of testing.

    “The Premier League is providing this aggregated information for the purposes of competition integrity and transparency.”

  • 'GIO GET HIM

    Talks “are progressing” between Manchester United and Real Madrid and the agents involved in any transfer of Sergio Reguilon to Old Trafford.

    According to Fabrizio Romano, the deal is moving forward, but United are not 100 per cent agreed over a fee yet.

    Real Madrid want around £23million for the left back and a sticking point appears to be the fact that the Spanish club are demanding a buyback clause.

  • POKER FACE

    Liverpool are reportedly set to wait until the eleventh hour of the transfer window before making their move for Thiago Alcantara ahead of United.

    TalkSPORT claim they are “planning to delay making their move until the eleventh hour of the summer window as they try to get the best deal” for the ex-Barcelona ace.

    Their transfer guru Alex Crook said: “We’ve spoken a lot about this one, and it’s going to go right to the wire, I think.

    “If [Georginio] Wijnaldum goes I think Liverpool will accelerate their interest.

    “I know Manchester United have spoken to Thiago’s agent but midfield is not a priority for them at the moment.

    “Liverpool are still the front-runners, but they’re trying to force Bayern Munich to lower that €30m asking price.

    “I’m not expecting a bid to come in probably until the final week of the window.”

  • ROMA HAS IT

    Highly-rated Verona defender Marash Kumbulla is about to join AS Roma, after being targeted by United.

    The 20-year-old was born in Italy but represents Albania at international level.

    According to Fabrizio Romano, Inter Milan and Lazio were also interested in signing him.

    But with no agreement for Chris Smalling in place, Roma are ready to go for Kumbulla, who they see as a long-term investment.

  • EXCLUSIVE

    Manchester United are ready to offer Gareth Bale a short-term deal after losing patience over Jadon Sancho, writes Neil Custis.

    United want to take the Real Madrid star on loan for a season initially but with the option to renegotiate that for a further year.

    Bale, 31, has two years left on his current £650,000-a-week Real Madrid contract.

    He would have to take a wage cut with United and Real may even have to pay part of it.

    The news has left Sancho sweating as he was convinced his switch from Borussia Dortmund to Old Trafford would go through this summer or in the New Year window.

  • GOOD MORNING MAN UTD FANS

    United are ready to offer Gareth Bale a short-term deal after losing patience over Jadon Sancho.

    They want to take the Real Madrid star on loan for a season initially but with the option to renegotiate that for a further year.

    Bale, 31, has two years left on his current £650,000-a-week Real Madrid contract.

    He would have to take a wage cut with United and Real may even have to pay part of it. Real could demand an upfront transfer fee of £18.5million rather than a loan.

    But United are now seriously looking into all options.

    The news has left Sancho sweating as he was convinced his switch from Borussia Dortmund to Old Trafford would go through this summer or in the New Year window.

    United had agreed personal terms with the England international. They have also recently resolved the issue of the agents cut of the deal which had been a major stumbling block.

    But they will still not match the £108m valuation the Bundesliga side have put on the player.

  • RAC ATTACK

    Man Utd are weighing up a £28m transfer for Valencia’s Uros Racic – who is dubbed the ‘new Nemanja Matic’

    Racic is a box-to-box player – around 6ft 4ins and powerfully built.

    He is renowned for his workrate and defensive power but also has good footwork and can shoot with either foot.

    Aged just 22, he has failed to settle in Valencia after joining the La Liga outfit from Red Star.

    He had loan spells last season with Famalicao in Portugal and Spanish outfit Tenerife.

    United have been keeping tabs on Racic, whose idol is their midfield superstar Paul Pogba.

    Should he arrive at United he will provide further competition to compatriot Nemanja Matic in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s crowded midfield.

  • TRAINING DAY

    Victor Lindelof pictured training ahead of United's Premier League opener on Saturday.

    The Red Devils play Crystal Palace.

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  • UNDER-23s

    It ended goalless for United's U-23 side against Leicester.

    The first team play Crystal Palace in their Premier League opener on Saturday.

  • RAC CITY

    Man Utd are weighing up a move for Valencia’s Uros Racic.

    The Serbian central midfielder has a £92million release clause in his contract.

    But with Valencia struggling with a financial crisis, a fee of around £28m might be enough to secure Racic’s services.

    Racic is a box-to-box player – around 6ft 4ins and powerfully built.

    He is renowned for his workrate and defensive power but also has good footwork and can shoot with either foot.

    Aged just 22, he has failed to settle in Valencia after joining the La Liga outfit from Red Star.

  • UNDER-23s

    It's goalless between United and Leicester U-23s.

  • SWEAT OUT

    The news Man Utd are looking at bringing in Gareth Bale on loan has left Sancho sweating.

    Sancho was convinced his switch from Borussia Dortmund to Old Trafford would go through this summer or in the New Year window.

    United had agreed personal terms with the England international.

    They have also recently resolved the issue of the agents cut of the deal which had been a major stumbling block.

    But they will still not match the £108m valuation the Bundesliga side have put on the player.

    United believe that is way too high for a 20-year-old in the current financial climate with all football clubs hit hard by the Covid-19 lockdown.

  • NO GO DIOGO

    Diogo Dalot reportedly wants to call time on his career at Old Trafford.

    But transfer guru Duncan Castles reckons Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is unwilling to let the wantaway full-back leave the club.

    And the starlet made a total of 11 appearances for Solskjaer’s side last term after his season was blighted by groin injury troubles.

    Dalot, who made a £19million switch to United from Portugal’s top-flight giants Porto, has yet to secure a regular slot in Solskjaer’s starting line-up.

    And Castles says the Red Devils boss sees the youngster as his third pick for right-back behind his trusted first two choices Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Brandon Williams.

  • BALE FORCE

    Man Utd are ready to offer Gareth Bale a short-term deal after losing patience over Jadon Sancho.

    United want to take the Real Madrid star on loan for a season initially but with the option to renegotiate that for a further year.

    Bale, 31, has two years left on his current £650,000-a-week Real Madrid contract.

    He would have to take a wage cut with United and Real may even have to pay part of it.

    Real could demand an upfront transfer fee of £18.5million rather than a loan.

    But United are now seriously looking into all options.

  • BALE HIM OUT

    Man Utd and Tottenham have been told they can land Gareth Bale for just £18.5million, according to reports.

    Real Madrid are desperate to get the Welshman, who currently pockets a staggering £600,000-a-week, off their wage book.

    According to Mundo Deportivo, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side are leading the way and Real remain confident they'll make a late move.

    They add that Bale would prefer a move to Manchester should Solskjaer come calling.

    The Norwegian boss is in the market for a new winger this summer but his No1 priority remains Borussia Dortmund's Jadon Sancho.

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