1.45pm Man Utd transfer news LIVE: Phelan named United assistant, title challenge would be a miracle, Bruno Fernandes set to sign

1.45pm Man Utd transfer news LIVE: Phelan named United assistant, title challenge would be a miracle, Bruno Fernandes set to sign

And off the pitch, boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and a revamped transfer team will turn their attention to the summer window, but there is already friction with Ed Woodward…

Get all the latest United news and transfer gossip here….

  • Joe BrophyMay 10, 20191:28 pm

    MANCHESTER UNITED could cost arch-rivals Liverpool £13.2million this summer – by buying Philippe Coutinho from Barcelona.

    The Old Trafford club have been linked with the Brazilian, 26, who has struggled during his first 18 months at the Nou Camp.

    Barca paid £145m for the playmaker last January but only £106m of that fee was transferred up front.

    The remainder is made up of a series of complicated add-ons relating to appearances and on-field success for the Brazilian, as reported by the Guardian.

    Barcelona agreed to pay £4.4m every time Coutinho makes 25 appearances for the club, up to 100 appearances.

    So far, he has played 74 times for the club, meaning Liverpool have received half of the potential £17.6m.

    If Ernesto Valverde leaves him out of Barca's two remaining La Liga matches and the Copa del Rey final before selling him this summer, Barcelona could avoid paying the next £4.4m instalment, meaning Liverpool miss out on £8.8m.

    The deal also states that Barcelona would pay Liverpool an extra £4.4m if they secured their place in Europe's elite club competition for Coutinho's first two seasons.

    They of course will have paid the first £4.4m for qualifying for this season but – although they will definitely be in it next year – Barcelona may not have paid the extra £4.4m just yet, meaning Liverpool could miss out on £13.2m should Coutinho leave this summer.

  • Joe BrophyMay 10, 20191:26 pm

    THE 2018/19 Premier League season is nearing an exciting finale with the title, top four and relegation places still up in the air.

    It could all go down to the wire for an spectacular final day – and here is all you need to know.

    Burnley vs Arsenal

    Crystal Palace vs Bourrnemouth

    Brighton vs Manchester City

    Fulham vs Newcastle

    Leicester vs Chelsea

    Liverpool vs Wolves

    Manchester United vs Cardiff

    Southampton vs Huddersfield

    Tottenham vs Everton

    Watford vs West Ham

  • Joe BrophyMay 10, 201912:08 pm

    OLE GUNNAR SOLSKJAER has spoken about Manchester United's plans for next year.

    There was a time in the Norwegian's early days when it looked like they could build towards a Premier League challenge next season.

    He racked up 14 wins and two draws in his first 17 games in all competitions.

    However two wins in the last 11 has brought everyone at Old Trafford back down to earth with a shuddering bump.

    The success of Spurs and Liverpool getting to the Champions League final and Chelsea and Arsenal contesting the Europa League final has intensified the spotlight on their own plight.

    Solskjaer said: “It’s not like when I used to play, then it was us or Arsenal that were going to win the league, then Chelsea came.

    “Now it’s a very competitive competition and we’re challenging against the best teams in the world for these trophies and of course that tells us that it’s going to be a great challenge.

    “We want to get back to where we used to be, we know as a club, staff, the players know that next season we’ve got a great challenge ahead. It’s going to be important we come together from the first day, pre-season is going to be important.”

    As will the summer’s transfer business with Solskjaer targeting hungry young players rather than ready made big money stars.

    He said: “This summer will also be about players who can last here for many years.

    “I don’t think we’ve ever been a ready made club – Ronaldo was not ready made, Rooney was not ready made.

    “Loads of players have come here and developed into the top superstars they’ve become.

    “It’s always going to be the model here that we develop players because we have the best staff, the best environment, the best supporters, if there’s anything they love it’s players that excite them, players that get them off their seats and we hope to get some of them in.

    “I’ve worked with the club, recruitment, with the analysis department, we’ve identified some players we think will fit the Man United squad and let’s hope we can get some over the line. “

  • Joe BrophyMay 10, 201911:28 am

    OLE GUNNAR SOLSKJAER says it would be a miracle if Manchester United are contesting for the title next season.

    The Red Devils believes the current 29 point gap between themselves and Manchester City is too much to make up in one year.

    Instead next season will be about United making up ground for a title tilt in the future.

    Solskjaer said: “I think I’ve been quite honest that challenging for the title next year would be a miraculous season because we’re so far behind at the moment points wise.

    “So next season, yes, we’ve got to close that gap. If we manage to get to February, March being close, that’s fantastic but if not…”

  • Joe BrophyMay 10, 201910:55 am

    MANCHESTER UNITED suffered another financial blow without kicking a ball this week as Liverpool ensured they will end the season as England’s football’s top Champions League earners.

    United would have been the biggest cash winners from this season’s competition had both Liverpool and Spurs gone out in the semi-finals.

    The Red Devils went into the week having earned £81.03m, slightly ahead of neighbours Manchester City.

    Liverpool were third on £79.48m and Tottenham bottom of the pile on £74.63m before two nights of incredible triumph have transformed the mini cash table.

    By both reaching the final, Spurs and Liverpool will earn an extra £310,000 each from the competitions “TV pool” – money that will be taken away from each of the Manchester clubs.

    And with the losing finalists earning £12.9m and the winners £16.35m, both teams on duty in Madrid will overtake the Manchester pair.

    It means that, even if they lose in Madrid, Liverpool will bank £92.69m, rising to £96.14m if they win the European Cup for the sixth time.

    Spurs are now guaranteed a total haul of £87.83m which will go up to £91.29m if Mauricio Pochettino’s comeback kings lift the trophy for the first time in Tottenham’s history.

    For comparison, Liverpool’s run to last season’s final earned them £70.06m from Uefa.

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