Man Utd transfer news LIVE: Varane 'delayed', Pogba could 'leave on free', Jovic bid considered, Sancho vs Leeds

Man Utd transfer news LIVE: Varane 'delayed', Pogba could 'leave on free', Jovic bid considered, Sancho vs Leeds

MANCHESTER UNITED are set to unveil Raphael Varane after the Frenchman completed his medical at Old Trafford.

The Red Devils are also eyeing up a shock summer move for Luka Jovic, according to reports.

And Jadon Sancho is set to start against Leeds as the Premier League season gets underway this weekend.

However, Paul Pogba's mooted move to PSG could now become a free transfer next summer, with the club having spent the bulk of its budget on Lionel Messi.

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  • Marc Mayo

    GOOD MORNING UNITED FANS

    Raphael Varane will officially be announced as a Manchester United player TODAY after completing his medical yesterday.

    United now face a race against the clock to get Varane registered in time for their Premier League opener against Leeds on Saturday.

    The 28-year-old World Cup winner joins on an initial £34million deal that could be worth up to £42million with add-ons.

    And Manchester United have ended their interest in Kieran Trippier, according to reports.

    The Red Devils were linked with a £30million switch for the Atletico Madrid star throughout the summer as they looked to bolster their defence.

    But the Mirror report that their interest has now cooled.

    Manchester United are no longer interested in selling star Anthony Martial.

    According to Sky Sports, the Red Devils have 'no intention' of selling Martial this summer, with the 25-year-old thought to be part of manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's plans after returning from injury against Everton in pre-season.

    He’s been linked with a move away from Old Trafford this summer, but a transfer no longer seems to be on the card with the Frenchman ready to prove his worth this season.

    And finally Manchester United midfielder Jesse Lingard could still leave the club this summer, according to the Manchester Evening News.

    The 28-year-old was linked with a move back to West Ham, where he had a successful loan spell last season, before rumours cooled.

    But now it seems a potential deal is back on the table with United keen to recoup some of the £100million+ spent on Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    FIXTURE LIST

    How excited are you for the new season United fans?

    Former striker Dimitar Berbatov thinks the Red Devils have got what it takes to mount a title charge, and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side have been handed a kind start to the season.

    The opening game of the campaign is an absolute belter, a home clash against bitter rivals Leeds United.

    And after that United don’t play any of the ‘Big Six’ until October 23.

    Mind you from then Ole Gunnar Solskajer’s side play five of the ‘Big Six’ teams in six games from October 23 to December 4.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    PRE-SEASON HIGHLIGHTS

    Manchester United's pre-season has come to an end after four pre-season fixtures.

    The Red Devils beat Derby 2-1 won before a 4-2 loss against QPR.

    A 2-2 draw at Old Trafford against Brentford followed that, with a convincing 4-0 win against Everton on Saturday rounding off Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's pre-season campaign.

    Focus for the Red Devils turns to the regular season now, and the mouth watering clash against bitter rivals Leeds United on Saturday.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    TRANSFER TALK

    Raphael Varane is set to be officially unveiled as a Manchester United player today in an initial £34million deal, but that doesn't put him in the top ten most expensive United players of all time.

    And even when add-ons are included, which makes the deal worth a reported £42million, Varane still doesn't get onto this list.

    Man Utd's biggest transfers ever, both in and out, including Ronaldo
  • Giacomo Pisa

    ROM THE RECORD HOLDER

    Ex-Manchester United man Romelu Lukaku set to become the most expensive player in history in accumulated transfer fees once his move to Chelsea is confirmed.

    The £97.5million paid to Inter Milan will see his total transfer fees rocket to almost £300m.

    And it means he will have cost the most in joint transfers ever, surpassing Neymar's prior record of £246.6m.

     

  • Giacomo Pisa

    OUT THE PICTURE

    Contrary to reports, Manchester United are NOT in the running for Bayern Munich midfielder Corentin Tolisso, per Fabrizio Romano.

    That leaves the door open for Arsenal to make their move.

    And after receiving no concrete offers for him, Bayern Munich have slashed their asking price for the Frenchman to just £8.5m, Bild have reported.

    The France international only has one year left on his contract with Bayern and they’re eager to cash in on him before his deal ends.

    And now with United out of the running the Gunners have got a clear path to land their man.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    DAVID DE ROCKER

    David De Gea HAS to listen to a particular rock song before going out to warm up for Manchester United.

    That is according to dressing room DJ Bruno Fernandes.

    The Portuguese revealed: “Every time, about five minutes before David goes out I put a particular song on for him.

    “It doesn’t matter if he’s playing or not, he says if I play that song we can win the game! So every time five minutes before the keepers go out to warm-up, the song is ready for him. He likes that music also [heavy rock].

    “Sometimes when he arrives in the morning and he stops the car you can hear his music! But sometimes he comes with some Spanish music, he has different types.

    It’s like me, I like different types, I’m open to lots of different music. David definitely loves that heavy metal rock music though! [Laughs]”

  • Giacomo Pisa

    THUMBS UP

    Jadon Sancho has been snapped in Manchester United training today.

    He could be in line to start Saturday's Premier League opener against Leeds United after joining up with his Red Devils teammates this week.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    SOLSKJAER SIGNINGS

    Despite spending a combined £400million on players since taking over at Old Trafford, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is yet to win a trophy at Manchester United.

    Will that change this season?

  • Giacomo Pisa

    TRIPP UP

    In case you missed it, Manchester United have ended their interest in Kieran Trippier according to reports.

    And that could pave the way for Arsenal to make a transfer swoop.

    The Red Devils were linked with a £30million switch for the Atletico Madrid star throughout the summer as they looked to bolster their defence.

    But according to the Mirror, their interest has now cooled.

    Trippier, 30, would have provided competition for Aaron Wan-Bissaka at right-back.

    But Atletico’s high £34m transfer fee demands and Diogo Dalot’s impressive form in pre-season mean Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is content with his summer business bringing in Jadon Sancho, Raphael Varane and Tom Heaton.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    TRAINING SNAPS

    There's just THREE days to go now until United get their 2021/22 campaign underway.

    Where do you think Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Co. will finish in the league come the end of the season?

  • Giacomo Pisa

    VARA-NNOUNCEMENT

    Manchester United will finally announce the arrival of Raphael Varane TOMORROW.

    SunSport now understands that Varane has successfully completed those medical checks and signed on the dotted line to make the transfer official.

    He has agreed a four-year contract with the option for a further 12-months.

    Varane has already posed in United’s colours for the official announcement with his shirt number all set to be unveiled.

    The number 12, 16, 22, 24 are the lowest ones currently available at Old Trafford but it will not be until the official confirmation that is revealed.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    BEST OF THE BUNCH

    Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher has named ex-Manchester United skipper Roy Keane as the best captain of the Premier League era so far, JOSHUA MBU reports.

    The former centre-back has named Keane as the best Premier League captain ahead of John Terry and former team-mate Steven Gerrard.

    But ultimately crowned Keane the best captain, but not because of his outstanding achievements.

    He said: "In terms of captains, the first people that spring to mind are Steven Gerrard, Roy Keane and John Terry.

    "But I think John Terry probably lifted [Premier League trophy] four or five times, Roy Keane the same.

    "And that’s probably what just edges it. It’s very difficult to split them.

    "I love the both of them, Roy Keane and John Terry, both my type of people.

    "I’ll go for Roy because he works on Sky and I don’t want to get in trouble when I get back to the studio!”

  • Giacomo Pisa

    LUKAKU LANDED

    Former Manchester United man Romelu Lukaku has LANDED at London Biggin Hill Airport ahead of his £97.5million transfer to Chelsea.

    In a video shared and validated by Sky Sports journalist Fabrizio Romano, Lukaku can be seen arriving in London via a private jet.

    The official announcement of his move to Chelsea is expected in the coming days.

    The 28-year-old spent two years with the Red Devils between 2017 and 2019, scoring 42 goals in 96 appearances for the club.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    EXCITED FOR SANCH?

    Manchester United fans, how excited are you about finally seeing Jadon Sancho in action for the club.

    The 21-year-old made the move to Old Trafford this summer after a year of speculation, and could make his debut on Saturday.

    The England international is training with his new teammates, but has not long returned from holiday following England's Euro 2020 campaign.

    He may play some part in the clash against bitter rivals Leeds on Saturday, but the winger is unlikely to feature from the start.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    RAPH'S NOT READY

    Raphael Varane will NOT start Manchester United's Premier League opener against Leeds on Saturday, according to The Athletic.

    The 28-year-old Frenchman completed the second part of his Manchester United medical this morning, per Fabrizio Romano, but is not set to start Saturday's clash.

    Varane is expected to be unveiled either later this morning or tomorrow, but will not be risked from the start on Saturday as he is yet to join up with his new teammates in training.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    TROPHY CABINET

    Right then United fans, do you think Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Co. can add to Manchester United's stacked trophy cabinet next season?

    The Red Devils are trophy-less since winning the Europa League in 2017 under Jose Mourinho, but the arrivals of Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane have instilled confidence among United fans that a title charge could be on in this upcoming season.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    MIDFIELD LOOKOUT

    It was reported earlier that Manchester United are willing to part ways with Jesse Lingard, Andreas Pereira and Phil Jones.

    United are said to want £25million each for Lingard and Pereira, with Jones also on his way out of Old Trafford having not played for the club since January 2020.

    And those sales are in order for Manchester United to bring in a midfielder before the transfer window ends on August 31.

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has made a centre-midfielder his top priority after the Red Devils ended their interest in Kieran Trippier.

    Saul Niguez, Eduardo Camavinga, Ruben Neves and Corentin Tolisso have all been linked with moves to Manchester this summer, to add to Tom Heaton, Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane who have joined the club in recent weeks.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    ROMERO'S RETURN

    Former Manchester United goalkeeper Sergio Romero is set to return to football with Granada, SIMON MAIL reports.

    Romero joined United in 2015 but has been increasingly sidelined and his last appearance for the club was in August 2020 against FC Copenhagen in the Europa League.

    His chances of regular football at United were blocked by David de Gea and the emergence of Dean Henderson.

    The 34-year-old was poised to join Everton at the start of last season until United blocked the move at the last minute.

    Former Sampdoria keeper Romero spent much of last season back in his homeland in Argentina.

    His contract at Old Trafford expired in the summer and the keeper's next move appears to be to Spain after previous club spells in France, Italy and Holland.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    NOT AGAIN PAUL

    Manchester United need to avoid the 'embarrassment' of losing Paul Pogba on a free transfer AGAIN, WILLIAM PUGH reports.

    That is the view of former Red Devils defender Gary Pallister, 56, who revealed his thoughts on the Frenchman exclusively to SunSport.

    Pogba, 28, has just one year left on his Old Trafford deal and can leave for nothing next June.

    He said: "It's an ongoing issue – the talk around Paul. For everybody concerned I think it would be [better] if a decision is made.

    "You certainly don't want to be embarrassed again and lose that player on a free transfer.

    "So I would think something has got to be sorted before the season or very soon into the season."

  • Giacomo Pisa

    LINGAR-ING

    Manchester United midfielder Jesse Lingard could still leave the club this summer, according to the Manchester Evening News.

    The 28-year-old was linked with a move back to West Ham, where he had a successful loan spell last season, before rumours cooled.

    But now it seems a potential deal is back on the table with United keen to recoup some of the £100million+ spent on Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane.

    Andreas Pereira and Phil Jones are also set to be moved on by the Red Devils before the end of the transfer window.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    XAV-ING NONE OF IT

    Barcelona legend Xavi has revealed he turned down the chance to sign for Manchester United while Alex Ferguson was in charge.

    The 41-year-old currently manages Al-Sadd SC in Qatar and he told the Times: "Manchester United approached me once through Sir Alex Ferguson’s brother, but my answer was very quick.

    "I was focused on Barca, my priority was only Barca.

    "I am a fan from the very inside of myself and that’s why was impossible for me to leave."

  • Giacomo Pisa

    DYBALA DEAL

    Juventus are set to meet with Paulo Dybala’s representatives in the coming days to discuss a new contract, according to Gianluca Di Marzio.

    The Argentine, who has just one year left on his deal in Turin, has been linked with a departure this summer – with Manchester United said to be interested.

    But now the 27-year-old is set to begin talks which would see him stay at the club.

    The Argentinian international has been with Juve for six years after a move from Palermo in 2015, and has since played over 250 games for the Old Lady – scoring 100 goals and providing 41 assists in 241 games in Juve colours.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    DAN THE MAN

    Italian side Atalanta are rumoured to be interested in a move for Dan James.

    That's according to Italian outlet Tuttomercatoweb, who claim Gian Piero Gasperini's side could lodge a bid for the Welshman before the end of the transfer window.

    The 23-year-old has been linked with a move to Leeds United this summer, but the Red Devils are reluctant to sell.

    But the £73million arrival of Jadon Sancho could restrict the Welsh international's playing time at Old Trafford, while Atalanta could offer more first team minutes for the former Swansea man.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    MART HIS WORDS

    Anthony Martial is ready to challenge for trophies with the Red Devils this season after being out since March with a knee injury.

    The 25-year-old has been linked with a move away from Old Trafford but now it seems the Frenchman is set to stay at the club.

    And he told manutd.com: "I am feeling a lot better after five long months.

    "Getting back together with the team and training with them again, I really feel a great improvement. I am going to need a few more weeks to reach my top fitness levels, and I'm really happy just now to have made my return to training.

    "To be honest, I was really happy to start [against Everton] after those long months without playing, it was tremendous to get back out there, especially with the fans and the win, brilliant.

    "With the season I had last year, and the niggling injuries I had which prevented me from being at 100 per cent, I've since put in my best prep work, so as to be sure of coming back in the best form I can.

    "And I hope I can get to my full fitness level as quickly as possible now, to set me up for a great season this time round. I hope to avoid injury, of course, and to be really ready and in top shape fitness-wise, to be able to have a great season, and win some trophies."

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