7am Man Utd transfer news LIVE: Sancho deal expected, Pau Torres targeted, Ronaldo talks Red Devils return

MANCHESTER UNITED are reportedly ready to swoop for Borussia Dortmund and England ace Jadon Sancho.

Also on the transfer front, we've the very latest from Old Trafford on reported interest in Pau Torres and Paulo Dybala

Follow all the latest with our blog below…

  • Gary Stonehouse

    MORNING MAN UTD FANS

    Manchester United seized their chance to go second in the table after beating Wolves 1-0 at Old Trafford last night.

    But they left it late as Marcus Rashford broke the deadlock in the 93rd minute after latching onto Bruno Fernandes' long ball.

    In other news, Dutch midfielder Bruno Fernandes has emerged as a potential signing for Inter Milan.

    According to Tuttosport, the Serie A side are huge admirers of the 23-year-old who has struggled for game time under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

    However it is unlikely that the Red Devils will allow the ex-Ajax ace to leave after only joining in the summer.

    Meanwhile, Villarreal defender Pau Torres has been earmarked by Manchester United bosses as a potential January signing.

    According to the Daily Express, Torres is at the top of a five man centre back shortlist drawn up by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and co.

    The other names on the list are Jules Kounde, Caglar Soyuncu, Ozan Kabak and Ben White.

    And finally, Edinson Cavani is reportedly keen to extend his Manchester United deal by a further season.

    The Times claims Cavani has settled well into his new Cheshire house with his wife and kids after joining on a free transfer from Paris Saint-Germain in October.

  • sstreet

    SUMMER LOVIN'

    Fabrizio Romano expects Jadon Sancho to leave Borussia Dortmund, most likely for Man Utd, but only in summer.

    The Italian sports journalist and transfer guru told Que Golazo podcast:

    "I think he’s moving next summer.

    "Yes, as we said, it’s so difficult in January, we’ve said that so many times about Jadon Sancho, because Borussia Dortmund are not huge to sell their players in the middle of a season, of a complicated season as they are having.

    "So they need their stars to be back at a top level, and they don’t want to sell Jadon Sancho in January.

    "But next summer I expect Jadon Sancho to leave the club.

    "Yes, he was really one step away from leaving Borussia Dortmund this summer.

    "Manchester United were really close to signing him for €100m, but then Borussia Dortmund changed their plans, but Manchester United had the agreement with the player and his agents, so everything was ready, and then the deal collapsed at the last stages.

    "That’s why I say next summer, I expect Jadon Sancho to leave the club and be back in the Premier League."

  • Jake Lambourne

    FULL-TIME

    Marcus Rashford scored a goal in the 93rd minute to lift Man Utd up into second place in the table.

    The England international latched onto Bruno Fernandes' long ball before striking an effort on goal.

    His strike was deflected past Rui Patricio who was helpless in the Wolves goal.

    It wasn't a pretty win, but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wouldn't care in the slightest.

  • Jake Lambourne

    CAV A GO

    Edinson Cavani is reportedly keen to extend his Manchester United deal by a further season.

    The Times claims Cavani has settled well into his new Cheshire house with his wife and kids after joining on a free transfer from Paris Saint-Germain in October.

    And after scoring four goals in 13 games, Cavani is ready to activate a year-long extension in his Old Trafford deal.

    The Uruguay ace, 33, will see his current contract expire at the end of June, making him a free agent.

    But Cavani has apparently been left delighted with United’s efforts to help him and his family adjust to life in a new country.

    He is also pleased with the amount of action he’s had.

  • Jake Lambourne

    BACK UNDERWAY

    The second half has resumed at Old Trafford.

    And Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has made a change – bringing on Luke Shaw for Alex Telles.

    A reminder you can follow all the action with the SunSport LIVE blog.

    Click HERE for updates.

  • Jake Lambourne

    HALF TIME

    No breakthrough yet, but it is United that are on top.

    Bruno Fernandes will be disappointed he hasn't got himself on the score sheet.

    Big 45 minutes coming up soon.

  • Jake Lambourne

    HONOURS EVEN

    Half hour in and both teams are yet to make a breakthrough.

    There have been opportunities for either side, but as of yet, there have been no clear-cut chances.

    A win would take United up to second in the table.

  • Jake Lambourne

    KICK OFF

    Manchester United's clash against Wolves in underway!

    Follow all the action with the SunSport LIVE blog.

    Click HERE for updates.

  • Jake Lambourne

    BOOM BOOM PAU

    Villarreal defender Pau Torres has been earmarked by Manchester United bosses as a potential January signing.

    According to the Daily Express, Torres is at the top of a five man centre back shortlist drawn up by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and co.

    The other names on the list are Jules Kounde, Caglar Soyuncu, Ozan Kabak and Ben White.

    23-year-old Pau Torres however is the number one target, after impressing for Unai Emery’s Villarreal this campaign.

    He has also been capped by Spain seven times.

    Torres has a reported release clause of around £45million, and with United keen to shore up at the back, this could be one to watch come January.

  • Jake Lambourne

    TEAM NEWS

    This is how Man Utd line-up to face Wolves.

  • Jake Lambourne

    TIME OFF

    Premier League chiefs face an anxious wait to discover if the Covid crisis is running out of control – and risks leading to a potential short-term shutdown.

    Sheffield United followed Manchester City in reporting an outbreak of the virus, although their game at Burnley went ahead, so did Southampton’s clash with West Ham, despite boss Ralph Hassenhuttl isolating at home after a family member tested positive.

    Fulham have reported a number of positive cases ahead of their game at Spurs this evening, although no postponement request has yet been made.

    League bosses are now braced to announce an all-time high of Covid cases – after last week’s total set a worrying new record.

    The Prem confirmed 18 positive results from 1,479 tests between December 21 and 27, exceeding the early November previous record weekly tally of 16.

    But those figures did NOT include the latest results from City or the Blades and with the mutant strains running wild across the country there is genuine concern over the breadth of the contagion.

    And that could lead to club chiefs having to consider a temporary “circuit-breaking” shutdown, although at this stage that idea has not gone beyond the boardroom of a couple of clubs.

  • Jake Lambourne

    SOL TRAFFORD

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes there is to look forward to in 2021 for Manchester United fans.

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  • Jake Lambourne

    JANUARY SALES

    Man Utd could go to within two points of league leaders Liverpool with a win this evening.

    But that doesn't mean that boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is entirely satisfied with his squad.

    The last transfer window only slammed shut on October 5.

    United, however, look set for another busy one next month.

    The Red Devils possess a number of first team stars that could be shown the door by the Norwegian.

    Click HERE to see who could be on their way out of Old Trafford.

  • Jake Lambourne

    HUNGER FOR THE GAME

    Odion Ighalo has revealed he would often go hungry so he could watch Manchester United on the TV by squirrelling away his lunch money as a kid in Nigeria.

    The 31-year-old told Utd's website: "When I grew up, my brother started taking me to the viewing centre to watch Manchester United."

    Before adding: "I had to save money. Before you go to school, my mum would leave me some money if I wanted to eat lunch.

    "From Monday I was saving my money because I wanted to watch Manchester United.

    “Even though I would use part of the money for lunch, I would save some of the money because the weekend is coming.

    "Sometimes you would be feeling hungry because you don’t eat properly, but you don’t want to miss the game at the weekend."

  • Jake Lambourne

    LOU ARE YA?

    Arsenal players have been told by former Manchester United striker Louis Saha that they have ‘disrespected the history’ of the club.

    The 42-year-old has has ripped into the attitude of some members of the Gunners squad with the club languishing in 15th spot in the Premier League.

    Speaking to Ladbrokes at its launch of the 5-A-Side Bet on Tottenham v Fulham, Saha failed to hold back in his assessment of Arsenal.

    “Yes, results are very important, but there have been a few occasions where players have disrespected the history of Arsenal Football Club.

    “I’m not here to judge, but some of the attitude I’ve seen from their players is just not acceptable for a club of that stature.”

  • Giacomo Pisa

    TEAM NEWS

    Marcus Rashford and Aaron Wan Bissaka are set to be included in the Red Devils squad for tonight's game, after being spotted checking into the team hotel earlier this afternoon.

    Rashford suffered a shoulder injury in the 2-2 draw with Leicester, while Aaron Wan Bissaka has missed the last two games.

    Victor Lindelof however was not seen at the team hotel, after being forced off in the Leicester game with a back injury.

    Lindelof has been playing through the pain barrier this season with a recurring back problem, but it flared up mid-game in Leicester.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    TEAM NEWS

    Marcus Rashford and Aaron Wan Bissaka are set to be included in the Red Devils squad for tonight's game, after being spotted checking into the team hotel earlier this afternoon.

    Rashford suffered a shoulder injury in the 2-2 draw with Leicester, while Aaron Wan Bissaka has missed the last two games.

    Victor Lindelof however was not seen at the team hotel, after being forced off in the Leicester game with a back injury.

    Lindelof has been playing through the pain barrier this season with a recurring back problem, but it flared up mid-game in Leicester.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    ICYMI

    In case you missed it, Manchester Evening News report that United fans are getting excited about the possible future signing of superstar Erling Halaand.

    News emerged yesterday that United are keen to extend current striker Edison Cavani’s one year contract, possibly until Erling Haaland’s Borussia Dortmund release clause can be activated.

    Reports suggest that in the summer of 2022, Haaland will be able to leave Dortmund for just £68million.

    The belief among some United fans is that Cavani will stay at Old Trafford until Haaland can be recruited.

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  • Giacomo Pisa

    GOALS GUARANTEED?

    Manchester United have conceded at least twice in each of their last three Premier League games, only shipping two plus goals in more consecutive games in competition back in August 2001 (4).

    However, the Red Devils have avoided defeat in all three games (W2 D1), with West Ham the last side to have a longer unbeaten Premier League run while conceding two plus goals (5 games in March/April 2016).

  • Giacomo Pisa

    COUNTDOWN TO KICK OFF

    Just over six hours to go until the Red Devils' last game of 2020 gets underway.

    United can go two points off the top of the table with a win, while a win for visitors Wolves would see them just three points behind United in fourth.

    It should be an absolute belter.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    NO PLACE LIKE HOME

    After a six game winless home run in the league, Manchester United have won two of their last three at Old Trafford (D1).

    The Red Devils scored as many goals in their 6-2 victory over Leeds as they had in their previous EIGHT home league games combined.

    Meanwhile Wolves have lost their last two Premier League away games, last losing three consecutively on the road in the competition back in April 2012.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    SANCHO SITUATION

    Jadon Sancho was close to joining Manchester United in the summer, before Borussia Dortmund pulled out of the deal.

    However transfer expert Fabrizio Romano does expect Sancho to move on next summer, but possibly not to United.

    He told Que Golazo podcast: "Next summer I expect Jadon Sancho to leave the club.

    "Yes, he was really one step away from leaving Borussia Dortmund this summer, Manchester United were really close to signing him for €100m, but then Borussia Dortmund changed their plans, but Manchester United had the agreement with the player and his agents, so everything was ready, and then the deal collapsed at the last stages.

    "That’s why I say next summer, I expect Jadon Sancho to leave the club and be back in the Premier League.

    "We have to understand if Manchester United will arrive with €120million [£109million], if they will be ready this time to sign the player or if they’ll take the risk of other clubs joining the race.

    "I will say like Liverpool, Chelsea, and a lot of clubs are scouting the situation of Jadon Sancho, so at this point the race is open."

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  • Giacomo Pisa

    SNOW IS FALLING

    Alex Telles may be regretting the move from sunny Porto to snowy Manchester now!

  • Giacomo Pisa

    DONNY'S THE DREAM

    A report from Italian outlet Tuttosport today suggests that Donny van der Beek is Inter Milan's ideal signing.

    However, it's very hard to imagine the Red Devils letting go of a player they signed less than six months ago any time soon.

    Although 23-year-old van der Beek has struggled for starts at Old Trafford, he is still firmly in the future plans of boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and is contracted with the club until the summer of 2025.

    Inter though may offer van der Beek the promise of guaranteed starts, with the Nerazzurri looking to offload Christian Eriksen this January.

    Credit: Times Newspapers Ltd
  • Giacomo Pisa

    OLE'S PREVIEW

    Ole Gunnar Solskajer had this to say to Manchester United's official website this morning on the decision to play or rest Marcus Rashford, Bruno Fernandes and Harry Maguire tonight:

    “Of course they have to be rested at certain points but then again we need points and we need to play strong teams and build on things. Even playing through when you’re a bit tired does develop you and improve you.

    If you see the best teams then they don’t rotate that much, the best players don’t rotate that much.

    "But the Premier League is a different animal to other leagues and we do have a demanding style of play as well. It’s fast, attacking football – we want them to go quickly.

    It’s not walking tempo football that we demand. And if it’s 60 minutes full tilt then another one can do 30 because we have a big and strong bench as well.”

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