Man Utd transfer news LIVE: Pogba free transfer 'very likely', Jovic bid considered, Sancho to face Leeds, Varane latest

MANCHESTER UNITED are eyeing up a shock summer move for Luka Jovic, according to reports.

The Red Devils are considering adding another striker and the Serb, along with Antoine Griezmann have come into their thinking.

And Jadon Sancho is set to start against Leeds while the signing of Raphael Varane could be announced today.

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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  • William Pugh

    STOP MESSING

    Former Manchester United star Cristiano Ronaldo has laughed off the prospect of reigniting his rivalry with Lionel Messi in France.

    Messi completed his huge move to Paris Saint-Germain after signing a two-year deal.

    Juventus star Ronaldo has been linked with a move away from Italy and his Portugal team-mate Jose Fonte tried to persuade him to move to France by joining him at Lille.

    Fonte told talkSPORT: "I feel great. I feel great because it's incredible to hear a player like Lionel Messi is in French football in our league.

    "It's exciting. Obviously in terms of competitors it's going to be even harder for us but we're up for a challenge – I'm texting Cristiano to come to Lille every day!

    "He's only replied 'ha ha ha.'"

  • William Pugh

    KEANE KO

    Manchester United legend Roy Keane has spoken of his dislike for two-time unified heavyweight Anthony Joshua and 'The Gypsy King' Tyson Fury.

    Speaking on his former Manchester United teammate Gary Neville's 'The Overlap' Youtube channel on his 50th birthday, the former Irish skipper said the pair get on his nerves, and says there's too much talk and not enough action.

    He said: “I don't like any of them, that heavyweight stuff is irritating me – Too much talk.

    “None of them, they both irritate me. I'm not picking any of them, honestly.”

    Manchester City fans and former Oasis frontmen Liam and Noel Gallagher didn't escape Keane's wrath either.

    Keane says the brothers irritate him as much as Joshua and Fury do. He added: “They both get on my nerves, like the two boxers.”

  • William Pugh

    FANCY MAT

    Paul Pogba's brother Mathias has underlined the difference in family fortunes – by signing for a fourth division club in France.

    Manchester United midfielder Paul has won the World Cup and played for Juventus, and earns £15million a year at Old Trafford.

    Meanwhile big brother Mathias, 30, has been reduced to penning a one-year deal with ASM Belfort. The eastern outfit play in National 2, France's fourth tier, at the 5,000-capacity Stade Serzian.

    Belfort are the THIRTEENTH club of Guinea international Pogba's career. The striker had spells with Wrexham, Crewe Alexandra, Crawley Town and Partick Thistle between 2010 and 2016.

    He recently left Slovenian club Tabor Sezana, and has previously played for French sides Quimper and Tours as well as clubs in Italy and Spain.

    Mathias' twin brother Florentin currently plays for second division Sochaux, a short drive from Belfort.

    Mathias Pogba alongside his brothers Florentin and Paul
  • William Pugh

    NO MESSING AROUND

    Lionel Messi may hope to make Paris Saint-Germain the best sports team in the world – but he has already made them the most expensive.

    No team the world over, from football, baseball or NFL, can get near to the French side's wage bill following the Argentine's arrival.

    A rumoured £650,000-a-week deal makes Messi the SIXTEENTH PSG player to be taking home a six-figure weekly pay packet.

    Here, SunSport detail the top ten wage bills in sport today – with figures provided by Spotrac and Salary Sport.

  • William Pugh

    FIXTURE LIST

    Hoe 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.

  • William Pugh

    GETTING SHIRTY

    Manchester United legend Bryan Robson has taken part in the launch of United's new third kit.

    The former midfielder posed in the new blue patterned shirt which is inspired by a strip he wore during his playing days at Old Trafford.

    And he said: "United have always been a family club, from my playing days right until this day, that’s one thing that has never changed.

    "I remember taking my son to Old Trafford when he was a kid and now, I take my grandson to United games the same way."

  • William Pugh

    GUNNAR BE CLOSE

    Manchester United icon Dimitar Berbatov believes Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's team can challenge for the Premier League title. The retired Bulgaria international has also praised his former employers for signing Jadon Sancho and agreeing a deal for Raphael Varane.

    Speaking to Betfair, Berbatov said: "Manchester United are in a strong position to challenge for the title, especially after the signings they've made this summer.

    "I am very happy that they are bringing in Raphael Varane from Real Madrid. He is a World Cup and Champions League winner, he has a winning mentality and he has played with the best over the years.

    "So, he is a great signing and I am looking forward to seeing how he is going to settle into the team and compliment Harry Maguire.

    "Jadon Sancho is already good friends with the England players in United's squad, which is a great thing to have when you go into a new team. Hopefully, this is going to help him settle quickly.

    "We already know about his quality, but there's still plenty of room for him to grow and hopefully at United, one of the biggest clubs in the world, he can fulfil his potential.

    "I'm sure he is also going to push the other forwards to perform better too. That tends to happen when you have a player of great quality next to you, you lift your game."

  • Alex Terrell

    DE-TERMINED

    David De Gea has revealed why he returned to Carrington early for a pre-season tune-up.

    The United stopper told ManUtd.com: "Yes, I think you have to set an example.

    "I’ve been here a long time and I’ve always tried to show the right example to everyone, to get in early and always be here with my team-mates, to keep contributing.

    "I feel great, really strong, both physically and mentally, and I’m eager for the season to get under way and for us to start well.

    "We all have to be united together, all of us at 100 per cent, and yes, it’s a vitally important season ahead."

  • Alex Terrell

    UNITED FIXTURES

    Here are the games for the Red Devils coming up over the next few weeks.

    There will be some Carabao Cup and Champions League games sandwiched in here when the draws are made, so for now Premier League fixtures are the ones we know about.

    Get them in your diary!

    • PL: Sat Aug 14 – Leeds (H) – 12.30pm
    • PL: Sun Aug 22 – Southampton (A) – 2pm
    • PL: Sun Aug 29 – Wolves (A) – 4.30pm
    • PL: Sat Sept 11 – Newcastle (H) – 3pm
    • PL: Sun Sept 19 – West Ham (A) – 2pm
    • Alex Terrell

      ANT SHOULD STAY

      Dimitar Berbatov has backed Anthony Martial to stay at Man Utd.

      The former Old Trafford striker told Betfair: "Anthony Martial is probably thinking that he is in a bit of a difficult situation because with, Sancho coming to United, the Frenchman's playing time is going to be reduced.

      "I have no doubt that this will be going through his mind right now, he will be questioning himself asking: 'Do I stay and fight for my position, or should I start to look to move to a team where I will play more regularly?'

      "Inter would not be the best place for Martial. His playing style is very technical and he suits going one-on-one with defenders.

      "I would like him to stay at United and challenge himself. If he can show what he can do in training and then in games then I think he will be fine and he is another great option for United to have.

      "I hope he can stay fit, because he's had a few in the past and this can put a real stop on the development of a player."

    • Alex Terrell

      VARANE UPDATES

      The France star still hasn't officially completed his move to United yet.

      That's because his quarantine period is not yet complete – but that is finished today.

      That means he can sign his new contract and become a United player officially, where his contract will last till 2025 with the club having the option of a further year.

    • Alex Terrell

      LEADER-LOF

      Victor Lindelof has been named Sweden's new captain.

      The United centre-back was impressive at Euro 2020 as his country crashed out during the round of 16 against the Ukraine after extra time.

      But head coach Janne Andersson was impressed with his leadership qualities and performances for the national team.

    • William Pugh

      SUN, SEA AND SECURITY – EXCLUSIVE

      After their heartbreak in the Euro 2020 final, England’s stars headed on holiday with a new accessory — a minder.

      Players were aware of the problems Harry Maguire found himself in when arrested in Mykonos last year. So a large number went away with security, who spent their evenings sat at the back of restaurants and bars sipping soft drinks and keeping an eye on things.

      Mason Mount, Jack Grealish and Ben Chilwell all headed to Mykonos – as did singing sensation Kyle Walker. Luke Shaw and Declan Rice continued their bromance with the rest of the group, too.

      Ex-Leeds pals Kalvin Phillips and Ben White were also spotted enjoying themselves on the island. Euros hero Raheem Sterling, meanwhile, opted for a yacht trip in Ibiza with his fiancée Paige Milian and three kids.

      You might think the added security measures are extreme. But when you consider the value of these players — and the potential for disaster — employing bodyguards is not a bad shout.

      The clubs did not come up with the idea but were certainly not disapproving. And it is a sign of things to come.

    • William Pugh

      POG OFF

      France international Paul Pogba will LEAVE Manchester United on a free transfer next summer, according to reports.

      Paris Saint-Germain were linked with the midfielder but it's believed their interest has cooled for the time being after signing Lionel Messi.

      According to the Daily Mail, Pogba's hopes of joining PSG have been dashed by Messi's arrival in the French capital. It's believed the 28-year-old will now stay at Old Trafford this summer before his contract expires next June.

      The Frenchman's agent Mino Raiola was reportedly in contact with the Ligue 1 side over a potential £40million move from Manchester. But PSG's transfer budget has been decimated with the unexpected arrival of Messi, who completed his move from Barcelona on Tuesday.

      Although the Argentine forward was signed on a free transfer, it's believed the French giants have paid the player a £25m signing-on fee.

      Messi is also thought to be earning a whopping £650,000-a-week over the next two years, costing PSG more than £92MILLION.

    • William Pugh

      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]"

    • William Pugh

      LUK NO FURTHER

      Manchester United are considering a bid for Real Madrid striker Luka Jovic.

      The Serbian striker, 23, burst on to the scene at Eintracht Frankfurt before joining Real Madrid for £52million in 2019.

      But he has flopped since his Bernabeu switch, scoring just two goals in 32 appearances before being shipped back to his former side on loan.

      AS reported earlier in the summer Real Madrid would demand £35m for the forward and are willing to take a significant loss.

      And now according to Tribal Football, United are considering making a move to sign Jovic.

    • William Pugh

      S-MART MOVE

      Manchester United are no longer interested in selling star Anthony Martial, according to reports.

      Previous rumours suggested the Premier League side would let the player leave for around £50million, with Inter Milan said to be interested.

      According to Sky Sports, the Red Devils have 'no intention' of selling Martial this summer.

      The 25-year-old is thought to be part of manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's plans after returning from injury against Everton in pre-season.

      Martial hasn't featured in the Premier League since March due to a knee complaint, missing United's Europa League final defeat to Villarreal.

      The France international has been linked with Inter as a replacement for Chelsea-bound ace Romelu Lukaku.

    • Marc Mayo

      GOOD MORNING UNITED FANS

      Raphael Varane could be officially announced as a Manchester United player today after completing the first part of his medical yesterday.

      The 28-year-old Frenchman still has more medical tests to undergo, but his unveiling is set for either later today or tomorrow morning.

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

      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 according to the Mirror, their interest has now cooled.

      Lionel Messi’s arrival at PSG could mean Paul Pogba is staying at Old Trafford.

      That’s according to Sky Sports, who report that the Parisians would need to sell or loan around 10 players to fund a move.

      The 28-year-old is into the final year of his contract at Old Trafford, and is free to sign a pre-contract agreement with European clubs from January 1 but the Frenchman’s representatives are in talks with United chiefs over a new deal and the midfielder is said to be excited for the season ahead at Old Trafford.

      And in a blow to the Red Devils Eduardo Camavinga has told his agent he wants a move to PSG.

      The 18-year-old has been linked with a move to Old Trafford with Manchester United said to be prioritising bringing in a centre-midfielder before the end of the transfer window.

      But with Lionel Messi’s arrival at the Parc des Princes means a move to the French capital this summer is unlikely for the Rennes midfielder, leaving the door open for United to make their move.

    • Sandra Brobbey

      MEAN KEANE

      Roy Keane jokingly claimed Peter Schmeichel was overrated, despite admitting the ex-Old Trafford ace was the best goalkeeper he has ever played with.

      And the former Red Devils skipper reckons he was a better midfielder than his old arch-rival Patrick Vieira.

      Keane was speaking to Gary Neville on The Overlap podcast.

      The former United said: "I suppose I’d have to say Peter [is the best I've played with] but I still think he was overrated.

      "I just don’t think he was as good as everyone made out but he was very good.

      "I thought I was better than Patrick [Vieira], yeah."

    • Sandra Brobbey

      SANCHO SHOW

      Jadon Sancho has been tipped to start for Man United in their first game of the new Prem season, according to SunSport's Neil Custis.

      The England forward is reported to have had his first training session with the Red Devils on Monday ahead of the match Saturday.

      And the player was seen enjoying a meal at The Ivy restaurant with team-mates including Paul Pogba, David De Gea and Brandon Williams.

       

    • Giacomo Pisa

      POGB-OFF

      Lionel Messi’s arrival at PSG means the French club are unlikely to make an offer for Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba this summer.

      That’s according to Sky Sports, who report that the Parisians would need to sell or loan around 10 players to fund a move.

      The 28-year-old is into the final year of his contract at Old Trafford, and is free to sign a pre-contract agreement with European clubs from January 1.

      But Pogba is said to be looking forward to the season ahead at Manchester United, and his representatives are still in talks with Red Devils bosses regarding a new deal.

    • Giacomo Pisa

      CAMA BLOW

      Manchester United target Eduardo Camavinga has told his representatives that he wants a move to PSG, according to French outlet Foot Mercato.

      The 18-year-old Rennes midfielder is highly rated among Europe's top clubs, and with Paul Pogba entering the final 12 months of his contract at Old Trafford Ole Gunnar Solskajer is said to be a big fan of the midfielder.

      But Camavinga's desire to join PSG is a stumbling block for United, although the 18-year-old's agent would rather his client moved to the French capital next summer.

      That could leave the door open for Manchester United to swoop, with Camavinga also in the last 12 months of his contract.

      And according to the Manchester Evening News the Red Devils are prioritising a centre-midfielder over a right-back before the end of the transfer window…

    • Giacomo Pisa

      RAPHA MEDICAL

      Raphael Varane is edging ever-closer to officially being unveiled as a Manchester United player.

      According to transfer guru Fabrizio Romano the 28-year-old Frenchman has completed the first stage of his medical butis set to undergo further tests in the morning.

      The official announcement is expected in the next 24-48 hours with United set to be in a race to register Varane in time for the Premier League clash against Leeds on Saturday.

    • 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

      UNITED TITLE CHALLENGERS

      Former Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov thinks United are in a position to challenge for the title next season after their summer transfers.

      He told Betfair: "Manchester United are in a strong position to challenge for the title, especially after the signings they've made this summer

      "I am very happy that they are bringing in Raphael Varane from Real Madrid. He is a World Cup and Champions League winner, he has a winning mentality and he has played with the best over the years. 

      "So, he is a great signing and I am looking forward to seeing how he is going to settle into the team and compliment Harry Maguire.

      "Jadon Sancho is already good friends with the England players in United's squad, which is a great thing to have when you go into a new team. Hopefully, this is going to help him settle quickly. 

      "We already know about his quality, but there's still plenty of room for him to grow and hopefully at United, one of the biggest clubs in the world, he can fulfil his potential. I'm sure he is also going to push the other forwards to perform better too."

       

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