1.30pm Man Utd transfer news LIVE: Kingsley Coman loan considered, Lautaro Martinez interest, Pogba STAYING – The Sun

MANCHESTER UNITED are considering a loan for Bayern Munich's Champions League hero Kingsley Coman with Jadon Sancho's move appearing to stall.

Meanwhile Paul Pogba is now keen to stay with the Red Devils according to agent Mino Raiola.

Get all the latest transfer updates and gossip from Old Trafford here…


    James Maddison is set to be offered a new Leicester City contract.

    According to the Telegraph, the England international, 23, who has been tracked by Manchester United, in line for fresh terms.

    The Foxes want to tie him down to a long-term, big-money deal after Maddison impressed last season in the Premier League.

    Leicester are desperate not to portray themselves as a selling club, but face a battle to keep Ben Chilwell, who is wanted by Chelsea.

    Maddison scored nine goals with three assists last season as Brendan Rodgers' side narrowly missed out on Champions League football.


    If United decide they are still interested in Aston Villa's Jack Grealish, they should act soon.

    Although, acting does not appear to be high on Ed Woodward's list of priorities after a complete stalemate in the Jadon Sancho deal.

    Grealish has been valued by Aston Villa at around £80m and here are his stats compared to United's midfielders in the Premier League.


    Manchester United fan favourite Patrice Evra revealed Ed Woodward's “betrayal” forced him out of the club he loved.

    The Frenchman even admitted he would have played for United in the Championship despite reaching a Champions League final with Juventus.

    Speaking to the Guardian, Evra said: “I felt betrayed by Ed. I called Juventus to tell them I am coming.

    “Ed then said: ‘We offer you a two-year contract, more money, the captaincy, a testimonial.’ [It was] Too late.

    “My ex-wife said: ‘See? Manchester are nearly in the Championship and you’re in this final.’

    “I love Juventus but I said: ‘Even if they’re in the Championship, I prefer to be at United. Nothing can replace my love for them.’”


    Here are the Red Devils' first handful of Premier League matches, along with their battles against the other 'Big Six' sides.


    Wayne Rooney recalled how United almost signed Thiago Alcantara during the infamous summer of David Moyes' takeover at the club.

    He said: “He almost came to United in 2013 and now Liverpool are linked with him. He's one of the best midfielders around – I just hope he doesn't go there!

    “He can take the ball, be composed on it, keep things ticking over – and he'll put his foot in.

    “He's an all-round midfielder, really, with a bit of everything.

    “He backs up that Bayern press and he drops in between the centre halves to take the ball yet can also join in when they're playing around the other box too.

    “He's a great player. It would be great to see him in the Premier League, actually.”


    Rooney added in his Sunday Times column: “At the time we were going through a bit of a transition and it was tough for him to settle.

    “He had young kids and lived a couple of houses down from me and someone tried to burgle him.

    “I remember that really shook him and his family.

    “From then on, really, you knew it was going to be tough for him and it was probably better for him to leave.”


    Wayne Rooney has blamed Angel Di Maria's home being burgled for his woeful spell at Manchester United – and begged Thiago Alcantara to snub Liverpool

    The Argentine star, now one of the world's best at Paris Saint-Germain, spent just one, sub-par season at Old Trafford.

    In his column for the Sunday Times, Rooney wrote: “He’s a wonderful player.

    “When he came to United I remember Louis van Gaal saying to the team: 'He is the only one who is allowed to dribble with the ball.'

    “Angel works tirelessly on the pitch and his delivery, vision and awareness is brilliant.

    “He could have been a major star at United.”


    Rio Ferdinand has revealed his crazy celebrations after Manchester United's 2008 Champions League win.

    After the final whistle, Ferdinand went on a magnificent bender that, as he revealed on BT Sport, left him showering in his SUIT.

    The 41-year-old admitted: “I don't remember it, it was that good.

    “After the Champions League final in Moscow, it was the most I've ever consumed.

    “I went toe to toe with a fan who got into the party and I was worse for wear the next morning.

    “I ended up showering in my full suit and almost missed the flight home. When you win, you get away with it.”


    Manchester United fans revealed their love for Ander Herrera after he swore live on air following Paris Saint-Germain's Champions League final defeat to Bayern Munich.

    The Spaniard was terrific on the night but ultimately ended up on the losing side as Kingsley Coman grabbed the all-important winning goal in the second half.

    And he couldn't hide his frustrations when asked on the experience playing inside an empty stadium.

    The 31-year-old responded: “It's s***, horrible. For me, fans are the key in this sport, they're the most important thing in football.

    “Football without fans is nothing.

    “I hope all the people realise football is for fans. The business had to continue because it's a big business.”


    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been keeping an eye on Inter's Lautaro Martinez, according to reports.

    The Mirror states that Man City are set to battle Barcelona and Real Madrid for the £100m Argentine.

    But it adds that Man Utd boss Solskjaer remains a keen admirer of the Inter star who has had great success partnering Romelu Lukaku up front in Milan.


    Maguire, 27, and his pals had also been furious a day ­earlier after bar staff refused to tackle Brits who taunted him.

    After his arrest, he spent the rest of the night in a detention room at Mykonos police station, where he charmed cops by chatting with them about footie.

    They brought the United ­captain snacks until he was taken on a ferry to neighbouring Syros at 2pm on Friday. He spent the night in a cell there.

    The £190,000-a-week footballer was then bailed and told he could leave the country after he denied a string of charges for assault, verbal abuse and bribery on Saturday.

    He is thought to have returned to the UK on Sunday.

    Maguire does not have to attend his trial in Syros on Tuesday where the maximum sentence could be three years in jail.


    Harry Maguire was arrested after trying to help his sister who had been stabbed in the arm by a “gangster-style” Albanian businessman.

    Sources last night said the Manchester United ace was with partner Fern Hawkins in a bar in Mykonos on Thursday when his sister Daisy was approached by a group of Albanian men.

    One of the men — described by sources as “gangster types” — started chatting up Daisy.

    And when she turned him down, she was jabbed in the arm with a sharp metal straw, drawing blood and causing her to faint. Harry then stepped in before a fight broke out.

    A source said: “Harry saw what was happening and remonstrated with them and things got heated.

    “He decided to try to get out of there and wanted to hail a taxi. But he ended up arguing with some undercover police officers and ended up at the local police station.”


    Paul Pogba's agent Mino Raiola has stated that the Manchester United midfielder will be remaining at Old Trafford this summer.

    Speaking to Sky Sport Italia, he said: “Paul Pogba will stay at Manchester United. Pogba is a key player for Man Utd, they have an important project and he's 100 per cent included.

    “Man Utd will not accept any bid this summer to sell Pogba. We're going to speak about a new contract soon, no stress.”

    In other news, United are reportedly ready to abandon their pursuit of Jadon Sancho until next summer.

    It had long been claimed that the Red Devils were unwilling to meet Dortmund's £108m asking price for the winger but now the Mirror state that his wage demands are becoming an issue.

    Sancho is said to want £300,000-a-week, a contract United are not currently willing to provide.

    The club hierarchy were delighted to shift £1m-a-week in wages by offloading Alexis Sanchez, Ander Herrera, Romelua Lukaku and Ashley Young and are in no mood to alter their wage structure for another marquee signing.

    Meanwhile, several Premier League sides are reportedly circling for Chris Smalling after the defender's Roma renaissance.

    As SunSport revealed, the £20million price tag placed on Smalling's head by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has proved a large obstacle for the Giallorossi.

    But Fulham, Newcastle, Everton and West Ham are now all named as interested parties.

    And finally, United are turning their attention to David Brooks after cooling their interest in a deal for Juventus' Douglas Costa.

    The Red Devils have grown frustrated in their pursuit of Jadon Sancho from Dortmund and the Manchester Evening News reports a move for Brooks is now on the agenda.

  • 'GO FOR IT'

    Patrice Evra has revealed the integral role he and Cristiano Ronaldo played in bringing Bruno Fernandes to Manchester United.

    He told the Guardian: “United can’t challenge Liverpool or Man City. Not yet. There’s been massive damage but we’re moving in the right direction.

    “When they wanted to sign Bruno Fernandes, Ole texted me. I asked for advice from Cristiano Ronaldo.

    “Cristiano says, ‘Bruno’s a good guy and very professional’. I say, ‘Ole, I’ve spoken with Cristiano. Let’s go for it’.

    “”And Fernandes had a massive impact. Without him I don’t think we would have qualified for the Champions League.”


    Here is how the off season stacks up for the 'Big Six' clubs ahead of a busy Premier League season.

    United have the joint-shortest break along with Liverpool, with Manchester City a day more, while Arsenal have the shortest rest period.

    Chelsea and Spurs, by comparison, are laughing all the way to the beach bar.


    Zlatan Ibrahimovic's AC Milan future is not yet guaranteed, according to Mino Raiola.

    The agent is “optimistic” of the Swede's expired contract at the San Siro being renewed after lengthy negotiations.

    A fresh £104,000-a-week deal is said to be on the table for Ibrahimovic, 38 after he bagged 11 goals in 20 games to rejuvenate Milan after his January arrival.

    But, despite reports of an agreement nearing completion, Raiola has challenged Milan's hedge fund owners Elliott to demonstrate why the striker should sign on the dotted line.

    He told Sky Sports Italia: “He won’t be there tomorrow, for the moment. We are still talking, but there is no agreement yet.

    “It’s not about money, but of conviction and style. It takes two to make a marriage work and if Ibrahimovic didn’t want to remain with the Rossoneri, then there wouldn’t be a negotiation.



    The PFA have offered their support to Harry Maguire after he was arrested in Greece.

    According to the Telegraph, Maguire is “convinced he has a robust defence” after spending two nights in a prison cell.

    His case is now likely to be downgraded to a misdemeanour, meaning he will not spend any time in prison after alleged assault and “attempted bribery.”

    A Hellenic Police statement said: “Three foreigners, aged 27, 28, and 29, were arrested in Mykonos by police officers of the Mykonos Police Department (for) disobedience, bodily harm, insult and attempted bribery of an employee,”


    Several Premier League sides are reportedly circling for Chris Smalling after the defender's Roma renaissance.

    An impressive loan spell at the Stadio Olimpico has reignited the defender's career, with the Italians also hoping for more of the Manchester United man.

    As SunSport revealed, the £20million price tag placed on Smalling's head by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has proved a large obstacle for the Giallorossi.

    But Fulham, Newcastle, Everton and West Ham are now all named as interested parties.

    Website 90min reckon the English sides have a better chance of forking out the required fee for the 30-year-old.

    West Ham and Everton are seeking a rise up the table after disappointing campaigns last time out while Steve Bruce's Newcastle are adjusting to life after the Saudi-funded takeover of the club collapsed.


    Manchester United are 'not accepting any bid' for Paul Pogba, according to reports.

    The Red Devils see him as a key part of their future plans and are considering a contract extension with the Frenchman who wanted away as recently as last summer.

    Mino Raiola told Sky Sports Italia: “Pogba is key player for Man Utd, they’ve an important project and he’s 100 per cent included.

    “Man Utd will not accept any bid on this summer to sell Pogba.

    “We’re going to speak about a new contract soon, no stress.”


    Manchester United are set to loan out keeper Matej Kovar, 20.

    The Czech Republic youngster arrived from Slovacko in 2018 for £45,000.

    While he is yet to see any first-team action, he has impressed at the academy.

    He only needs to look at the success story of Dean Henderson to see what the potential pathway is to fist-team Premier League football.

    Swindon look like the most likely destination for Kovar.


    Anthony Martial has revealed he and Marcus Rashford have healthy competition with each other, but are pushing themselves on to better things.

    The Frenchman told ManUtd.com: “With Marcus, I think that we’ve been playing together for five seasons now and so, yes, we have that good understanding.

    “It’s a real positive for us that we have this great connection.

    “We just try to help each other out.

    “For example, there are some games where maybe a shot is on and then I decide to wait and see, and I give him the ball because I want him to score.

    And he does the same thing for me, so you see, we’re not just focused on scoring all the time.

    “We’re always going to do everything we can for the team to win which means that, if he is better placed than me or I’m in a better position than him, we’ll always give each other the ball in order to score.”


    Anthony Martial has hailed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for giving him more game time and reaping the rewards.

    The Frenchman told ManUtd.com: “It’s down to the fact that I’ve enjoyed more game time. I’ve played in practically every game and so I think it’s all about consistency.

    “In previous seasons I haven’t been able to feature as regularly; I’d be on the bench quite a bit and other times I’d be starting, which was quite difficult.

    “Whereas right now I know that the coach has faith in me and I’m confident of starting the next match.

    “So, I’m giving everything I can in order to pay back that trust he has shown.

    “[I'm hungry for all goals] because for me, a goal is a goal. So simply by managing to score more of a simple kind of goal, I know that I’ll score a lot more in total.”


    Patrice Evra has revealed the regret felt after making a shocking debut for Manchester United.

    Sir Alex Ferguson hooked the left-back at half-time of his first start against Manchester City in January 2006, a game the Red Devils lost 3-1.

    The 39-year-old told The Guardian: “My first introduction to the real Sir Alex was my debut against Manchester City.

    “At half-time he gave the hairdryer for one minute to every player. It was a long 15 minutes.

    “At the end he said to me in five seconds, ‘Patrice, sit down. You will learn how to play in England’.

    “That night my agent said, ‘We made the biggest mistake coming here. I’m sorry’. I was upset but I was burning.”


    Wayne Rooney kept himself calm before the 2008 Champions League final – by watching the film Sister Act alone in his hotel room.

    The former England captain was nervous ahead of Manchester United's all-England final against Chelsea in Moscow.

    Rooney eased the tension by whacking the Whoopi Goldberg classic in and watching it to get his mind off the biggest game of his career.

    It was the first time ever two English sides had contested the final.

    He told The Sunday Times: “Sister Act! That’s how I prepared for the biggest game of my career. Watching Sister Act alone in a Russian hotel room.”

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