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CRISTIANO RONALDO could become the world's highest paid athlete after reportedly being offered a deal with Saudi Arabian side Al Nassr.

Ronaldo would make £173m-a-year, according to Marca, and that would put him on a wage that is double of rival Lionel Messi.

Meanwhile, United are said to be preparing a bid for PSV star Cody Gakpo, who is in fine form at the World Cup.

The Red Devils have been eyeing the forward for weeks but his price tag could rise after Qatar, where he's the joint-top scorer of the tournament.

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  • Anthony Chapman

    United ready for Gakpo bid

    Man Utd could make a bid for Cody Gakpo in January instead of waiting until the summer.

    Fabrizio Romano said: "Manchester United are still in contact with the agents of Cody Gakpo, they have new contacts planned to have new discussions.

    "The relationship is fantastic, the agents of Gakpo are the same agents of [manager] Erik ten Hag. They are working hard on this.

    "Manchester United will have to decide on the price as in the summer PSV were demanding £43million and after the World Cup it will be higher."

  • Kiro Evans

    Good morning, Red Devils fans

    Manchester United could have new owners BEFORE the end of the Premier League season, according to reports.

    The Glazers purchased the club for £790m back in 2005, but their long reign could be coming to an end.

    That’s because the BBC believe a deal could be ironed out by the spring.

    United will offer Marcus Rashford a new long-term deal, according to reports.

    The 25-year-old’s current Old Trafford contract expires at the end of the season, although United do have an option to extend.

    But they’re set to reward Rashford for his outstanding form for club and country with a contract extension.

    Rashford is also the World Cup's top scorer, and his revival is taking Qatar by storm.

    Jaap Stam is unsure whether his fellow Dutchman Cody Gakpo is the solution for United.

    He told Football Betting: “Everyone is talking about Cody Gakpo, people are going to assume that Man Utd are going to go for him but I don’t know if that’s the situation.

    “Gakpo would be a player that would fit into the Man Utd squad.

    “There would be questions over whether he can deliver straight away because he’s from Holland and we have seen people struggle in the past.

    “The question is then, do Man Utd need to go for a more experienced winger that has maybe played at a certain level so that they can have an impact straight away.”

    And Gary Neville reckons Harry Maguire will turn things around at United thanks to his excellent England form.

    Three Lions defender Maguire, 29, has been superb at the World Cup so far.

    Neville told Sky Sports: “Harry is a good player and a good centre-back who has been brilliant at the last two tournaments – he’s just had an awful time at United in the last 12 months and United is a very unforgiving place.

    “I know that from being there for 20 years. If something isn’t right, that place can eat you alive, and Harry is just getting that at the moment.

    “But I think he will come through it at United.”

  • Joshua Mbu

    Pochettino praises Rashford

    Ex-Tottenham boss has praised Manchester United and England superstar Marcus Rashford.

    The Red Devils ace is the World Cup's top scorer with three goals.

    He scored a brace in the 3-0 group win over Wales.

    On Rashford, Poch said: "I’ve always liked [Rashford].

    "I knew of his process because I was in England, but I think he’s a great player.

    “He just needs the confidence and for himself to believe, to put him at the top level. The quality is there for him.”

  • Joshua Mbu

    New ownership come May?

    Manchester United could have new owners BEFORE the end of the Premier League season, according to reports.

    The Glazers purchased the club for £790m back in 2005, but their long reign could be coming to an end.

    That's because the BBC believe a deal could be ironed out by the spring.

    Last week, the Americans claimed they were considering selling the club following 17 years in charge.

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  • Joshua Mbu

    Rashford new long-term contract

    Manchester United will offer Marcus Rashford a new long-term deal, according to reports.

    The 25-year-old's current Old Trafford contract expires at the end of the season, although United do have an option to extend.

    But they're set to reward Rashford for his outstanding form for club and country with a contract extension.

    That's according to transfer guru Fabrizio Romano, who claims the Red Devils are desperate to tie him down to fresh terms.

    Rashford was considering his future at United earlier this year after losing his place in the team under Ralf Rangnick.

    He was particularly frustrated after being overlooked for the Manchester derby in March, especially when Cristiano Ronaldo was unavailable.

  • Joshua Mbu

    Stam unsure on Gakpo

    Jaap Stam is unsure whether his fellow Dutchman Cody Gakpo is the solution for Manchester United.

    He told Football Betting: "Everyone is talking about Cody Gakpo, people are going to assume that Man Utdare going to go for him but I don’t know if that’s the situation.

    "Gakpo would be a player that would fit into the Man Utdsquad.

    "There would be questions over whether he can deliver straight away because he’s from Holland and we have seen people struggle in the past.

    "The question is then, do Man Utd need to go for a more experienced winger that has maybe played at a certain level so that they can have an impact straight away."

  • Joshua Mbu

    Ronaldo misses Portugal training

    Cristiano Ronaldo missed Portugal training today ahead of their final group game amid speculation over his Saudi Arabian transfer.

    The 37-year-old has reportedly been offered the chance to become the highest-paid sportsperson of all time by Al-Nassr.

    The superstar is a free agent after leaving Manchester United last week.

    But SunSport understands Ronaldo is still keen to play Champions League football and has not agreed the offer of a two-and-a-half year contract worth £173 million-a-year with Al-Nassr, despite reports in Marca.

    However, his current focus is on trying to fire Portugal to World Cup glory.

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  • Joshua Mbu

    Neville backs ‘bulletproof’ Maguire

    Gary Neville reckons Harry Maguire will turn things around at Manchester United thanks to his excellent England form.

    Three Lions defender Maguire, 29, has been superb at the World Cup so far.

    Neville told Sky Sports: "Harry is a good player and a good centre-back who has been brilliant at the last two tournaments – he's just had an awful time at United in the last 12 months and United is a very unforgiving place.

    "I know that from being there for 20 years. If something isn't right, that place can eat you alive, and Harry is just getting that at the moment.

    "But I think he will come through it at United."

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  • Joshua Mbu

    Queiroz hints at quitting as Iran boss

    Carlos Queiroz hinted his time as Iran boss is up after posting an emotional goodbye message to the team.

    The Portuguese, 69, was contracted until the end of the World Cup.

    Now that their campaign has ended, following Tuesday night’s 1-0 defeat to the USA, his deal has expired – unless fresh terms can be negotiated.

    Together with an image of him waving, the former Manchester United assistant wrote to his players: “I am proud of you and once more you were brilliant on and off the pitch.

    “It was an honour and privilege to be part of this football family. I do believe that you deserve full respect delivering credibility to your country and football supporters.

    “Wish you all happiness, peace, success and health, thank you, CQ.”

  • Joshua Mbu

    Stam slams Sancho and Antony

    Ex-Manchester United ace Jaap Stam has slammed Jadon Sancho and Antony for their lack of consistency.

    He told Football Betting: "Man United need a winger that can deliver a certain quality of football because Jadon Sancho isn't delivering yet.

    "Marcus Rashford is doing very well, Antony has come in and has scored a couple of goals but I think he needs to step up because he's not performing to the standard I know he can.

    "To be consistent, Man Utd need forwards who are performing in almost every game and that's why you need to have options because if someone isn't performing, then you're able to bring someone else in who can."

  • Anthony Chapman

    United joined in Fernandez race

    Man Utd face a battle with Real Madrid for Argentina star Enzo Fernandez.

    The Benfica midfielder has been starring for his country at the World Cup.

    And Sport claims United are interested in making a move.

    But Real Madrid have now joined the race, which could start a bidding war for Fernandez.

  • Anthony Chapman

    Breaking – Pele rushed to hospital

    Brazilian football legend Pele has been rushed to hospital in Sao Paulo.

    Reports claim the 82-year-old was suffering from swelling all over his body.

    The three-time World Cup winner was taken to hospital on Tuesday by wife Marcia Aoki, 56, and a carer.

    ESPN Brazil claim doctors also diagnosed Pele with "decompensated heart failure".

  • Anthony Chapman

    Xavi hails 'best player' Ronaldo

    Barcelona boss Xavi Hernandez claims Cristiano Ronaldo is still one of the best players in the world.

    That's as the ex-Man Utd man closes in on a money-spinning move to the Middle East.

    Xavi said: "If Messi wants to, he will certainly be able to return to Barca at some point. Who wouldn't want to train him?

    "He's still number one. Cristiano Ronaldo is also still among the three-to-five best players on the planet."

  • Anthony Chapman

    Frimpong in tears at injury

    This is the emotional moment Man Utd target Jeremie Frimpong broke down in tears after a training ground injury.

    The Holland star pulled up during Wednesday's session before falling to the floor.

    Frimpong was inconsolable as he was helped off the field.

    And the Bayer Leverkusen ace is now a major doubt for Holland's knockout game against the USA.

    SEE FRIMPONG'S INJURY VIDEO HERE

  • Anthony Chapman

    Ron tops wealthiest athletes list

    Cristiano Ronaldo will soar above PSG trio Kylian Mbappe, Lionel Messi and Neymar as the top earner in world sport.

    Reports claim the ex-Man Utd star is set to sign for Al-Nassr on an annual wage of £173million.

    And that would make Ronaldo top dog again… at least in terms of salary.

  • Anthony Chapman

    Shaw reveals Nan death heartache

    Luke Shaw has revealed his grandmother sadly passed away before England’s opening World Cup match.

    He said: “My Nan sadly passed away. She had cancer for a long while and unfortunately she passed away just before the first game.

    “Gareth was really good with me. He spoke to me said, ‘Okay, you need to have time away and just focus on that’, but I’m out here, this World Cup means so much to me and I didn’t want to miss anything. 

    “Of course, I’ve had time to grieve and now it’s time to fully focus on the World Cup.”

  • Anthony Chapman

    Waddle warns Toon off Ronaldo

    Chris Waddle has urged Newcastle to avoid signing Cristiano Ronaldo and let him join Saudi Arabian side Al-Nassr instead.

    He told SunSport: "I think it would be great publicity for the owners and the club.

    "Personally no, if you want to progress as a club I don’t think they should get Ronaldo.

    "I think we will see Cristiano Ronaldo going off abroad and I think that’s where he will see his days. I think he’s done with England."

    READ MORE WADDLE HERE

  • Anthony Chapman

    Who are Saudi side Al-Nassr?

    Cristiano Ronaldo is reportedly set for a stunning move to Al-Nassr.

    But why is he set to join this Middle Eastern side offering record wages?

    Al Nassr are a Saudi Arabian football club who play their games Saudi Pro League (SPL).

    They were founded in 1955 and are one of Saudi Arabia's most successful football teams.

    MORE AL-NASSR INFO HERE

  • Anthony Chapman

    Rash return delights pal Maguire

    Harry Maguire has praised Marcus Rashford for his spectacular England return.

    He said: “I am really pleased for Marcus.  For the last year or so he has been in and out of the England team and set up. 

    “He has really found his form again for Manchester United and he is a massive player for our club.

    “He has kept working hard and done that tirelessly. I can’t speak highly enough of Marcus. 

    “He is a wonderful man and a great player.  He showed he belongs on this stage.” 

  • Anthony Chapman

    Breaking – Ronaldo agrees Saudi deal

    Cristiano Ronaldo will become the highest-paid sportsperson of all time after leaving Manchester United.

    That's after reportedly agreeing to a £173million-a-YEAR deal with Saudi Arabian side Al-Nassr.

    Marca claims Ronaldo has struck terms on a two-and-a-half year deal with the Middle Eastern giants.

    That's just six months after turning down £3m-a-week to play for Saudi rivals Al-Hilal.

  • Anthony Chapman

    United step up Gakpo hunt

    Man Utd have reportedly opened talks with Cody Gakpo's agents over a January switch.

    The PSV star scored his third World Cup goal as Holland beat Qatar yesterday.

    And Fabrizio Romano claims United have stepped up their pursuit.

    He added: "Now I think they [PSV] want €50 million [£43m] guaranteed for Cody Gakpo."

  • Kiro Evans

    Good Morning, United fans

    Marcus Rashford was England's two-goal star man against Wales – just as United were linked with a string of new players.

    The striker hit a brilliant free-kick and a solo special as the Three Lions topped their group with a 3-0 win after a goalless first half.

    Rashford revealed his celebration of kneeling down and pointing to the sky with his eyes closed was for a friend who recently died of cancer.

    Off the pitch, the Red Devils and Chelsea are both said to be keen on Brighton's midfield anchorman Moises Caicedo. United see the Ecadior ace as a far cheaper alternative to Borussia Dortmund hero Jude Bellingham.

    And on the day Bellingham also shone for England, two other dream United targets netted for Holland. PSV winger Cody Gakpo and Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong sunk Qatar 2-0.

    It comes amid claims Gakpo and uncapped Holland squad-mate Jeremie Frimpong would cost United around £65million together.

    But United might only move for Bayer Leverkusen's Frimpong if they can offload current second-choice right-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka

    Finally, Old Trafford boss Erik ten Hag is reportedly tempted by the £52m release clause of Real Sociedad midfielder Martin Zubimendi.

  • Ian Tuckey

    US matchwinner Pulisic ‘not keen on move’

    Christian Pulisic hopes to stay at Chelsea despite links to Manchester United, Arsenal and Newcastle.

    That’s according to Sky Sport News’ Florian Plettenberg amid claims the Blues might be willing to cash in on the fringe attacker, who put the USA into the World Cup last 16 with the only goal against Iran.

    Borussia Dortmund are also said to be keen on reuniting with the 24-year-old, with Liverpool mentioned too.

    Plettenberg described the rumours as “not hot” and posted: “Been told that he wants to stay at #CFC in winter.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    Zubimendi on Utd list

    United are again being linked with Real Sociedad midfield anchorman Martin Zubimendi.

    Old Trafford boss Erik ten Hag is reportedly tempted by the one-cap Spaniard’s £52million release clause.

    Zubimendi, 23, would join Brazil duo Casemiro and Fred plus Scotland’s Scott McTominay as defensive midfield options for United.

  • Ian Tuckey

    United and Liverpool linked to Caicedo

    Man United have reportedly joined the race for Brighton and Ecuador star Moises Caicedo.

    Sky Germany claims the Red Devils are ready to battle Chelsea for the box-to-box midfielder.

    It’s reckoned United see Caicedo as an alternative to Borussia Dortmund’s Jude Bellingham.

    But rivals Liverpool are also interested in the youngster as they too search for a new midfielder.

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