Man Utd transfer news LIVE: Dembele blow, Rudiger 'perfect signing', Ronaldo 'reason Haaland started playing football'

ANTONIO RUDIGER would be a "perfect signing" for Manchester United.

The Chelsea defender is out of contract in the summer and former Red Devil Paul Parker says the club should move for the Germany international.

Parker said: "If you had him next to [Raphael] Varane, what a difference you’re talking about. Good pace and you’re talking about someone who’s won a World Cup, Champions League and then you’ve got a centre-half, who in the old-school way of talking is actually a leader.”

Meanwhile, Ousmane Dembele looks set to stay at Barcelona with reports suggested he is on the cusp of signing a new contract.

Elsewhere, United are keeping close tabs on Erling Haaland, with the club looking to pounce on a move for the striker should he become available.

Boss Ralf Rangnick is said to have spoken to Haaland's dad as United look to snap up the Dortmund star, who previously stated Cristiano Ronaldo is the reason he started playing football.

And we've the very latest on Edinson Cavani, who is being eyed by Juventus.

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  • Jim Sheridan

    Ou are ya

    Ousmane Dembele will NOT be joining Manchester United, with the Barcelona winger reportedly set to put pen-to-paper on a new contract.

    The Frenchman has previously been linked with a move to Manchester United, but has now agreed a new five-year deal at Barcelona on a lower weekly wage.

    According to Spanish outlet SPORT, the 24-year-old will sign a new contract next month.

    By taking on a lower wage the wide-man will help reduce Barca’s overall wage bill, therefore helping to fund new signings.

  • Jim Sheridan

    Un-bar-lieveable lineup

    Manchester United almost managed to get Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi to link-up… for Barcelona.

    Portuguese superstar Ronaldo shattered football’s transfer record in 2009 when he left Old Trafford to join Real Madrid for £80million.

    Los Blancos had already splashed out on Karim Benzema, Xabi Alonso and Ballon d’Or winner Kaka in response to Pep Guardiola’s all-conquering debut season as Nou Camp chief the year before.

    But they were almost denied the jewel in returning president’s Florentino Perez’s masterplan if Sir Alex Ferguson had got his way.

    The legendary Scot was desperate to avoid losing Ronaldo to Real once he’d accepted that the former Sporting Lisbon winger was set to leave.

    Fergie had even said back in 2008 that he wouldn’t sell Madrid a ‘virus’ let alone his best player.

    And according to Spanish newspaper AS, the United boss realised at the time that Barcelona were the only other club who could afford Ronaldo.

  • Jim Sheridan

    Ron’s Christmas wishes

    United talisman Cristiano Ronaldo has delighted fans with an adorable family Christmas picture.

    Ronaldo, partner Georgina Rodriguez, and his four children all dressed up in matching red Christmas pyjamas on the eve of the big day.

    CR7’s mother Dolores also cracked a smile for the cameras as the Ronaldo family lined up to pose for the picture on the staircase of their Manchester mansion.

    He made a peace sign with his fingers as he sat next to stunning partner Georgina, either side of his four children at the bottom of the stairs.

    The family smiled next to their enormous Christmas tree that was already well stacked with various presents and gifts.

    A number of Ronaldo’s other nearest and dearest are also in the picture.

  • Jim Sheridan

    Merry Christmas Red Devils!

    It’s all smiles at Old Trafford with Ralf at the helm – and that feel-good factor seems to be rubbing off on the players.

    That was evident as Bruno Fernandes and Nemanja Matic poked fun at Manchester United teammate Cristiano Ronaldo after coming out on top in a training game.

    They appear to be in high spirits as Matic took to Instagram to gloat about a victory in training.

    The Serbian midfielder took it upon himself to call out Ronaldo as he posed with the rest of his winning teammates.

    Matic said: “Winning team! @cristiano are you ok?,” alongside a laughing emoji.

    United are back in action on Monday, with their game at Newcastle currently still on despite Covid-19 fears.

  • James Orr

    Roy’s relegation picks

    United legend Roy Keane has given his relegation picks for this season.

    The Irishman told Micah Richards in their latest Driving Home for Christmas episode: “I’ll tell you, I’m going to go Norwich, and I’m going to say Newcastle.”

    Keane then brought three other sides into the mix as he predicted the trio would be battling to avoid the final spot.

    Discussing Southampton, he said: “They are a moody team, they can win two or three at home then lose six or seven.

    “I’m going to say it’s between Southampton and Watford.

    “But even Burnley. Burnley’s points total… But you know, Burnley could be one of them teams where because they have got out of it before, you automatically think ‘oh they will get out it’ and they don’t.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    Buffon: Juve ‘lost their DNA’ with Ronaldo

    Gianluigi Buffon blames Cristiano Ronaldo for Juventus ‘losing their DNA’ and team ethic.

    Legendary keep Buffon claims the Italian champs were no longer a squad pulling tougher and fighting for their places during Ron’s 2018-21 stint.

    Ronaldo is now back at Manchester United, still firing in the goals at 36 but sparking questions over his suitability to team tactics.

    And the Azzurri’s 176-cap icon Buffon, 43, now with Parma, told TUDN: “Juventus had the chance to win the Champions League the first year he arrived, which was the year I was at Paris Saint-Germain, and I couldn’t figure out what happened.

    “When I returned, I worked with Ronaldo for two years and we did well together, but I think Juventus lost that DNA of being a team.

    “We reached the Champions League final in 2017 because we were a side full of experience.

    “But above all we were a single unit and there was this competition for places within the group that was very strong. We lost that with Ronaldo.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    Elanga signs on until 2026

    Upon the news that Anthony Elanga has penned a new deal, here’s a reminder of what the young winger can do.

    He’s yours until 2026, United fans!

  • Ian Tuckey

    Toon linked to ex-Utd loanee Ighalo

    Newcastle are interested in signing former Manchester United star Odion Ighalo, according to reports.

    The striker, 32, currently plays for Saudi Arabian side Al Shabab and has top scored in the league this season with nine goals.

    He moved to the Middle East after his loan spell at United came to an end – he scored five goals in 23 games for the Red Devils.

    And he would be open to a move to St. James’ Park, report Sky Sports.

    Al Shabab have reportedly spoken to Ighalo about a potential move with Eddie Howe’s 19th-placed side in desperate need of new signings.

    The January transfer window is fast approaching and Newcastle continue to be linked with a host of names.

    The latest is Tottenham defender Joe Rodon who could be allowed to leave on loan.

    Lille centre-back Sven Botman is also rumoured to be a top target, with the Magpies also keen to sign a right-back, potentially Kieran Trippier.

    United could rival Newcastle for Trippier however, with both clubs also targeting Barcelona ace Moussa Dembele.

    And his team-mate Philippe Coutinho is another player the Toon have their eye on as they look to avoid the drop.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Karim ‘as good as Ronaldo and Haaland’

    Karim Benzema is playing at the ‘same level as Manchester United hero Cristiano Ronaldo and Red Devils’ target Erling Haaland’, according to his Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti.

    France striker Benzema still appears in his prime at 34.

    And amid a sensational season, boss Ancelotti reckons Benzema is currently the world’s top frontman.

    Benzema netted twice as Wedensday’s 2-1 win over Athletic Bilbao left Real eight points clear in LaLiga,

    Asked after the game if he believed Benzema was the best, Ancelotti told AS: “I think so.

    “He has added a massive, regular ability to put the ball in the back of the net to his game.

    “He’s at the level of Cristiano Ronaldo or Haaland.

    “Benzema is a player who makes a difference.

    “We saw it once again in the game against Athletic, with two goals in quick succession. “He’s in amazing form.”

    Benzema has scored a staggering 20 goals in just 23 games for Real Madrid this season.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Martial ‘agrees Sevilla switch’

    Unsettled Manchester United striker Anthony Martial has agreed a January switch to Sevilla, reports say.

    Barcelona and especially Juventus have been linked with the France striker in recent weeks.

    But the 26-year-old is thought to prefer Sevilla as he wants regular football, rather than risking a fringe role as with United this season.

    And the claim today is that the second-placed LaLiga side have all but sealed a deal for next month.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Alex’s brutal Roy KO

    Rio Ferdinand revealed the BRUTAL way Sir Alex Ferguson axed Roy Keane.

    The pair had an infamous falling out at Old Trafford following the Irishman’s rant about young players not performing in 2005.

    During a never-aired MUTV interview, Keane is alleged to have laid into several players individually.

    It put him on the warpath with Ferguson though, who had a heated exchange with Keane, whose contract was running down anyway.

    The midfield commander was then told he had to leave United and Ferguson was left to inform the players of his departure.

    Ferdinand recalled: “The club didn’t want [it] to go out, the manager thought it was disrespectful to the team.

    “The next day, he told the players that Roy Keane will never come back to Man Utd again.”

    Keane claims in his book, The Second Half, that he also fell out with Carlos Queiroz, Ferguson’s trusted lieutenant at the time.

    Ferdinand continued: “He was captain of Man Utd. The best player United had for a long period of time.

    “That was a message to the next generation: don’t ever think you’re bigger than this club.

    “Because you’re not, you will go. I just told the captain he is never coming back again.

    “What are you going to do now?”

  • Ian Tuckey

    Utd almost set up Ron ‘n Messi show

    Manchester United almost managed to get Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi to link-up… for Barcelona.

    Portuguese superstar Ronaldo shattered football’s transfer record in 2009 when he left Old Trafford to join Real Madrid for £80million.

    Los Blancos had already splashed out on Karim Benzema, Xabi Alonso and Ballon d’Or winner Kaka in response to Pep Guardiola’s all-conquering debut season as Nou Camp chief the year before.

    But they were almost denied the jewel in returning president’s Florentino Perez’s masterplan if Sir Alex Ferguson had got his way.

    The legendary Scot was desperate to avoid losing Ronaldo to Real once he’d accepted that the former Sporting Lisbon winger was set to leave.

    Fergie had even said back in 2008 that he wouldn’t sell Madrid a ‘virus’ let alone his best player.

    And according to Spanish newspaper AS, the United boss realised at the time that Barcelona were the only other club who could afford Ronaldo.

    The 79-year-old apparently contacted the Catalans to encourage a bid but the Portugal captain had already set his mind on a move to the Bernabeu.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Jesper’s still rocking

    Manchester United’s famous Treble-winning triumph from the 1998-99 season will go down as one of the club’s greatest ever achievements.

    Sir Alex Ferguson led his Red Devils to the Premier League, FA Cup and Champions League in a remarkable fortnight 22 years ago.

    But one man who many may have forgotten is Swedish midfielder Jesper Blomqvist.

    He made 25 Premier League appearances in that momentous season and also collected an FA Cup winners medal despite being an unused substitute in the final.

    Blomqvist then started the Champions League final against Bayern Munich before being taken off for Teddy Sheringham – who would go on to score the equalising goal.

    And Man Utd fans may find it incredibly difficult to recognise him these days as he looks completely different to when he was gracing the Old Trafford pitch more than two decades ago.

    Blomqvist is rocking a ponytail, beard, and does not possess the vibrant blonde hair he once had as a player.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Rudiger ‘perfect’ for Red Devils

    Ex-Manchester United defender Paul Parker believes Chelsea’s Antonio Rudiger would be the ‘perfect signing’ for his old club.

    The German centre-back, 28, is out of contract in June and is attracting plenty of interest from around Europe.

    Despite numerous talks, the star is yet to reach an agreement with Chelsea.

    Speculation has been mounting that Real Madrid are ‘pushing’ to seal a free transfer move for Rudiger with Paris Saint-Germain also interested.

    But Parker, who spent five years at right-back for United, has urged his old employers to launch a move of their own for him.

    And he explained that he believes a partnership between Rudiger and Raphael Varane at the back could help get the Red Devils back challenging for the title.

    The ex-England ace told bettingexpert: “If he was to stay at Chelsea. He’s very influential and the fans idolise him.

    “To come to Manchester United, I would say that is ambitious. I would understand why he would want to and I think he would make a difference.

    “If you had him next to Varane, what a difference you’re talking about. Good pace and you’re talking about someone who’s won a World Cup, Champions League and then you’ve got a centre-half, who in the old-school way of talking is actually a leader.”

    Parker added: “He actually shouts and screams, bosses people about, dictates the people.

    “When people aren’t doing it, he tells them because he doesn’t make that many mistakes himself. He keeps things simple. He’d be absolutely perfect.

    “It all depends on him being ambitious. Does he want to go to Manchester United and be the difference-maker at the back?

  • Ian Tuckey

    Brits abroad thriving

    Gareth Southgate has quite a task keeping tabs on all the English talent outside of the Premier League.

    That’s because there are a gang of Three Lions making an impression on foreign soil.

    SunSport has selected a best XI made up of English players currently playing abroad.

    And it includes former Man United star Chris Smalling, as well as rumoured target Jude Bellingham.

  • Etienne Fermie

    ‘Passing range, intensity and a great attitude’

    Manchester United should make a move for Barcelona star Frenkie De Jong if Paul Pogba leaves, according to John Barnes.

    Speaking to BonusCodeBets, the 58-year-old said: “Frenkie de Jong would be a brilliant signing for Manchester United.

    “It looks like Paul Pogba is on his way out of the club so bringing in a replacement for him is very important.

    “Especially if that person is a young and talented player who will get the opportunity to be one of the main players at the club.

    “He has everything in terms of passing range, intensity and a great attitude. It’s exactly what Manchester United need in midfield.

    “That was their plan with Donny Van de Beek, but of course he’s been stifled by other players in his position playing better than him.

    “However, bringing de Jong in and putting him straight into the side and being trusted would be good for both Manchester United and him.”

  • Etienne Fermie

    Anthony Elanga signs new deal

    Upon the news that Anthony Elanga has penned a new deal, here’s a reminder of what the young winger can do.

    He’s yours until 2026, United fans!

  • Etienne Fermie

    New contract for United starlet

    Anthony Elanga has signed a new deal with Manchester United to keep him at the club until 2026.

    The 19-year-old winger, who has made three appearances so far this season, also has the option of an extra year.

    Elanga joined Man Utd in 2014 as a young teenager and went on to make his competitive debut for the senior side in May of this year.

    He then went on to score his first goal for the Red Devils in their final Premier League game of last season against Wolves.

    Interim boss Ralf Rangnick has been impressed by the 19-year-old since arriving at the club earlier this month.

  • Etienne Fermie

    Man United star heading to Afcon

    Eric Bailly has been called up to the Ivory Coast’s 28-man squad for next month’s Africa Cup of Nations.

    The Red Devils defender will link up with his country next week.

    Should his side reach the final, he will not return to action for Man United until after February 6.

    While Bailly is involved, there was no place in the squad for his Red Devils team-mate Amad Diallo.

  • Etienne Fermie

    Merry Christmas from Golden Balls

    Manchester United legend David Beckham shared a chilly-looking snap of himself clutching a mug of something warm while wearing a Santa hat.

    The ex-England captain also shared a picture posing in a Christmas jumper, snazzy glasses alongside a glass of red wine.

    Beckham captioned his post: “Very Christmasy over here – coffee & wine ( I promise the wine was yesterday).

    “Happy Christmas Eve. Who’s more excited me or the kiddies?”

  • Etienne Fermie

    United expecting a ‘quiet’ month

    Manchester United fans can expect a ‘quiet’ January transfer window, reports claim.

    Red Devils fans are dreaming of new signings, after the arrival of Ralf Rangnick.

    But according to ESPN, club chiefs aren’t expecting a huge amount of business.

    They remain interested in long-term targets Kalvin Phillips and Declan Rice, however.

    While Amadou Haidara has emerged as an option.

    Although fans may have to wait until the summer to see these reinforcements.

  • Etienne Fermie

    Unrecognisable Man United treble winning star

    Manchester United’s famous Treble-winning triumph from the 1998-99 season will go down as one of the club’s greatest ever achievements.

    Sir Alex Ferguson led his Red Devils to the Premier League, FA Cup and Champions League in a remarkable fortnight 22 years ago.

    But one man who many may have forgotten is Swedish midfielder Jesper Blomqvist.

    He made 25 Premier League appearances in that momentous season and also collected an FA Cup winners medal despite being an unused substitute in the final.

    Blomqvist then started the Champions League final against Bayern Munich before being taken off for Teddy Sheringham – who would go on to score the equalising goal.

    And Man Utd fans may find it incredibly difficult to recognise him these days as he looks completely different to when he was gracing the Old Trafford pitch more than two decades ago.

    Blomqvist is rocking a ponytail, beard, and does not possess the vibrant blonde hair he once had as a player.

  • Etienne Fermie

    Roy Keane on relegation scrap

    Roy Keane believes that there are five teams battling it out this term for Premier League survival.

    The former Manchester United captain, 50, is adamant both Newcastle and Norwich City will be relegated come the end of the season.

    When asked for his relegation picks by Micah Richards during their latest Driving Home for Christmas episode, the Irishman said: “I’ll tell you, I’m going to go Norwich, and I’m going to say Newcastle.”

    Keane then brought three other sides into the mix as he predicted the trio would be battling to avoid the final spot.

    Discussing Southampton, he said: “They are a moody team, they can win two or three at home then lose six or seven.

    “I’m going to say It’s between Southampton and Watford.

    “But even Burnley. Burnley’s points total… But you know, Burnley could be one of them teams where because they have got out of it before, you automatically think ‘oh they will get out it’ and they don’t.”

  • Etienne Fermie

    The Brits are thriving abroad

    Gareth Southgate has quite a task keeping tabs on all the English talent outside of the Premier League.

    That’s because there are a gang of Three Lions making an impression on foreign soil.

    SunSport has selected a best XI made up of English players currently playing abroad.

    And it includes former Man United star Chris Smalling, as well as rumoured target Jude Bellingham.

  • Etienne Fermie

    Ralf Rangnick’s team news update

    Man United are nearly back up to a full compliment of players after two games off due to Covid.

    Injured stars Raphael Varane, Edinson Cavani, Anthony Martial and Aaron Wan-Bissaka are all back in contention to play when the Red Devils travel to Newcastle on Monday.

    Rangnick said: “Well as far as I could see in training today, they are all in good shape.

    “They did their homework, they all have their schedules to train at home and they stuck to that schedule and programme.

    “From what I saw, I can say most of them, if not all of them, might be available, and of course I would have to take some difficult decisions as to who will be in the squad, who will be in the starting XI.”

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