Man Utd transfer news LIVE: Varane flies in for MEDICAL, Pogba 'no hurry' to sort United future, Haaland boost – latest

RAPHAEL VARANE's move to Manchester United is drawing closer after the Frenchman flew into the UK for a medical.

Meanwhile the Red Devils are also monitoring Harry Kane's situation with the England captain refusing to train at Tottenham.

And Paul Pogba is set to play for Man Utd in their season opener against Leeds, but is not reported to be in any hurry to sign a new deal.

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  • Giacomo Pisa

    LOOKING AT LEON

    With Paul Pogba's Manchester United future up in the air the Red Devils are keen to add a midfielder to their ranks.

    Saul Niguez has been widely tipped with a move to Manchester, but the club are also still said to be eager to tie up a deal for Bayern Munich midfielder Leon Goretzka, according to reports from Germany.

    There had been interest in the 26-year-old earlier in the summer, but that seemed to have cooled in recent days.

    That's because Bayern are said to have opened talks on a new contract for the German international who is in the final year of his contract, but United remain hopeful a deal is still on the cards.

    This one isn't over yet…

  • Giacomo Pisa

    SOLSKJAER WANTS MORE

    Red Devils boss Ole Gunnar has revealed "anything can happen" in terms of more arrivals this summer, sparking excitement among Manchester United fans.

    Atletico Madrid midfielder Saul Niguez has been strongly linked with an Old Trafford switch for a reported £41million.

    And speaking on the prospect of new signings, Solskjaer has said: "Anything from now is a bonus.

    "I have to say that with the two signings we’ve got, we’ve strengthened where we wanted to strengthen.

    "Let’s see what happens. You never know in football.

    "Anything can happen, ins and outs."

  • Giacomo Pisa

    GOOD MORNING MAN UTD FANS

    Raphael Varane has flown into Manchester to have his medical ahead of his initial £34million move from Real Madrid.

    A deal for the 28-year-old French World Cup winner was announced last week but a delay in the paperwork for Varane's visa meant his flight to Manchester was put on hold.

    That is now all sorted, with an official announcement expected shortly.

    Meanwhile, United are reportedly hoping to sell 10 players this month to fund moves for Atletico Madrid star Kieran Trippier and Rennes ace Eduardo Camavinga.

    Solskjaer is looking to assemble a squad capable of challenging for the Premier League title after back-to-back top-four finishes.

    According to ESPN, the Red Devils are looking to recoup £100million, with Jesse Lingard, Anthony Martial, Phil Jones and Diogo Dalot up for sale.

    Andreas Pereira, Daniel James, Alex Telles, Axel Tuanzebe and Brandon Williams are also believed to have been deemed as surplus to requirements.

    And the Manchester giants are also said to be prepared to cash in on Paul Pogba, who has just a year left to run on his contract.

  • Kostas Lianos

    HAALAND BOOST

    Chelsea have given up on their pursuit to sign Borussia Dortmund superstar Erling Haaland this summer.

    That's according to The Athletic, who claim that the Blues have turned their attentions on Romelu Lukaku.

    Haaland was the west Londoners' top target but a deal was always going to be difficult following the departure of Jadon Sancho to Manchester United.

    It would have also taken an astronomical fee for the west Londoners to land the 21-year-old this month.

    The Norway international has also been linked with United, who could try and trigger his £68million release clause that becomes active next summer

  • Kostas Lianos

    RICE TOUCH

    West Ham star Declan Rice is keeping his options open but won't force a move away from the London Stadium.

    Rice has returned to training with the Hammers after an break following his exploits at Euro 2020 with England.

    The midfielder has been linked with a move to Manchester United as well as Chelsea during the summer transfer window.

    According to the Daily Telegraph, however, the 22-year-old is happy enough in east London and won't try to push for an exit

  • Kostas Lianos

    G-REALLY EMOTIONAL

    Jack Grealish posted an emotional message to Aston Villa following his move to Manchester City.

    City announced that Grealish, who was previously linked with Manchester United, has joined their ranks following a record-breaking £100million deal.

    The forward looked back at his 19-year stint at Villa Park and claimed he remains a Villa fan.

    Here’s what the England international had to say:

  • Kostas Lianos

    NEVE-S HAPPENING

    Arsenal appear to be out of the bidding war for Wolves star, and Manchester United target, Ruben Neves as Granit Xhaka is set to sign a new deal.

    Xhaka appeared close to moving to Roma but it seems like he will be staying at the Emirates after all.

    According to Football London, the Gunners were lining up a bid for Neves to replace the Switzerland international in the middle of the park but it seems like there is no need anymore.

    This works as a huge boost for United, who are also on the lookout for a midfielder as Paul Pogba could leave

  • Kostas Lianos

    GREALISH REACTS

    Manchester City signing, and former Manchester United target, Jack Grealish is happy to have joined the “best team in the country”.

    Grealish said: “I am incredibly happy to have joined Manchester City. City are the best team in the country with a manager considered to be the best in the world – it’s a dream come true to be part of this club.

    “Over the past 10 seasons, they have won major trophies consistently. Pep [Guardiola] coming here has taken them to the next level and the football this team plays is the most exciting in Europe.

    “To play for Pep and learn from him is going to be special and it’s something any top footballer would want.

    “The facilities are amazing, and I honestly can’t wait to get started, meet everyone and get playing”

  • Kostas Lianos

    THE MAN AIM

    Manchester United star Harry Maguire has warned his team-mates theyneed to be mentally ready and focused ahead of the start of the new season.

    Maguire said: “It’s been a great few days to start with.

    It’s a great setting, right on the golf course, although we’ve not played much golf!

    “We’re working hard and we’re 10 days away from the season starting so our preparations are going on – we need to make sure we’re ready and focused, and mentally ready for a long, tough season, but an enjoyable one”

  • Kostas Lianos

    GREALISH JOINS CITY

    Manchester City have announced the signing of Jack Grealish from Aston Villa.

    Grealish moves to the Etihad after City reached a whopping £100million deal with Villa.

    This marks the priciest transfer in British football history.

    The England international passed his medical earlier today and is set to link up with Pep Guardiola’s men.

    Manchester United were also previously interested in the forward but he ultimately joined rivals City

  • Kostas Lianos

    ALL SMILES

    Morale has been sky high during Manchester United's pre-season training camp in Scotland.

    The likes of Paul Pogba, Fred, Bruno Fernandes and Luke Shaw have been snapped smiling ear to ear.

    This is going to be a big season for United as they are hoping for a Premier League title challenge following some key additions.

    The Red Devils have already signed Tom Heaton as well as Jadon Sancho and are expecting Raphael Varane

  • Kostas Lianos

    LINDELOF INJURY

    Manchester United ace Victor Lindelof revealed that he played through a back injury last season.

    Lindelof told United's official website: "I feel much better now.

    "I've been working very hard on my back, especially during the break. I struggled a lot with it last season and had to really play through it.

    "I played a game and then would need to rest for a couple of days and then it was straight into another game.

    "That was tough, but like I say, I have been working very hard with different types of exercises and treatment – and I feel much better"

  • Kostas Lianos

    MESSI ANNOUNCEMENT

    Barcelona confirmed that Lionel Messi’s departure comes down to “financial and structural obstacles”.

    A statement from Barca read: “Despite FC Barcelona and Lionel Messi having reached an agreement and the clear intention of both parties to sign a new contract today, this cannot happen because of financial and structural obstacles (Spanish Liga regulations).

    “As a result of this situation, Messi shall not be staying on at FC Barcelona. Both parties deeply regret that the wishes of the player and the club will ultimately not be fulfilled.

    “FC Barcelona wholeheartedly expresses its gratitude to the player for his contribution to the aggrandisement of the club and wishes him all the very best for the future in his personal and professional life”

  • Kostas Lianos

    MESSI OUT

    Barcelona have announced that Lionel Messi will be leaving the club this summer.

    Barca confirmed that Messi is set to roll credits on his stunning 17-year stint at the Nou Camp.

    At first it looked like the two sides reached an agreement over a new five-year contract that would see the star forward taking a 50 per cent salary cut.

    However, talks fell through in a meeting on Thursday and thus the Argentina international is now officially up for grabs

  • Kostas Lianos

    POGBA WARNING

    Paul Pogba may not find it easy to leave Manchester United during the summer.

    That is according to former United boss David Moyes' old warning about the Glazers and their exit policy.

    Moyes previously said: "I have to say I learnt a lesson a little bit from the owners of Manchester United at that time.

    "I think Wayne [Rooney] eventually put a transfer request in, and the owners of Manchester United turned around and said, 'You don't think we listen to transfer requests? We've had far better players, many better players put in transfer requests. We tell them when we want them to leave Manchester United’"

  • Kostas Lianos

    GARNER-ING INTEREST

    Manchester United youngster James Garner is being monitored by two unnamed Premier League clubs.

    Garner was loaned out to Watford as well as Nottingham Forest last season and enjoyed a successful stint at the City Ground.

    Championship clubs are also keeping tabs on the midfielder, including Forest, Sheffield United and Swansea.

    However, Premier League clubs have also joined the bidding war for the 20-year-old

  • Kostas Lianos

    WILL-ING AND ABLE

    Norwich are keeping tabs on Manchester United ace Brandon Williams.

    According to a The Athletic, the Canaries are locked in talks with United over a potential deal for Williams.

    The full-back is keen to leave Old Trafford on loan this summer and Norwich are amongst the clubs keeping tabs on him.

    Talks are ongoing but a loan fee has yet to be discussed between the two Premier League sides

  • Kostas Lianos

    NOT CHO SURE

    Liverpool legend John Barnes is not sure Jadon Sancho is the answer to Manchester United's problems.

    Barnes told BonusCodeBets.co.uk: "Sancho’s a great player and it’s good to have a young English player for the future. But I don’t think it’s a position they needed to strengthen. Is he going to play instead of [Marcus] Rashford or [Mason] Greenwood?

    "Harry Kane to United would probably have made more sense than anything else but he’s not going there. They needed a defensive midfielder or a defender and [Raphael] Varane is a good signing.

    "Alongside [Harry] Maguire, they will look much more secure than they have in the past"

  • Kostas Lianos

    JESS MAKING SURE

    West Ham are lining up an alternative to Manchester United ace Jesse Lingard.

    Lingard spent the second half of last season with the Hammers and put together a series of impressive performances.

    The winger was so influentail that manager David Moyes wishes to sign him on a permanent basis this summer.

    However, the east Londoners' bids are not paying off and this has led to an interest in Sao Paulo ace Igor Gomes, according to HommeDuMatch

  • Kostas Lianos

    LOAN MOVE

    Manchester United youngster Facundo Pellistri has rejoined Alaves on a season-long loan.

    Pellistri joined United following a £9million move from Penarol on deadline day last October.

    The winger was then swiftly loaned out to Alaves during the January transfer window.

    The Uruguayan is still yet to make a senior appearance for the Red Devils

  • Kostas Lianos

    FERN MESSAGE

    Manchester United star Bruno Fernandes has advised his team-mates to make the most out of their big friendly match with Everton on Saturday, which acts as a major dress rehearsal ahead of this coming season.

    Fernandes told United's official website: "The standard of Everton is really high.

    "After that, there is one week before we start. It will be good to have a last test against a Premier League club with high standards and really good, quality players.

    "With this game, it's about performing well and getting some minutes in the legs.

    "We want to win the game, but the result will not be the most important thing. At the same time, though, we want to win"

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  • Kostas Lianos

    POG-BACK

    Paul Pogba will likely start the season with Manchester United but could still move to Paris Saint-Germain during the summer summer, according to the Daily Telegraph.

    Pogba has been heavily linked with a move to PSG but is likely to feature in United's Premier League opener against Leeds before any transfer takes place.

    The star midfielder has entered the final year of his Old Trafford contract.

    And although the France international hasn't officially rejected the Red Devils' extension offer he will take his time before deciding where his future lies.

    The 28-year-old will reportedly make a decision before the European transfer window shuts next month but will be available for selection when United host Leeds on August 14.

    The former Juventus superstar linked up with his team-mates at pre-season training in Scotland on Tuesday

  • Kostas Lianos

    48 HOURS

    Chelsea are looking to complete former Manchester United star Romelu Lukaku’s return to Stamford Bridge within 48 hours, according to transfer expert Kristof Terreur.

    Lukaku has been linked with a staggering £100million move to the Blues and the star striker has instructed Inter Milan to accept a sufficient offer.

    In fact, the Belgium international may be present for the west Londoners in the Super Cup against Villarreal on August 11.

    Manager Thomas Tuchel is trying to sign a centre-forward following Timo Werner’s hapless debut season

  • Kostas Lianos

    GREALISH PASSES MEDICAL

    Former Manchester United target Jack Grealish has completed his medical at Manchester City.

    Grealish is now set to put pen to paper on a contract with United's rivals City.

    The Citizens have stroke a whopping £100million deal with Aston Villa earlier in the summer.

    The England international is going to become the most expensive British player and the priciest transfer in Premier League history

  • Kostas Lianos

    VARANE RECAP

    Raphael Varane is finally flying over to England to complete his deal with Manchester United.

    Varane arrives a week later than originally planned as his move was held up due to visa restrictions that have been imposed after Brexit.

    The former Real Madrid star will land in the country today and have a medical before signing his contract.

    The France international is expected to link up with Harry Maguire at centre-back this season

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