Sancho 'tells England team-mates he's joining Man Utd', Varane £50m bid rejected, Rashford could miss start of season

MANCHESTER UNITED will reportedly complete the transfer of Jadon Sancho once they pay Dortmund an extra £8.5m in add-ons.

Personal terms based on a five-year deal worth £350,000-a-week have already been agreed.

And Sancho has told his future Man Utd team-mates in the England camp he's joining up soon.

Meanwhile the Red Devils are said to have had a £50m bid rejected for Raphael Varane.

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  • Joe Brophy

    JAD ENOUGH

    Jadon Sancho has told his England team-mates that he’s ‘heading to Old Trafford’, according to reports.

    SunSport revealed earlier this month that the winger has agreed a five-year, £350,000-a-week deal to join Manchester United from Borussia Dortmund.

    The two clubs have still been haggling over the fee, with add-ons the biggest point of contention.

    But the £80million deal is edging closer.

    According to Tom McDermott, Sancho has confirmed to his Three Lions pals that he’s definitely off to United.

    He adds that the deal is ‘practically done’.

    And that issues over add-ons have been ‘ironed out’.

  • Joe Brophy

    WEST DRESSED

    Weston McKennie revealed that Juventus team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo was only wearing PANTS the first time they met.

    In a US press conference promoting the MLS play-offs, he said: "The first time I saw Ronaldo I was walking into the physiotherapist's room to go to my doctor and I saw him come out in his underwear.

    "I thought, 'Oh my God! It's really him!'. I did everything I could to behave normally and not pass for a total fan, because he would be my team-mate."

  • Joe Brophy

    DOR OPENED

    Borussia Dortmund are reportedly interested in signing PSV Eindhoven forward Donyell Malen.

    And the German club could use some of the money from Jadon Sancho's imminent sale to Manchester United to fund the move.

    Personal terms between Sancho and United have been agreed, with the Red Devils now needing to stump up an additional £8.5million to complete the deal.

    Dortmund are plotting a £25m move for Malen, according to German outlet Bild.

    And talks between Dortmund and Malen's agen Mino Raiola have already begun.

    The fee for the Netherlands international could rise but the Bundesliga club view the 22-year-old as Sancho's replacement.

  • Joe Brophy

    HIT THE ROAD JACK

    Manchester United target Jack Grealish has given a clear hint his future lies away from Aston Villa after revealing he’s desperate to win the Champions League.

    The 25-year-old said: “My ultimate goal? It's got to be a trophy hasn't it. I want to win either the Champions League or a major trophy with England, the Euros or the World Cup.

    “Obviously, the World Cup would be iconic wouldn't it? But I think the Euros is just as good. And then at club level, to win a Champions League.

    “My best mate here, Chilly, has come off the back of winning. But yeah, I’ve got to say one of them – winning the Champions League or winning the World Cup or the Euros. So fingers crossed.”

  • Joe Brophy

    LINK UP PLAY

    Manchester United target Declan Rice can’t wait to face Toni Kroos on Tuesday night after their Twitter love-in earlier this year.

    The West Ham midfielder revealed his admiration for Germany’s stalwart on social media back in April.

    And Rice said on Friday: “I can’t remember what my tweet was actually but I woke up to him saying ‘thanks mate’.

    “It was a good moment to be fair and the lads at West Ham were giving me a bit for it.

    “When there are the big games on and you are watching, you appreciate top footballers. Obviously that night I felt the need to say (what I did) about Muller and Toni Kroos.

    “I am relishing to go out there and put myself up against the best. It is England v Germany, round of 16, at Wembley, it is going to be proper, so I need to go out there and give a solid performance myself and as a team.

    “Kroos is world class, other midfielders like me we want to test ourselves. But we need to impose game and be physical on him and stop him spraying it around the pitch.”

  • Joe Brophy

    JA-DONE DEAL

    Manchester United are reportedly getting closer to agreeing a deal to sign Jadon Sancho.

    Sky Sports claim the Red Devils are set to finalise a proposed £77million deal for the England winger.

    The report adds that the Bundesliga side have pushed for more of the fee to be paid up front.

    And Dortmund are now willing to lower their original £85m asking price from the start of the window if United agree to front-load the payment.

  • Joe Brophy

    BA-LACKING COURAGE

    Michael Ballack has delivered a withering assessment of Germany’s chances against England – insisting too many of their players lack the heart for a battle.

    He said: “We always find it difficult when we play against countries who are mentally strong and good in one-on-one duels.

    “We have some lads who possess these characteristics – but not enough of them.

    “Unfortunately we have too many players who have not learned how to be flexible during matches.

    “They are pushed to their limits in difficult situations, when they need to win using other means than those originally planned.”

  • Joe Brophy

    RAF RIDE

    Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane wants to complete a move to Manchester United this summer, according to reports.

    The 28-year-old French international joined the Spanish giants from Lens way back in 2011 for the price of £8.5million.

    But according to The Independent, Varane now wants away from the Spanish capital as Real prepare to go through a period of transition.

    However, the major hurdle facing Man Utd is the centre-back's huge wage demands.

    He is reportedly holding out for an astronomical figure of £400,000 per week.

    That would make him the highest paid player at Old Trafford, eclipsing keeper David de Gea.

  • Joe Brophy

    WET HIS BEEK

    Manchester United could offload Anthony Martial and Donny van de Beek this summer, according to reports.

    Van de Beek has failed to establish himself in the first team and made just four league starts following his £39million move from Ajax last summer.

    But according to ESPN the Netherlands midfielder is keen to fight for his place at Old Trafford.

    Martial is another who could leave this summer, with the report claiming United will consider realistic offers for the pair.

    The club has responded to inquiries for the players stating "every player has a realistic evaluation".

  • Joe Brophy

    RONALD-H2-O

    Daouda Peeters has confirmed Cristiano Ronaldo's strict diet, claiming he quaffs 'litres of water.. and no Coca-Cola'.

    Juventus youngster Peeters told HLN: "Cristiano always eats the same thing: broccoli, chicken and rice.

    "With litres of water, and no Coke, of course…

    "He does not do those abdominal exercises out of vanity, but because he sees his body as an instrument for work.

    "It is not the case that Cristiano stands in front of the mirror during those hours – he would not have time for that.

    "When he is at the club, it's mainly for training. He really lives for his job."

  • Joe Brophy

    SMALL CHANGE

    Everton are reportedly keen on bringing former Manchester United star Chris Smalling to Goodison Park this summer.

    Although the 31-year-old isn't up for sale, Roma are said to be open to hearing the Toffees' offer, according to Corrieredellosport.

    But any deal would only go ahead if the price is right and if Roma manage to find a replacement for the defender.

    The Italian side signed Smalling for £18million from Manchester United last summer and will want to recoup the bulk of that.

    Dellosport also claim another factor in the potential deal is if new Roma boss Jose Mourinho wants to off-load his defensive rock.

    The pair have a good relationship which goes back to when they worked together at United when Mourinho was in charge.

  • Joe Brophy

    PREM PROMISE

    The Premier League have agreed to fund over 2,000 new defibrillators across grassroots football in the wake of Christian Eriksen’s brush with death.

    The first phase will see the AEDs rolled out to Football Foundation funded facilities which currently do not have access to the life-saving device.

    Then grassroots clubs across England who own their own facilities will then be able to apply for funding for a defibrillator.

    Over 2,000 sites will benefit from this investment, with the first 1,000 units delivered in time for the start of season 2021-22 and the second wave expected in September.

    Once installed, the AEDs will be accessible, if required, to an estimated 1.5m people that use these facilities per season.

    As part of the scheme, each recipient will have required to send at least one person on the FA’s free Sudden Cardiac Arrest course to learn how to use them and also help with tips on CPR.

  • Joe Brophy

    KAY AND DRY

    England’s newest superstar Bukayo Saka was brought back to earth in savage style by team-mate Marcus Rashford.

    The Arsenal teen – who was man of the match in Tuesday’s win over Czech Republic – was cheekily nutmegged by Rashford in training on Friday.

  • Marc Mayo

    DONE DEAL

    Manchester United title winner Alexander Buttner is trying to revive his stalled career – with Dutch minnows RKC Waalwijk.

    The defender, 32, helped the Red Devils lift their most recent Premier League crown eight years ago.

    Buttner has since played for Anderlecht, Vitesse Arnhem and New England Revolution, and joined Apollon Limassol in January.

    However his move to Cyprus swiftly turned sour. Local media claimed the left-back was released due to fitness concerns.

    Meanwhile the player's advisors insisted Apollon had failed to fulfil contractual promises.

  • Marc Mayo

    YOU OLD SOFTIE

    Phil Neville has revealed he was left stunned after Roy Keane turned up to his wedding – saying the Irishman has a 'soft spot' for him.

    Speaking on The Greatest Game with Jamie Carragher, Neville said: "Do you know what? I think he had a soft spot for me.

    "He actually turned up to my wedding… and he would never turn up to anyone else's wedding.

    "He turned up to mine and had a good time – and his kids went to school with my kids. Every time I see him now, I think, 'He has a little bit of a soft spot for me'.

    "I think because he hated Gary [Neville] so much – he used to fight with Gary every day – he saw me as the nice one."

  • Marc Mayo

    PERI-PERI SOURCE

    Ivan Perisic is being tracked by Premier League and Bundesliga clubs ahead of a possible departure from Inter Milan.

    With his contract up in a year’s time, La Gazzetta dello Sport note Inter’s openness to cashing in on a player earning upwards of £80,000-a-week.

    Manchester United have been linked with the winger for practically his entire career.

    Credit: AFP
  • Marc Mayo

    HE’S OUR GAL

    Sunderland are joining the race to sign Ethan Galbraith on loan.

    A number of League One and Championship clubs are chasing the Northern Ireland international, who has made just one appearance for Manchester United.

    Sunderland Echo name the Black Cats as just one club tracking the 20-year-old.

  • Marc Mayo

    PAUL YOUR FINGER OUT

    Mikael Silvestre has called on Paul Pogba to show greater consistency despite his great start to Euro 2020.

    The France midfielder has starred for Les Bleus so far but his countryman believes he still has more to do.

    Ex-Manchester United defender Silvestre told Ladbrokes: “The problem with Paul Pogba is the consistency – or lack of.

    "When he’s at the top of this game, his level is something else, but he finds it difficult to repeat that game after game.

    "I look at it this way; he’s a world-class player, he’s got world-class attributes for sure. The question is, can he repeat it every three days? I’m not sure he can.

    "He hasn’t done it for Man United, I’m not sure he can do it for France either."

    Credit: News Group Newspapers Ltd
  • Marc Mayo

    NEAR AND VAR

    Raphael Varane should be Manchester United’s top target for the summer.

    That is according to Spanish former Premier League star Luis Garcia, who expects Real Madrid to put up a fight for the defender.

    He told ESPN: “I think Man United should try to bring [Varane] in.

    “He is one of the most important players at the moment at Real Madrid.

    “They’re losing [Sergio] Ramos who is the leader at the back. [Madrid] need to buy another centre-half.

    “If they want to challenge in every single competition, Real Madrid need to keep Varane.”

  • Marc Mayo

    HAIR RAISING

    Manchester United fans can rest easy.

    Paul Pogba has confirmed his latest haircut is NOT a symbol of his desire to return to Juventus.

    The midfielder’s current black-and-white do drew questions after France’s draw with Portugal.

    He replied: “It’s not tied to my future… My hair is always changing.”

    Credit: Getty
  • Marc Mayo

    CANTONA SIGNS FOR UNITED

    Eric Cantona has confirmed: “Yes, my friends, I have signed for United again.”

    The former Manchester United hero has, in fact, signed up for a campaign to buy supporters’ shares, in a scheme backed by the Glazers.

    Manchester United Supporters Trust (MUST) are leading a Fan Share Scheme to provide greater representation on club decision making.

    After Cantona became one of the first to sign up, MUST chief executive Duncan Drasdo said: “No one loves the club more than we do so fans should be at the heart of ownership. 

    “This is our chance to take the first step towards that change.”

  • Marc Mayo

    GARD'S UP

    West Ham will continue their pursuit of Jesse Lingard but may have to wait until Jadon Sancho's future is resolved, according to reports.

    The England international reignited his career with the Hammers during a hugely impressive loan stint last season.

    According to the Express, West Ham are happy to bide their time to see if the Red Devils will consider letting him leave.

    Sancho's arrival is likely to push Lingard down the pecking order at United and tempt the club into cashing in.

  • Marc Mayo

    NOT INTER YOU

    Donny van de Beek is holding out on a move to a Premier League or LaLiga club this summer, according to reports.

    FCInterNews claim the Manchester United outcast does not see a move to a Serie A team as a priority.

    The Red Devils are reportedly open to offers on their £40million man.

  • Marc Mayo

    CROWN JULE

    Chelsea have moved ahead of Manchester United in the race to sign Sevilla ace Jules Kounde, according to reports.

    The highly-talented 22-year-old is being heavily linked with a move to the Premier League this summer.

    Arsenal are also interested but boss Mikel Arteta has set his sights on Brighton's Ben White.

    Thomas Tuchel is eager to land a new central defender this summer with Thiago Silva turning 37 in September.

    Kounde remains top of his shortlist and ABC Sevilla write how the Blues have made their move.

    Sevilla won't let their key asset leave on the cheap having slapped a £55million price-tag on his head.

  • Marc Mayo

    NUN OTHER

    Portugal legend Nuno Gomes has recalled Cristiano Ronaldo's infamous wink after Wayne Rooney's sending off in their 2006 World Cup clash.

    England were knocked out at the quarter-final stage on penalties following the striker's 62nd-minute dismissal, and a wink which turned Ronaldo into a pariah around the country.

    But Gomes has told Ladbrokes: "Cristiano and Wayne Rooney were teammates at club level, but when you're on the field, you're always trying to get an advantage for your team.

    "I think Rooney would've done the same thing if the situation was the other way round.

    "The wink is not great for people to see, but it proves that Cristiano was just taking advantage of the situation and giving his team the best chance of winning.

    "I remember there was a lot of talk in the newspapers and on TV after the incident, and people were suggesting Cristiano wouldn't be returning to Manchester, but that just was not true."

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