5.30pm Man Utd transfer news LIVE: Sancho LATEST, Umtiti and Dembele link, Issa Diop to cost £45m, Douglas Costa talks – The Sun

MANCHESTER UNITED are still looking to land Jadon Sancho from Dortmund – but the Germans are reportedly sticking firm with their asking price.

And Douglas Costa's agents have held talks with the club in case they turn to other targets, with four Barcelona stars also being looked at.

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

  • DEAN DEAL

    Sheffield United are reportedly preparing another loan offer for Manchester United keeper Dean Henderson.

    Henderson spent the 2019-20 season on loan with the Blades and impressed with his showings between the sticks.

    And despite having agreed a fee of £18.5million with relegated Bournemouth for shot-stopper Aaron Ramsdale, ESPN reports Sheffield United are weighing up submitting a loan offer.

    The report states talks are ongoing.

  • DIOP IN THE OCEAN

    Manchester United have been boosted by the news West Ham are reportedly ready to sell Issa Diop.

    The Red Devils want a new centre-back and have been linked with a move for the 23-year-old Hammer.

    And Sky Sports reports David Moyes' side are ready to cash in on their French star.

    The report suggests the East London side are “willing to listen to offers of £45million”.

  • JUAN WAY OR ANOTHER

    Ex-Manchester United star Juan Sebastian Veron has compared his career to that of Old Trafford flop Alexis Sanchez.

    Sanchez finally ended his weary spell as a Red Devil with a permanent move to Inter Milan in this window.

    And Argentine Veron – who similarly struggled after arriving at United with big billing after impressing at Lazio – drew links between the two.

    Via the Manchester Evening News, he said: “Personally, I had some ups and downs at Manchester United, but I was at my best in Italy.

    “I believe a player really finds he belongs in one league more than another. I know I did and I think that’s true of Alexis Sanchez too.”

  • BETTER CALL SAL

    Manchester United have been drawn in the same group as Salford for the EFL Trophy.

    Salford are owned by a number of the Class of 92 including Gary Neville and David Beckham.

    And they will face their Old Trafford neighbours for the first EVER time.

    Salford had reached the final in last's season's edition but it was scrapped amid the coronavirus pandemic.

  • PAUL YOUR SOCKS UP!

    Manchester United legend Paul Ince was mocked for falsely suggesting Arsenal don't have statues of club legends Thierry Henry and Dennis Bergkamp.

    The former midfielder was discussing the news that Man City are to honour David Silva's legacy with a statue outside the Eithad.

    Live on BT Sport, he said: “You look at the Henry’s and Bergkamp’s and he’s up there.

    “But I don’t see a statue of Bergkamp or Henry outside the Arsenal so…”

    But Arsenal DO have statues of their iconic pair, Henry's was erected in 2011 and Bergkamp's three years later.

    And fans were quick to pounce on the error suggesting Ince should have done his homework.

  • ZEBRA CROSSING

    This is a leaked version of United's third kit for next season has been leaked.

    The 'zebra' design has split fans on social media, but the club and Adidas have yet to confirm what next season's shirt will look like.

    This shirt, shared by FootyHeadlines.com, looks genuine and is on a model's shoulders, but fans are still waiting to see if it is genuine.

  • STAY ANOTHER DAY

    Lucien Favre has told Jadon Sancho he wants the winger to stay at the club next season.

    Sancho is United’s top transfer target this season and has begun training with the Bundesliga club ahead of their season’s resumption on September 19.

    The Dortmund boss told Der Westen: “It is important that he stays with us.

    “That is of course also important for the team.”

  • TEAM OF THE WEEK

    Bruno Fernandes has been named in the Europa League team of the week.

    Unsurprisingly, the team is dominated by Inter and Sevilla stars, who will meet in Friday's final.

  • KANE TRANSFER ODDS

    Real Madrid are favourites with the bookies to sign Harry Kane.

    The Tottenham Hotspur ace has long been linked with a move away from North London, and as things stand he's 2/1 to join the Spanish giants, according to Ladbrokes.

    Manchester United remain the most likely club in England to make a move at 5/2, with Juventus and PSG 9/2 shots apiece.

    Alex Apati of Ladbrokes said: “Jose Mourinho will do well to keep hold of his star striker with a whole host of European giants seemingly queuing up for his signature.”

    • Real Madrid – 2/1
    • Man Utd – 5/2
    • Juventus – 9/2
    • PSG – 9/2
    • Man City – 8/1
    • Barcelona – 10/1
    • Bayern Munich – 10/1
    • Liverpool – 33/1
    • Chelsea – 33/1
    • Arsenal – 100/1

    DO OR DY

    Paulo Dybala could be offered to Manchester United again this summer, according to reports.

    The Juventus forward, 26, may be used as part of a swap deal to take Paul Pogba back to Serie A.

    According to Tuttosport, new Juventus manager Andrea Pirlo will prioritise keeping Cristiano Ronaldo happy.

    The Portugal star has been tipped with a stunning Paris Saint-Germain transfer but ensuring he is the centre forward next season could see Dybala pushed out.

    Reports earlier this week suggested Dybala was considering his future anyway because he is thought to be sick of being transfer listed.

    He still has two years left to run on his current deal at the Allianz Stadium but it is thought negotiations have stalled over an extension after being offered £175,000 a week, while wanting £260,000.

    NOU FUTURES HERE

    Manchester United are eyeing moves for FOUR cut-price Barcelona stars, with the Catalan giants ready to flog their failing stars.

    According to Mundo Deportivo, Ousmane Dembele, Samuel Umtiti, Ivan Rakitic and Arturo Vidal are among the players in the shop window at the Nou Camp.

    The four players have all previously been linked with Old Trafford, but the Spanish – and especial Catalan – media have a habit of linking United with any player who is underperforming at Barcelona.

    They could all be available on cut-price deals though, with Barca keen to reduce their wage bill to free up some cash to spend on younger players.

    After their 8-2 defeat to Bayern Munich on Sunday, it is clear incoming manager Ronald Koemnan needs to overhaul the Barcelona squad.

    And even Lionel Messi could be at risk.

    HAPPY ANNIVERSARY RVP

    Robin van Persie was unveiled at United after moving from Arsenal on this day in 2012.

    What a signing that turned out to be!

    THUMBS UP FROM ROM

    Romelu Lukaku has tipped old side Manchester United to be “really good” next season after firing Inter Milan to the Europa League final.

    Antonio Conte’s Serie A runners-up will face Sevilla on Friday after beating Shakhtar Donetsk 5-0.

    However, Belgium star Lukaku believes the Red Devils are on the road to becoming a real force thanks to their front three of Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Mason Greenwood.

    He said: “I think United tried their hardest [in the semi-final]. I think they had a really good season and Ole did a good job.

    “The players they did really well, Greenwood's coming through, and Martial and Rashford. I expected all of that.

    “I’m really happy for them, they look really good next season, I have no doubt”.

    LUK'S RAW DEAL

    Owen Hargreaves has hit out at United's treatment of Romelu Lukaku at United after he was frozen out of the team and then sold by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

    Lukaku is now in the form of his life under Antonio Conte and scored in his 10th consecutive Europa League game for Inter in their 5-0 thumping of Shakhtar Donetsk last night.

    Hargreaves said: “I think he got a raw deal at Manchester United.

    “I think he felt there was a lot of pressure on him.

    “He felt he had a point to prove all the time. He almost played like he was carrying that burden.

    “Now he looks like he’s in a place where he’s really confident. I think he deserved a little bit better.”

    NOT ANY MAR

    Hellas Verona defender Marash Kumbulla has agreed personal terms with Inter Milan ahead of a summer transfer, according to reports.

    The 20-year-old has drawn admiring glances from around Europe with his displays in Serie A over the past 12 months.

    Manchester United and Chelsea are both believed to have looked at the one-cap Albania international.

    But according to Fabrizio Romano, Antonio Conte's Inter have won the race for his signature.

    Kumbulla has agreed personal terms with the Italian giants, with a five-year deal on the table.

    Inter still have to settle a fee with Hellas Verona, however, before they can officially snap up the highly-rated defender.

    NOU MAN IN

    Ronald Koeman wants to make Donny van de Beek his first signing as Barcelona manager, according to reports.

    The United target, 23, impressed so much during Ajax's march to the Champions League semi-finals, where they were seconds away from qualifying for the final itself.

    But after staying on another season at the Johann Cruyff Arena, he is ready for a new challenge, which Edwin van der Sar even acknowledged earlier in the year.

    Van der Beek scored 10 goals and grabbed 11 assists for Ajax in all competitions last season and would cost either United or Barcelona £31.6m.

    COUNTING THE COST

    Douglas Costa's have held talks with Manchester United to establish whether the club would be interested in the Juventus winger, according to reports.

    Transfer expert Gianluca Di Marzio on Sky Sports News: “Juventus want him to leave. His agents are moving to find a solution, they have talked to Manchester United, to understand if the would be interested.

    “They will think about it, but the problem is that Douglas Costa is often injured, so this is a problem for a club that wants to buy him.

    “The agents have talked to Manchester United, for sure, and have proposed his transfer.”

    GOOD MORNING MAN UTD FANS

    Football’s return to pre-season training has been thrown into chaos by the quarantine rules.

    And players have been warned they cannot cheat the system by holidaying in a country outside the UK’s safe list then fly back from a different country which does not require 14 days of isolation.

    The Premier League has written to every club to alert them anyone who has travelled to any of the 155 nations with high levels of Covid-19 must go into lockdown before returning to work.

    Even those testing negative for coronavirus will not be exempted.

    It has been suggested that some anxious players have been holidaying in Spain and then returned to the UK via Greece or Germany to avoid going into quarantine.

    A Government spokesperson said: “If you have been in a country that is not exempt from our travel restrictions, you must self-isolate for 14 days.

    “If you travel from that country to one which is exempt for, say, four days, you will still need to isolate for ten days when you return to the UK.”

    And with most top-flight teams returning to training this week, it has left a number of stars struggling to beat the deadline.

    Elsewhere, SunSport reporter Neil Custis thinks Ole Gunnar Solskjaer simply cannot afford to get lost down an alleyway with a dead end either, as David Moyes did in the summer of 2013.

    The-then Manchester United boss and executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward held out all summer in the belief that they were signing Cesc Fabregas. They held out and held out.

    Moyes and Fabregas even spoke but at the last moment the player decided to stay at Barcelona.

    In the meantime United lost out on other targets in other positions and ended up with just one signing — Marouane Fellaini.

    This is the problem now as they doggedly pursue Jadon Sancho.

    They cannot afford to put all their eggs in one basket by hanging around and hoping Sancho pushes through a transfer from a resolute Borussia Dortmund.

    Finally, David De Gea defended his position at Man Utd by insisting 'I trust in myself' as pressure mounts for Dean Henderson to return.

    LOCK OUT

    Football's return to pre-season training has been thrown into chaos by the quarantine rules.

    And players have been warned they cannot cheat the system by holidaying in a country outside the UK’s safe list then fly back from a different country which does not require 14 days of isolation.

    The Premier League has written to every club to alert them anyone who has travelled to any of the 155 nations with high levels of Covid-19 must go into lockdown before returning to work. Even those testing negative for coronavirus will not be exempted.

    It has been suggested that some anxious players have been holidaying in Spain and then returned to the UK via Greece or Germany to avoid going into quarantine.

    A Government spokesperson said: “If you have been in a country that is not exempt from our travel restrictions, you must self-isolate for 14 days.

    “If you travel from that country to one which is exempt for, say, four days, you will still need to isolate for ten days when you return to the UK.”

    OLE AT WHEEL IN SLOW LAIN

    NEIL CUSTIS – Comment

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer simply cannot afford to get lost down an alleyway with a dead end either, as David Moyes did in the summer of 2013.

    The-then Manchester United boss and executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward held out all summer in the belief that they were signing Cesc Fabregas. They held out and held out.

    Moyes and Fabregas even spoke but at the last moment the player decided to stay at Barcelona.

    In the meantime United lost out on other targets in other positions and ended up with just one signing — Marouane Fellaini.

    This is the problem now as they doggedly pursue Jadon Sancho.

    They cannot afford to put all their eggs in one basket by hanging around and hoping Sancho pushes through a transfer from a resolute Borussia Dortmund.

    SANCHO BLOW

    Manchester United's hopes of luring Jadon Sancho to Old Trafford appear to have taken another blow.

    Borussia Dortmund’s top boss has reportedly hinted they have no need to part with the starlet, who is a top transfer target for the Red Devils.

    The Daily Mail claim Dortmund’s CEO believes his club do not have to sell the player to reduce their outgoings.

    And the London-born starlet’s form has led to his employers placing a whopping £108million price tag on his head.

    However, Manchester United are thought to be reluctant to meet the entire eye-watering cost upfront.

    WE'RE GUNNAR GET BETTER

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is staying upbeat about next season despite his club's defeat in the Europe League semi-final.

    KANE WELL ABLE

    Steve McClaren claims Manchester United don’t need £108million Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho.

    And he has urged Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to move for Tottenham striker Harry Kane instead.

    McClaren told Talksport: “The front four are so quick, they’re so exciting and they cause so many problems.

    “Yes, Sancho would improve the squad, but to win big games and cups you need a No9 and you need two damn-good centre-backs.

    “Haaland would have been perfect; a young talented striker, a No9 who can play under pressure – they’re difficult to find.

    “Harry Kane, will they get him out of Tottenham? I doubt it very much but they need someone of that ilk.”

    JENS UNDER THE LENS

    Norwegian sensation Jens Petter Hauge was watched by a top Manchester United scout on Sunday and admitted: “It’s very positive.”

    Talent-spotter Tommy Moller Nielsen saw the FK Bodø/Glimt left-winger fail to add to his astonishing eight goals in 12 games this season as the Norway League leaders won 2-1 at Sandefjord.

    Moller Nielsen refused to confirm local reports he was scouting the 20-year-old in particular but Hauge told Eurosport: “It’s quite clear. When a club like Manchester United comes on the field, it will always be interesting.

    “If that’s right [United scout watching him], then it’s very positive.

    “But it’s not something I can go around thinking about because then my performance will drop.

    “I have to focus on delivering. I will of course be very flattered if this is true, but I am now concentrating on performing in Glimt.”

    INS AND OUTS

    Manchester United must reportedly offload a string of players to complete a £108million deal for Jadon Sancho.

    The Standard claims Ole Gunnar Solskjaer must part ways with United’s dead weight in order to have sufficient funds this summer.

    United are coming round to the idea of forking out £108m for the England star.

    But to fund the move, and deals for other expensive signings, they will need to move on a number of fringe players.

    Jesse Lingard and Andreas Pereira are two midfielders who have no future under Solskjaer.

    But it’s in defence where the axe will swing hardest, with Chris Smalling, Phil Jones, Marcos Rojo and Diogo Dalot all reportedly up for sale.

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