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MANCHESTER UNITED'S Marcus Rashford has been linked with a move to Tottenham.

One agent claims the England international's representatives held exploratory talks with Spurs earlier in the summer, but adds that the transfer now appears "impossible".

Meanwhile, United have reportedly made an enquiry for Inter Milan's Alessandro Bastoni, who is said to be valued at £50m.

Meanwhile, the Red Devils are prepared to make an "offer Barcelona can't refuse" for Frenkie de Jong, according to reports from Spain.

Stay up to date with all the latest from Old Trafford…

  • Justin Lawrence

    Man United enquire about Bastoni

    Man United have enquired about the possibility of signing Inter Milan defender Alessandro Bastoni, according to reports.

    The 23-year-old centre-back has been heavily linked with a move to Tottenham.

    Spurs boss Antonio Conte is keen to bring him to North London, but he will now have to fend off competition from Man Utd.

    According to The Mail, the Red Devils have opened up a dialogue with Inter in an attempt to snatch the defender away from Tottenham.

    It comes after a difficult season for United's centre-backs – with Harry Maguire and Raphael Varane failing to form a solid partnership.

    And back-up defenders Victor Lindelof, Eric Bailly and Phil Jones have struggled to secure a consistent run in the team, meaning new boss Erik ten Hag is set to dip into the transfer market.

  • Justin Lawrence

    Morr where that came from

    Ravel Morrison wowed fans with a stunning free-kick for Jamaica in a 3-1 win over Suriname.

    Jamaica were awarded a free-kick at least 25 yards from goal and Morrison whipped the ball up and over the wall before it nestled in the top corner.

    Supporters on social media were quickly raving about the free-kick and lavished praise on the ex-Man United midfielder.

    One fan tweeted: "Love seeing Ravel Morrison scoring for Jamaica. What a talent."

    Another added: "Ravel Morrison what a player."

    A third wrote: "Whoooooa, Ravel Morrison. That's a beauty."

  • Justin Lawrence

    United urged to sign Timber

    Man United need to sign Ajax ace Jurrien Timber to get the club to a higher level.

    That's the opinion of former Ajax star Marciano Vink, who reckons United are lacking the quality Timber will provide.

    Vink told ESPN: “He’s a good defender but most of all he anticipates really well.

    “Those kinds of players you need to bring in to Man Utd to get to a higher level. I know for England they’re not common or well-known names but you need to start playing football again.

    “I have seen many matches of Man Utd and it was lacking pace, football, there were too many players satisfied playing for Man United and not eager to win, not eager to play for the club.

    “[Ten Hag] has to change the behaviour, mentality in the club and it’s going to take a while.”

  • Justin Lawrence

    Van Gaal launches Woodward attack

    Louis van Gaal has taken aim at former Man United chief Ed Woodward.

    Woodward has been replaced by new CEO Richard Arnold who could help Erik ten Hag be successful as United's manager.

    Van Gaal told Voetball International: "There is now a new leadership, it was Woodward and now it is Richard Arnold.

    "And that can make the difference, so we have to wait and see. He [Ten Hag] has a lot of confidence. So who am I to say something about that?"

  • Justin Lawrence

    Phillips gets big club warning

    Leeds star Kalvin Phillips will have limited game time if he moves to Man United, Liverpool, or Man City, according to Glen Johnson.

    But Johnson reckons United could make a swoop for Phillips if they fail to recruit Declan Rice from West Ham.

    Johnson told bettingodds: "I don’t think he’d get much gametime at either of those clubs if I’m being honest.

    "I’m a fan of his and I think he’s a fantastic player, but all of those clubs have got many players in his position. I think it all depends on what happens with other players.

    "I don’t want to keep on bringing up Declan Rice, but I think the clubs that don’t get him will certainly be more keen to go for Phillips. I think it all depends on other transfers as there’s no point in moving clubs to not play.

    "Unless there’s more movement in terms of outgoings, then I don’t see him playing much at either club.”

  • Justin Lawrence

    Prem giants battle for Botman

    Man United and Tottenham are interested in signing Lille star Sven Botman, according to reports.

    Newcastle wanted to sign him in January but failed to agree a fee with the French side, who rejected a bid worth £30million.

    But Toon retain an interest in the defender along with AC Milan, United and Spurs, according to Gianluca DiMarzio.

    However, the journalist claims Milan are not prepared to meet Lille's asking price which is believed to be around £34-38m.

    Lille's hefty demands could play into the hands of the Premier League sides who will likely have a bigger budget than Milan.

  • Justin Lawrence

    Van Persie's love for United

    But Van Persie still has a huge amount of respect for Man United and England despite rejecting a coaching role under Erik ten Hag.

    He said: "The respect of the fans is enormous. When I came back a few years later with Fenerbahce, after winning the league with United and Sir Alex, I still got a gigantic appreciation from the people.

    “England is a great country to live in. The people are warm and friendly. It's a 40-minute flight from Rotterdam, but you end up in a totally different world. A very beautiful world.

    “The football also suited me enormously. I continue to think it's the most beautiful league in the world. The fields are like green pool tables. All the stadiums are big and always full – and England absolutely breathes soccer.”

  • Justin Lawrence

    Van Persie explains United rejection

    Robin van Persie has revealed he turned down a coaching role at Man United to give his family some stability in the Netherlands.

    Van Persie's currently a coach at Feyenoord, and didn't want to uproot his family who are settled in the region following his hectic playing career that took him around the world.

    He said to Life After Football: "My son and daughter are important right now.

    “In London, when I played at Arsenal, we moved five times. We also lived in Manchester and Istanbul.

    "All in all, we were away for almost fourteen years. But then we thought 'what's good for the kids now?' and felt a little stability would be nice."

  • Justin Lawrence

    Tottenham close in on Torres

    Tottenham are reportedly closing in on a part-exchange deal with Villarreal for defender Pau Torres.

    The deal will see Torres move to White Hart Lane in place of Giovani Lo Celso, who will make his loan switch to the La Liga side permanent, according to Sky Italia.

    The news will be a blow to Man United who are also keen on recruiting Torres this summer.

  • Justin Lawrence

    Van Gaal fires Timber warning

    Louis van Gaal has warned Ajax star Jurrien Timber against a transfer to Man United this summer.

    Van Gaal doubts Timber will get the playing time he needs at Old Trafford despite possessing the ability to succeed in the Prem.

    Van Gaal said: "I think a player of his quality can play in the Premier League. That is not a problem.

    "If he has to make this big step now, that's the question.

    "It is not so wise I think [to move to United]. He has to play."

  • Alex Cole

    Good morning Man Utd fans

    Man Utd centre-back Harry Maguire has paid his respects to the victims of the Munich air disaster at the memorial.

    Maguire was there ahead of England’s Nations League 1-1 draw with Germany yesterday evening.

    England boss Gareth Southgate and his assistant Steve Holland would have been the perfect for Man United, according to Danny Murphy.

    United transfer target Kalvin Phillips was forced off through injury early on for England in their Nations League clash.

    Other target Aurelien Tchouameni has been snapped up by Real Madrid in a £85million-plus deal with Monaco, according to reports.

    Ryan Giggs has been out clothes shopping with a friend as he awaits the beginning of his court case on August 8.

    The former Man Utd winger remains suspended by Wales pending his trial.

    Cristiano Ronaldo has urged new boss Erik ten Hag to give the youngsters a shot next season.

  • Alex Cole

    Maguire plays full 90 mins in England draw

    Last season's United captain Harry Maguire has added another England cap to his shelf at home.

    Harry Kane scored his 50th England goal in a 1-1 draw to Germany in the Nations League.

    A late penalty saved the blushes of Gareth Southgate’s men.

  • Alex Cole

    Pogba talks

    Departing Manchester United star Paul Pogba has revealed three conditions his suitors need to meet in order to sign him – “play football, be myself and enjoy what I do”.

    United recently confirmed that record signing Pogba, 29, will leave once his contract runs out on June 30 following six years at Old Trafford.

    And Pogba told Uninterrupted: “I just want the best for me, I’m thinking like putting everything together. Take my time and I’m just looking for the best.

    “I just want to play football, be myself always and enjoy what I do.

    “I need to enjoy what I do because otherwise I cannot perform well. I don’t want to be thinking negative.

    “We can be losing games, losing trophies but you have to be happy where you are and enjoy yourself. That’s what I’m looking for.”

  • Alex Cole

    Giggs out shopping

    Ryan Giggs has been out clothes shopping with a friend as he awaits the beginning of his court case on August 8.

    The former Manchester United winger remains suspended by Wales pending his trial.

    Giggs denies all allegations.

    While awaiting his trial, Giggs has been spotted out in Cheshire with a pal.

    The 48-year-old wore a grey quarter zip jumper and black trousers as he shopped.

  • Alex Cole

    Southgate and Man United thoughts

    England boss Gareth Southgate and his assistant Steve Holland would have been the perfect for Man United, Danny Murphy added.

    He continued: “I know them [Southgate and Holland], they’ve come a long way the pair of them, they’ve got a great partnership.

    “I think with what they’ve achieved at England, the way he’s managed players, big players, I think he’s evolved into a very intelligent football manager, and with Steve by his side I think they’d do a great job at a big club.

    “What United need now isn’t all about on the pitch. They’ll be judged on that but initially what do United need?

    “They need someone to bring together this squad and try and create a unity and an atmosphere and an energy that England have.”

  • Alex Cole

    Half time: Germany 0-0 England

    Germany will be keen to show more attacking prowess in the second half for the patient German fans in Munich.

    They are seeing plenty of the ball and are stretching England – they are one pass away from opening their opponents up and scoring.

    Gareth Southgate could no doubt put a good spin on a draw in Munich, but it is very difficult to win World Cups without scoring any goals.

    Not have these two nations played out such a stalemate since the fields of France many moons ago.

    Tactically, this is a better showing by both – they just seem unable to break each other down.

    Both managers have plenty of attacking options on the bench.

    Follow the game with SunSport’s live blog.

  • Alex Cole

    Phillips fresh injury woes

    Manchester United transfer target Kalvin Phillips was forced off through injury early on for England in their Nations League clash against Germany.

    The 26-year-old missed almost half of the 2021-22 season due to a hamstring injury which limited him to just 20 Premier League appearances.

    And he has now picked up a new knock after going in the ninth minute at the Allianz Arena with what appeared to be a thigh problem.

    He bravely tried to continue after he was accidentally caught by Nico Schlotterbeck's knee during a collision.

    But just minutes later the Whites ace went down again, where he immediately signalled to the bench he couldn't continue.

  • Alex Cole

    Maguire visits Munich memorial

    Man Utd centre-back Harry Maguire has paid his respects to the victims of the Munich air disaster at the memorial.

    Henry Winter, chief football writer at the Times, said: “Harry Maguire went at dusk to the Munich Memorial in Manchesterplatz on Sunday evening. Just him with an FA official.

    “Man Utd captain wanted to go when it was quieter and spent 30 minutes absorbing the site and paying his respects.”

    Maguire is there ahead of England’s Nations League game with Germany this evening.

  • Alex Cole

    Tchou good for United

    Real Madrid have agreed an £85million-plus deal to sign Aurelien Tchouameni from Monaco, according to reports.

    The midfielder has been high in demand around Europe, writes Etienne Fermie.

    Tchouameni, 22, is set to snub the likes of Liverpool, Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain to join the Spanish giants.

    According to The Athletic, Madrid have now reached a “verbal agreement” with Monaco to sign their star player.

    The deal is set to be worth more than £85m in total and is in its final stages now, with only routine paperwork to be completed.

  • Alex Cole

    Germany vs England

    England will be hoping to make what happened in Budapest a distant memory when they take on Germany TONIGHT.

    But the Germans won’t make it easy as they’ll be eager to get revenge for the Euro 2020 round of 16 defeat.

    Germany XI: Neuer; Schlotterbeck, Rudiger, Klostermann; Hofmann, Gundogan, Kimmich, Raum; Muller, Musiala, Havertz

    England XI: Pickford; Trippier, Maguire, Stones, Walker; Phillips, Rice; Mount; Sterling, Kane, Saka

    Follow the game with SunSport’s live blog.

  • Alex Cole

    Man United’s most valuable stars

    Man United have five of the world’s top 100 most valuable players despite a shambolic campaign.

    Jadon Sancho is 13th on the list with a value of £88.1million, and behind him in 17th is Bruno Fernandes who’s worth £83.5m.

    Then Mason Greenwood is next in 29th at £69.3mm, before Scott McTominay comes in on the list in 53rd worth £57.6m.

    The fifth and final Red Devil in the list is captain Harry Maguire who is valued at £44.4m – a price good enough to see him slot into 91st place.

  • Alex Cole

    Spurs in talks for Bastoni

    Tottenham are “in talks” with Inter Milan to sign Man Utd transfer target Alessandro Bastoni, say reports.

    The centre-back stood out in Simone Inzaghi’s backline this season and many expect him to reach great heights.

    Among them is Tottenham manager Antonio Conte, who coached Bastoni during his brief stint at the San Siro.

    Sky Sports claim that Conte and sporting director Fabio Paratici are keen to get as much of their transfer business done ahead of pre-season.

  • Alex Cole

    United closest to Nunez

    Man Utd and Newcastle are reportedly leading the chase to sign Benfica striker Darwin Nunez.

    The Uruguayan star has hit the headlines with his red-hot form this season, finding the net 32 times in all competitions.

    Six of those came in the Champions League and has led to huge interest in the 22-year-old.

    Both the Red Devils and Magpies have been linked with a move for the ace for several months.

    ESPN claims that United and Newcastle “are bidding” for the hotshot and they are “closest to signing him” at present.

  • Alex Cole

    Giggs out shopping

    Ryan Giggs has been out clothes shopping with a friend as he awaits the beginning of his court case on August 8.

    The former Manchester United winger remains suspended by Wales pending his trial.

    Giggs denies all allegations.

    While awaiting his trial, Giggs has been spotted out in Cheshire with a pal.

    The 48-year-old wore a grey quarter zip jumper and black trousers as he shopped.

  • Alex Cole

    For club and country

    Harry Maguire will gain his 43rd cap if he plays against Germany this evening.

    Maguire was booed by a selection of England fans in the win over Ivory Coast back in March.

    Boss Southgate labelled the boo boys "an absolute joke" as he defended the star.

    He said: “I thought the reception was a joke, an absolute joke.

    “The way he has performed for us has been absolutely phenomenal. I don't get it. We're either all in this together or we're not."

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