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MANCHESTER UNITED are gearing up for a big summer in the transfer market, but they could have to sell some big names to afford Jadon Sancho following Ed Woodward's comments.
However, one man who won't be quite as expensive as Sancho is Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who the Gunners are reportedly willing to sell for just £30m.
Follow all the latest Old Trafford news and transfer gossip below…
Willy Sagnol believes Paul Pogba will swap Manchester for Real Madrid.
“All of the conditions are there for Pogba to move to Real Madrid,” ex-France international Sagnol told RMC Sport.
“Florentino (Perez), Zidane and Pogba all want it.
“I think Manchester United would be happy as it would allow them to remove his high salary and reinvest the money in new players.”
MORNING UNITED FANS
United are being linked with Yedder 'nother striker – on the day they heard Arsenal are ready to sell captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for just £30m.
Monaco's £40m-rated France star Wissam Ben Yedder, 29, is reportedly under consideration by United, Arsenal, Real Madrid, Spurs, Manchester City and possibly Liverpool.
Ben Yedder's career has taken off since returning to his home country last summer from Sevilla.
And in just 25 Ligue 1 starts he matched last season's tally of 18 goals.
There is also talk Liverpool and Manchester United fancy Liille's attacking midfielder Boubakary Soumare.
The 21-year-old has already caught the eye of Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane.
PSG record scorer Edinson Cavani, linked with Chelsea and Manchester United in recent months, is said to have offered himself to Inter Milan.
Meanwhile, Old Trafford legend Rio Ferdinand claims Ravel Morrison should have been a “£100million superstar” – rather than fade away after Sir Alex Ferguson labelled him the best player to emerge from United's academy in decades.
Ex-defender Ferdy says the 27-year-old, now on loan at Middlesbrough from Sheffield United, needed a tough mentor at the club.
PODS CAST IN KEY ROLE
The key to lifting the Premier League’s football lockdown for fans could be found in a Hong Kong exhibition centre.
Because the AsiaWorld-Expo centre is gearing up to host events using sanitising pods people will have to walk through before entering.
And the coronavirus-busting technology is already being discussed in some football circles as a way to support the gradual return of crowds to grounds.
The ‘CLEANTech’ pods are a three-in-one disinfection machine.
Fans would first stand in front of a screen, much like at passport control, and get their temperature checked.
If it is too high, suggesting a viral infection, you cannot go any further.But if the person is OK, the pod opens and you then enter what is called the ‘Sanitising Tunnel’.
This is where a combination of UV light and an air-sanitising and purification spray are used to kill off any other germs lingering on clothes or belongings.
ZIY'S THE LIMIT NOW
Chelsea new boy Hakim Ziyech has named the Blues, Arsenal and Manchester United players who made him dream of joining the Premier League.
The Morocco winger, 27, can't wait to team up at the Bridge from Ajax after the Dutch League was finished early due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The Evening Standard quote the 27-year-old as saying: “The Premier League is a great competition, with fast thinking and technical players.
“As a kid, I dreamt of playing there. I watched Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United, with Didier Drogba, Dennis Bergkamp, Thierry Henry and David Beckham, and wanted to be like them.”
UTD'S BIG FAEL
Ex-United defender Rafael reckons Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is finally turning the club round after they spent years judging players by the size of their transfer fees not their hearts.
The twice-capped Brazilian, 28, who left Old Trafford for Lyon in 2015, told Goal: “It has taken too long to get back on track.
“We started signing expensive players & giving them a lot of money.
“Just because a player is £150m does not mean he’s good for the team.
“It depends on the character of the player.”
STEP BACK ON DEC
Jamie Carragher reckons possible United and Chelsea target Declan Rice could be deployed as a centre-back.
The Liverpool legend said: “To be honest, he reminds me a little bit of myself. I started in midfield and became a centre back. I’m a big fan of him.
“There’s a slight criticism in terms of how he receives the ball, there’s an art to that.
“If you go to the ball and you’re not in a great position, players won’t give you the ball. But he can pass and I think he’s got something about him.
“At centre back, everything will be in front of him. I think that’s why I was never going to be a great midfield player. In terms of stepping out with the ball, I think he’d be perfect in a back three.
“Of course, he has to improve in certain areas but every young player has to improve.”
PREM RACE WORRIES CHAMPIONSHIP
A growing number of Championship clubs fear being left in the lurch by the Premier League’s rush to complete the season.
Uefa have set a May 25 deadline for European leagues to decide if they intend to play their current campaigns to the end.
And while the top-flight clubs are pressing ahead with plans to finish the season behind closed doors, most lower division teams are not in a position to return to action.
Prem clubs will meet again on Friday to discuss the government’s ‘Project Restart’ plan to get football going again.
With more than £750million of TV revenue at stake, England’s elite teams are desperate to fulfil their fixtures so they do not have to make a massive refund to Sky, BT and BeIN Sport.
A number of clubs including Arsenal, Spurs, Chelsea and Brighton have opened their training grounds this week for their players to work individually.
But an anxious Championship executive has told Sunsport: “There is absolutely no point in the teams from the EFL playing behind closed doors.
“The money we would get from our TV deal would not outweigh the cost of staging games without paying customers.
“There are still far too many health risks involved at the moment and I think many players and managers will be reluctant to rush back just for the sake of completing the season before the end of July.
“The problem is that if the Premier League is saying they can finish by mid-summer, how can the rest of us ask for more time?
“There is huge concern that they will just go it alone and force the lower league teams to call our seasons off.”
TOP FIFA DOC: CALL OFF SEASON
FIFA’S medical chief wants no more Premier League action until NEXT SEASON –with all football resuming in September.
Michel D’Hooghe compared the deadly coronavirus pandemic to World War Two, adding: “The world is not ready for competitive football. It is not a matter of money — it is a matter of life and death.”
The Belgian’s demands were described as “sensible” by Brighton striker Glenn Murray.
And they are a huge blow for hopes of a summer restart as the Prem has been eyeing a June 8 restart.
D’Hooghewarned: “If there is one moment where absolute priority should be given to health and medicine, it is this.
“That is why I ask everybody to be very careful before starting competitions again.“I will be happy if we can have nothing before the start of next season.
“If they could startthe 2020-21 in September they could eventually avoid a second attack from the virus.”
His starkwarning came as France became the first of Europe’s big five leagues to officially end their season.
And D’Hooghe, head of Fifa’s medical committee and a former member of the game’s ruling executive committee,slammed any plans for behind-closed-doors matches.
HE DID SPEND MOUR TIME WITH THE KIDS
United's head of first-team development Nicky Butt has insisted ex-boss Jose Mourinho DID care about bringing on youngsters.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has handed several Old Trafford academy products their chances since taking over in December 2018, whereas predecessor Mourinho was criticised for focusing on experienced players.
But former England and United midfielder Butt, who was their interim Under-23s manager from 2016-17, told Goal: “Mourinho was brilliant with me.
“He spoke to me every single day at breakfast and asked about the kids.”
DON'T YOU DARE, PIERRE
Arsenal fans have been flooding social media to urge skipper and recent Manchester United target Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to stay and become an Emirates all-time great.
The Gabon striker 30, has als been linked with Barcelona as he enters the final year of his Gunners' contract.
Typical comments included “we all love you” and “you'll be a bigger legend here”. One Arsenal supporter argued: “He needs to reach the PL 100 club and win a trophy. I'd rather be a star man at a big club with a young manager at arsenal than a side piece at Real Madrid/Barcelona.”
But Chelsea fans were among those to taunt Gooners by suggesting Aubameyang wants to leave so he can win trophies – some even urging him to make the trip across London to Stamford Bridge.
RIO GRAND BUT VIRGIL VAN-TASTIC
Joe Gomez says Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand was his childhood inspiration.
Centre-back Gomez formed a brilliant partnership with Virgil van Dijk as Liverpool dominated the Premier League before the coronavirus lockdown.
But he said of Ferdinand: “Just being a teenager I looked up to that pedigree of footballer, that top-level England centre-half.
“Him being from south-east London as well was another thing that made me look up to him.
“His style of play is something that I liked and aspired to be like. As a young kid he was definitely an inspiration.”
But Gomez believes being close pals with Van Dijk has helped him and Liverpool on and off the pitch.
He told Sky Sports’ Football Show: “As soon as he came in he reached out with open arms and we formed a bond straightaway.
“We talk and, at times like this, we FaceTime and just chat about general things and life.
“That helps on the pitch, we just have that sort of understanding and he’s your mate at the end of the day.
“Sometimes he gives me an earful but it’s a massive help and a confidence booster just having someone like him beside you.
“He’s a down-to-earth person off the pitch, we get on really well and have a great relationship.”
MAD ON A BIG BOUBY
Liverpool have joined Manchester United's hunt for Liille's attacking midfielder Boubakary Soumare.
Reports say Jurgen Klopp has thrown his hat in the ring for the 21-year-old as he looks to add another powerful midfielder to Liverpool’s star-studded squad.
Soumare, 21, is one of the top-rated French youngsters and has already been attracting admiring glances from Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane.
And Le10Sport say Anfield boss Jurgen Klopp is an admirer – with Soumare reportedly keen on such a switch.
United have also already been strongly linked with a £50million bid as they prepare to lose Paul Pogba – possibly to old club Juventus.
ARSENAL AND UTD SAY GISSA WISSA
Arsenal and Manchester United are among five Premier League giants chasing £40million-rated Monaco striker Wissam Ben Yedder, reports say.
Liverpool, Manchester City and Tottenham, plus Real Madrid, have also been linked with the 29-year-old.
The eight-cap Frenchman has shone in his debut season for Monaco after arriving from Sevilla.
He has matched last season's 18-haul goal tally in just 25 Ligue 1 starts.
And L'Equipe say Ben Yedder will not be short of suitors this summer.
United, in particular, want a new forward to lead the line, while Gunners boss Mikel Arteta might need to find a replacement for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
The Gunners are preparing to cash in on the Gabon star to avoid losing him for nothing in just over 12 months' time.
Liverpool are also in the market but are thought more likely to pursue a deal for RB Leipzig's Timo Werner.
EDIN FOR INTER?
PSG record scorer Edinson Cavani has offered himself to Inter Milan despite being linked with Chelsea and Manchester United in recent months, reports say.
Gazzetta dello Sport claim Antonio Conte views the Uruguay legend as a replacement for loanee Alexis Sanchez, who is set to return to Manchester United.
But theItalian outlet also say PSG are ready to extend Cavani's contract from June 30 to 2022.
In turn, that could signal the end of Mauro Icardi's time in the French capital following his loan stint from the Nerazzurri.
Inter boss Conte reportedly sees Cavani as an ideal addition to his squad due to his experience in the Champions League.
He netted more than 100 Serie A goals in standout stints for Napoli and Palermo.
But he has managed just four Ligue 1 strikes for PSG this season after falling behind Icardi, Neymar and Kylian Mbappe in the pecking order.
Cavani looked set to leave the club in January after handing in a transfer request amid interest from Atletico Madrid, Chelsea and United.
And Atleti looked to have beaten off interest from the Prem duo but the move broke down as the French champions demanded £25million.
WHY HE RAVED GOODBYE TO HIS UTD CAREER
Ravel Morrison would have been a “£100million superstar” if Manchester United had given him a decent mentor, Old Trafford legend Rio Ferdinand claims.
Morrison was once an integral member of the Red Devils youth team where he starred alongside Paul Pogba and Jesse Lingard in the 2011 FA Youth Cup final win over the Blades.
Morrison kicked off his career with United – where he was lauded by Sir Alex Ferguson as the best player to emerge from the United academy in decades.
But he was shipped off to West Ham in 2012 for £650,000 after a series of off the pitch issues at Old Trafford. The 27-year-old is currently on loan at Middlesbrough from Sheffield United, his ninth club in six years after spells in Italy, Mexico and Sweden.
Ferdinand, who was playing for United's first team when Morrison was in the youth squad, told the Beautiful Game Podcast: “I used to tell him to come to my house but Sir Alex wanted me to step away from doing stuff with Ravel because he felt the club could deal with the situation.
“But this goes back to my earlier point about Gavin [Rose, Dulwich Hamlet manager].If Gavin was at Manchester United back then then I don't think Ravel slips through the net, I think Ravel becomes a £100m player.
“But there wasn't someone like that at United then and even now I don't see people like that at clubs.People from the estates, from the streets with similar backgrounds to these players so they can talk to them.
“I know Ravel was talking to someone [allocated by the club] that was told to look after him, walking this guy through the park and telling him what he wanted to hear and then going and doing what he wanted to do. Because he could get away with it.”
GUNNERS SET £30M PIERRE FEE
Arsenal are ready to sell captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – who was linked with Manchester United in January – for just £30m.
With the players having already agreed a wage cut, it is clear that the Gunners will have a severely restricted transfer budget this summer.
And they will therefore stick rigidly to Raul Sanllehi's policy of selling any player who reaches the final year of their contract without signing a new deal – including Aubameyang.
The Gunners are also reported to be in a strong position to bring in Willian on a free transfer to add some extra firepower up front.
Technical director Edu has an excellent relationship with Willian's agent Kia Joorabchian and the Gunners are believed to be front runners for the Chelsea star's signature.
However, they will want him to modify his demands of a three-year deal on his current £120,000-a-year salary for the transfer to go through.
RONALDO DEFIED HIS MAN UTD BULLIES
Cristiano Ronaldo's self-obsession helped him become the player he is today, according to a former Manchester United teammate.
Ex-Danish wonderkid Mads Timm spent three years training with the Juventus star – who joined from Sporting Lisbon in 2003 – before he was released.
Timm, now with Danish Serie 1 club Kerteminde Boldklub, recalled how the Portuguese legend was bullied for his hairstyle and the way he played – but stuck to his guns and stood up to senior players.
And in the end it was his “me, me, me” attitude that turned him into the footballing god he is today.
“He was quite extraordinary as a footballer, and as a person,” Timm writes in his book Red Devil.
“Like me, he was bullied when he came to the club. With his hair – which he soon got clipped – and with his almost acrobatic attempt to impress the coaches.
“He could stand and do 10-15 step overs before he tried to dribble past the opponent.
“Pass now, just pass, dammit,” shouted Gary Neville and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer constantly to him when we had reserve team matches together.
“The special thing about Cristiano Ronaldo was that he immediately took the fight against the hierarchy. And he won it.
“He was completely indifferent to the rest of his teammates. He gave no room for others. It was me, me, me. Cristiano Ronaldo. CR7.”
Dayot Upamecano will agreed a deal with Bayern Munich rather than Arsenal and Manchester United, reports suggest.
The French centre-back is widely expected to leave RB Leipzig at the end of the season with the German side keen to offload him to avoid losing him on a free transfer next year.
Mikel Arteta's side were believed to be in pole position to land him with the Gunners known to be long-term admirers of the 21-year-old.
And the Red Devils had also identified him as a key target in the summer as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer looks to find a defensive partner for Harry Maguire.
FIVE-STAR REVIEW TO REPLACE POG
Paul Pogba may have played his last game for Manchester United with Juventus reportedly keen on bringing him back to Italy.Here, SunSport looks at five potential replacements:
The Bosnia international may have turned 30 earlier this month but he is showing no signs of slowing down in Serie A and is one of the players Juve are ready to sacrifice for Pogba.
Joined Juve on a free transfer from Arsenal last summer but will be allowed to leave after just one year.Ramsey, 29, has long been linked with United and Juventus are ready to also offer him up as part of a deal for Pogba.
One of the Bundesliga’s top-rated youngsters, the 20-year-old has already clocked up 139 appearances for Bayer Leverkusen – scoring 38 times in the process.
United snapped up Harry Maguire from Leicester City last summer and have been tipped to conduct another raid on the Foxes for England hopeful Maddison.
The Aston Villa plamaker may court controversy but the 24-year-old is a classy player who has been in sensational form this season and could give United the creative X-Factor they’ve been lacking in recent years.
WILLI STAY, WILLI GO?
Paul Pogba wants to quit Manchester United for Real Madrid in a transfer that makes sense for both clubs, claims ex-France star Willy Sagnol.
United are said to be determined to sell Pog no matter what and have slashed their asking price for the midfielder to £100m.
Los Blancos have been heavily linked with the World Cup winner and boss Zinedine Zidane is a long-standing admirer of his French compatriot.
Former Les Bleus star Sagnol, told RMC Sport: “All of the conditions are there for Pogba to go to Real Madrid,
“[Real president] Florentino [Perez] wants it, Zidane wants it, Pogba as well.
“Even Manchester [United] would be pleased, because it would remove a high wage and they would have money to invest in new players. Everything is prepared for it to happen.”
HAVE JUAN TO REMEMBER
Juan Mata has posted an adorable photo of himself as a toddler on his 32nd birthday.
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United captain Harry Maguire has shared a photo of a story from a fan on social media.
Damian Masters wrote: “Thank you Manchester United. As a family we have held season tickets there for 5 generations now.
“About 11 years ago, my Dad had a heart attack at Old Trafford, just before the first game of the season.
“Thanks to the staff and medical team he is still with us today.
“As somebody over 70 with underlying health problems my Dad is self isolating.
“Today Old Trafford rang him offering to send him a food parcel, and even said they would call him twice a week to make sure he doesn’t feel lonely or isolated, just to have a chat.”
YED'S NOT RED
Tottenham have joined the race for French attacker Wissam Ben Yedder, according to reports.
L'Equipe claim Jose Mourinho's side are interested in signing the former Sevilla ace, now at Monaco.
Real Madrid and Liverpool are also reported to be interested in the eight-cap international.
VALL-UE FOR MONEY
United are plotting a swoop for Mohammed Salisu from Real Valladolid with the defender having a bargain £10.45million transfer release clause.
The Ghanaian ace has impressed in his maiden season in LaLiga, featuring in the starting XI for all but one match.
The 21-year-old penned a new deal with the Spanish side in May last year which expires in 2022.
But according to AS, he has a bargain release clause of just £10.45m in his contract.
Valladolid are reportedly keen for the defender to sign a new deal which would include a higher release clause.
Salisu has been instrumental in manager Sergio’s defence this season, clocking up 27 top flight appearances and one goal.
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