8am Man Utd news LIVE: Lionel Messi transfer, Jadon Sancho ‘agrees five-year deal’, Pogba ‘buzzing’ to play with him – The Sun

MANCHESTER UNITED are in excellent form with four straight victories after hammering Bournemouth on Saturday.

And off the field things seem to be going their way too with claims Jadon Sancho has 'agreed in principle' a five-year contract with the Red Devils worth an initial £140,000 a week.

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  • MESSI SHOCKWAVES

    Man Utd are one of two clubs willing to 'go deep' to sign Lionel Messi in a transfer that could shock the world of football.

    Paris Saint-Germain are the other club interested in the Barcelona superstar, who has fallen out with the Nou Camp hierachy.

    United are reportedly ready to spend £106million on the 33-year-old, and offer 'one or two' players to sweeten the deal.

    This is all according to VarskySports, who claim Messi's unhappines in Barcelona has put a number of clubs on red alert.

    And Barca chief Josep Maria Bartomeu reckons: “We are negotiating with many players but Messi has explained to us he wants to stay.

    “And so we’re going to enjoy him for much longer.”

  • DON'T KEEP EM' ALL

    Peter Schmeichel has aired his views Roy Keane-style about Manchester United's current crop.

    “I’m on record for saying this a long, long time, since Ole came, that his most important job is not really to sign players, it’s to get rid of players,” Schmeichel said.

    “There’s a few players in the squad that we absolutely do not want there.

    “They’re not there to play for the badge. They’re there to create a profile for themselves.

    “I was reading about one player trying to make themselves a brand like Beckham which is shocking really.

    “There are players there that do not belong in the dressing room.

    “And I think Ole has done really well in kind of sifting them out of the picture really, so we only get reminded that they’re there in a chat like this, or reading about the squad.

    “I think he’s done an amazing job.”

  • GOOD MORNING RED DEVILS FANS

    Paul Pogba is excited at the prospect of playing with Jadon Sancho at Manchester United, according to reports.

    The Athletic claim Pogba has privately told pals he is buzzing at the thought of combining with Sancho next season.

    Reports in Germany suggest Sancho has agreed personal terms but the stumbling block remains the transfer fee.

    Dortmund want £108million but Utd won’t pay more than £50m for the England winger.

    However, further reports claim Real Madrid are plotting to launch a new approach to land Pogba.

    Get French Football News claims Lille youngster Eduardo Camavinga is on the LaLiga giants' radar but the opportunity to bring Pogba to the club would take priority.

    Real Madrid have been keen on landing Pogba for the last few years, with Paris Saint-Germain and Juventus also interested.

    Pogba currently has just one year remaining on his current deal so could arrange a move away next summer.

    Meanwhile, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has revealed that Victor Lindelof is a doubt to face Aston Villa on Thursday in what is a huge blow for the club.

    He said: “Not yet, no. It’s not too bad. He’ll play soon.

    “I’m not sure if he’ll manage the Villa game, but he might do.”

    Finally, Raul Jimenez has been backed to join Manchester United from Wolves this summer, by his national team coach Gerardo Martino.

    He told ESPN: “Looking at it from the outside today I cannot see a specialist number nine like Raul at United.

    “There are many forwards like Rashford, Martial and the boy who now plays as a right-winger, Greenwood, but since Romelu Lukaku left I can't see a pure number nine like Raul.”

  • SHEA IT AIN'T SO

    John O'Shea has warned Ole Gunnar Solskjaer that signing a new striker could hurt Mason Greenwood's development.

    He said: “Mason has a long way to go before he’s getting up to the [level of] Rooney, or Van Nistelrooy or Solskjaer, but, he is on the right track.

    “Look, if he can maintain that and making sure at the moment Ole is picking him in the team, he might be changing their mind about the transfer targets as well.

    “If you bring in a striker, do you upset the balance at the moment with the three of Martial, Rashford and Greenwood?”

  • FUTURE IS RED

    Paul Pogba is excited at the prospect of playing with Jadon Sancho at Manchester United, according to reports.

    The Athletic claim Pogba has privately told pals he is buzzing at the thought of combining with Sancho next season.

    Reports in Germany suggest Sancho has agreed personal terms but the stumbling block remains the transfer fee.

    Dortmund want £108million but Utd won’t pay more than £50m for the England winger.

  • SKRIN OF MY TEETH

    Man Utd could turn their attention to Milan Skriniar if they can't get a deal for Kalidou Koulibaly over the line.

    The 26-year-old Slovakian is valued at around £52.5m by Inter Milan.

    However, Utd could be thwarted by Man City, who are desperate to add some genuine quality to their back-line.

    Guardiola and Co are rumoured to be willing to offer Sergio Aguero as part of a swap deal for Skriniar, say the Independent.

  • GO WEST

    Man Utd outcasts Jesse Lingard and Phil Jones could be reunited with David Moyes in the summer, according to reports.

    The Independent claim the ex-United boss and current West Ham manager could move for the pair – if the Hammers stay up.

    Both are expected to leave United this summer with boss Solskjaer planning a big clearout.

    West Brom and Everton have also been linked with England winger Lingard.

    But Jones only signed a four-year deal in 2019 and could be harder to land.

  • RAUL DEAL

    Raul Jimenez has been backed to join Manchester United from Wolves this summer, by his national team coach Gerardo Martino.

    He told ESPN: “Looking at it from the outside today I cannot see a specialist number nine like Raul at United.

    “There are many forwards like Rashford, Martial and the boy who now plays as a right-winger, Greenwood, but since Romelu Lukaku left I can't see a pure number nine like Raul.

    “We who see it from the outside, you [the journalist] and even me, always have the idea that a player has to aim for more and how good it would be for him to go to play for Manchester United.

    “And he has elements to analyse it because, although he has not been at Manchester United, he was at Atletico Madrid and he was at Benfica.”

  • PAUL THE OTHER ONE

    Real Madrid are plotting to launch a new approach to land Paul Pogba, according to reports.

    Get French Football News claims Lille youngster Eduardo Camavinga is on the LaLiga giants' radar but the opportunity to bring Pogba to the club would take priority.

    Real Madrid have been keen on landing Pogba for the last few years, with Paris Saint-Germain and Juventus also interested.

    Pogba currently has just one year remaining on his current deal so could arrange a move away next summer.

  • DIRE DEFENCE

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has revealed that Victor Lindelof is a doubt to face Aston Villa on Thursday in what is a huge blow for the club.

    He said: “Not yet, no. It’s not too bad. He’ll play soon.

    “I’m not sure if he’ll manage the Villa game, but he might do.”

    Should Lindelof miss out, Eric Bailly is expected to start in his place after replacing the Swede in the 5-2 win over Bournemouth.

  • ONE IN A MIL

    Chelsea are locked in a fight with Manchester United to sign Sergej Milinkovic-Savic – with the Serbian a possible N'Golo Kante replacement.

    Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain are also keeping tabs on the Serbian.

    Chelsea and Los Blancos are said to have made their moves first, with Man Utd and PSG already playing catch-up, say Gazzetta dello Sport.

    Milinkovic-Savic could cost as much as £70m from Lazio this summer.

  • LIVE A LILLE

    Lille striker Victor Osimhen is set to reject a move to Napoli and wait for Manchester United and Arsenal to launch an official bid.

    Football Italia claims sources close to the Nigerian star, 21, have confirmed the forward will reject Gennaro Gattuso's side.

    Instead, Osimhen will hold out for a move to the Premier League, with Arsenal and United leading the race.

    He is valued at £46million by Lille.

  • TOO MANY WINGS

    Ryan Giggs is failing to flog his former family home – despite it being on the market for over a year-and-a-half.

    The Manchester United legend has been trying to sell his five-bedroom mansion since January 2019.

    Their luxury pile has some interesting features – including several rooms clad in purple cloth – and a life size cutout of Justin Bieber.

    The Wales national coach put his plush pad up for sale after finalising the divorce with ex-wife Stacey.

    The couple – who have two children together – split up after Giggs’ eight-year affair with his brother Rhodri’s then-wife Natasha.

    The 13 time Premier League winner also had a fling with Big Brother stunner Imogen Thomas.

  • UNITED SEASON STATS

    Here are the Red Devils' numbers this term… impressive!

  • DEVIL TAKE THE HINDMOST

    Frank Lampard has admitted Chelsea are looking over their shoulder at Manchester United.

    The Blues boss said: “They’re closest and they’re a very strong team, they’re in great form for a long period of time.

    “They’ve got really good players and you can see the momentum they’ve gained at this part of the season.

    “Individuals across their front three all scoring goals.

    “It’s the Premier League, that’s how it is today, but it’s up to us to finish this season game by game.”

  • POG'S £300K DEAL

    Manchester United have reportedly made giving Paul Pogba a new deal their top priority with eight players out of contract next year.

    The French World Cup winner has impressed since the restart for the Red Devils, appearing in all five games – chipping in with two assists.

    Prior to the coronavirus pandemic, it had been believed that Pogba would leave Old Trafford in the summer with Real Madrid and Juventus keen on snapping him up.

    But a move away at the end of the season looks less likely with the vast majority of clubs having limited funds available due to the Covid-19 crisis.

    And according to the Manchester Evening News, United will now look to tie the 27-year-old down to a new deal.

    Of the eight players that are due to become free agents in 2021, the MEN state that Pogba‘s contract is their priority with a £300,000-a-week deal set to be offered.

  • GREE LIONS

    Mason Greenwood is odds on to be picked for England next summer at Euro 2021.

    Coral's Harry Aitkenhead said: “Greenwood has been in red hot form since football returned and he's quickly making himself undroppable from United's side.

    “We think he'll carry on his form and put himself firmly into Southgate's plans for next summer.

    “Saka and Barnes are in the mix but the betting suggests that they'll miss out, whilst Jude Bellingham is an outsider ahead of a potential move to Dortmund.”

    CORAL EURO ODDS FOR ENGLAND'S YOUNGSTERS

    • 4-9 Phil Foden
    • 4-7 Mason Greenwood
    • 5-2 Bukayo Saka
    • 6-1 Harvey Barnes
    • 14-1 Jude Bellingham
    • Ryan Sessegnon
    • 20-1 Eddie Nketiah
    • 25-1 Joe Willock

    GILLESPIE CONTINUED

    The Northern Irishman continued: “I stood like that, I stared at him, so I turned and legged it.

    “I didn’t see him the next day and on Monday I was at the training ground, I was sat downstairs and I knew I was going to get called up to the office.

    “Kiddo [Brian Kidd] came down and said ‘the manager wants to see you’ so I went up the stairs and he said ‘sit down.’

    “All he said was: ‘One week’s wages for telling the truth, two weeks’ wages for lying.’

    “I said: ‘Boss, they weren’t my drinks, they were for my friends.’

    “And he said: ‘Two weeks’ wages!’”

    BUSTED BY FERGIE

    Former United midfielder Kieth Gillespie has hilariously revealed how he suffered terrible luck one weekend when Sir Alex Ferguson busted him for drinking.

    Then 19, Gillespie recalls: “This particular weekend I wasn’t in the first team squad. I think we were playing Liverpool on the Saturday.

    “I knew on the Friday I wasn’t in the first team squad so I went out with some friends from Northern Ireland.

    “About 2.30 in the morning – my friends were staying in the Castlefield Hotel – I ordered a coupe of bottles of Budweiser and walking round to where the sofas are.

    “I must have got about 10 yards from the sofa and I saw Sir Alex sitting on the sofa.”

    NEARLY A 'DON DEAL

    Jadon Sancho’s transfer to Manchester United is “moving closer” according to reports.

    Dortmund, who have slapped a £100million-plus price tag on the England winger, are “willing sellers.”

    United briefed last week they value him at around £50m, but it appears to be a ruse to lower the price.

    FourFourTwo and Athletic journalist Sam Pilger tweeted: “the player wants the move and personal terms are not a problem.

    “It’s now about agreeing a fee both clubs can be happy with.”

    CHERRY PICKERS

    Manchester United have been handed a boost if they are to make moves for Bournemouth due Nathan Ake and Josh King this summer.

    According to MailOnline, the Cherries are likely to listen to offers for both players as the club is “set to streamline their entire operation”.

    This is reportedly “regardless of which division they are playing in next season”.

    Bournemouth, with a capacity of 11,000 at the Vitality Stadium, have been hit hard by the coronavirus crisis.

    And of course Eddie Howe and his squad are in a desperate battle to avoid relegation to the Championship, sitting second-bottom of the Premier League.

    UNITED FIXTURES

    Here are the Red Devils' upcoming games and TV channels.

    TRANSFER KOU-P

    Manchester United have been handed a huge boost in their transfer pursuit of Kalidou Koulibaly.

    According to The Telegraph, Napoli are willing to sell the centre-half for £70million once they end up spending the same amount on striker Victor Osimhen.

    But the Italian side have some work to do with his club Lille having initially offered £50m.

    Koulibaly, 29, has been rumoured with a move to the Premier League for months now, with United and Liverpool the most likely destination.

    Manchester City, with obvious need for defensive reinforcements this summer, are also making late moves for Koulibaly.

    Last month De Laurentiis said he wouldn't even consider entertaining an offer below the £60m mark.

    DJ PUT A RECORD ON

    Daniel James has had United fans in stitches by revealing his hilarious dance moves in the Old Trafford dressing room.

    The Welsh winger, 21, has had some criticism since lockdown after a promising start to the season.

    But it has been a turbulent 12 months since moving to United, with the former Swansea winger losing his father Kevan.

    There are signs that he is coming out of his shell at the club though – and this brilliant footage proves.

    ON MY SHEA-SO

    John O'Shea has suggested that United might want to think twice about bringing in a striker, if it means upsetting the balance of his front line.

    Mason Greenwood has emerged as a top striker in recent weeks and 2008 Champions League winner O'Shea has certainly been impressed with the teenager.

    The Irishman said: “He has a long way to go before he’s getting up to the [level of] Rooney, or Van Nistelrooy or Solskjaer, but, he is on the right track.

    “Look, if he can maintain that and making sure at the moment Ole is picking him in the team, he might be changing their mind about the transfer targets as well.

    “If you bring in a striker, do you upset the balance at the moment with the three of Martial, Rashford and Greenwood?”

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