Man Utd plotting £68m Saul Niguez move, battle with Liverpool for Goncalves, Jules Kounde race LATEST, Sancho UPDATE

MANCHESTER are reportedly weighing up a move for Sporting Lisbon midfielder Pedro Goncalves.

The Portuguese side signed the playmaker as a replacement for Bruno Fernandes, but the pair could soon be together at Old Trafford.

Also on the transfer front, we've the very latest on Jules Kounde as well as updates on Jadon Sancho and Pau Torres.

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  • Marc Mayo

    ATLET IT GO

    Atletico Madrid have reportedly slapped a £51million price tag on Manchester United target Saul Niguez.

    The midfielder helped Los Colchoneros win LaLiga but could be let go if the valuation is met, according to Fichajes.net.

    Atleti are experiencing tough financial times and may have to cash in on their recent success, with Kieran Trippier also linked to United.

  • Marc Mayo

    CAVANI FRUSTRATION

    Edinson Cavani was not involved as Uruguay missed the chance to win in their 2022 World Cup qualifiers overnight.

    The 0-0 draw with Paraguay left the Manchester United forward's nation fifth in the Conmebol group, out of an automatic spot in Qatar.

  • Kealan Hughes

    GOOD MORNING UNITED FANS

    Manchester United are reportedly still firmly in the hunt for Fiorentina centre-back Nikola Milenkovic.

    Milenkovic’s current deal with Fiorentina is due to expire next June and it does not appear he will be penning an extension, making a summer exit likely.

    Man United’s interest in the Serbia international had thought to have cooled but according to La Nazione, the Red Devils are still keen on a deal for the defender.

    Elsewhere on the transfer front, United have fallen behind Liverpool in the race for Raphinha, according to journalist Gianluigi Longari.

    The Leeds United ace has enjoyed an excellent first season in the English top-flight. He has thrived under Marcelo Bielsa and has seen his value skyrocket in recent months.

    His performances have attracted the attention of some of the league’s top teams, including Manchester City.

    Leeds are not ready to part ways with their star man and with a number of clubs in the fray, the deal is far from straightforward.

    However, the Red Devils are reportedly prepared to offer a massive sum of €80 million [£68.8million] in order to sign Saul Niguez from Atletico Madrid in the summer transfer window.

    According to a report from Spanish publication El Gol Digital, United are plotting a summer raid on La Liga champions Atletico Madrid for the transfer of midfielder Saul Niguez.

    Saul’s stock is high in the footballing community, as evidenced by the interest he is courting from Barcelona.

  • Kealan Hughes

    COMPETITION FOR TRIPPIER

    Everton are reportedly interested in Manchester United target Kieran Trippier.

    The Manchester Evening News understands that United have revived their interest in Atletico Madrid's Trippier, after they abandoned a move for the right-back in the January transfer window.

    It's reported that although Trippier still has two years remaining on his contract in Spain, the cash-strapped Atleti are open to offers.

    A centre-back, defensive-midfielder and right-winger are the priority targets for United, but it's understood that competition at right-back for Aaron Wan-Bissaka is also on the agenda.

  • Kealan Hughes

    ‘CLEVER FOOTBALLER’

    Sven Goran Eriksson believes that Jesse Lingard should have been included in the 26-man England squad for the upcoming European Championships.

    The 28-year-old has undergone a tremendous career turnaround since joining West Ham United on loan from Manchester United in January.

    ingard was included in Gareth Southgate’s preliminary squad for the Euros but was cut when the final list was announced.

    Eriksson was shocked at Lingard’s omission, with the former England manager questioning current boss Gareth Southgate’s decision.

    He told talkSPORT: “It’s a surprise that Lingard’s not there because even to have him on the bench with his pace and one-on-one ability, he’s a clever footballer.

    “He had a good season with West Ham. I didn’t see him play every game, but the games I saw he has been very good.

    “It’s always difficult. In the end, you can only pick the number [of players] that you’re allowed to pick. Someone will be disappointed – it’s always like that.”

  • Kealan Hughes

    TELL ALL

    Manchester United outcast Alex Telles has opened up on his relationship with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer amid exit talks.

    Telles endured a tricky start to life in Manchester after he tested positive for coronavirus early on, which forced him to sit out two league games due to self-isolation rules.

    The full-back has made just nine appearances in the Premier League as a result of failing to dislodge Luke Shaw from the starting eleven.

    The Brazilian told United's official club website: "Yes, I believe I've made the most of this season, I've learnt a great deal, I learnt a lot of things, I've developed as a player and a person as well."

    He discussed next season with optimism, claiming: "I'm really happy with my first season at United and I'm sure that next season will be even better.

    "I think I always took the opportunity to do my best whenever I was on the pitch. I had good games, with the adaptation process the first season isn't easy.

    "But I believe that when Ole gave me the opportunity and placed his trust in me and put me on the pitch, I did my best.

    "I'm sure that I'll continue doing even better to spend more time on the pitch and get a lot more minutes."

  • Kealan Hughes

    NIK HIM AWAY?

    Manchester United are reportedly still firmly in the hunt for Fiorentina centre-back Nikola Milenkovic.

    Milenkovic's current deal with Fiorentina is due to expire next June, though, and it does not appear that he will be penning an extension, making a summer exit likely.

    Man United's interest in the Serbia international had thought to have cooled, but according to La Nazione, the Red Devils are still keen on a deal for the defender.

    The report claims that AC Milan are also keeping a close eye on developments, while West Ham United could also reportedly compete for his signature during this summer's transfer window.

  • Kealan Hughes

    DIAMOND IN THE RAPH

    Manchester United have fallen behind Liverpool in the race for Raphinha, according to journalist Gianluigi Longari.

    The Leeds United ace has enjoyed an excellent first season in the English top-flight with Leeds United. He has thrived under Marcelo Bielsa and has seen his value skyrocket in recent months.

    His performances have attracted the attention of some of the league’s top teams, including Manchester City.

    Leeds are not ready to part ways with their star man. With a number of clubs in the fray, the deal is far from straightforward.

    The player recently admitted that he is happy at Elland Road. However, he is close to the Liverpool players on Merseyside, especially Roberto Firmino, and that could work in their favour.

  • Kealan Hughes

    SAUL FOR SALE?

    Manchester United are reportedly prepared to offer a massive sum of €80 million [£68.8million] in order to sign Saul Niguez from Atletico Madrid in the summer transfer window.

    According to a report from Spanish publication El Gol Digital, United are plotting a summer raid on La Liga champions Atletico Madrid for the transfer of midfielder Saul Niguez.

    Saul's stock is high in the footballing community, as evidenced by the interest he is courting from the Red Devils and Barcelona.

    United, though, seem like stepping up their interest in the 26-year-old Spaniard as manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has identified the midfield department as an area that needs strengthening.

  • Kealan Hughes

    WONDERKID FOR SALE

    Barcelona are reportedly ready to sell prodigy Ilaix Moriba amid interest from Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea.

    The 18-year-old has just one year left on his current deal and the cash-strapped Catalan giants have baulked at his contract demands.

    Mundo Deportivo reported in March several clubs were keen to prise the midfielder away from the Nou Camp, with Manchester United making a ‘firm offer’.

    And now the Spanish outlet is reporting that Barcelona could be prepared to let him leave this summer if he does not lower his demands.

    Moriba, who already has a buy-out clause of £86m, made 18 appearances this season, and came off the bench in the second leg of Barcelona's Champions League defeat by Paris Saint-Germain.

  • Kealan Hughes

    HERE WE GO

    Manchester United are still interested in Borussia Dortmund's Jadon Sancho and he will cost around £77.4million-£81.7m, according to Fabrizio Romano.

    Speaking on the Here We Go podcast, Romano has claimed that there will be an update on Sancho's situation in the coming days and revealed that Dortmund's stance remains the same.

    The Italian journalist said: "In the next days we will have some update.

    "I would say an important update to understand the situation, but at the moment Borussia Dortmund are still on the same page with Jadon Sancho and Erling Haaland."

    Romano added that the Bundesliga outfit are prepared to sell the England international and Sancho is still on United's list of targets this summer. He also suggested how much Sancho is likely to cost.

    "And talking about Sancho they are prepared to sell him, if a club will offer around €90m/€95m (£77.4m/£81.7m)."

  • Kealan Hughes

    TRIP UP

    Manchester United are set to give up on the signing of right-back Kieran Trippier, with reports suggesting the defender has decided to stay at Atletico Madrid.

    Trippier had been identified as a potential transfer target for United this summer.

    In January, Trippier was identified as a potential target, with United eager to bring him back to the Premier League.

    However, it's now been reported in Spanish outlet Mundo Deportivo that he's decided to stay put.

    United were said to be willing to pay £18million in order to sign the full-back.

    And that fee would have been enough for Atletico to sell, considering the financial difficulties the club has been dealing with as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

    Speaking after Atletico won the La Liga title, Trippier spoke of how happy he was in Spain and appeared to close the door to any potential move away.

  • Kealan Hughes

    ON RED ALERT

    Rio Ferdinand has claimed that Manchester United have gone past Liverpool – despite the 'excuses' the Reds had last season.

    The former Red Devils defender also believes that Old Gunnar Solskjaer will be pleased with the progress shown by the club's second-placed finish.

    United finished five points ahead of Liverpool – a vast improvement on the season before when they finished 33 points behind their rivals.

    When asked for his assessment of United’s season, Ferdinand told Goal: "I think in the league we’ve got what we wanted, which was an improvement.

    "I think Man United at the end of last season finished 30-odd points behind Liverpool.

    "Liverpool are now behind us and they’ll have their excuses and reasons why but the cold facts are that we have gained that much ground on them that we’ve gone past them this season.

    "That shows vast improvement and we’re second in the league.

    "By no means are we the finished article but I think at the beginning of the season if you’d said you’d finish second in the league from where we were I think they’d have snapped your hand off."

  • Kealan Hughes

    GOING, GOING, RON

    Paris Saint-Germain are in talks with Cristiano Ronaldo over a sensational summer transfer – with the Juventus star 'welcoming' the approach, according to reports.

    The Portuguese forward's time at Juventus appears to be up after a disappointing season for the Turin giants.

    Ronaldo, 36, now looks destined to leave with Real Madrid and Manchester United both linked with the star forward.

    The 173-cap Portugal legend's club team-mates are believed to have 'abandoned' him after growing tired of the 'perks' his receives.

    And Ronaldo is now claimed to have been approached by PSG in what could spark a summer transfer merry-go-round, according to AS.

    The Spanish outlet have also revealed Ronaldo 'welcomes' the approach from the Ligue 1 giants.

  • Kealan Hughes

    SERGI-GO

    Manchester United transfer target Sergio Ramos is reportedly heading for move away from Real Madrid this summer after arguing with club officials over Kylian Mbappe, reports suggest.

    Ramos remains one of United's top targets ahead of the summer.

    The Spanish centre-back is out of contract this summer, and it seems unlikely he'll sign a new deal.

    Spanish outlet AS suggest Ramos was among the group of Madrid players unhappy with plans for a 10% pay-cut.

    The veteran star is said to have been unhappy with plans to cut salaries in order to fund a move for Mbappe.

    He reportedly told his Madrid team-mates not to accept the proposals, because the money they saved would only be used to sign the Paris Saint-Germain star.

  • Etienne Fermie

    MORE FROM BRUNO

    Man United star Bruno Fernandes elaborated, after telling the club's official website that he'd rather win team trophies than individual gongs.

    He continued: "For me, the most important thing is to help my team-mates to also be Player of the Season.

    "That’s the most important thing because, if someone from the club is Player of the Season, it means that we do very, very well this season.

    "I think we will always be happy if someone else takes an individual award because it means the team is doing well.

    "Nobody in football, a team sport, wins an individual trophy just doing well himself. You have to do well but you have to have the help of your team-mates to do well.

    "When you have an individual trophy, of course, you are doing really well and deserve the credit but that credit goes to the team because they help you do better and better."

    Fernandes stressed the importance of his team-matesCredit: AFP
  • Etienne Fermie

    MORE FROM BRUNO

    Man United star Bruno Fernandes elaborated, after telling the club's official website that he'd rather win team trophies than individual gongs.

    He continued: "For me, the most important thing is to help my team-mates to also be Player of the Season.

    "That’s the most important thing because, if someone from the club is Player of the Season, it means that we do very, very well this season.

    "I think we will always be happy if someone else takes an individual award because it means the team is doing well.

    "Nobody in football, a team sport, wins an individual trophy just doing well himself. You have to do well but you have to have the help of your team-mates to do well.

    "When you have an individual trophy, of course, you are doing really well and deserve the credit but that credit goes to the team because they help you do better and better."

    Fernandes stressed the importance of his team-matesCredit: AFP
  • Etienne Fermie

    TROPHY HUNTER

    Manchester United star Bruno Fernandes is flattered to be nominated for the PFA Player of the Year award.

    But he'd rather win trophies as a team.

    He told the club's official website: "If we win trophies, it is the most important thing.

    “Of course, it’s good for a player to win individual awards and I will never say I don’t want to be the best player in the league or I don’t want to be the PFA Player of the Season.

    "I want to be [that] but I want to be [that] if the team wins trophies. If the team does win trophies, for me, it’s the same."

    Bruno Fernandes is determined to win trophies with Man UtdCredit: EPA
  • Etienne Fermie

    TELL YOU WHAT

    Some gorgeous crosses are featured here in this Alex Telles video.

    Are you expecting more from him next season, United fans?

  • Etienne Fermie

    LUC RUN OUT

    Manchester United and Chelsea have missed out on the chance to sign Lucas Vazquez after he signed a new, three-year contract at Real Madrid.

    The versatile Los Blancos ace, 29, had been a top target of both Premier League giants this summer.

    But Real Madrid have confirmed the Spanish forward has put pen to paper on a new long-term contract at the Bernabeu.

    A club statement read: "Real Madrid CF and Lucas Vázquez have agreed to extend the player's contract.

    "He will remain linked to the club for the next three seasons, until June 30, 2024."

  • Etienne Fermie

    SON BURNED

    Son Heung-min hit out after being grilled over Tottenham team-mate Harry Kane's future.

    The South Korean forward insisted he's only focussed on his own performances amid intense speculation around Kane.

    The Spurs striker, 27, has been linked with a £150m move to Man Utd or Man City in a bid to win trophies.

    And if Kane leaves North London this summer it would end a brilliant partnership with Son – who he broke a record with in March when they combined for a 14th goal of the season.

    But Son, 28, was in no mood to discuss Kane's potential transfer when asked by reporters while on international duty.

    He snapped back: "Has Kane moved already?

    "Everything is not decided. Rather than worrying about his transfer, I am doing my best at Tottenham.

    "I want to focus on the national team and Tottenham. Maybe Kane is doing the same, he is busy preparing for the Euros."

    Son and Kane have a terrific partnership up top
  • Etienne Fermie

    VILLA RETREAT

    Alexis Sanchez has emerged as a transfer target for Sevilla ahead of a busy summer sell-off for Inter Milan.

    The Serie A champions are reportedly wanting to cash in on £85million worth of talent and cut their wage bill by as much as 20 per cent.

    Antonio Conte quit the club over the decision, which was taken amid a financial crisis for Inter and Chinese owners Suning.

    A number of players have already been identified for a move including Achraf Hakimi, with Paris Saint-Germain hoping to bag a £50m deal.

    High-earner Christian Eriksen and Marcelo Brozovic, out of contract in 12 months' time, could also be moved on.

    Sanchez, 32, is an option given he was not a regular starter during the Scudetto triumph despite his hefty £117,000-a-week wages.

    Spanish newspaper Sport quotes Italian media reports that suggest Sevilla are chasing the Chilean.

    The deal would require Inter to accept a cut-price bid for Sanchez.

    Alexis Sanchez could be one of a number of Inter Milan departures this summer
  • Thomas Blow

    ICYMI – EXCLUSIVE BY CHARLIE WYETT

    Harry Maguire revealed he has only just started light training in his race to be fit for the Euros.

    And the Man United captain is set to miss England’s opening game against Croatia on June 13.

    Maguire said: “I have done little bits of running.

    “I don’t want to aggravate it too early as we still have nearly two weeks until the first game and it is a long tournament.

    “I am taking it day by day. I have not asked for a time-frame but I am looking forward to being involved.

    “It can improve dramatically in a few days and you can have little setbacks.”

  • Etienne Fermie

    TELL ME MORE

    Alex Telles has admitted that he ‘can’t wait’ to score his first goal for Manchester United.

    He told the club’s official website: “I really want to score my first goal, I can’t wait.

    “I scored a lot of goals previously at Porto and now I’m really looking forward to playing and scoring my first goal.”


    Alex Telles can’t wait to hit the back of the net with the Red Devils
  • Etienne Fermie

    CITY OF LOVE

    Alex Telles has revealed that his favourite game for Manchester United came in the Champions League victory over PSG.

    He told the club's official website: "I think my best moment this season was definitely my debut against Paris in France.

    “We won 2-1 in my first game.

    “Another important game for me was against West Ham in London where I got my first assist for Mason. They were the two important moments for me this season.”

    Ales Telles loved the match against PSGCredit: AFP

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