MANCHESTER UNITED have lodged a £12m bid for Alex Telles after reportedly agreeing a contract and agent fee with the Porto star.
Meanwhile Watford's Ismaila Sarr is being lined up as an alternative to Jadon Sancho.
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GARNER GET HIM
The Athletic's Adam Leventhal suggests that James Garner's loan to Watford could put Man United in pole position if they decide to bid for Ismaila Sarr.
He adds that Watford's asking price remains unchanged at £40m-50m but if the Red Devils come up with the money, the deal will be done.
WISH UPON A SARR
Manchester United are ready to turn their attention to Ismaila Sarr if a deal for Jadon Sancho can't be agreed, The Telegraph reports.
The Red Devils are said to have already made an enquiry for the Watford winger, with the Hornets willing to sell for the right price but not loan him out.
The report adds that a £40m fee should be enough to force the Hertfordshire club's hand.
KEANE VS KLOPP
Jurgen Klopp hit back at Roy Keane after the Irishman called Liverpool “sloppy” during their 3-1 win over Arsenal.
NOT PHILLING THE LOVE
This Manchester United fan wants the Red Devils to send Phil Jones to Lazio with Andreas Pereira who is expected to sign for the Italians in the coming days.
PLAYING FOR KEEPS
Despite their fierce battle for the No 1 jersey at Man Utd, David De Gea and Dean Henderson were all smiles in training today ahead of Wednesday's League Cup game at Brighton.
MAG-IC OF THE CUP
Harry Maguire is set to lead Manchester United out again in their League Cup game at Brighton on Wednesday.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said the England defender likes to play in every game so he will likely lineup again at the Amex but the Norwegian is set to make widespread changes everywhere else in the team.
According to United's official website Dean Henderson will start in goal like he did in the last round against Luton.
Juan Mata received plenty of plaudits after opening the scoring from the penalty spot against the Hatters, while Eric Bailly's powerful performance suggests he has probably earned another start.
Daniel James and Odion Ighalo were not in the squad for United's weekend victory against the Seagulls which suggests they could be involved.
And Brandon Williams, Donny van de Beek, Fred and Jesse Lingard started in the last cup tie and could also be involved.
Manchester United's players were looking fresh faced and happy at training today.
The Red Devils beat Brighton in the Premier League at the weekend and travel to the Seagulls again on Wednesday in the League Cup.
THE ONE PER US
Manchester United midfielder Andreas Pereira will sign for Lazio in the next few days, according to the Serie A side's director Igli Tare.
The 24-year-old Brazilian made 40 competitive appearances for United last season but will depart this summer as United are well stocked for centre-midfielders.
Lazio director of sport Tare said: “Pereira will arrive over the next two to three days.”
Head coach Simone Inzaghi was also present at the Amatrice awards but was more coy on the transfer.
He said: “I know him, he is a quality player who can give us a big helping hand.
“I don’t want to talk too much about players who haven’t signed yet, we are fortunate enough to have Tare who knows what to do. We’ll see if he arrives or not.”
NOT KEANE ON IT
Roy Keane admitted he is worried by Manchester United's start to the season and fears for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer if United do not finish in the top four this season.
Asked if the Norwegian would be sacked if he failed to qualify for the Champions League, Keane told Monday Night Football: “Yeah, I think so. You’re Manchester United manager.
“If they can invest in the next week with one or two signings, but if they don’t, it’s tough days ahead for United. The remit will be different for Ole this year. Last year it was all about getting top-four.
“It will be higher this year. They need to get closer, the points total can’t be the same. Ole needs to get his hands on a trophy because the honeymoon period is over. The pressure is on now.
“They would have pleased with the result against Brighton, but there’s worrying signs already.
“It’s early days but they’re giving up chances and goals. The signs aren’t great. The amount of chances they’ve given up is a worry. ‘You would expect them to do better against Palace and Brighton. As a whole, it’s not been great.”
Manchester United have agreed a contract and agent fee with Alex Telles, according to Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano.
The Red Devils will now only need to agree on a fee with Porto in order for the deal to go through.
“You see Mason Greenwood, Marcus Rashford, Bruno Fernandes, Aaron Wan-Bissaka. Even Fred. Fred is not a flop. He is a good player and sometimes he is not even playing.
“You say you want more midfielders? F****ing hell, Fred is not even playing sometimes.
“You say he is a bad player? He is not a bad player. We need a left-back now. Let’s get a good one. Alex Telles is a very good player and I know him.
“But these days, Twitter. People are there, like a computer, saying, 'Delete the club' or 'S**t coach, s**t player'.
“Sometimes you cannot go to Twitter to see if a player is good or not. There are too many negative things. We do need to relax and trust people, just that little bit more.”
INCURRING THE RAF
Rafael has blasted Manchester United fans and reckons modern football fans would call Wes Brown and John O'Shea s***.
The Brazilian former Red Devils right-back told The Athletic: “If you see some players who played very well for Manchester United, these days if they played in this team – I speak about Wesley Brown, John O’Shea, Darren Fletcher – I speak about many of us, players who are good Manchester United players historically.
“But these days, everyone would have said, “F***ing s**t, why is this guy playing for United?”
“F***ing hell, guys, these players are there for a reason, give them some trust and confidence. I am not saying everything is right at United. Many things went wrong and they did wrong but not everything is s**t…
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admitted he “had a go” at Marcus Rashford for bottling a tackle against Brighton.
He said: “He was getting better and better.
“I had a little bit of a go at him halfway through the first-half for a tackle he evaded, but I think his reaction, his sharpness is getting better, he's more direct.
“You can see his confidence is getting there. Great goal and great run – and great finish for the one that was disallowed as well. And I think Marcus will really kick on this season.
“I’m very happy for Marcus to get that goal. He was just a couple of inches offside on a counter-attack we had, with a great cross from Mason [Greenwood].”
WHAT A BRU-TY
Bruno Fernandes has described his unique penalty technique after scoring his first goal of the season at the weekend.
Man Utd are now believed to be preparing a £90m bid for long-term target Sancho with £65m of it paid upfront.
They have so far failed in every attempt to land their No1 transfer target – and the window shuts next Monday.
But Borussia Dortmund are unwilling to budge on their £108m valuation for the England winger.
SIMPLY DE BEST
A look back at David de Gea's saves in Man Utd's narrow 3-2 win at Brighton.
The Spaniard has kept his place as No1 despite Dean Henderson returning from Sheffield United this summer.
And De Gea is repaying his manager's faith.
PAY THE PENALTY
The Premier Leagueis on course for more than 70 controversial handball penalties this season if the hardline enforcement of the new Law continues.
Spurs boss Jose Mourinho was uncharacteristically speechless in his fury after Eric Dier was penalised in the 95th minute to award Newcastle a last kick penalty equaliser on Sunday.
So far, there have been five “VAR handball penalties” awarded from just 26 Prem games, with a total of 16 spot kicks given.
Manchester United’s Victor Lindelof was the first to fall foul of the new clampdown against Crystal Palace, followed by Spurs’ Matt Doherty in the latter stages of their 5-2 win at Southampton.
Saturday saw Brighton’s Neil Maupay concede the match-winning spot kick against United and Ward’s adjudged indiscretion to hand Richarlison the spot-kick winner, before Dier was pinged despite not even looking at the ball when it struck him off Andy Carroll’s header.
If the same rate of awards continues through the season, there will be 73 such handball penalties awarded over the course of the campaign and a staggering 234 spot kicks in total.
Leeds will land Daniel James on loan from Manchester United – but only if the Red Devils sign Jadon Sancho.
Marcelo Bielsa’s side have been in regular contact with their Premier League rivals over a potential move for the winger, as SunSport revealed two weeks ago.
James almost joined Leeds on transfer deadline day back in January 2019, only for Swansea to pull the plug on the deal at the last-minute after he had already passed a medical.
Despite renewed interest from the Yorkshire outfit that summer, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer swooped to bring him to United.
The 22-year-old Welsh star started United’s 3-1 home defeat against Crystal Palace last week but was left out of the squad for Saturday’s 3-2 win at Brighton.
Now he could finally be about to head across the Pennines to Elland Road with his Norwegian boss willing to let him leave temporarily for the campaign.
Liverpool have rapidly emerged as the heavy-favourites to retain their Premier League crown this season.
The bookies have slashed the odds on the Reds winning the title for a second successive season following Manchester City's 5-2 defeat to Leicester.
Chelsea meanwhile, who have won just one of their opening three games, have drifted to 25/1 odds following their 3-3 draw with West Brom.
Arsenal are also rated at the same odds.
Everton who are behind Leicester on goal difference, are also adrift of the Foxes' 33/1 odds to replicate their historic 2016 title win.
Manchester United have been made the same price despite the Red Devils coming from behind to beat Brighton 3-2 for their first win of the season.
SAVE THE EF-HELL
Government demands for Premier League clubs to pay the £250million EFL bail-out have been criticised by MPs and two former FA chairmen.
Lord Triesman and Greg Dyke are among the signatories to the letter, written by Tory MP Damian Collins.
And in a stinging rebuke of Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden, the group says it is the Government, and not Premier League clubs, who must be responsible for keeping the lower tiers of English football alive.
They say: “We understand that you had hoped that the Premier League clubs might make a significant additional contribution to support the EFL.
“Whilst this would be welcome, those clubs too face swingeing losses from lost ticketing receipts and falling revenues from broadcasting matches.
“However, it cannot be the Premier League's sole responsibility to sort out issues arising from Government policy.
“The Government itself needs to take responsibility or many already-embattled towns – often in areas of the country which have suffered many hardships in recent decades – will lose their last focal point.”
LOUIS VAN HELL
Louis van Gaal has been blasted as “one of the worst people” in a blistering attack from former player Rafael da Silva.
He told the Athletic: “I talk bad about some people, like Van Gaal. I don't like Van Gaal.
“When they said Van Gaal was the manager, a lot of friends called me. I could not believe it, as a lot of people told me he does not like Brazilians (because of their style of play).
“They told me: 'The first thing he is going to do is take you out.'
“Actually, it was the second thing because on the first day, he did not speak to me. On the second day, he said: 'You can leave.' I had not even trained and he said that. I could not believe it.
“I said: 'OK.' I still tried to battle for my place. I stayed one year with him. It was so, so hard. He is one of the worst people I have worked with.”
KANTE BE GOING
Frank Lampard insisted N’Golo Kante is part of his plans despite reported interest from Manchester United.
United have reached out to Kante's advisors to see if a deal can be made, according to The Mirror.
Despite United's links, Lampard has expressed his desire for Kante to stay.
He said: “He is an incredible player, I keep saying it and I mean it, he is huge for this club.”
Roma are still keen to on signing centre-back Chris Smalling.
The defender spent last season on loan with the Italian club and impressed.
Roma want to make a permanent move, but according to ESPN, they insist United must lower their £20m asking price.
The 30-year-old defender has not played for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's team so far this season as his Old Trafford future remains up in the air.
OLE IN GOOD FAITH
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer praised forward Marcus Rashford after beating Brighton.
The England forward scored a stunning solo goal over the weekend, as United won 3-2.
And he received praise from his manager.
Man Utd will reportedly not give up on their pursuit to sign Jadon Sancho.
Borussia Dortmund have so far insisted the winger is not for sale, as United are unwilling to meet their £109m price tag.
But according to ESPN, United hope an agreement can still be reached before the October 5 deadline.
Old Trafford chiefs have agreed personal terms with Sancho but have not struck terms with Dortmund.
United are ready to take talks all the way to deadline day.
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