12pm Man Utd transfer news LIVE: Jadon Sancho final bid LATEST, Alex Telles UPDATES, Ansu Fati backup, Smalling future – The Sun

MANCHESTER UNITED are still very much in the mix for Jadon Sancho, but are reported lined up Barcelona's Ansu Fati as an alternative.

And the Red Devils will also reportedly sign a new centre-back, but only if Chris Smalling is sold.

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  • PEN PAL

    Marcus Rashford has shared an emotional letter from a seven-year-old fan who thanked the Manchester United star for the charity work he has been carrying out.

    The England striker set up a task force this month as the face of an inspiring campaign to feed the UK’s 4.2million hungry kids.

    Rashford shared the letter on his Twitter and wrote: “Dear Jack, thank you for your lovely letter. Really made me smile tonight.

    “Keep being kind. That’s what makes the world go round. MR.”

  • COUNTING THE COST

    Manchester United and Wolves have been handed a boost in their bid to bring in Douglas Costa.

    The two Premier League clubs have been linked with a swoop this transfer window for the 30-year-old Juventus winger.

    It was reported yesterday in Italy that Juve wanted to offer him as part of a deal to bring Ousmane Dembele to Serie A.

    But according to Mundo Deportivo, Barca are not interested in bringing Costa to the Nou Camp.

    It is believed Juve tried to include the same player when they signed Arthur from the Spanish giants.

  • SOLSKJAER ON MOTIVATION

    The Norwegian has reiterated it is NOT his job to keep players happy at the club and that they have to have the self motivation to succeed at Old Trafford.

  • MORE ON LINDELOF

    Victor Lindelof is facing the axe against Brighton after Manchester United’s calamitous opening to the new Premier League season, writes NEIL CUSTIS.

    The centre-back was all over the place as Crystal Palace took the back four to pieces winning 3-1.

    Now with Eric Bailly fit again Solskjaer is looking to form a regular partnership between him and Harry Maguire.

    They played together in 3-0 midweek away win to Luton in the EFL Cup.

    Solskjaer said: “I think last season proved to us how we can defend at our best but last week wasn't fantastic, we conceded sloppy goals.

    “Eric is fit again, which is a big, big plus and we are looking forward to seeing him develop and play more games.

    “We've been waiting him to be fit and play more regularly.”

  • VICTOR COULD BE LOSER

    Solskjaer wants Eric Bailly and Harry Maguire as his first-choice centre-backs at United.

    Neil Custis has been listening in on the Norwegian’s press conference.

  • SMALLING UPDATE

    Solskjaer has given the latest on Chris Smalling's move to Roma.

    Asked if the centre-back will be integrated into the squad again if the move fails to materialise, he said: “Different things need to happen there, so let's wait and see if there is that change.

    “Let's see when the transfer window closes and we'll talk about Chris.”

  • 'FAITH IN THE SQUAD'

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has told the media he is focusing on coaching the first team and not on transfers.

    He said: “As I've said so many times I have faith in my players.

    “In football you can't predict too much, but for me we're working on getting better, my focus is solely on the game.

    “I can't think any other way, we need three points now.”

  • DAVID DE GE-AGHH

    David De Gea has revealed what happened during the madness of the saved penalty and then retake in the 3-1 Premier League loss to Crystal Palace, only for it to be re-taken for a foot foul.

    He said: “It was a bit crazy. It’s already difficult to save a penalty so even if okay you make the save and they repeat the penalty then they can change the taker so there’s no pressure on the player who missed the penalty.

    “It’s a little bit strange. Those are the rules though and I try to save the next penalty straight from the line, that’s the football rules.

    “It’s true the first game wasn’t the best game for us. It was a strange time after last season not having enough time to rest properly but it’s the same for all teams.

    “It’s time to start winning games. Last season we finished really, really strong so we need to try to play as we did in the last 10 games of last season. This is the way we need to be and playing our best football.”

  • READY FOR BRIGHTON

    United's players have been training at Carrington ahead of their trip to Brighton this weekend.

    Mason Greenwood and Teden Mengi will hope to feature in the double header on the South Coast.

  • BEND IT LIKE BECKS

    David Beckham has revealed a particular stretch that he has found tough to master.

    It turns out that the man who could bend a free kick into any top corner struggles to master the art of a single quad stretch.

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    Took me a while to get into this stretch but it’s a good one after an early workout before school run 🏃‍♂️ great way to start the day 🙂

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  • PICKED OFF

    Everton are lining up Manchester United’s Sergio Romero — heaping pressure on Jordan Pickford.

    Keeper Romero, 33, wants out after the return of Dean Henderson from a loanat Sheffield United.

    It is believed Carlo Ancelotti’s Toffees have made contact with intermediaries and held talks over a deal for Man Utd's Argentina stopper.

    Pickford is under fire following his double cock-up in Everton’s 5-2 Carabao Cup win over Fleetwood on Wednesday, although boss Ancelotti defended him.

    It is the latest in a number of mistakes the England goalkeeper, 26, has made in the last 12 months.

  • UTD'S JAD DASH

    Manchester United are reportedly set to make a final £90million move for Jadon Sancho.

    The Borussia Dortmund winger has been linked with a move to Old Trafford all summer.

    And now, according to The Mirror, United supremo Ed Woodward will come in with a final 'take-it-or-leave-it offer'.

    It is believed the Premier League club will offer £75m up front, with another £15m to be paid in add ons later on.

    After months of wrangling, United will not budge from this latest, structured deal but are said to be 'confident' of finally landing their man.

    This is despite Dortmund's head of football Sebastian Kehl saying earlier in the week that the 20-year-old would STAY in Germany.

  • GOOD MORNING UNITED FANS

    Dayot Upamecano has opened the door to a potential move to Manchester United.

    In an interview with Telefoot, Upamecano said that his future is currently at Leipzig – although he did not rule out a move away.

    He said: “For the moment I am with Leipzig but it is true that I was able to discuss with certain clubs.

    “As I said, for now I am focused on Leipzig and I will continue to play for Leipzig. And then we’ll see.

    “You never know what can happen in a football season.”

    Meanwhile, Bruno Fernandes has hit back at rival criticism about his penalty-scoring exploits – claiming it's very tough to score from 12 yards.

    Bruno Fernandes has hit back at rival criticism about his penalty-scoring exploits – claiming it's very tough to score from 12 yards.

    Despite rivals fans poking fun of 'Penandes' and the 'inevitable' United penalty each game, Fernandes has hit back – insisting it's not as easy as everyone thinks.

    He told the Man Utd website: “Penalties are part of the game. You need to score. You have the chance but you need to score.

    “I know everyone is talking about them like it’s easy, but you can lose a final with a penalty.”

    In other news, United are involved in a five-club fight for Barcelona’s Samuel Umtiti.

    The French defender is under contract until 2023 but after a number of knee injuries, the Catalans want him off the books.

  • SANCH-GO?

    Manchester United will reportedly put forward a £90m take-it-or-leave-it offer for Jadon Sancho next week.

    The Red Devils plan to offer £75m up front with a further £15m in add-ons, according to the Mirror.

    Ed Woodward will allegedly inform Dortmund there will be no negotiating over the deal.

    United have been chasing the English 20-year-old for last three months – but the German side value him at £108m.

  • PICK OF THE BUNCH

    Everton are lining up Manchester United’s Sergio Romero — heaping pressure on Jordan Pickford.

    Keeper Romero, 33, wants out after the return of Dean Henderson from a loan  at Sheffield United.

    It is believed Carlo Ancelotti’s Toffees have made contact with intermediaries and held talks over a deal for Man Utd's Argentina stopper.

    Pickford is under fire following his double cock-up in Everton’s 5-2 Carabao Cup win over Fleetwood on Wednesday, although boss Ancelotti defended him.

  • COMES AT A COST

    Wolves are leading the race to sign Juventus winger Douglas Costa, according to Tuttosport.

    Manchester United have been heavily linked to the Brazilian – who joined the Turin side from Bayern Munich.

    Andrea Pirlo is reportedly prepared to sell him this summer as he plans to overhaul his side.

    Costa has been heavily linked with a move to the Premier League this summer.

  • WRIGHT MOVE?

    Ian Wright wishes Arsenal signed Donny van de Beek instead of Manchester United.

    He said: “Donny van de Beek, he's someone that I wish someone more like Arsenal could have taken.

    “When you look at Pogba, what he's doing, and you look at Bruno Fernandes – that is Donny van de Beek's position.

    “So people are thinking they're going to see Van de Beek [sitting] with Pogba and Fernandes, but I don't think that's going to happen.

    “Because as much as he can play there, that's not his preferred position to play.”

  • TELL THE TALE

    Talks continue between Manchester United and Porto over a deal for Alex Telles.

    Journalist Fabrizio Romano tweeted: “Player side still convinced that an agreement between Porto and MUFC can be reached around €25m [£22.8m]. Negotiations on.

    “There's also another option on the list as LB for Man Utd if Telles deal will collapse.”

    Telles has a release clause of £36.7m in his current contract with the Portuguese giants.

  • PLAY IT KOUL

    John Barnes has urged Manchester United to go all out for Kalidou Koulibaly instead of Jadon Sancho.

    He told BonusCodeBets: “Manchester United should look to sign a player like Kalidou Koulibaly, he has all the trademarks of a player they need in the heart of defence.

    “As well as that, they should definitely sign a defensive midfielder as they look rather weak back there.

    “Everyone talks about Jadon Sancho playing with Marcus Rashford and Bruno Fernandes if they were to bring him in, but there is no good being joyful about these options, if they can't defend or have a hardworking defensive midfield players to support them when they don't have the ball.”

  • DON AND DUSTED

    Donny van de Beek has vowed to challenge for a trophy following his move to Old Trafford.

    Speaking to United Review, he said: “I always trust in myself and for sure you can always improve and be better.

    “I will always work hard to make those steps and still now I will continue to do that.

    “I have made a good step from Ajax to United and now I want more and more and I want to help the club win prizes.

    “We will fight for everything.”

  • TEAM NEWS

    Ahead of Saturday's game against Brighton, Manchester United have released some early team news.

    Axel Tuanzebe and Phil Jones are expected to be the only absentees for the match.

    United are set to recall David De Gea, Victor Lindelof, Luke Shaw, Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial this weekend.

    The Red Devils enter the clash following Tuesday's 3-0 win over Luton Town.

  • STUCK IN GEA

    David De Gea is in a “very awkward situation” by bringing Dean Henderson back into the max, claimed Paul Parker.

    The former Red Devils defender told Eurosport: “It would have been very easy for him to go back to Sheffield United, where he knows everyone and is the undisputed first choice, but fair play to him for testing.

    “I don't think you can give as much credit to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer or Manchester United as a whole.

    “They've put themselves, and De Gea, in a very awkward situation.

    “We all know De Gea is going to come back into the starting line-up for Saturday's game against Brighton but what happens then if he makes an error?”

  • SWIPE RIGHT?

    Long before dating, marriage and kids, everyone has their first love… football.

    And with dating apps all the rage, it's sometimes tough to hide that first love from potential partners.

    Whether sharing a snap from inside a stadium, wearing your club's kit in a picture or even mentioning your avid fandom in your bio, it's easy for would-be suitors to find out who you support.

    And apparently, fans of certain clubs have more luck with the opposite sex than others, according to a study by compare.bet.

    Let's take a look…

  • UP AND AWAY?

    Dayot Upamecano has opened the door to a potential move to Manchester United.

    In an interview with Telefoot, Upamecano said that his future is currently at Leipzig – although he did not rule out a move away.

    He said: “For the moment I am with Leipzig but it is true that I was able to discuss with certain clubs.

    “As I said, for now I am focused on Leipzig and I will continue to play for Leipzig. And then we’ll see.

    “You never know what can happen in a football season.”

  • BARC FOR MORE

    Barcelona will reportedly sign a new striker in the coming days to replace Luis Suarez at the Nou Camp.

    The 33-year-old was deemed as surplus to requirements by new boss Ronald Koeman, who allowed him to join Atletico Madrid.

    And according to AS, the Bluagrana will act fast in their pursuit to bolster their frontline.

    They state that Memphis Depay and Inter Milan marksman Lautaro Martinez are the club's top two targets.

    Depay played for the Red Devils from 2015 until 2017 when he made the move to Lyon.

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