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MANCHESTER UNITED are set for a busy summer in the transfer market.

As Premier League clubs hope to restart the campaign when safe to do so, the Red Devils are reportedly eyeing up a move for Lazio star Sergej Milinkovic-Savic.

Follow all the latest updates and transfer news below…

  • GOOD MORNING UNITED FANS

    Football took a step closer on Tuesday as Manchester United stars grouped together for a training session in the north-west.

    Anthony Martial and Paul Pogba were joined by Victor Lindelof and Andreas Pereira – who maintained social distancing while working out.

    Carrington is expected to open soon as part of the Premier League’s plans to restart matches by June 12.

    Due to join them is Sergio Romero but the goalkeeper has the small matter of a run-in with his noisy neighbours to deal with.

    The Argentine has been ordered to tear down a £20,000 adventure playground on his front garden — after it was ­likened to a “theme park”.

    He and wife Eliana installed the gigantic playhouse for their two young daughters without planning permission.

    In transfer news, United may soon be waving goodbye to Angel Gomes if the winger cannot agree to a new contract.

    Old Trafford chiefs are desperate to keep the academy graduate and have tried to tempt the youngster with hefty new terms – although Goal report of a stalemate between the parties.

    The fresh offer is thought to be around £30,000-a-week PLUS additional bonuses for appearances, goals and trophies won.

    Daily Mail say a deadline of May 21 has been set by the club for any agreement.

    Incomings are looking hard to come by after Miralem Pjanic “snubbed” United for Barcelona.

    According to Sport, Pjanic has rejected a move to Old Trafford and PSG after receiving an offer for a dream move to the Camp Nou.

    Also set for elsewhere is James Rodriguez, the Real Madrid man purportedly heading to Atletico rather than Manchester or Arsenal.

  • GIFT OF THE GAB

    Gabriel Martinelli has stated that he could have joined Manchester United, if they had made an offer.

    Martinelli's former club Ituano have a partnership with the Red Devils, which saw him visit the club on multiple occasions.

    And he said: “There was a partnership between Ituano and Manchester United which allowed me to go there every year, for four years, to train with boys my age or older.

    “That was nice, because I got a first taste of what English football was like.

    “I met Marouane Fellaini, Patrice Evra and Paul Pogba, and made sure I got a photo with all of them.

    But when asked why he didn't sign, Martinelli commented: “They didn’t make an offer, so I returned to Ituano and kept doing my job there.”

  • MAGIC NUMBER

    Manchester United have identified three signings as attainable this summer, according to reports.

    The Manchester Evening News states that they believe Jack Grealish, Jadon Sancho and Jude Bellingham will all be wearing Red Devils shirts by the time the new season arrives.

    Bellingham visited United's training ground in summer while the club started negotiations to sign Grealish in February.

    And the Red Devils are also confident of outbidding any competition for Dortmund's Sancho.

  • FEAR WE GO

    Premier League chiefs will today host a crunch meeting to attempt to convince fearful players it is safe to return.

    Clubs are aware of growing worry from some stars that they feel forced back into action.

    The PFA union will express these doubts in the teleconference but SunSport understands the majority of players are now desperate to get back on the pitch.

    And Prem bosses are confident that their safety protocols will convince the rest.

    England stars Raheem Sterling, Tyrone Mings and Danny Rose — plus Manchester City’s Argentine striker Sergio Aguero — have publicly voiced fears over football returning while the coronavirus daily death toll is still well into three figures.

    At least one representative from each club — either the captain or PFA delegate, or in a number of cases both — will dial in to today’s call ahead of a proposed June 12 restart.

  • NEU PLAN?

    Premier League bosses face an uphill battle to persuade police chiefs to lift the demand to use neutral stadiums.

    League chief executive Richard Masters held a virtual meeting with Deputy Chief Constable Mark Roberts, the country’s top football cop, and officials from the Department of Culture, Media and Sport after the 20 PL clubs urged him to seek a change in policy.

    It was Dep Chf Con Roberts who told Premier League leaders there were 12-15 “high risk” matches that simply could not be played at home venues over fears of fans congregating outside grounds.

    That led to the initial decision to proceed with the neutral stadium plan, before clubs united to urge Masters to push for home grounds to be used.

    Dep Chf Con Roberts told SunSport in a statement that the meeting had been “positive”, adding: “We will be jointly exploring a range of options to identify a way forward.

    “That needs to be one that minimises any risks to public safety and unnecessary pressure on public services but facilitates a sensible restart to the season, to support the economic and morale benefits associated with the sport.”

  • GO GO GOMES

    Manchester United have set themselves a deadline for sealing Angel Gomes’ future amid interest from Chelsea and Arsenal.

    Daily Mail report on the club planning to end negotiations by May 21 if a new contract cannot be agreed before it expires at the end of the season.

    Barcelona, Inter Milan and Borussia Dortmund are also said to be keen on the 19-year-old.

    Gomes has only featured six times for United this season and was earlier said to have been offered a £30,000-a-week deal by the club.

  • TALK TO THE HAND

    Latest Premier League guidelines to keep players safe when returning to games include footballers turning their heads when tackled.

    That’s according to Telegraph, who cite plans circulated by the division’s bosses to convince players they are not at significant risk of catching coronavirus.

    On Wednesday, the Premier League will hold talks with captains, senior players and managers to press ahead with Project Restart.

    Also said to be part of the proposals are suggestions that players keep face-to-face contact down to a minimum.

  • DIOP HIM IN IT

    Paul Scholes has revealed the two midfielders he found the biggest “nuisance”.

    Along with Arsenal legend Patrick Vieira, there is a surprise mention for ex-Fulham and Portsmouth player Papa Bouba Diop.

    Speaking on 5 Live, Scholes remarked: “I suppose the awkward ones… obviously Patrick Vieira, he’s so long, he’s so big.

    “You think you’ve got the ball, next minute he nicks the ball over your head. He was a clever player as well, he could play one-twos around you, he could score goals, he could make goals.

    “There’s one more that people won’t think of, when I played against Portsmouth, do you remember Papa Bouba Diop? He played for Fulham as well.

    “Big, massive, they used to call him the wardrobe. Get involved with him physically, you’re absolutely wasting your time. I always found him awkward to play against.

    “Look, he wasn’t a Patrick Vieira, of course he wasn’t, but he still had talent. As far as players being awkward to play against, I always found him a nuisance.”

  • RIO ATMOSPHERE

    On this day, three years ago…

    Fergie's last game at Old Trafford.

    Scores level with Swansea.

    Three minutes left.

    Step forward, Rio Ferdinand.

  • CHIES’D OFF

    Manchester United and Chelsea are thought to be among the teams chasing Fiorentina starlet Federico Chiesa.

    Viola director Joe Barone has confirmed that several teams are chasing the young forward, son of Serie A legend Enrico.

    He stated to La Gazzetta dello Sport: “Chiesa is a Fiorentina player.

    “There are clubs knocking at the door for Chiesa, some of them who speak English.

    “We'll see, for the moment we just need to finish the season and he is very concentrated on doing well for us.”

  • FORD THE WIN

    Marcus Rashford has what it takes to claim the Manchester United armband, current captain Harry Maguire has claimed.

    Currently sidelined by a back injury, the striker was praised for working hard on getting back in shape for football’s return.

    Maguire backed Rashford for the captaincy one day when asked about it on the club podcast, saying: “Yeah, definitely.

    “I think as a club, you should have a captain and rely on him, but you need to spread the onus of the leadership in the group.

    “Marcus is there and he battles through every game.

    “Obviously, he’s missing through a bad injury at the moment but he’s battling hard to get back and he’s very rarely missing games.

    “He’s always wanting to make himself available.”

  • POGBACK IN TIME

    For now, football fans are just desperate to have the beautiful game back, writes SunSport’s Dave Fraser.

    But the second it returns, and I mean the very second, there's no doubt minds will turn to the hottest topic in football for the past year: Paul Pogba.

    It's always been a rocky ride in Manchester for the midfielder having worked his way through the youth ranks, only to quit for Juventus in 2012 as a relative unknown… and then return four years later a superstar.

    Here, we take a look at where it all began – a 3-0 League Cup win over Leeds – who he played with and where they all are now.

    Read the full rundown here.

  • PAUL'D TO ONE SIDE

    Paul Scholes has revealed the error he made when giving Sir Alex Ferguson a bit of lip.

    An errant backheel on the halfway line in a clash at Newcastle led to Alan Shearer making it 4-3 to secure the three points.

    And Scholes told the Savage Social that Fergie was furious with his utter cheek – and often had similar problems with Ryan Giggs and David Beckham.

    He recalled: “It was the first time I ever answered back. It was never something I would ever do because I’d seen people answer back to him.

    “I’d seen Incey answer back and Schmeichel – and it doesn’t end well. Trust me.

    “I just kept answering back to him. I was wrong really. That was never me. Whenever I was getting a b*****king, I just took it and took it and took it.

    “But for this one occasion I thought it was merited, I thought I’d made a little bit of a difference to the team, got us back into the game really.

    “Some people loved arguing with him. Giggsy is one. He can’t keep his mouth shut, whether he’s right or wrong it doesn’t matter. Beckham was the same. He’d always have a pop back but I’d never say a word.”

  • BIDE YOUR TIME

    Dimitar Berbatov is not sure the time is right for Jadon Sancho to join Manchester United.

    A big money deal could be in the offing this summer if the Red Devils can convince Borussia Dortmund to sell in the coronavirus-affected market.

    But Berbatov believes the young winger could be better off waiting, writing in Betfair: “I don’t know if now is the right time for him to go to Manchester United.

    “I have mentioned it before, I have my doubts here because at United there’s Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford and Daniel James.

    “It’s good to have competition for the team but I would imagine if he moves to a new place he would want to play every game, but rotation is a common thing now in football.

    “From that point of view, you can’t guarantee a player will play, but I think we need to go with that assumption, big money and he would like to play.

    “For me, he is going to choose the team that he knows he is going to play. Not to move and do nothing because that is going to stop his development.

    “That’s why I think it may be better for him to stay at Dortmund for one more year, why not?”

  • TAKE ME GUIRE

    Harry Maguire is backing Paul Pogba to come back better than ever from his ankle injury nightmare.

    Praising the Frenchman for his “power” and having “absolutely everything” on the training pitch, the Red Devils captain believes Pogba has plenty more to offer the Old Trafford faithful.

    Maguire told the club podcast: “I know in training playing against Paul, it’s so hard.

    “He’s so big, so strong, so powerful he has absolutely everything.

    “He’s missed a lot of the season through a bad injury so I’m sure next season and when we get going again he’s probably going to impress me even more.

    “But from what I’ve seen in training this year he’s a phenomenal player.”

  • PARK LIFE

    A return to training is beckoning for Manchester United.

    A selection of first-team stars were spotted training in a local park on Tuesday before they are called back to Carrington.

    Paul Pogba, Anthony Martial, Victor Lindelof and Andreas Pereira were all pictured by Daily Mirror working out alone, observing social distancing guidelines.

    Yesterday, SunSport reported of Timothy Fosu-Mensah and Aaron Wan-Bissaka joining up for a runaround in a Cheshire college – before being asked to leave.

    Matches are expected to resume from June 12 in the Premier League with clubs gradually re-opening their training facilities for solitary workouts.

  • CRIST ALMIGHTY

    The evidence is mounting that Juventus will simply not be able to afford Paul Pogba this summer.

    It has emerged that Cristiano Ronaldo will not have his enormous £522,000-a-week wages cut, despite Juventus becoming the first club to impose a salary cap on themselves.

    The Serie A champions will ensure that from next season, they will only hand out contracts worth a maximum of £151,000-a-week.

    According to Corriere di Torino, this is to protect the “financial solidity” of the club.

    This will see a radical shift in their transfer policy, having spent big on a number of big-name stars in recent years.

    The likes of Paulo Dybala, Aaron Ramsey, Gonzalo Higuain and Adrien Rabiot all earn more than the new cap – but will not see the salaries of their existing deals slashed.

  • MAMMA MIA

    Adrien Rabiot has gone on strike at Juventus over having his wages slashed by £7million, according to reports.

    The Frenchman is believed to be furious at having a quarter of his £28million salary cut amid the coronavirus pandemic.

    He is one of a number of Juve stars that returned to their home countries to self-isolate as the world battles Covid-19.

    But with the Serie A champions now having been given the all-clear to use their training facilities again, Rabiot and Co have been ordered to come back to Turin.

    They are particularly eager for players to arrive as soon as possible, given that they will have to spend a further 14 days in quarantine upon their return to Italy.

    Cristiano Ronaldo is among those overseas players to have recently returned and is in isolation at his Turin home.

    But according to La Stampa, Rabiot, 25, has defied his club's demands on the advice of his mother and agent Veronique.

    Players agreed a four-month wage deferral back in March, but Rabiot is still understood to be fuming at the situation.

  • WHATSAPPENING?

    Premier League players are using a WhatsApp group to express fears over Project Restart.

    The Government have given the go ahead for the Premier League to resume behind closed doors from June 1 but some of the top flight's biggest stars are worried about returning to work.

    The welfare of players is still one of the biggest issues facing the prospective return of matches on June 12 – even though no fans will be in attendance.

    And a WhatsApp group containing some of the League's biggest stars is full of concerned messages over the return while coronavirus continues to kill hundreds of people every day in the UK.

    Some players reportedly feel their worries are being overlooked so the Government can make political gains by “boosting the nation's morale”, according to the Mail.

    Prem clubs will consult their players on the latest plans over the next 48 hours and the stars' concerns will be relayed back to team chiefs during those calls.

  • ROD ONES OUT

    James Rodriguez is in advanced talks with Atletico Madrid over a summer transfer, according to reports.

    The news will come as a blow to Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United who have both been linked with the Colombian playmaker.

    Real are willing to sell Rodriguez, as his contract expires in the summer of 2021, meaning he is free to negotiate with other clubs in January.

    But he is likely to be shipped out before then to ensure Los Blancos can recover some cash for the midfielder.

    And Atletico are leading the way, according to prominent Colombian journalist Javier Hernandez Bonnet.

    Speaking on Blu Radio, he said: “If Real want to get some money back, they have to close a transfer.

    “James has several cards to play, but we have been told he is convinced by Atletico in all aspects – in the sport and in the staff – and it is 80 per cent sure he will be a new player for Atlético Madrid.”

  • WELL I NEV-ER

    Gary Neville has called for Project Restart to be delayed until July as “25 per cent” of players are concerned about playing.

    The Government have given the go ahead for the Premier League to resume behind closed doors from June 1.

    But the former Manchester United defender has urged the English top-flight to consider pushing back the restart date.

    Speaking on Sky Sports' The Football Show, he said: “I don't think anybody is clear, in football or in the country.

    “You've all seen the fallout of the rambling mess we had to witness on Sunday night.

    “It became a little bit clearer yesterday with the further info that was released, but I think the Premier League were hanging their hat on further guidance that they didn't get.

    “Maybe at this moment in time they need to be thinking on a July start rather than a June start. We're getting closer and closer to a deadline.”

  • ANGEL DELIGHT

    Angel Gomes is reportedly close to QUITTING Manchester United amid stalemate over a new £30k-a-week contract offer.

    Chelsea could get one over their rivals by prising the 19-year-old away from Old Trafford for free when his deal runs out this summer.

    The United starlet's contract expires on July 1 but he is yet to put pen to paper on a new deal with the clock running out.

    Old Trafford are desperate to keep the academy graduate in their clutches and have tried to tempt the youngster with hefty new terms.

    But as reported by Goal, the negotiations between the youngster and Old Trafford remain in a deadlock.

    He was originally offered a £20,000-a-week deal at the start of the season but the hotshot's entourage have been concerned over the ace's lack of first-team game time.

    Chelsea have suggested they are willing to match United's contract offer to Gomes with Frank Lampard keen to add the star to his exciting crop of youngsters.

  • ALM WRESTLE

    Man Utd have stolen a march on Premier League rivals Arsenal in the race to sign Argentine talent Thiago Almada, according to reports.

    Boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is ready to invest in youth as he looks to transform his Red Devils squad.

    And the 19-year-old Velez Sarsfield playmaker fits the bill following his four goals in the Argentine top division this campaign.

    It was previously revealed how Almada has attracted interest from Premier League rivals Manchester City linked.

    But Solskjaer is not willing to hang around and reports claim he has already swooped for his signature.

    According to Tutto Mercato Web, the boss has made contact with the club over his potential availability.

    It adds that the player has a £22million release clause but Solskjaer is looking to pay in the region of £16m.

  • UNITED FRONT

  • PJAN OF ACTION

    Juventus star Miralem Pjanic has reportedly “refused” to join Manchester United to pursue a move to Barcelona. 

    Cash-strapped Barca are ready to offer the Bianconeri a number of aces in return for the Bosnia-Herzegovina international.

    Pjanic has clocked up 167 appearances for Juventus since arriving at the Allianz in 2016, and has won six major trophies – including three Serie A titles – but he looks set to leave in the summer. 

    United had hoped to secure the midfield maestro's services as part of a swap deal for wantaway midfielder Paul Pogba.

    Red Devils boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is looking to inject even more creativity into his midfield, following the signing of Portuguese maestro Bruno Fernandes.

    But according to Sport, the 30-year-old has snubbed a move to Old Trafford and PSG after receiving an offer for a dream move to the Nou Camp.

    The report claims that the Catalan giants have reached a verbal agreement with Pjanic and have offered up a number of players to secure the Juve star's signature.

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