8am Man Utd news LIVE: Sanchez to return, Sancho deal could be OFF due to coronavirus, Godin transfer interest – The Sun

MANCHESTER UNITED will be out of action until at least May after the Premier League extended its coronavirus ban.

And that could also be bad news as far as a move for Jadon Sancho is concerned, with the illness changing football's financial landscape by the minute.

Follow all the latest updates from Old Trafford below…

  • SAN GOES DOWN

    Alexis Sanchez will return to Manchester United at the end of the season, says Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano.

    It had previously been suggested that Inter would sign the Chilean if he agreed to a salary “significantly less” than the £210,000-a-week the Italians are paying him currently.

    But now even that is said to be off the table.

    Romano told Calciomercato: “Unless there are any sensational twists and turns, the decision to send the Chilean striker back to Manchester United is gathering steam.’

    “Sanchez also comes at a hefty cost between the transfer fee and, above all, the salary.

    “Signing him permanently would limit Inter on the investment front, unless the Red Devils agree to extend the dry loan for one more year.

    “In short, the separation will happen unless there is the option of another ‘free’ year (wages aside): this is the decision.”

  • GOOD MORNING UNITED FANS

    Things are hotting up in the transfer market with plenty of top players on Manchester United’s radar ahead of the summer.
    Centre-back ace Kalidou Koulibaly has told Napoli he wants to leave in the summer.
    The long-term target is nonetheless due to remain under the £90million price tag set by his club.
    Somewhat less expensive would be Diego Godin.
    At 34, the experienced defender is no longer a guaranteed starter at Inter Milan and could be allowed to leave once the season ends.
    According to reports from Italian outlet Corriere dello Sport, the Red Devils are interested in going back in for the veteran defender to bolster their ranks at the back.
    The 34-year-old has a contract until 2022 but it now appears unlikely that he will see out the remainder of his deal in Italy.
    Jack Grealish is certainly one highly sought after player and ex-Aston Villa hero Darius Vassell thinks the time is right for him to move to bigger things.
    He said of the United target: “If you look at history, you’ve got Gareth Barry and James Milner who left for City. Top quality players went on to bigger and better things.
    “So I think it’s a matter of time. He’s so good, how can other teams not be tempted to come in and steal him?
    “I don’t like saying it but he’s got to go at some point. Unless Villa get new owners and are buying the best players, go and get the most for your career.
    “I don’t think Villa fans would blame him – he’s played his heart out and done brilliantly. At the end of the day, I wouldn’t be surprised.”
    Meanwhile, former Red Devil Marouane Fellaini has revealed he has tested positive for coronavirus.
    The Belgian is said to be doing well and experiencing no symptoms.

  • TERRY'S SAN-ITY PLEA

    John Terry reckons Chelsea would be a great fit for Jadon Sancho.

    The Aston Villa assistant’s former teammate, Frank Lampard, has made good use of young players this season and could get the best out of Sancho.

    Manchester United and Liverpool have also been strongly linked with the Borussia Dortmund winger.

    Terry told Frank Khalid’s YouTube channel: “I think the young lads have shown their potential.

    “We spoke at the start of the season about the likes of Tammy [Abraham] and Mason [Mount] coming into the squad and they've shown that they're capable of playing.

    “I think Sancho is one of the best young players in the world at the moment, so he’d be a great addition to Chelsea’s squad.

    “It would make us better as well, but the ones that have come through, the Billy Gilmours, Tammy, Mason, Reece [James], it’s endless isn't it? There have been so many positives this season.

    “So I think every Chelsea fan, since I came through the ranks, that’s all Chelsea fans wanted to see: the youth-team players and the younger generation coming through and making their first team debuts. We’ve seen that in abundance this year.”

  • VASSELL OF LOVE

    Manchester United have been handed a huge boost in their race to land Jack Grealish after Darius Vassell admitted the Aston Villa captain has “got to go.”

    The Red Devils have made the midfielder their top target this summer and are prepared to splash out up to £70million as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer continues his policy of targeting young English talent.

    He told Stadium Astro: “I always get asked about Jack Grealish’s situation. I want him to stay through supporting Villa – he’s one of our own.

    “But he’s so good now, where could he end up if he went to a better team with better players? Is it right to hold him back? If you look at history, you’ve got Gareth Barry and James Milner who left for City. Top quality players went on to bigger and better things.

    “So I think it’s a matter of time. He’s so good, how can other teams not be tempted to come in and steal him?

    “I don’t like saying it but he’s got to go at some point. Unless Villa get new owners and are buying the best players, go and get the most for your career.

    “I don’t think Villa fans would blame him – he’s played his heart out and done brilliantly. At the end of the day, I wouldn’t be surprised.”

  • NO SMALL MATTER

    Chris Smalling is willing to take a pay cut in order to make his loan move from Manchester United to Roma permanent despite interest from Arsenal, according to reports.

    Centre-back Smalling has impressed for Roma since joining on a season-long loan from United in the summer.

    Sky Sports Italia are reporting that the star and his family have settled so well that he is even prepared to accept lower wages than he currently receives in order to extend his Italian adventure.

    The 30-year-old is due to finish his stint in Serie A in June but may be set to sign a permanent deal at the Stadio Olimpico.

    Parent club Manchester United are thought to want approximately £32million for the England star to leave Old Trafford for good.

    Premier League rivals Arsenal are also monitoring the situation, as boss Mikel Arteta searches for a centre-back to strengthen his defensive options.

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