MANCHESTER UNITED are preparing for a last-day showdown with Leicester as they target a top four Premier League finish.
Off the field, it's set to be a frantic transfer window as the Red Devils are reportedly looking at FOUR high profile names, while we've got the very latest on the pursuit of Jack Grealish and Jadon Sancho.
Follow all the latest United transfer gossip and news below…
GOOD MORNING, MAN UNITED FANS
Manchester United’s bid for Jadon Sancho is on hold with the club waiting to see if they’re successful in their quest for a top-four finish.
The Red Devils take on Leicester, who are also vying for a Champion’s League spot, in a pivotal clash later today.
And the Old Trafford giants have been eyeing a Kingsley Coman loan move as an alternative to a Sancho bid, should they finish outside the top four.
However, Sky Sports Germany claim Bayern Munich are unlikely to allow their 24-year-old winger to move to Manchester on loan.
Elsewhere United are poised to hijack Napoli’s bid for Lille defender Gabriel Magalhaes.
The £22.8million rated defender has been a star player for the Ligue One side this term.
Everton and Inter are also rumoured to be in the battle for the Brazilian’s signature.
And Napoli are looking to buy the star as a replacement for their highly-sought after centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly.
Meanwhile, Inter Milan are expected to hold talks with Alexis Sanchez in a bid to secure a permanent deal for the wantaway Old Trafford star.
However, the Chilean international’s megabucks salary could be a sticking point for the Serie A giants who signed him on loan this season.
Sanchez currently earns £500,000 a week at Old Trafford.
And Inter are coughing up £4.5million of his £18.2m annual salary with United stumping up the rest of the cost.
Sanchez, 31, has netted three times and assisted eight in an injury-plagued season that has limited him to just nine Serie A starts.
Kingsley Coman could be a target of a possible Man United loan move with the Red Devils eyeing star as a potential alternative to Jadon Sancho.
The Daily Star say the club's move for Sancho could depend on the outcome of their bid for Champion's League qualification.
And Ole Gunner Solskjaer's men a win from their last game of this season to guarantee their place in Europe's top club football competition.
Should United miss out on a top four spot club officials are rumoured to see Coman as ideal option for the club next term.
However Sky Sports Germany claim Bayern Munich have ruled out any loan moves for the highly-rated 24-year-old winger.
Manchester United are rumoured to be blocking Inter Milan's and Roma's attempts to extend their loan deals with Alexis Sanchez and Chris Smalling.
The Red Devils pair have spent the season in Italy having fallen out of favour with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Gazetta Dello Sport claim the Serie A giants are keen to extend the players' loan contracts.
However United officials are reported to be uninterested.
Roma have put a £14million bid in for Smalling, but United officials are keen to hold out for a higher offer.
LEICESTER VS UNITED STATS
- Leicester have won just one of their 13 Premier League home games against Manchester United (D4 L8), beating them 5-3 in September 2014.
- Man Utd are unbeaten in their last 10 Premier League matches against Leicester (W7 D3). Only against Aston Villa (15) are they enjoying a longer ongoing unbeaten run among current Premier League sides.
- Manchester United have opened the scoring within the opening 10 minutes in each of their last three Premier League matches against Leicester.
- Leicester have lost just one of their last 12 final league games of the season (W7 D4, excluding play-offs), losing 4-5 at Spurs in 2017-18.
- Manchester United lost their final league game in 2018-19, going down 0-2 at home to Cardiff. They’ve not lost consecutive closing day games since a run of three between 1982-83 and 1984-85.
COSTING A PACKET
Here are the wages United are doling out to their biggest stars.
Are they really worth the money?
Manchester United are ready to “hijack” Napoli’s bid for Gabriel Magalhaes, according to reports.
The Lille defender, 22, has been a star name for the Ligue 1 club this term.
And according to Duncan Castles, United are in competition with Everton, Inter and Napoli for the Brazilian.
They will be looking for a new central defender at the Stadio San Paolo with Kalidou Koulibaly likely to leave for greener pastures – and a big fee.
At £22.8million, Gabriel would be a bargain for any buyer, especially when top central defenders have been going for millions more.
LET'S HAVE IT REDS
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PAY CUT FOR 'LEX
Inter Milan will hold talks with Alexis Sanchez in the hope of agreeing on a wage packet before sealing a permanent switch from Manchester United, according to reports.
The Chilean, who is on an incredible £500,000-a-week at Old Trafford, has spent the season on loan with the Italian side.
Inter are forking out £4.5million of his £18.2m annual salary with United stumping up the rest of the cost.
Sanchez, 31, has scored three times and assisted eight in an injury-hit campaign that has limited him to just nine Serie A starts.
The Nerazzurri will hold talks with the forward and will propose a deal that would see his wages more than halved to around £200,000-a-week.
Manchester United are keeping track of Sporting Lisbon pair Eduardo Quaresma and Nuno Mendes, according to reports in Portugal.
The pair have come through the club’s academy and are hotly tipped to do well at the club.
Quaresma, 18, is a centre back who can also play defensive midfield, while Mendes, also 18, is a left-back.
According to A Bola, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side are prepared to make a tilt for the duo.
Both have £41million release clauses in their contracts, which do not expire till 2025 and Mendes shares agents with Bruno Fernandes in Miguel Pinho.
TOP FOUR CHASE
Here is what is left at stake for the three contenders for the final two top four places in the Premier League.
SMASH 'N G-RAB
Manchester United are reportedly one of three Premier League clubs that are interested in Juventus midfielder Adrien Rabiot.
The 25-year-old only joined the Old Lady last summer when his contract at Paris Saint-Germain expired, but he could already be on his way out of Italy.
Rabiot has featured in 34 games in all competitions this season, chipping in with just one goal and providing zero assists under Maurizio Sarri.
According to Calciomercato, the Serie A side are willing to listen to offers for the French international.
And this has led Manchester United to consider weighing up a bid for Rabiot, with Juve said to be expecting a ‘big’ bid to come in.
Manchester City are close to wrapping up a £68million deal for United target Kalidou Koulibaly, according to reports.
Napoli need the cash to fund their £55m transfer of 21-year-old Lille striker Victor Osimhen.
City boss Pep Guardiola wants Koulibaly to be his new Vincent Kompany.
The Belgian retired at the end of last season.
Senegal international Koulibaly, 29, is also wanted by Manchester United.
Transfer Window Podcast reporter Duncan Castles claims Napoli are ready to do a quick deal with City for Koulibaly as they desperately want Osimhen for their Europa League campaign next season.
Chris Smalling is confident of completing his transfer to Roma from Manchester United – and has even posed in next season's kit.
The former England centre-half has been a revelation on loan at the Italian side this season.
He has been christened 'Smalldini' after AC Milan and Azzurri legendary international Paolo Maldini.
And the 30-year-old – deemed not good enough by England boss Gareth Southgate and United chief Ole Gunnar Solskjaer – wants to seal a permanent deal in the Eternal City.
Smalling was pictured in an image on the club's Twitter site in the new kit along with other stars.
But United refuse to let him leave on another season-long loan deal.
Here is how SunSport think Manchester United will line up against Leicester tomorrow.
There's just the small matter of Champions League football riding on Sunday's game.
COMAN GET HIM
Manchester United are reportedly lining up Kingsley Coman as an alternative summer signing to Jadon Sancho.
The Bayern Munich winger could find himself out of the picture with Leroy Sane landing in Bavaria next season.
And the Red Devils are intent on landing a winger to bolster their attack, having followed Sancho for so long.
However, a deal with Borussia Dortmund is not guaranteed in the pandemic-affected market and the club are said to be formulating a back-up plan.
According to The Athletic, United have already held talks over a deal for Coman, possibly on a loan basis.
WILF HE OR WON'T HE
Manchester United are on red alert after Roy Hodgson admitted Wilfried Zaha wants to leave.
And Crystal Palace have given their star winger the green light to leave if the right offer comes in, according to the Times.
Hodgson said: “Wilf has made it clear, ever since I came to the club really, that he would relish a move and would like to move on and find some pastures new.
“But he's a very valuable player and the club realises his value and appreciates his value.
“So really everything will depend I guess – as it always does – what sort of offers the club is going to receive for him and how they will equate that with the need to keep him or the need, maybe, to satisfy his wishes, and allow him to go after giving good service to the club for a period of time.”
David De Gea is Manchester United's highest paid player but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is under pressure to give his No1 jersey to returning loanee Dean Henderson next season.
FOR CHRIS SAKE
After Roma posted this photo of Chris Smalling as part of their new kit marketing campaign, rumours have emerged suggesting a deal to take the centre-half to Italy on a permanent deal is close.
Italian outlet Corriere dello Sport suggest a deal is very close, as they also confirmed that the two clubs have been in negotiations and news was expected in the next few days.
FOR FOXES SAKE
Manchester United have posted footage of their squad getting ready for tomorrow's game with Leicester at the King Power.
The Red Devils only need a point to secure a Champions League spot for next season.
THE ONE SHOW
Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa is targeting Manchester United keeper Sergio Romero and Arsenal's Emiliano Martinez.
The Whites, promoted back to the Premier League after a 16-year absence, have made signing a goalkeeper their top priority.
Romero, 32, has also proved a very capable deputy when called upon to fill in for regular Old Trafford stopper David De Gea.
He has also been very much on the sidelines and with the possibility that Dean Henderson could return from his loan at Sheffield United, the South American could find his opportunities even scarcer at Manchester United next term.
Andreas Pereira has labelled Liverpool rivals Virgil van Dijk and James Milner as “arrogant” and admitted he “doesn’t like” the Reds stars.
The Brazilian midfielder was speaking to Brazilian youtube site Desimpedidos, using the Portuguese word marrento to describe Dutchman Van Dijk which translates as a combination of mean and arrogant.
When asked about Milner, Pereira said: “I don't really like that guy.
“And to tell you the truth, I don't like that guy, the defender, Van Dijk. He is marrento, man. Even the way he plays is kind of arrogant.”
Pereira said Arsenal's David Luiz and Chelsea's Willian were his two favourite Brazilians in the Premier League.
MORNING UNITED FANS
Jadon Sancho is out on his own as United's top transfer target in attack – after Spurs promised Jose Mourinho hre was no need to sell England skipper Harry Kane.
Indeed, Sancho apart, most of the transfer speculation around Old Trafford is now at the other end of the pitch.
With David Gea's form and future under scrutiny, Atletico Madrid's Jan Oblak is the latest keeper to be linked with United.
And of course Dean Henderson, 23, could yet return from his superb loan spell with Sheffield United – as he chases an England place at Euro 2021.
Oblak has a £109million release clause, with Chelsea also said to be interested in the Slovenian.
The other major area of concern seems to be central defence.
And with neighbours City the new favourites to land Napoli's Kalibou Koulibaly, Old Trafford boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is reportedly locked in a fight with Arsenal for Lille centre-back Gabriel Magalhaes.
But Everton, Inter Milan and Napoli are also monitoring the Brazil star, 22.
Meanwhile, it has been claimed United will not let Alexis Sanchez and Chris Smalling further extend their loan stays with Inter and Roma respectively.
The suggestion is Old Trafford chiefs would prefer permanent transfers for ex-Arsenal striker Sanchez, 31,and ex-England defender Smalling, 30.
Jose Mourinho has received assurances from Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy that the club will NOT have to sell Harry Kane – often linked with Manchester United – this summer.
The ex-Old Trafford chief said: “Have I had assurances I will not need to sell key players this summer? Yes.”
Mourinho knows with no Champions League football next season, he will have to cut his cloth accordingly in the transfer market.
He said: “There will be small changes — a big overhaul needs a lot of money.
UTD'S £70M SHOOTOUT
United are staring at a £70MILLION black hole if they fall at the final Champions League hurdle on Sunday.
And Chelsea also risk losing out on £50m should Frank Lampard’s side stumble against Wolves.
A point for United and the Blues will be enough on the season’s final day.
Defeat at Leicester would see the Foxes leapfrog United — who could drop to fifth and end up back in the Europa League if Chelsea also get a point at home to Wolves.
Champions League qualification is worth around £80m, in comparison to the £30m on offer in Uefa’s secondary competition.
But United would face a further £20m cut as part of their kit deal with adidas, which states a reduction in the annual £75m fee if they fail to qualify for Champions League football for two straight years.
The financial costs of missing out will be all the greater in the wake of the Covid-19 crisis and the £330m TV rebate shared between the Prem clubs.
JAN COULD BE THE MAN
Unitedare eyeing Atletico Madrid keeper Jan Oblak.Chelsea are also keen on the Slovenian – who is understood to be open to a fresh challenge – as a replacement for the unconvincing Kepa Arrizabalaga.
But United want to be kept in the loop on Oblak’s situation with the future of error-strewn David De Gea in doubt.Oblak’s release clause stands at 120million euros – around £109million.
But with Atletico in need of cash to fund other signings due to the impact of coronavirus, a lower figure could be accepted for their No1.
The ambitious stopper, 27, is interested in a move to a club competing for honours after six years at Atletico without a league title.
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