2.15pm Man Utd transfer news LIVE: Ousmane Dembele loan offer, Telles expects to join THIS WEEK, Upamecano still wanted – The Sun

2.15pm Man Utd transfer news LIVE: Ousmane Dembele loan offer, Telles expects to join THIS WEEK, Upamecano still wanted – The Sun

September 22, 2020

ALEX TELLES is reportedly confident of joining Manchester United this week and linking up with the squad before Saturday's game at Brighton.

Meanwhile the Red Devils are also reported to have made a loan bid for Ousmane Dembele, as they look at alternatives to Jadon Sancho.

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  • DEPARTURES… BUT NO ARRIVALS

    Manchester United stars arrived at Manchester airport on Tuesday morning ahead of their flight to Luton and on the back of a stern warning from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

    The Red Devils boss was left frustrated by his side's appalling showing in the 3-1 defeat at home to Crystal Palace at the weekend – their first Premier League game of the season.

    CLICK HERE TO SEE THE SNAPS OF UNITED PLAYERS FLYING TO LUTON

  • NO GOVERNMENT SUPPORT

    Boris Johnson confirmed Premier League fans will NOT return in October – amid fears football will remain behind closed doors for 'several months'.

    The Government are now not able to move forward with the proposed return of fans to sporting events – initially set for October 1.

    Prime Minister Johnson said: “We have to acknowledge that the spread of the virus is now affecting our ability to reopen business conferences, exhibitions and large sporting events.

    “So we will not be able to do this from October 1 and I recognise the implications for our sports clubs which are the life and soul of our communities, and my right honourable friends the Chancellor and the Culture Secretary are working urgently on what we can do now to support them.”

    BBC Sport editor Dan Roan then went on to say the Premier League will be hit to the tune of £100MILLION per month with no fans.

  • RON DID IT RIGHT

    Sporting Lisbon have renamed their academy after Cristiano Ronaldo to honour their most famous graduate and “the best player in the world”.

    The Portuguese giants confirmed on Monday afternoon their youth set-up would go by the name of Academia Cristiano Ronaldo.

    They said in a statement: “The good son makes the house and the house that made Cristiano Ronaldo now welcomes his name in honour of the one who became the best Portuguese player of all time, the best player in the world, awarded with five Ballons d'Or and captain of the European and Nations League champions.

    “The Academy will thus immortalise the name of the greatest symbol ever formed and that will be an inspiration to follow for all the youngest talents.”

    Ronaldo made his debut in 2002 and less than a year later had attracted the attentions of Manchester United before Sir Alex Ferguson snapped him up in the hours after a pre-season friendly.

  • EXCLUSIVE

    Manchester United are considering handing Jesse Lingard a shock new deal – by triggering his one-year option.

    The midfielder, 27, is out of contract next summer, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer considering offloading him.

    The England ace has been eyed by a number of Premier League clubs, including Everton and West Ham.

    Lingard has also been strongly linked with Tottenham.

    But United are looking to extend his contract by a further 12 months, to make sure his market value of £25million is kept.

    SunSport understands Old Trafford chiefs are planning to exercise their option within the next few weeks.

  • PLAYING AWAY

    Arsenal fans are most-likely to cheat on their partners, with Manchester United and Chelsea supporters no angels either, according to a survey.

    A study has revealed which teams have the most – and least – faithful fans when it comes to their relationships.

    And Gooners came out looking like the real Red Devils with a whopping 22 per cent of the survey claiming an Arsenal fan had cheated on them, according to GamblingDeals.com.

    Chelsea (19 per cent) and Man Utd (18 per cent) complete the top-three in terms of unfaithful partners.

    West Ham (11 per cent) and Leicester (ten per cent) are the only other club to see results of ten per cent or more.

    Amongst the study was Imogen, 27, from Hertfordshire – who claimed she was not shocked by the results.

  • EMTPY GROUNDS TO CONTINUE

    Sport is set to be played behind closed doors for “SEVERAL MONTHS”, with the Premier League set to lose a staggering £100million per month.

    On Tuesday morning, MP Michael Gove revealed the Government were attempting to “pause” the proposed return of fans to sporting events – initially set for October 1.

    But the BBC now claim the “pause” is set to last months, rather than weeks.

    Following Gove's revelation, Dan Roan tweeted: “Don’t think this is a short term ‘pause’ either.

    “I’m hearing sports are to be asked by govt what impact will be of no fans for SEVERAL MONTHS.

    “All signs are that action will continue behind closed doors well into next year.”

  • NOT A 'LOT OF LOVE

    Manchester United have stepped up their bid to sign £23million-rated Alex Telles – with Porto REFUSING to welcome Diogo Dalot in a player-plus-cash offer.

    The Red Devils are hoping to boost their full-back ranks with a move for the Brazilian defender before the transfer window closes on October 5.

    United had hoped to cut the up-front cost by throwing in Dalot, 21, in a player-plus-cash deal.

    But Porto have confirmed they will only accept an offer from Old Trafford officials if their £23m asking price is met in full.

    United have already seemingly missed out on top target Jadon Sancho after refusing to meet Borussia Dortmund's £108m valuation.

    And Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Co are at it again, this time cheekily hoping to trim a few million of Telles' asking price by throwing in deadwood right-back Dalot.

  • HOW UNITED COULD LINE UP

    Donny van de Beek is set to be handed his first Manchester United start after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer confirmed changes against Luton.

    The Norwegian boss is ready to mix it up against the Championship side following their dreadful 3-1 home defeat by Crystal Palace.

    And he is likely to give a number of fringe players an opportunity to impress in tomorrow's Carabao Cup third round clash.

    Dean Henderson could also be given his chance to shine for the Red Devils in goal.

  • ICYMI – EXCLUSIVE

    Everton slapped an £80million price tag on Dominic Calvert-Lewin.

    And that was BEFORE he became the youngest English ace to score a hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win over West Brom.

    It is also why Manchester United backed off in their pursuit of the striker, 23.

    SunSport revealed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer targeted Calvert-Lewin in this summer’s window.

    But when United made an inquiry about the player, who cost only £1.5m from Sheffield United four years ago, they were stunned by the Goodison valuation.

    It will also make Chelsea and Manchester City think twice about swooping.

  • SQUAD GOALS

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has called on United's fringe players to step up in tonight's Carabao Cup game against Luton.

    The Norwegian said: “They finished the season last season really well, beating Norwich and Reading to get here in the cup.

    “They’ve beat Barnsley and Derby in the league as well.

    “They’re a team with confidence, they’re playing against Man Unitedof course, it’s going to be a big game for them.

    “It’s going to be a big game for our players as well, if you get a chance now, you need to show that you’re ready to be called upon.”

  • 'HE WILL STAY'

    Manchester United have been dealt a new blow in their transfer pursuit of Jadon Sancho.

    And the dismal showing in the 3-1 home defeat to Crystal Palace at the weekend left many fans begging for new players.

    But Sancho looks set to STAY in Germany according to Dortmund's head of football Sebastian Kehl.

    He told Ruhr Nachrichten: He [Jadon Sancho] is our player, and he will stay.

    “It was an important statement from the club because we have a certain responsibility. Without Jadon this team is weaker.”

  • BREAKING

    Premier League fans will NOT return to stadiums on October 1 following a huge Covid-19 surge, Michael Gove has announced.

    The Government in August revealed they hoped to bring back live crowds at a limited capacity by the start of next month.

    But the plans were placed under review this month after a rise in coronavirus cases.

    The UK’s Covid-19 alert level has now moved to 4, meaning transmission is “high or rising exponentially”.

    It blocks the Premier League’s hopes of having fans return to stadiums.

    New measures will be set out by Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Tuesday.

  • MORE TUNNICLIFFE

    Midfielder Tunnicliffe, 27, added: “He was just starting out but he had characteristics of Sir Alex — and you could see he would go on to be a good manager.

    “But to be United manager so soon? I would not have said that. I enjoyed working with him.

    “Growing up as a United fan, I had massive respect for him and the goals he scored. It was all a bit daunting when I was 16 or 17, stuff like that.

    “I was nervous being near a legend.

    “But if I see him, we'll have a chat and ask how each other's families are.”

  • OL A BIT OF A SUDDEN

    Ryan Tunicliffe will relish a reunion with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer tonight.

    But the ex-Manchester United youngster admits he is surprised to see his old boss in the hotseat.

    Luton ace Tunnicliffe progressed through the ranks at United but played just twice, with his dad winning £10,000 after betting he would play for the senior team.

    Yet Tunnicliffe, Paul Pogba's midfield partner when United won the FA Youth Cup in 2011, hopes his Championship club can deliver an upset in the Carabao Cup third round at Kenilworth Road.

    He said: “I was there for ten or 11 years and I am a boyhood United fan — so obviously it is a big one for me. I cannot wait.

    “Solskjaer was reserve manager for a year or so before he left, so I had a good relationship with him. It will be really nice to catch up.”

  • TELL IT LIKE IT IS

    Alex Telles is confident he will be a Manchester United player this week, according to reports.

    The Guardian states that the negotiations for the Brazilian are in advanced stages with the Red Devils hoping to agree a fee of around £23m.

    Telles' release clause stands at £36.7m but United expect to be able to agree a significantly lower fee as his contract expires next summer.

    The left-back has reportedly agreed terms on a £75,000-a-week deal at Old Trafford.

  • GOOD MORNING UNITED FANS

    SunSport revealed that Everton slapped an £80million price tag on former target Dominic Calvert-Lewin.

    And that was BEFORE he became the youngest English ace to score a hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win over West Brom.

    It is also why United backed off in their pursuit of the striker, 23.

    SunSport revealed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer targeted Calvert-Lewin in this summer’s window.

    But when United made an inquiry about the player, who cost only £1.5m from Sheffield United four years ago, they were stunned by the Goodison valuation.

    Elsewhere, the Red Devils have reportedly upped their interest in RB Leipzig defender Dayot Upamecano after being humbled by Crystal Palace.

    And The Telegraph reports United have an interest in Upamecano, 21, but will need to offload some players before launching a move.

    United have seven centre-backs on their books, including outcast Chris Smalling who SunSport exclusively revealed is wanted by Inter Milan on a season-long loan.

    And finally, the agent of Porto left-back Alex Telles is reportedly in talks with Man Utd to convince them to match his £18million asking price.

    According to A Bola, Pini Zahavi has told Porto he is speaking with the Red Devils to persuade them to not low-ball the club.

    It has been claimed that United believe they can sign Telles for less than £18m, running the risk that another team will secure Telles' services.

    Telles has already agreed personal terms with United, with it said he will earn £3.7million-a-year.

  • DOM PERIGNON

    Exclusive by Ken Lawrence: Everton slapped an £80million price tag on Dominic Calvert-Lewin.

    And that was BEFORE he became the youngest English ace to score a hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win over West Brom.

    It is also why Manchester United backed off in their pursuit of the striker, 23.

    SunSport revealed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer targeted Calvert-Lewin in this summer’s window.

    But when United made an inquiry about the player, who cost only £1.5m from Sheffield United four years ago, they were stunned by the Goodison valuation.

  • RAVE REVIEWS

    Former Manchester United starlet Ravel Morrison has joined the 11th club of his professional career – Dutch side ADO Den Haag.

  • BACK IN BUSINESS

    Could United still break their transfer record with a late move for Jadon Sancho…

  • DEVIL MAY CARE

    Jordan then turned his attention to the United board and their policies since Sir Alex Ferguson left in 2013, especially recruitment.

    He told talkSPORT: “You don’t need to strengthen, with respect, to beat Crystal Palace. You need to perform to a certain level.

    “Two weeks ago we’re hearing people going, 'It’s not fair, Man United get an extra week to prepare’. Now we’re hearing that they were rusty. Which one is it? Which one gets the benefit?

    “Man United were poor, Crystal Palace were what they do at times – very organised, very well versed in what their job is and very counter-intuitive about attacking on the front foot.

    “At what point do one of the biggest clubs in the world turn to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for a solution for a problem that’s laid down over the last seven years?

    “Man United are getting further and further away. They haven’t won the Premier League for 70 per cent of a decade.

    “Whilst Solskjaer is a decent football man, you wonder when Manchester United became the side of someone that employs the track record of and capability of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to bridge the gap against Manchester City, Liverpool, Real Madrid, Barcelona… against all the superpowers that Man United purport to be bigger than.”

  • ALL AT SEA

    Simon Jordan blasted Harry Maguire for “turning like an ocean liner” in a stinging rant at Manchester United.

    The former Crystal Palace chairman saw the Eagles stun United with a 3-1 win at Old Trafford on Saturday evening.

    He told talkSPORT: “Manchester United were dreadful. Harry Maguire turns like an ocean liner and you see that in an instant – an £80million footballer who can’t move.

    “Whether that’s psychological because he’s got all the baggage in the world or whether he needs a centre-half who’s quicker and can accommodate some of the things he can’t do.

    “It seems inconceivable you wouldn’t pick Aaron Wan-Bissaka to shut Wilfried Zaha up… maybe the notion is he won’t play as well against his own club, rubbish!

    “He’s a professional who wants to play for the biggest team in football in Manchester United.”

  • UP YOU COME

    Manchester United have reportedly upped their interest in RB Leipzig defender Dayot Upamecano after being humbled by Crystal Palace.

    And The Telegraph reports United have an interest in Upamecano, 21, but will need to offload some players before launching a move.

    United have seven centre-backs on their books, including outcast Chris Smalling who SunSport exclusively revealed is wanted by Inter Milan on a season-long loan.

    Captain Harry Maguire's regular partner in the heart of defence is Swede Victor Lindelof but after he was partially at fault for all three of Palace's goals, the hunt for a long-term replacement is on.

  • SEEING RED

    Gary Neville has agreed with Patrice Evra that Manchester United send the wrong people to conduct the club's transfer business.

    Speaking on the Gary Neville Podcast, he said: “They have not got the authority and control in the transfer market.

    “The people who are hearing these words and seeing them, they will not like it. But they have got to hear it, because they are not doing their jobs.

    “The football players on the pitch did not do their jobs, the manager is going to get accused of not doing his job.

    “The people in the stands whose job is to put that team on the pitch, build a football team that can win the league and the people in the stand who have been at Man Utd for eight years now have not had the ability to build a football team that can win the league.

    “And that is a problem, that is your job – to build a football team to win the league and they have not been able to do it. And they have to find a way of doing it quickly as these years are going to drag on.”

  • UP FOR THE CUP

    Donny van de Beek is set to be handed his first Manchester United start after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer confirmed changes against Luton.

    The Norwegian boss is ready to mix it up against the Championship side following their dreadful 3-1 home defeat to Crystal Palace.

  • NEV-ER HAVE A CHANCE

    Gary Neville has claimed that Manchester United need to buy quickly following their 3-1 loss to Crystal Palace.

    Speaking on the Gary Neville Podcast, he said: “There is no excuse really for not getting your transfers done before the start of the season.

    “They need four or five players, so to only get one done… I know Liverpool have only got theirs done in the last couple of days, but there is a feeling they are in control.

    “United have got the money – if they can spend £90m-100m on Sancho, they have got the money to do the deals.

    “They have not got the quality or experience of football people within that club, it looks like a convoluted and complex structure, I'm not quite sure where the decisions lie.”

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